Monday, 27 July 2015

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture bedding FOR SALE

Hey everyone! I have changed my mind several times about selling this GORGEOUS linen bedding. It's from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture NYC. I had it all shipped (except for the white liliput cases I actually bought them at the store when I was lucky enough to visit NYC!) I actually cried when it was shipped to me and just might cry if I sell it. 

The belgian linen is just amazing and we have really enjoyed it. I had it listed for sale a while back but then changed my mind and just put it away for a while but I think it's time to see if it can find a new home. I can probably blame pinterest for this because of all the inspiration I see there mixed with my need to change things all the time has gotten the best of me.  

I am from Canada so because of the exchange rate I paid more for this lovely bedding than my American friends would have paid so my price will reflect that but I will definitely consider offers. 

I will encourage anyone interested to look on the Shabby Chic Couture website for original pricing here.

This is the pretty Rosabelle print. I have a zippered queen sized duvet cover with ruffle and 2 matching shams. Excellent condition. 100% Belgian Linen. Paid roughly 775 for the 3 pieces asking 500 obo. and I dont believe they sell this particular pattern anymore.    

This is a queen sized white cotton sheet with light pink embroidered hem. It comes with 2 matching pillow cases. paid about 250 for the 3 pieces asking 150 obo.

These are 2 standard sized white cotton liliput pillow cases with ruffle. Paid about 150 for the 2. asking 90 obo.

If interested, I can check pricing of tracked, insured shipping costs. I accept payment through paypal, email to connect with me. Thanks!~Mel

Friday, 24 July 2015

Fresh picked blueberries~and an important message.

I watched a video yesterday morning about the last 3 generations, asking them what they did for fun as a kid. This last generation of kids answered the question and it was shocking, scary really. It actually made me cry. This young generation of kids are NOT playing outside for fun like all previous generations. Instead the play on video games, tablets, cell phones, watch TV and we are letting it happen. You can watch that video here.

So right after watching it I thought to myself, "that's it!" One of the women in the video mentioned that she picked blueberries as a kid so I thought that was a great idea. "KIDS! GET READY WE ARE GOING OUT FOR A WHILE!" I can't believe I had never taken them before especially since there is a blueberry farm just a couple roads over from us! So off we went!
The kids actually had a pretty good time. Only a couple arguments, complaints and the 2 youngest quit early and played over in the shade until we were done. I didn't mind, it WAS a little hot out. 

Seriously, Mom? Did you just take my picture?  You know I've walked into the room before to see all 4 of my youngest sitting around on an electronic device and I laugh to myself, but its actually not a laughing matter. I have to change things up a bit!

We picked 17.5 lbs. of berries! Which is great. We love them alone, in pancakes, muffins and smoothies!

This morning we made gluten free lemon blueberry muffins. I got the recipe from pinterest. You can see it here.

And of course I had a great little helper! I try to get my kids to help out in the kitchen here and there but I think I should be doing it even more! HECK! maybe I won't have to cook or bake on my own ever again!? Wonder if at all!? pft yeah right!

Cooking & baking are definitely skills that kids need to learn and IT CAN BE FUN! No, it's not the same as playing outside but at least it gets them OFF their electronics!

In case you'd like to know, I changed up the recipe a bit. I used 3/4 c. honey instead of the 1 c. of sugar and I added 1 tsp. of xanthan gum to the mix. Here is the flour I used as well.
I am really glad we went yesterday for another FANTASTIC reason. My 12 & 13 year olds got themselves a JOB there! YUP! That's right! They are there right now picking away and earning themselves MONEY! No video games, tablets, or TV right now NO they are working in the field! Does that sound a little more like what the last few generations did? YUP! They were so excited to go to work this morning! Let's see how excited they are tomorrow. ;)  


How do you feel about today's generation, the difference between what they are doing for fun compared to what the rest of us did as kids, and all this technology at their fingertips? Do you get your kids to help out in the kitchen?
Some of you may not agree but I think BUTTER makes everything taste better. This one 'was' mine and boy oh boy! MMMM SOOO GOOOD!  Next up....TIME IN THE POOL!!  Have a great day friends! ~Mel

Friday, 26 June 2015

Entrance Makeover

Since our farm is for sale, I am trying to freshen up areas of the home that are otherwise.....BLAH. I decided to give our side entrance a makeover by brightening it up with paint. All the coat racks were dark brown wood and the window trim was still natural pine so I gave them all a coat of creamy white paint. (I used Swiss Coffee by BEHR which is what I use on the trim in my home)
I used to have a roman shade on the window and it was always left bulked up at the top so I threw up a simple linen curtain held by a branch of an apple tree. Our cats aren't liking it because it's harder to jump up and get into window ledge now. LOL. We gave the end wall some detail by adding a sign that usually hung in our front entrance. I had plans to paint the benches a glossy greige color BUT I think I will leave the wood for that little bit of warmth.

Now of course this is the staged look! It looks much different already since I had to put back all of the family's REAL LIFE things in this catch all area. Jackets, backpacks, helmets, water wings, baseball & bat, ball gloves, more shoes, bug spray, sunblock, dog brush & get the idea!! ;)


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

 Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Mom's out there!
 Each year Walmart brings in these lovely lavender topiaries for Mother's Day weekend and I just LOVE them so much! They sell out FAST!
I love them in these galvanized buckets. They look good in any room! 
My favorite gifts for Mother's Day are the hand made gifts my children make and the warm hugs they give me! What are your favorite gifts for Mother's Day? 

Monday, 27 April 2015

My Farmhouse Style Giveaway goes to.........

Thank you EVERYONE who entered for my giveaway!
And thank you to everyone who has been with me for a while or has just recently joined my journey. I appreciate all of you. As I mentioned I will be spending less time on line for the next while and putting my energy where its really needed. Every now and then you need to check in with yourself and your loved ones and prioritize. As a Mom of 5 kids, 5 pets and a husband! I need to start taking better care of myself. I want to spend time outside and encourage my children to do the same! With all this technology at your fingers we seem to disconnect from many things. There may be big changes in our future and we need to focus on how we will deal with it as a family. I'm sure you have all had times in your life when you need to do the same thing and I wish you well on your own journey!! SO!!!!! ......At long last the winner of my giveaway is....PATTI HANKINSON!!! Patti, on the right sidebar of my blog you will notice a contact form please fill that out along with your address so I can mail you a copy of LANDHAUS LIVING magazine featuring my home and the awesome grain sack apron I made!

Thank you all again and be well everyone! 
Until next time, 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Sometimes in life-some really important things have to take precedence over others. As much as I enjoy being on line, sharing and being inspired by so many others-I have to take a little time away. There are big things going on in our lives right now & my health, my children and my household need as much of my attention as possible. I will peek in now & then but slowing down for a while. So, I was thinking it's a great time for another FARMHOUSE STYLE GIVEAWAY just because I have always appreciated my followers and I hope you can hang in there with me while I am having a little down time. 
You may remember that we were lucky enough to have our home featured in PRAIRIE STYLE magazine last spring...

....well, I am thrilled that those photos are now also featured in LANDHAUS LIVING magazine from Germany. And I am so proud to say WE MADE THE COVER! ..YEP.. That's my dining room on the cover!
You may also remember this pretty grain sack apron I made?
 Well, I am going to give BOTH of these away for my FARMHOUSE STYLE GIVEAWAY!!
That's right! ONE lucky winner will receive BOTH the grain sack apron & this copy of LANDHAUS LIVING magazine featuring our home alongside so many other gorgeous homes!

There are 5 ways to enter this giveaway.

1. Follow my blog here RUSTIC FARMHOUSE.

2. Follow me on facebook HERE


4. Follow me on Pinterest HERE

5. SHARE this giveaway on your sites-facebook, instagram, your blog. 

In order to have each entry count, please leave a comment ON THIS POST for each entry. 

My giveaway ends midnight Sunday April 26th. 
I will announce the winner sometime the following day.

Thank you ALL!
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