April 26, 2017

Farmhouse Renovation - Another Peek...

Buffet Area - After

I've been completing areas of the house now as I anticipate Handsome's arrival. I wanted to complete the dining room yesterday, and I think I have most of it done. I'm still waiting for radiator covers, and deciding what might be placed on any of the walls (if anything).

I showed you the finished paint on the buffet before, but I wanted to show you the areas adjacent to it now that I've placed all (except my favorite Spode, which is still with Handsome) on the shelves. My mother-in-law's banjo clock hangs to the left of the buffet, and Handsome's sailboat sits on an antique typewriter table to the right.

Yes. I think I can pronounce this makeover a success...at least to us! I've shared photos of the entire room with Handsome, and it has his seal of approval, too. I'm going to wait until the radiator covers are installed before I show you the entire room, but I'm lovin' how this turned out.

Buffet Before
 
I knew when I saw it the first day, that it would be a beautiful update. It remains true to this old farmhouse, with a new coat of paint to shine her up.

Today I'll be tackling the kitchen. I won't share that room until after we install new cabinetry and appliances. That isn't going to happen until this fall, so I'll ask you to be patient. Until then, we will have places to store our things in the pantry, or makeshift storage in the actual kitchen room. There will be appliances, but not our final choices. I think you'll like what we're planning, but I have more to do to make it livable for now. Boxes to empty and things to stow. Then, I'll be heading back to the studio. I can't wait to show you those rooms, so I'd better get busy!

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April 25, 2017

Tuesdays With Tag - Dandelion Dogs...

Brynwood's Taggart
 Hi, Everybody!

I'm hopin' the weather is beautiful in your part of the country. It sure is perfect around here, and it's been great all week! Mom stops her work every once in a while to make sure we get some fun time outside.

We have dandelions in the yard now, and we're not gonna mow them down either. Mom said we need to keep them so that the bees (just wakin' up from their winter nap) have food. We've noticed them flyin' around, too. Our neighbors have hives just over the hill from us, so they'll be makin' honey, for sure!

Brynwood's Taggart

I've seen some other things flyin' around, too. Boo is lovin' this warmer weather, and she runs laps whenever she gets a chance. I chase her sometimes, but this day I was happy just to enjoy the green grass and sunshine.

Tag and Bella

She's behind me now, isn't she? She's not happy just lyin' around. She's gotta eat grass and snuffle the dandelions. What a goof!

Mom told us that Dad's gonna be here in less than two weeks. She wants to get more boxes emptied, and make the farm look really homey for him. That means our outside time is limited, so we'll enjoy it while we can. We'd really love to help her, but there's that age-old problem for us...no thumbs. Bad luck, Mom. hee hee

I'll see you again in seven. 'til then...  
"Chase A Dream - Or A Squirrel".

April 24, 2017

A Colorful Spring...

Tulips

Every time I go outside, I find more color coming to the farm. This past weekend I walked out to find beautiful tulips blooming next to the farmhouse. There are a few clusters of them, but these were the only ones completely open so far. I'm sure it won't be long before the others follow.

Grape Hyacinths
 
What a lovely surprise when I found that these sweet grape hyacinths were blooming in the same bed with the blue scillas I shared last week! Between these two small flowers, ttheir flower bed next to the farmhouse porch is filled with color. I'll make sure that these are protected when we rebuild our porch this summer. 
 
As I empty boxes, the different rooms in the farmhouse go from organized to chaotic...if only for a short time as I put the box contents away. I'll continue to work in my two studio rooms this week. My nephew, Dan (easily the strongest man I've ever met. Seriously!) came yesterday and helped moved my antique dresser upstairs (alone!); my pattern file into the studio (with very little help from me); and a queen size box  mattress up and over our second floor airing porch (that one I wish I'd recorded on video!!). 
 
Honestly, I don't know how he does it, but he's not even out of breath as he performs these feats of strength! I'm grateful beyond words for his help. Now, I'll be able to put away my fat quarters (and more!) into the pattern cabinet - and my clothes into the dresser! If you need me, you'll know where I'll be.
 
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