The Farmhouse

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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Friday, February 6, 2015

A Special Gift


As you know I love crafts and all things Farmhouse related. One of my favorite sites is called The Graphics Fairy. This site offers great vintage images that can be transferred onto wood, fabric and just about anything else. They also feature works from artists who use images from the site. I fell in love with the work from one of these artists and followed her to her own site. She had these fabulous signs and I wanted one for this little Farmhouse. I ordered through her Etsy shop, French Velvet Horses,  had a few discussions about what I wanted and after waiting a few weeks it has arrived!


She even sends a hand written note and adds a touch of ribbon. Special!


Here is the sign, waiting to be hung.


And here she hangs! 
We now have two special art pieces that reference our newish home. We have officially run out of wall space!
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Monday, January 26, 2015

New Porch

The new screened in porch is done and looking fine. It was a nice quick job with only one little hiccup. I got the, "Excuse me ma' am, there seems to be a problem." It seems that the old beams supporting the porch were rotted through. Of course they had to be replaced.


Demo.

Rebuilding.

New floor, we will stain in the spring.


Finished porch. We are deciding what color to paint the door.

In other news, this one is in BIG trouble!


She may look innocent, but, she is in the doghouse. I took her for a hike in the snow and she took off chasing geese and ignored me when I called her. She was real busy eating goose poop, too. I know - how ladylike! 


Enjoy the snow.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Show and Tell

Well we find ourselves once again inside due to poor weather. We were supposed to have rain, however, we have ice. So...no pony riding for this gal. I am feeling a strong need to craft and my mind is swirling with ideas. I thought I would have an impromptu craft show right here on this blog. Here are a few of my latest creations. Please hold all applause until the end. Thanks you.


My little bathroom sign. I went to Goodwill, bought an old cheese board and viola - a vintage looking sign. Oh - and I added a fun knob.


Fox Hunter pillows. I made these for my riding buddies for x-mas gifts.


This is a Corgi pillow I gave to Bella's agility teacher. Trust me it looks better in person.
I also made some coasters. I don't have photos due to the fact that right before the New Year something very awful happened and it has been very hard for me to talk about it. But, I am ready to speak candidly about it now. You see, my hard drive died. There I said it! Obviously this was very, very hard on me. First, I was led into a false sense of security by some geeks, but, that turned out to be a bunch of baloney! They said it would be OK. They said it just needed a few tests and some "medication". Well...I went into this with the highest of hopes. I am a positive person. I parted with my dear baby and was told she would be fine in a day or two. The call came and I rushed over to pick her up, I even swaddled her in a blanket to keep her warm. I got her home turned her on and...same slowness and lethargy as before!! Prognosis : Negative. We rushed back, went home and waited for the call. It came. Dead Hard Drive. No hope. Sad. All was lost. As I said I am a positive person so I bucked up and carried on. Aren't I something? I even downloaded Word and Outlook myself. So that is why I don't have any photos of the coasters!
Now I am not the bragging type. Am I? But, I was over the moon thrilled when this arrived at my door last week.


An oil painting of The Farmhouse commissioned by non other than my son, Josh! Wow!I am thrilled for two reasons -one, my son bought ME a gift! - two, my son bought ME a gift and it's of the Farmhouse!! This what the original house looked like before we gussied it up.

This week the porch renovation starts. Here are a few before shots.



We will be getting new screening, flooring and posts. I will keep you updated.
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