I think the extent to which I have any balance at all, any mental balance, is because of being a farm kid and being raised in those isolated rural areas.
James Earl Jones

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 138 of 365

The Ivory Room


This is the second bedroom upstairs, and this is our second daughter's room - which she decorated to be a guest room. 
The bed is another I found in an old farm house and painted. The bed spread was one that Mike's grandmother had. Though the lighting is not great in this picture (remember I'm not much of a photographer) you can see that the upstairs rooms are attic rooms i.e. slanted ceilings. The wood for the walls and ceiling came from the Lohn school building and is long leaf pine tongue and groove flooring which we planed.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 137 of 365

Our son's room is at the head of the stairs


I use the twin beds to hold my homemade quilt frame.
In the frame: Colors of the Sea quilt 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 135 of 365

The stair landing:
A favorite book collection and a nice chair for reading

 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 134 of 365

Let's venture up the stairs
and take a tour of the upstairs

 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day 133 of 365

One more really, really cool "old" treasure:
My great grandmother's 14K gold thimble!

It is even monogrammed with "Kate"

I promise I'm getting back to house pictures - just haven't gotten around to taking pictures.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 132 of 365

One of my all time favorite "old" things:
A quilt made by Mike's grandmother.
It is thick and cuddly!

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 131 of 365

More "OLD" Stuff

Silver ware that was Mike's Great, great, great grandparents
Made in New York circa 1850

 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 130 of 365

Vintage Trunk circa 1885
I believe it was my great grandfather's.
It now sits at the foot of my bed.

 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day 129 of 365

My first piece of furniture I built:
Simple but fit the space perfectly

 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Day 127 of 365

More Favorite Kitchen Things:

Vintage Apple Breadbox, Canisters, and Sifter

 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day 126 of 365

Favorite Kitchen Stuff

Tins and Vintage Canning jars for Food Storage

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 122 of 365

Pantry Cabinet we built from salvaged lumber.


Notice: another barn door latch!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Day 121 of 365

Seed Cabinet from an Old Mercantile


You can tell I use it for a pantry!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Day 120 of 365

The Red Press
This cabinet belonged to my great grandmother and was called the red press because she used it to store "pressed" linens. My mom remembers it being in her house. When I was a child, it had been moved to the shop and was used to store old tractor parts. My sister-in-law was going to throw it away and I rescued it, cleaned it up a bit, stabilized it a bit and now I use it to store electrical appliances. I believe it was made in the late 1890's.

 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day 119 of 365

Double Picture Day

Note the wooden spools I used for the curtains

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 118 of 365

My Mom's Cheerleader Uniform From 1955
Mollie just loved this and wanted it hung in her room!

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 117 of 365

Quilts on a Rack

The Sunbonnet Sue was made by Mike's mom about 70 years ago. The spool quilt top I sewed together from vintage blocks I found at a flea market for the wonderful price of 50 cents each (42 total blocks). The framed pillow sham was made by my great great grandmother. The Grandmother's flower garden was a quilt fragment I found at a flea market. The needlepoint parlor chair is one of a pair that belonged to my son-in-law's grandmother (which they graciously allowed me to inherit!).

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day 115 of 365

Youngest Daughter's Bedroom
the room to the right of the bathroom 

  This bed was my grandparent's circa 1920's. 
The quilt I bought on ebay for $10 !!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 113 of 365

Old Barn Door Latches for the Closet Doors
(still in the pink & green room)

 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day 112 of 365

Armoire
This was another "find" - we helped a friend move and she wanted us to haul this to the dump! Not a great piece of furniture but after a little paint, it worked great in this room!

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 111 of 365

Green & Pink Room
The room to left of the downstairs bathroom

 
The bedframe/footboard I found in an old farmhouse and painted it. The quilts came from flea markets. The water color picture was done by my oldest daughter. This is her room when she is home. The walls in this room are made with planed lone leaf yellow pine tongue and groove flooring.