The Farmhouse

Monday, May 18, 2015

Patio Re-Do

Here is a fact: I really have no say in many things Farmhouse related. Our "new" patio is a prime example. Cliff just wasn't happy with the size. He lamented this fact all winter, so what does he do? He hires someone to make it bigger. Oh - and adds a new walkway,too. I thought it was fine. We downsized, remember? But, I have no say, remember? The new patio portion is a very small addition, but, it does look nice. We added a new seating area as well.


The firepit was a gift from yours truly for Cliff's birthday.
Here is the new walkway.


Now we need to find a place to but the large slate stones that made up the walkway before.
Any ideas? Really large coasters! I could stencil them!!
So there you have our new and improved patio.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Prognosis: Negative


I am sitting before my laptop sniffling. I am sad, but, my sniffles are from the copious amounts of pollen in the air. I have never had allergies before and this spring I suddenly have been hit hard. Now you are wondering why am I sad? Here is why:


I am ready to admit it doesn't look good. Does it? This Tulip Poplar is dead or dying. If you remember last year we had the tree doctor come out and try to save this beauty, but, alas she didn't make it! The doctor said the tree was stressed from the construction of the Farmhouse. I asked if perhaps Valium or Prozac would help, but, the tree doctor did not find that funny. Who knew trees were so sensitive? If I had known I would have spoken soothingly to the tree. I would have promised the tree that construction wouldn't last that long and things would be back to normal soon. Coulda -woulda-shoulda! Let this be a lesson people - trees have feelings.


We will be setting up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for the removal of the sensitive tree in the near future :) Mucho deneros!!

We are thriving in the growing of wooden benches, however,



I guess they are the byproduct of trees gone by. We found the bench on the right under our screened in porch when we renovated. Perhaps it came from a tree that suffered from low self esteem?

In other growing news, we have 3 new window boxes on the carriage house. I love.


The front porch is all dressed up, too.


Happy Spring!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

My Beautiful Hood

This week in Charm City has been unsettling to say the least. After watching hours and hours of media reports on my hometown I needed to turn off the TV and get some fresh air. I started to feel better as soon as I turned down my street and saw this.


Polo Ponies! That's right Polo and we're not even in Palm Beach! These ponies summer here and spend the winter in Florida. They get exercised every morning and I just love to watch. Each rider "ponies" 4 horses. Not an easy feat. Trust me.
Next, I saddled up Bella and went for a walk around our fair neighborhood. We came upon this.

Who knew - an artificial turf lacrosse field. Oh how I wish Josh was 20 years younger.
How about this little place.

This is my neighbors spring house. I love this place. It was built over 100 years ago.
I also find these stone walls oh so charming.


Spring has turned everything bright green, including Cliff's lawn.


I wouldn't trade my little corner of the world for anything. It's calm and peaceful and during such volatile times it provides comfort. Would I move downtown?

Not even if pigs could fly!
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Green Everywhere

Sunday Cliff and I completed the screened in porch project. All that was left to do was to paint the screen door. It came in natural wood and after much debate we decided to paint it green, to match the trim on the house.

Here is the door in it's "natural state".
Here is the newly painted screen door.
This was a fun and quick project! The kind I like.
I have also noticed many, many small green things in and outside of my little Farmhouse. They look like this.
These small spheres are multiplying by the minute! And I think I know who is responsible for this.
 
The Golden Retriever is a very odd breed. They covet and worship the tennis ball. I am not kidding, the tennis ball is the Goldens higher power! Bella is absolutely obsessed with these things. I don't even know where they all come from, I never buy them, they just appear!
I was cleaning this morning and as I swept under the furniture these balls kept appearing. Under my dresser, under the sofa, under the armoire, well you get the idea - everywhere. She goes crazy for them, she likes to carry them around and then toss them up and chase them down. She gets into a real tizzy if her beloved ball goes under something and she can't get it. She paces and stares at me, pleading for help to retrieve her beloved ball. And you would not believe the sheer joy she gets from retrieving them outside. As soon I say the words,"Do you want to play ball.", the spinning begins. She spins in circles right out the door, all to chase her tennis balls. When she gets tired she rolls around on top of them in the grass. She even "steals" them on her walks. She'll eyeball one on a neighbors lawn and casually saunters over and picks it up in her mouth and brings it home. Thus the reason we have these things all over the house. I swear I am going to break my neck tripping over her babies. I want to clear these things out, but, she is always watching me. The funniest thing I have seen is Bella trying to figure out how to get the tennis balls off of the senior citizens walkers while doing pet therapy. She just can't understand why those balls are stuck. She sure entertains me this little lady. If you've lived with a Golden you know what I mean and if you haven't you should try it. I can lend you some tennis balls!
Oh - I made a new Fox Pillow for Spring.
Check out my Etsy Store at www.etsy.com/shop/ValleyPillows
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Porch Update

Yesterday Cliff decided we should stain the new porch floor. Notice I said we. Well, I was tired and just got home from going on my first real trail ride since last fall, but, I am a team player so I agreed. He did the majority of the work, but, I helped!!


Here he is taping around the bottom.

I supervised while he taped. Then we started brushing and rolling on the stain.



I think it turned out very well.
Remember back in January we had the whole porch rebuilt.
We have new screening, flooring and columns. The perfect spot to sit a spell!


Here is the trunk I painted and stenciled for the porch.

I know you've been waiting with breath that is bated to hear how the pillow business is going :)
Well in total I have sold 8! I also have added Engagement/Wedding pillows to my store.


They can be customized to say whatever is desired. They make a great gift and can also have a gift card attached as well.
That's what happening here at the Farmhouse.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Random Revelations

Thank you for letting me vent in my last post. Things are on an upswing now that we have sun and much warmer temps! Spring is in the air and definitely puts me in a better mood. I am happy to report that my pillow business is going gang gangbusters! Two whole pillows have been ordered. I know - it is VERY exciting. At this rate Cliff can retire when he is 150! I took the rest of the pillows down to Maryland Saddlery today. Believe it or not the lovely saleswoman asked me to make her a burlap pillow for her porch. 
I just ran over to Whole Foods to buy some salmon for dinner. When I came out of the store I was shocked when I saw my parking job. I was basically parked sideways in a head in spot. I had to shake my head at myself. I had a revelation : I am a bad driver. I think. Well, I know. A few weeks ago as I was pulling into yet another parking spot I hit the car next to me. I couldn't believe it. I basically transferred paint from my car on to her car. No dents, but, damage none the less. At first I blamed my car (stupid, I know), I got a new car in the fall and it is definitely a bit bigger than my previous Jeep. I now have come to grips with the fact that I am just not a good driver. This is disheartening since I have been driving for 40 years. I should be good at this by now. I don't know what to do with this revelation. Do I take driving lessons? Get a chauffeur? Maybe I will try harder to be a better driver. Does any of this have to do with The Farmhouse? Well - no, but sometimes I need a little "me" time. And what I have learned from this me time is that driving and selling pillows are not my strong suit.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Winter of My Discontent


I am not in a good mood. Let me start with that. We have no cable or internet. It is raining ice and the weatherman says 6-9 inches of snow are coming. Great, really great. I know I am lucky, at least we have power! Cliff hooked up a hot spot with my phone which is allowing me to write this post. I need to bitch about a few things. So sit back - here it comes.
So, there is this thing called Facebook. You may have heard of it. It's all the rage these days. While I do not have my own FB page, my beloved does, and I have been known to lurk around on his page. I also read several FB groups about horses and dogs and even crafts. The thing that gets me about FB is that it is so easy to use - click this if you "like " something, send birthday wishes without ever having to go to the trouble of actually buying a card, you get the idea. With FB it's easy to be a good friend, neighbor or even consumer. This is my story and I am here to tell you FB is NOT your friend. It's too easy. Sunday night I was looking through my photos on my iPad and decided to post my Fox Hunter pillows photo on one of my FB groups , Fox Hunters on FB. I posted the picture and wrote, "What do you think of these?" Well holy smokes within 12 hours I had almost 300 "likes" and 50 comments! Several of the comments stated that they loved the pillows and would like to buy them. Huh? Really? Ever the entrepreneur, I decided to open an ETSY shop. Everyone always says I should sell these pillows and here on FB folks actually said they would pay for them- RIGHT? I listed the pillows on ETSY, gave my shop a name-ValleyPillows - and went to bed dreaming of all of the orders that would be pouring in. Daylight comes and I jump out of bed (well - crawl,I'm stiff in the morning) and run (walk fast) to the computer, log into my ETSY shop to see how many orders I have. That would be ZERO! Hey FB people you said you wanted them and here they are!! Why would you say one thing and do another? Because it's too easy, that's why. It's so easy to click this or like that, but there is a disconnect between the keyboard and real life. This makes me sad. I may take a long break from Face Book. Thanks for letting me rant. On another note I have made some beautiful pillows and I am planning on taking them to the local equestrian consignment shop if I don't get any orders.
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