Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Views from the Homestead.....



Dearest Readers,

What a busy time of year...so much to do both inside and outside our little homes!  Gardens to tend, laundry to hang in the sunshine, bread to bake and, of course, taking the time to smell the roses....




Even in the midst of this busy time, my craft room beckons me to create little lovelies to decorate my home...



I have long wanted to adorn the top of my window coverings...they were a little too plain for the front parlour...even for a humble farmhouse Victorian!

A stiff lambrequin would be period perfect, but I wanted something a little more unusual.....

I was inspired by an article in one of my ancient Victorian Homes magazines and a very old, very Victorian picture frame that belongs to my Darling Girl...

And voila!



A bit of old toile fabric (washed but not ironed, to give it a more aged appearance), a frame from Hobby Lobby, glass knobs in a lovely plum-ruby (the light looks so lovely when it shines through), and a wee bit of fringe....a bit of Victorian whimsy on a shoestring budget!

Speaking of Victorian whimsy....here are my treasures from my day of antiquing at the Strawberry Antique Festival....


An old kerosene lamp bracket, yo-yo runner, strawberry plate for my kitchen, old wooden darts with real feathers (something masculine for the library), lovely amethyst colored hat pin, and a pretty hankie (in the perfect colors) to make a hankie brooch to match a summer blouse! 

Now, brace yourselves, my dearest, gentlest readers......for I have sad news about our beloved Miss Caul E. Flower...she has been stricken with Bird Flu.....


Yes, tis true....Dearest and I were only gone from the homestead for a short while...tragic! 

Push that worry from your mind dear friends...as this is a very particular "Flamingo" strain and seems to be only "contagious" here on our homestead...it seems to appear from time to time...you never know when it might strike!

Why just this past Christmas, our Bother-in-Love's Christmas decorations were affected and last summer we were shocked to find that there was an outbreak at the very tip-top of our VERY TALL chimney...how strange!

Hopefully, there will be a full recovery and all will be well on our little homestead...

Yours very kindredly,
Shan

7 comments:

simplicityinthemaking said...

Shan love seeing your cozy home. I really love the pink on your walls. I am going to redecorate one of the girls bedrooms very Victorian, with roses and such. That pink is the perfect shade. Hope I can find the right shade. This past weekend I went antiquing myself and was looking for a oil lamp with a rosy coloured bottom, but it didn't happen. But I was being blessed as on the way home on the road side was a collection for free, and there was an oil lamp. Not rose or pink but I shall dye the oil. Love you yo-yo quilt or runner. Did you make it?Wish you posted more often. Marlyn

Emily Fay said...

It looks like you have had a lovely time lately! The decorations are just beautiful! I love the picture frame on the window covering! It's so pretty! And you found such pretty things at the antique stores! :)

Have a blessed week~

Sherry said...

Thank you for sharing photos of your home--they are inspiring to me! I am enjoying the sweetness of your blog. You live in Colorado? I am guessing Northeast...we live in the state, too.

Anonymous said...

I hope you are alright and safe from the fires in Colorado.

D/NY

Kim said...

What lucky finds, Dear Sister! Your home looks beautiful, and I can't wait to see it in person! (SOON!) God bless, until we see each other...
Your Little Sis

simplicityinthemaking said...

I see the fires on Tv and worry about you. Hope all is well at your pleasant home.

Anonymous said...

it's been almost 2 months. where on earth are you? joanna