Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
a little dream of mine is slowly but surely coming true...
It started with a "farmer's load" of old tongue and groove pine boards, carefully saved for several years until they could be used.
I would visit them in the back of the barn where they've been covered and stored.
I would pull back the canvas and smell the piney wood scent and rub my hands across the boards and dream of them as they would be someday.
At long last the day came when we were ready. We covered the walls in our downstairs and put in new old pine paneled doors, laid a wide board floor. It's as if I have walked into an entirely different house now.
Even before the last few boards were being laid, I brought in a make-do demilune table that I made from an old table that had only half it's top. I took off the old legs that had seen better days.
My dear daughter in law made legs for me in her wood shop for Christmas last year.
So here it is, all put together with a thin coat of milk paint like frosting on a cake.
Resting on it now, a large wooden bowl, old as the hills and perfectly out of round,
and a hand turned treen candlestick with one of my own beeswax candles.
There's a tin chandelier waiting to be hung and an old rope bed in it's original blue-green milk paint waiting for it's bed hangings to be sewn.
I look forward to the sun going down so that I can light the candles and visit another place in another time right at the bottom of the old stairs.
Just a reminder about our upcoming Porch Party on Saturday, May 21st when we will be welcoming
Christine is an 18th & 19th century inspired doll maker who's beautiful creations have been in several publications such as Early American Life, Romantic Homes, Country Homes and Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion.
That's just naming few!
She has also been chosen as of the country's top 200 Traditional Early American Artisans for the past 7 years.
Come visit with Christine and see some of her wonderful dolls and maybe finding one that speaks to your heart.
We also will be having a store wide sale that day so come take advantage of that.
Refreshments and goodies will be served as well.
So bring a friend and enjoy the party on the porch !
LadyeHumble is my mentor...in a manner of speaking...
she tells me what belongs in our old farmhouse and what doesn't belong anymore...
She tells me that if she can sit beside it comfortably and hear it speaking to her...
then it should stay...
Although I loved these things...I see her way of thinking...
they are lovely...and yes, I still like this look very much,
But, it's time for these lovelies to move on to grace a new home where they will be loved anew.
They both speak French....wonderful white enameled
tin French canisters...
one says "Cafe" ~coffee~slightly worn away
and the other "Sucre"~sugar~
They are both in good condition, although there are a few small spots of enamel loss
and a little rust. They are nice and will work perfectly for you.
They are both 7 3/4" tall and 4 1/2" across.
They have been in use in my old farmhouse kitchen for
over 25 years.
please do let me know if they Speak French to you as well
I thank you for your interest in my old lovelies~
Ladye Humble will be helping me sort through more of my old treasures here as I clean and open up Deerfield Farmhouse for Spring.
We have a beautiful day here today...sun shining and kittens climbing trees and half heartedly chasing a bird or two...sleeping on the sunny porch steps.
fat little quail wading through drifts on their way to the feeder
the tip of mt jefferson through the fog above our fields
snug inside my little farm house
I have a lot that I want to do while chilly January days are slow and quiet here on our farm.
One thing is to play with my house and the little house where I make my dollies...
both "she's" are asking for something different and I'm ready.
I can't wait to see what's on their minds.
I hope that you are all keeping snug and letting love and laughter be just what the doctor ordered.