The Day the Gatehouse Went All Farmhouse

The Day the Gatehouse Went All Farmhouse

 
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Just know that I’m laughing as I write this.

I tried.

I really, really tried.

I tried to be fun and crazy and full of color and mix pink with orange and add giant polka dot rugs and patterned walls.

But it never really seemed to work at the Gatehouse.  I made it into my office space for the blog and set up my computer and desk and fancy calendars from the Target dollar spot and went to work.  And it was okay and fine and the polka dot rug made me smile one day out of the week.

But in the end?

My heart will always belong to farmhouse.Continue reading


Hello Achilles Meet My Heel

Hello Achilles Meet My Heel

 

This post is sponsored by CREE.
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We are knee-deep in the middle of the seventh grade study of the Greeks and the Romans.

And Achilles.

Remember him?

He was a great warrior with super-human strength who single-handedly fought off thousands with his mighty sword.  Armies were in fear of him.  Songs and poems were composed in his honor. His battle prowess was the stuff of legends.

And in the end?

He bit the dust because of his heel.Continue reading


How to Stain a Deck (the Easy Way)

How to Stain a Deck (the Easy Way)

 

This post is sponsored by HomeRight.

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We have stained and painted a lot of decks and porches around our house.

Like this one.

And this one.

It’s our permanent hobby along with power washing the siding and edging the lawn.

And every time we paint (and by we…I mean me and the mouse in my pocket) it’s a lot of bending and stretching and getting up to go to the paint bucket…

….and a lot of time.

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My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

 
DIY Farmhouse Table Project

Here’s my new farmhouse table for the back porch that I before and aftered for only $10.97.

Not including tax.

Don’t spread this around, but I would marry it if I could.  Or at least take it to Vegas to watch the Elvis impersonators.

It’s that cute.

Here’s a zoomed-in picture so you can see all that cuteness close up.Continue reading


The Day Technology Left the Building

The Day Technology Left the Building

 
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When we jumped to the country eight years ago and bought an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere with a creek and a pond and acres of land to run and play in….

….never did I envision a house full of children staring at screens.

Not my children.

Never.

i-phones?

i-pads?

Video games?

Why?  Why would they ever need any of those?  They had blue skies and green grass and crickets and land to run….

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Extra Giggles Included

Extra Giggles Included

 
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I love writing this blog.

I love putting words on a page and connecting and sharing my heart and reading your comments and sometimes laughing and sometimes crying and sometimes sighing.

Why do I feel like I just wrote a vintage country song?

Hello Kenny Rodgers.

But sometimes I wish I could leap through the blog and clink my coffee glass with you or create a project together and you could hear me giggle or see me roll my eyes at myself (which may or may not happen all the time).

And now I think I might have kind of found a way.Continue reading


Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh (With a Little Help From My Friends)

Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh (With a Little Help From My Friends)

 
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Yesterday my husband had what I’m sure he would consider one of the more exciting opportunities this year so far…..

….helping me re-decorate the bathroom.

I know what you’re thinking.

We lead a very, very exciting life.

And you would be right. :)Continue reading


A Little Farmhouse Decorating and a Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea

A Little Farmhouse Decorating and a Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea

 

farmhouse kitchen

I cleaned my kitchen for you today.

Just for you, my friend.

I couldn’t help it.  This brilliant sunlight was dancing across these old pine floors, streaming in from behind the shutters and I just got a brand new HD card for the camera and I wanted to see if it made a difference with the pictures of the kitchen and the sunlight….but of course….

….I had to clean it up first.

I do not in any way want to destroy the illusion that it always looks like this. :)Continue reading