Thursday, 30 June 2016

Our feature in PRAIRIE STYLE Summer 2016!

 Hello Friends!

As you may remember we did a photo shoot a while back of our old farmhouse & orchard. The exterior shots will be featured in the upcoming issue of Country Sampler's Prairie Style Summer 2016! It was so fun working with Interiors & Lifestyle photographer Robin Stubbert again, I love seeing her work her magic! It's amazing the way she can capture a moment. When taking photos inside you can create lighting if need be but when working outside however, it's a race against time! I knew Robin had limited time to get some specific shots as the sun seemed to be going down quickly and I was in a panic! I remember trying desperately to get ALL of my family to do what they needed to do for the camera and of course when I had 5 of them doing it the 6th person wouldn't be, or someone would be missing all together and have gone back into the house! KIDS!! Oh it was a crazy night! Total chaos! Lots of fun though looking back! LOL       

                                                  link to Robin's website Robin Stubbert

I had made caramel & pecan apples and they kept melting and I was so upset that they seemed so sloppy! I wanted the perfect candy apple! Once I saw the photos though I realized how perfectly imperfect they were just they way they should be because this was really just another little glimpse into my world and everyone knows that's just how I roll in the kitchen! At the end of the evening, when it was all said and done we were really happy with what was accomplished in such a short period of time. We just sat at our table and smiled. It was late into the evening and we realized we were starving! We already had the fire going so my husband threw some chicken on the grill. They got a little charred but we ate it anyway! My family is used to (my) char but poor Robin!  It was the first time she had ever experienced anything like that, the combination of working with such time restrictions and all that chaos of such a large family.

In the end some amazing exterior (and interior!) shots were taken and I am forever grateful for such keepsakes and memories. Thanks so much to Robin for her amazing photography and also to the fabulous Fifi O'Neill for choosing to feature photos of my home & family not once but TWICE in Prairie Style magazine issues. Interior shots from this shoot will hopefully find a home soon and when they do I will be sure to let you know!
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Order your early copy today!  Prairie Style Summer 2016

Monday, 20 June 2016

Rustic Farmhouse 'Wares'

 So, I am actually STILL working on this cupboard makeover. You know THAT GREEN CUPBOARD! that very popular one on pinterest!-well it's not THAT GREEN CUPBOARD anymore! I am not sure what to say about it at the moment.........I am sitting on the fence......anyways.....let's move on!

This last layer of wallpaper is BURNING MY EYES! As I mentioned before it's kind of sad to see some of this go-sometimes change is hard-but I am pretty sure it's going to look nice in the end! I LOVE the look of the exposed old plaster-especially when it has been repaired and the wall has several different plaster colors. One of my favorite examples of this would be princessgreeneye HERE 
I love the little built in pantry for canned goods on the left! The small door on the right goes out to the old back kitchen which was in the back of the carriage house. Those 2 sections will eventually be set up as my studio and shop. This room here was once a butlers pantry, it is now the kitchen and the servants quarters is directly above.

 I always see beauty in the simplest things. How lovely is a birds nest?! All the work that goes into it! Lavender! Not much more needs to be said. Just that one word LAVENDER says it all! Simply beautiful!
 OK!! So I have a LIST. You know the list ladies! I KNOW you have one too! The TO-DO LIST! But not the regular to-do list it's the one we all make in our heads. That list of a million and one things TO-DO! The 'evenutally' to-do list! I keep saying I have just got to paint this burgundy floor! it's also BURNING MY EYES! but I am seriously trying to fit a MILLION things within the day and next thing you know it's night time and I think "Well, maybe TOMORROW". Anyways you watch! Imma get at this soon!!! I am hoping to find the perfect light clay type color. Not too beige and not too gray, well maybe a little more gray! As you know picking colors is like pulling teeth! :/

 Once again LAVENDER!
 Ok so my etsy shop is back up and running. It may be running as slow as molasses but I am gonna give it a go! Creating is NOT my top priority right now, even though it is quite therapeutic! timing is not good but what the heck you only live once! If you are ever looking for that certain something you can always just ask! I can do custom work! You can check out my etsy shop RusticFarmhouseWares HERE
 I have some pretty grainsacks that I would like to create into some fabulous pieces!

This blue striped and monogrammed grainsack apron is heading out this week and I have already started cutting the red grainsack above to make another apron just like it. (I saw how pretty Miss Mustard Seed's was and knew I needed to make a red one!) If you haven't seen it click HERE
OK well, that's a bit of an update! What are you up to lately?
until next time peeps! ~Mel

Thursday, 9 June 2016

'Sharp' house.

Sometimes it's not easy to 'date' a pre 1900's home. Records are lost or not kept at all. I have had some help from our local museum to date this brick beauty but they are still looking for more information. According to the 1861 census there was a frame home located on this particular property but the owner is unknown, then according to the historic atlas this property & brick home was owned by David 'Sharp' in 1877. What happened between 1861-1877 is in question. We had suspected that the brick might have been built 'around' the frame home but the Curator from Dundurn said that there would be more evidence of it, but yet walls and chimneys are not exactly where he figured they should be.  It's been said that given the design and brickwork of the home it would have cost quite a bit of money at that time so David Sharp was a wealthy man.  One thing for sure is that if someone says "That's a 'sharp' house!", they are sure right! The location is great! Country living but 5 minutes to town. The property is so beautiful.  Once spring begins all the trees and bushes start filling out. Of course we have removed some things and added others and will continue to work on that. We have added 6 incrediball hydrangea bushes behind the back wall and one other hydrangea along the side wall. We also added 8 variegated hostas with white stripes around the house. We are going to do a lot more work as far as weeding and removing and are soon adding dark mulch to the flowerbeds along the house. We are keeping everything really simple. My mind is racing with ideas for a garden, raspberry bushes and lavender patch. And of course I'd love another cute little chicken coop! ~Mel
UPDATE!!!!! One day the hubs was gone to work so I was FORCED into the basement to do a job myself! (I try to avoid it because of all the 5 foot long creepy hairy spiders and who knows what other human eating creatures) As my flashlight skimmed the wall in the corner I found 1863 written in the lime plaster of the stone foundation!! YIPPEEE! some hope in piecing this all together! As I mentioned we knew there was a framed home on this property in 1861 then the date jumps to 1877. It was suspected that the brick was built around it. My husband and I took a WOOD WINDOWS course which was AMAZING! We will be able to repair all the original windows and upgrade their efficiency! You can check into that HERE.  I can tell you that while at this course, we got some GREAT advice from a VERY wise man Dr. Chris Cooper who teaches the courses. He also suspected that the brick home was built around the original framed home. Finding the date of 1863 along the one wall will help us figure some things out for sure! I can't wait to show that to our local museum!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Fresh Air & Sunshine

I am just loving this time of year. I find it really inspiring. It's not too hot or humid yet, but the sun is shining and there is just the right amount of warmth. I love spending time outdoors, as I look around I am noticing so much beauty. The bees are buzzing around as they do their jobs.  The mama birds are sitting in their nests, blooming flowers are in freshly manicured beds (ah except mine but I'm working on it!) And of course my favorite LILACS are out! The smell of fresh cut grass & spring blooms is in the air! The air just seems so FRESH! I opened the windows to let some of that IN and I opened up all the curtains to brighten up the interior spaces. I took duvets and pillows out for a good fluffing! The asparagus is ready and the local fruit & veggie stands are starting to get busy. And of course I'm finding super cute outfits & shoes for the girls and get to see their cute painted toes! Ahhhhhh it's a wonderful time of the year! I hope you've been able to enjoy the weather too!


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