Wednesday, April 27, 2011

~Au Natural~ Yum Top 5~ #9

One thing I have discovered in blog land is that I love a lot of different styles and colors.
Just look at this kitchen, I must say I love that sink, that light, the brick.
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I am always attracted to the shabby white photos so many of you share.  In our last home
every room was painted a shade of white, hardwood floors, white sofas.  This home we're
changing things up a bit.
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Love the rustic junky flair that others have to offer.

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 The industrial style that makes my heart stop.
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So how does one bring all those styles together in a home that in it's present form totals a whopping 815 square feet. (With enough furnishings, collections, heirlooms and stuff in storage that filled a +2800 square foot home).  Progress at the Farm Reveal Coming Soon.  Until then I have a question for you.
While visiting many of you, I have noticed that many of you are painting your natural pine.

Ooooo, just look at that white!!!  And what about the dark stain accent wall
combined with a wall left natural?  Yes, I love them both.
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Did I tell you that the farm house in it's present form is 815 square feet.  To bring in all
my loves, I'd need 81,500 square feet.  It may fit on the property, but I don't think it fits
in the long term plan.   I'll get back to my question.  What do you think of natural pine?

This loft is very similar to our loft at the farm.  Because of roof lines, we do not have the window, but
the peak, the pine, the coziness are all very similar.  We've used natural pine in several spots
Mr. Norm loves the natural.  Not sure I'd want to discover the consequences of painting it white.
He is so good at helping me accomplish just about any look I desire in the farmhouse.  The pine is
one exception. Compromise in a marriage is a good thing.  Even though he just installed that ceiling fan
a year ago, he is willing to move it to another area of the farmhouse, so I can install a fabulous light
 I found.  So excited to see it in its place.
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You know as I live with it, I tend to agree with Mr.Norm.  I'm loving the au natural.  When I retreat
 to my loft at night, I LOVE the feeling of warmth, coziness, and comfort it gives me.
 Now to find the perfect bedding.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

YUM ~ Top 5 ~ #8

Good Morning and Welcome to Yum ~ Top 5, any thing that puts a smile in your heart.

Yum ~ #1
Storage project ~ closer to completion.
In the process of adding some farm flair to the bins and shelves
Full reveal soon
Yum ~ #2
Signs of Spring ~ Pussy Willows !
This is the opposite corner of the above room
Have several projects in the works for the walls
and benches.  Full Room Reveal Coming Soon!
Yum ~ #3
Inspiration for one wall
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Yum ~ #4 
Inspiration for the opposing wall
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Yum ~ #5
On the look out for a couple of these
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Storage at the Farm & A failed attempt

We've had some really fun cooking classes at the Winery over the past few weeks.  Making fresh pasta by hand, with Pesto, Alfredo, and Vegetable Primavera.





Baked Pears in Spiced Wine for Dessert.


I love my job!  At the farm, we've also been busy.  The farmhouse in its present state is much smaller than our last home.  Storage and shelving is a must, as I am not ready to part with many of my vintage junky finds and creations.  A quick and easy solution ~ IKEA.  Still in progress.

The space behind the stairs is narrow and if we had started at the floor and stacked them, we would not of been able to access many of the cubbies.  Mr. Norm had the solution.  We are staggering them up the wall.
Building muscles as we go.  With the room being small, I love how having the floor clear around the back of the stairs gives the illusion of a much bigger space.  We are making some custom changes to give these great units a farm flair touch.  Final reveal to come soon.  One touch, I've been working on this morning.  Indecisive with the choices of baskets and files at IKEA during our trip down, I came home with none.  I knew I wanted storage containers, but was not really excited with the appearance of all that I saw.  Solution, I picked up a few at Target, pulled out my paint brush and have been playing this morning.   I am in love with Mustard.  Do you know how hard it is to find storage bins in Mustard, let the painting begin.
Using the piece that is tucked into the bottom of these storage bins, I discover some experiments that are a success and some like this one a failure.   With inspiration from the failed attempt, I am busy painting, painting, painting, to complete the other 10 bins. 

You can always learn from failures, I'm excited with where this experiment took me...


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

YUM ~ Top 5 ~ #7

Welcome to YUM ~ Top 5, Any 5 that put a smile in your heart.  Have had a busy week, Cooking Demos at the Garden Show, Private Cooking Classes and a lot happening at the farm.  This weeks YUM's are all things
I found on Pinterest that make me smile.

YUM #1

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YUM ~ #2

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YUM ~ #3


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YUM ~ #4

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Homemade Nutella  YUM ~ #5
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Friday, April 8, 2011

~When The Farmer Is Away~

Really want to join in on the fun at Verde Farm, but have a busy schedule.  I'm doing several Fresh From the Garden Cooking Demos at our local Garden Show.  So I'm pulling from the file and linking up an older post.  Look forward to visiting you all later this evening.  Wish me luck, cooking on display is not exactly in my comfort zone.....


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~LT~



With many commitments and not enough time,
we didn't get everything done on the farm.
So nature gave us a helping hand
The lawns we didn't get planted, nature did.
Job well done!
The flower beds that were left neglected
Nature gave us bouquets
and left smiles at every turn
While we were focusing on other tasks
we were being blessed with gifts
some that will be enjoyed in years to come
some to be enjoyed  now!
Some are showy and a little bit tart
For Some~The Sky is the Limit

Some so delicate
Fragile, yet strong
while others hide their gifts
 others dare us to discover theirs...
Signs of progress are revealed
Two by Two
Growth continues
once accomplished...
~FREEDOM~


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