Hello again friends! I can't believe how long it's been since my last post! A LOT has gone on since but not necessarily regarding the restoration of the farmhouse. A couple major things have gone on in our lives. Mostly mine. One of them being that I had surgery in May after many years of illness and I am working towards regaining my health. I am happy to say that I don't feel like I am dying anymore! There has been many improvements but I could take a couple years to get better. I completely stopped doing things around here. I had to! The whole sale & move from our previous farmhouse, living in a cramped temporary rental while working on severance & purchase of this property and working on it to get it ready to move in just about did me in!! Being a large family is work enough! And doing all the legal aspects of it mostly by myself was beyond draining! NOW MOVING FORWARD!!
|Anyways! BACK TO MY SINK! I mentioned in a previous post about where I got my inspiration for my sink and faucet. I must say that the results have been pretty much what I had hoped for and envisioned.
Back in 2006 when designing my kitchen for our previous farmhouse I chose the FRANKE white fire clay apron front sink from Villeroy & Boch. For this farmhouse I chose classic Barroca soapstone! I also chose to keep it unoiled. When soapstone isn't oiled it ages and darkens unevenly because of oils and greasy water. It gets nicks and scratches. I believe this aging process adds character. Patina. Which I wanted for my rustic farmhouse. Now if I see an area that has gotten too dark from some oil or greasy dish water I can sand it lightly and it's gone! So I can control it! I love my soapstone sink!!
|I also purchased 2 different style sets of handles for the faucet. Call me crazy! but I loved them both and enjoy changing things up a bit around the house. Maybe it will make doing dishes more fun? Maybe?
|I love the ledge for fresh potted herbs and my ironstone pitchers.
As a family we are working towards opening up a shop from our home where the kids are very much involved. We are in a high traffic zone for tourists & cottagers so a weekend here & there would be great! Just put out a sign! I am working on a design for a sign now. We just need to get a few more things done before I can open my doors, but our farmhouse is the perfect backdrop! More on that later! I most recently closed my etsy shop, but I will continue with direct paypal sales which isn't much different and customers have always been happy. As long as you have a paypal account I can send you an invoice. I am also now set up for etransfers. I really appreciate your business and of course your patience!
They say never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, the time will pass anyway. So that is what I've been doing! Many road blocks and detours but I'm not giving up!
|and YES I also stock the beautiful Savon de Marseille french block soaps!
Living in my 1863 farmhouse is like a therapeutic walk in the woods. Just like the magic whispers of old trees, my home also whispers to me. I love surrounding myself with antiques. There is something so comforting about things that have been around for a long time. They have many wise things to whisper. You just have to listen closely.
This area right here is where we will have the patio. There is a natural gas line right in this corner for a bbq. Once we have the patio area outlined I can work on flowerbeds.
|So the hubs rototilled the garden for me BUT our new pup loves the dirt way too much! She runs like a maniac through the garden! We figured that if we didn't have a fence around it yet there was no point planting anything it would get destroyed!
|Just like at our previous farmhouse we want a garden, fire pit & cute shed. And quite possibly some more chickens.
|We really enjoyed our backyard and we would love to create the same feeling here but it will be even better!
|The very back wall is wood for some reason. Either brick was taken off, fell off or there may have been another extension? Either way we are going to use this wood to build our little shed. Speaking of sheds!! Now I must say I see many inspiring photos every day but when I saw these photos, my heart skipped a beat! The next 3 photos belong to a sweetheart of a gal who loves to surround herself with the beauty of simple things. She truly has a primitive heart and inspires me so much! Her name is Tammy and you can follow her here on instagram
|This is just dreamy. The shed, the window, the hanging linens. Be still my heart.You're amazing Tammy!
|This is a photo I took of my daughter in a garden of someone we know. I just love how they used picket fencing and the corn stalks! Simple and beautiful! So this is my garden inspiration!
|We have great views on all sides.
|This is the very back view. Here you can see deer crossing the field. In the evenings when the sun is setting there is always such a lovely glow. Love it!
|So meet Everleigh Raine. We call her Ever for short. We brought her home April 18 when she was almost 7 weeks old.
|She is already getting so big!
|She already has her favorite spot. THE COUCH! Just like Jerz!
|I almost forgot how much
|She shredded more toilet paper rolls than I could count! Just like when you have a toddler and you have to child proof everything we have to Ever-proof everything!
|And just like children are their most precious when they're sleeping...so is she! ;)
You no longer greet me
as i walk through the door
You're not there to make me smile
to make me laugh anymore
Life seems quiet without you
You were far more than a pet
You were a family member a friend
a loving soul I'll never forget
It will take time to heal
For the silence to go away
I still listen for you
and miss you every day
You were such a great companion
Constant, loyal, true
My heart will always wear
the pawprints left by you.