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

Monday, May 7, 2012

On This Rainy Day.....

Looking out my entryway window.....

Dearest Readers,

We are blessed with a rainy day today....so needed here in the arid southwest....you won't hear a true Coloradan complain about moisture, no matter when or how it arrives.  So I am spending a quiet day snuggled inside my sweet Victorian home....

My mudroom....painted dark blue to hide....well, mud!

I am going to work on my long-neglected blog, some simple sewing for the greenhouse (curtains to skirt the potting benches), and a bit of reading....


and of course, a cup of tea to while away the drizzly afternoon.....

From the back porch looking towards the garden....(should you be curious, those white lines are my clothesline)

I hope to be back in the garden by midweek, although I will wait until closer to the end of the month to plant my tomatoes and peppers....we have had snow as late as June here in the foothills!

I am working on adding a few new blogs to my sidebar, hoping that these fine ladies will inspire you in your homekeeping pursuits.

Next week we are planning two outings...

First, we will be attending the Self-Reliance Expo in Colo. Springs.  Never having attended such an event, we are sure to come away with bundles of information about living the self-reliant lifestyle. I will take my camera (if pictures are allowed) and report back to you, my dear readers.

Second, we are going to one of our favorite events...The Strawberry Festival Antique Show at the Boulder County fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado. Lots of wonderful booths...I am looking for a hand cranked grain mill, doilies, tablecloths and kerosene lamps (and a fitter shade for one of my lamp rings).  I don't think pictures are allowed, but I can share my treasures with you in an upcoming post.

Tonight, we will be feasting on Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (on homemade wheat bread...yum) along with piping hot Tomato Soup....this is always our "go to" meal when we are blessed with a rainy, drizzly evening.  It truly is the simplest of things that bring us joy!

Yours so very kindredly,
Shan