I'm pretty much in love with step stools. . .Never have enough close at hand for a personal boost or for decorating the farmhouse. . .When not in use, most end up on the back porch. . .where I can see and grab quickly. . .I did pare down to three of my favorites that I wasn't using. . .Not enough room for all of them on the porch floor. . .so I figured the only way to go was UP!
Placed on a weather-worn farm bench, the little step stools became part of the porch décor. . .Of course I had to add a few touches to the vignette. . .a birdhouse. . .vintage flower pots. . .an orphan drawer from a long lost prim piece. . .a bird's nest that fell to the ground during the Summer. . .brushes from times past. . .a 40s fold-up chair. . .Such dissimilar items to bring together, aren't they?
There's no rule that items being stored can't be decorative, too, is there?
That's also how long I've looked and looked and looked for a solution that would fit into our Plain and Simple Farmhouse Style when it becomes necessary to hide the TV--mostly when we need a 1930s Era look for visitors. . .A woven throw over the TV was the best idea I had. . .Nothing else was large enough--or 'farmhouse' enough--or portable enough. . .When it's just John and me, the TV is never covered. . .We like Netflix and PBS too well.
Then one day I was cleaning out a few items of Mom's that were stored ten years ago. . .TEN YEARS AGO!!!. . .I've been in no hurry (chuckle). . .I found a big black trash bag with something very heavy in it. . .A forgotten piece of folk art found. . .from a Christmas long ago. . .a gift to my Mom. . .How many years ago was that anyway? . .I had to count on my fingers AND toes. . .and used every one of them. . .It was at least twenty years or more. . .
Oh! HOW I HOPED I'D FOUND A TV COVER-UP!
The colors were the same soft shades that I've used this Summer in the living room. . .They also compliment the soft blues in the bath. . .The folk art fits well in our 'make-do' farmhouse style. . .when not needed the fireplace screen folds up and could rest on the floor against the wall. . .Only the center panel would show. . .That might work! . .I kept my fingers crossed from the storage room to the house. . .
I'll leave you with the verdict. . .Does it work or what? . .(grin)
That's suppose to be me hanging out my favorite quilts to air. . .dressing up and playing the Farmer's Daughter. . .
If you look closely, you'll see the back of a cat in the bushes. . .That was Puppy. . .A long story. . .Just suffice it to say that I didn't like cats until Puppy came to stay with us. . .At first I refused to acknowledge he was a cat. . .Thus the name of 'Funny (looking) Puppy'--or 'Puppy" for short--took hold. . .Sure confused a lot of people in the vet's office. . .The sheep? . . .I have no idea. . .It's FOLK ART. . .You can pretty well paint as you please if you call it 'folk art'. . .(grin). . .Maybe sheep were the 'in' thing at the time?
Whatever my thoughts were, Mom loved it. . .She displayed the screen every Summer in front of the fireplace. . .and every Winter to the side of a roaring fire. . .Now it's my turn. . .
"The Morning Glories and Sunflowers turn naturally toward the light,
but we have to be taught, it seems."
"GOOD MORNING, GLORY!"
Those are the words I heard every morning during my Senior year in high school. . .Our school principal never missed a day saying them to me. . .as I started my work in his office during first period classes. . .
Those three words made me smile. . .but they did more than that. . .
They brought LIGHT and JOY to my entire day.
If my principal thought I was 'glorious' maybe I could light up someone else's day, too.
Friends who have joined us on our back porch--that we call a breezeway--this Summer say it's true. . .They can't help but smile when they walk in the door. . .setting the stage for a delightful visit. . .And, who wouldn't smile with this winning combination? . . It all began with the little red cabinet I bought for $10. . .The advertising pages were already glued on. . .It was RED. . .I loved it. . .One day I had the 7-Up case and vintage beverage bottles in my hands to take to the store museum. . .Had to set them down on the red cabinet while I left to answer the phone. . .Came back and recognized a vignette in the making. . .So bright and fun for the Summer. . .Talk about shear 'luck'. . .
Hi Everyone! I had a post all ready for you Sunday--totally different from this one. . .Dedicated to our slow-paced country Sundays. . .It was to be the day I began blogging a little more, too. . .But, our net was down. . .Had been down most of last week. . .Thought they had it fixed. . .I guess you'll just have to wait until this Sunday to see what I had planned. . .(grin). . .Since we just got our internet back, I'll share our junkin' finds with you. . .Where is it that I'm constantly telling that we go for the 'good stuff'? Well, to Missouri, of course!
We took a day off and headed north last Thursday, with no particular agenda except to visit a few of our favorite antique malls. . .Nothing on the list to buy. . .I've been cleaning out the store and have become rather tired of 'stuff' but you know how us collectors are. . .There might be one more thing we need. . .(chuckle). . .Sure enough--there WAS! . .I'm particularly happy with the butter churn. . .I've admire them for years but could never find any at the right price. . .This one is sticky, gummy, dirty and rusty but I love it. . .It will clean up fine. . .and will be a wonderful addition to the farmhouse kitchen. . .I'm so excited!
My next favorite is the cabinet made from a wooden crate. . .so prim. . . It's for the shotgun house but I just might use it in the kitchen for a time. . .We'll see. . .
There were other finds. . .I'll show you a few below but not all. . .Others will come later, once they are placed in their new home--The Country Farm Home, of course!
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you where we shopped, didn't I?
Poplar Bluff, Mo. . .Three Malls: Frontier, Jordans, and Country Bumpkin. . .
There are actually five malls located close to each other. . .We only made it to three. . . probably because I spent too much time at the Hope International Thrift Store in Bernie. . .(grin). . .