Welcome to our old farmhouse. Over the past year I have learned so much history of this house and the people who lived here. Ninety six years of love, loss, hopes and dreams. Preservation continues and there is always a repair to be done. We are trying to be purest in our preservation as much as we possibly can. I hope you follow along and each week I will try to give you a little history of the house as well as the first owners of the house. I've been lucky enough to find a journal from a Granddaughter who talks about the house as well as her Grandparents. So come follow along and learn about this old house as well as the occupants, old and new.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

A little peak at my fall harvest tree. This was my Daughters Christmas tree she always used in her room and always decorated in purple, oh and it used to be white before I spray painted it gold and copper, a little white still shows through. And as my title says I put everything on it but the kitchen sink. I gathered dried hydrangeas, dried seed pods from my garden, silk stems from my stash, grape vine, well you get the picture.
My little copper lanterns I found in the garage this summer, I had never unpacked them. Imagine that!
A little burlap ribbon.
Cuttings from my palm trees, I did spray a little copper paint on them, although it is very hard to see.
After the fall decorations come off, I will add my Christmas touches, which will be fruit. I try to decorate the entire dinning room with a fruit theme.
So I guess that's all for now,
See you soon,

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Big Ole Copy Cat

I'm just a big ole copy cat. Yes I changed my foyer table again. My inspiration came from Marty at A Stoll Thru Life, who did a wonderful French fall arrangement last week. Normally the more color the better for me, but I just loved the subtle color pallet she used. So here is my version....

A few cuttings from a friends pampus grass, the gourds I have had for years. The lamps were given to me by my Mother a few years ago and of course I left my little rooster. I also left the burlap runner I just liked the texture of it.

 So now I will leave to the photos.
That's all for now.
See you soon,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More Organizing and Storage Ideals

Things are getting a little more organized around here and it has only taken a year.
As of June 1st we have been in the house for one year and I feel as though I will never have things in  order. Of course it is an old house and storage is very limited.
This baby is now my main organizer in my dish pantry.
The chest has eight drawers so I had a few options. I used the smaller top drawers for serving pieces and for flatware. 

Extra napkin rings, salt dishes, butter pat saucers also fit nicely.

The larger drawers were deep enough that I was able to put place sittings with matching napkin rings, napkins, etc. in them. It will be so easy to just pull out one drawer and have everything at my fingertips.
 Of course this is not all my dishes, I still have more stored in the kitchen. But this is a start.
So I hope you enjoyed another snippet of my soon to be finished pantry.
See you soon,
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A Fall Sideboard

A little more fall decorating for the dining room. 
The hydrangeas are from my garden and I added a few branches from the yard
and a few silk stems from my stash. The arrangement is in an old crock I bought at an estate sale
years ago, a friend who is a potter at Middleton Plantation, looked at it a few weeks ago
and told me it was hand made, about seven pounds of clay was used to make it and that it was
made in two parts, then last but not least it was very old, which verifies what I was told when I purchased it. The piece came from a plantation here in Charleston.
The burlap pumpkin I have had for years, the tureen was from an estate sale a couple of years ago.
The rooster was a gift from one of my daughters, I sat the little lamp and
sweet grass basket on an old book.
That's all for now.
Talk to you soon,
Linking to: Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters

Monday, September 23, 2013

Simple Storage

Just a couple quick photos showing a quick and simple storage ideal I came up with for glasses in my very small dish pantry. And yes, this was here before the wall, I wanted to see if it would work and since it did I took the photo. As I have said in previous post the room is only 6 ft. by 8 ft., so not allot of room especially after we added the cabinet. A simple wire self from Target, I actually had empty after organizing my food pantry. Now it will simply sit on the side and I can stack lots of glassware there. I have a hanging holder for the stemware, so this will make everything so organized in this little room

I am even thinking another one on the other side for chargers and other supplies.

Well that's all for now,
See you soon, for now it's back to work.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Getting There

Last week was a really bad week. Had computer problems which affected my blog, so just bare with me I know the pictures are to small but I hope to have everything straightened out shortly. For now, this is just how it is.  We did get a little work on the new pantry going. If you saw my earlier post you saw this ugly mess when we took all the layers up.
  This is what I now have after two days of stripping and sanding this little 6 ft. by 8 ft. area. The floor is much darker than it appears in this picture.
The framing went up last week as well. As we tied the new framing into the old, we discovered the kitchen started life as a back porch. We found the original clap boards to the house behind the dry wall in the kitchen. So now our question is, was the original kitchen even attached to the house? So many questions and so few answers.

The light for the room was hung as well. A great little $10.00 find, and it fits the room well.
A little closer look, I used an Edison bulb in it, I know, hard to see.

I moved the dresser I turned into an island, for serving and storage.
A better look at the floor. I used an ebony stain, left it darker in some places on the floor and lighter in others, trying to create a wear pattern.

A closer look at the hanging light. This was the before!

 I removed the globe, painted the gold parts of the lamp black and as I said added the Edison light bulb. I like the little key that is used to turn it off and on, it mimics the ones on the hall chandelier.

So I am no longer looking at this, and all the elements seem to be coming together. I'll show you a picture of the mirror I will be using to reflect a little light from the window in the food pantry and the hanging lamp. Remember there is no lighting in the room, only the outlets that were added a few years ago.
Well that's all for now.
See you soon,
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Harvest Time

Just a simple little fall vignette. My little pig I found at a garage sale a few weekends ago.
Of course he was still in his original ugly brown stain, but it didn't take long to fix that.
My cow plate I found the same day but at a different sale.
And the rest speaks for itself.
I hope you enjoy.

See you soon,
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fall Changes For The Kitchen

This was my summer look for the kitchen after I removed the doors from four of my cabinets.
Just allot of this and that, I have collected over the years.

And now for my fall metamorphosis. Again most everything has been collected over time with the exception of the pumpkin pie dish on the middle shelf. A good deal from TJ Maxx.


A different little shade for the lamp.

I just used anything I could gather from around the house to display the plates and bowls, just for fun.
This is a hanging shelf for the wall, I have a little wooden box holding plates. Like I said, just fun.

Well that's all for now.
See you soon,