Another “new” thing that’s happening is that our “always homeschooled ” daughter who will be a freshmen next year has been accepted to a local Charter High School! This is new for me too sisters! I suddenly feel like a mom who is about to put her kindergartener on the bus for the first time only she’s 14 and ready to conquer the world! I’m as excited for her as she is. I know in my heart she is ready for this change and I can hardly wait to watch her life unfold next year. I know it won’t be “all rosy “. It can’t be. I mean, we are talking about teenaged girls, teenaged boys, teen DRAMA! I’m as ready as I can be for that! However, I’m not quite ready to hang up my homeschooling hat for good! Our 16 year old son wants to continue homeschooling through high school so I’ve got a couple more years of “service “before I can retire from that profession completely!
So, what do I do when the DRAMA level rises in our house?
I CREATE!I gave our old Pottery Barn T.V. Amour an UP DO! It’s now my Modern Day FARM Pantry! To coax it into its next ten years of service I gave it a fresh coat of “farmgirl red” (Ralph Lauren Chimaya Red). Ever since I began cooking with more wholesome ingredients I’ve felt I needed to address the lack of storage in our kitchen. I had a buffet in our dining room that stored large serving trays, linens, candles, and misc. mismatched dishes but we don’t entertain that often and what I really needed was dry goods storage and a place to store my every day baking and serving dishes with-in easy reach!
I LOVE Anchor Hocking’s glass storage jars. If you’re an impatient farmgirl like me and you don’t want to wait to find vintage or antique jars you can find them at Target, Walmart and Kmart very reasonably priced. Or, you can order online directly from Anchor Hocking. I was also lucky to be able gather some of the taller Ball storage jars with lids from my mother in laws farmhouse and put them to use again!
I’m excited to share two fantastic re-purposing projects with you that were shared with me via email and the Farmgirl Friday blog hop I host at Dandelion House each Friday. The first one is from sister Brenda of Ladybug Dreams. She has been making over a craft room in her home and posting her progress along the way on her blog. She entered her darling Gun Case re-do on last weeks hop! I left her a comment asking if she would allow me to share it with you and she kindly said YES! Here’s the before with the door open. There’s even a little drop down drawer on the bottom!
And the AFTER!
Vivian Netris (Neta) ( and her hubby too ) is another farmgirl at heart who has a knack for re-purposing. After I blogged about my future ” backyard flower farm ” and ” one day ” garden room made from salvaged windows and wood Neta sent me an email with images of her ” garden room ” and chicken coop made from ” pieces of the past “! She too has given me permission to share them here with you! Cuz, well that’s just how we farmgirls are!
I am so inspired by what Neta and her husband have created in their backyard. It’s truly a work of garden art!
Here’s the long view of Neta’s Garden Room created with salvaged windows and wood.
A closer look inside the ” walls ” of this open air dining room has me wanting to get inside to see what other treasures await!
Neta’s love of the outdoors and her appreciation for nature are evident on each hand painted window.
Her creativity just brims inside this re-purposed garden shed doesn’t it?
Neta is not only resourceful and talented, she’s also generous! Just look at these tote bags she makes from chicken feed sacks! She sells them at her local farmer’s market. All proceeds go to the local homeless shelter.
How could anyone of us NOT be having a ” fling with spring ” after soaking up all these lovely inspirations? Big thanks to Brenda and Neta for sharing their projects with us!
If you’re like most farmgirls, you have your hands in a lot of things and spring can send you into a tailspin pretty quick. After all, there’s so much we WANT to do and we’ve been waiting all darned winter to do it! But…spring is a time for hope and renewal and remembering and honoring the gifts we have been given. Life can be challenging for us all at times. One way to help you “make it through “a hard time is to get outside and let nature do her magic on your soul! Take off your I-pod and listen to the birds sing. They make a wonderful quoir! As you putter around your yard or farm (unless you are Rebekah our city farmgirl who is deathly afraid of snakes and spiders) relax and breathe in the fresh scent of the warming earth. Get up close and re-discover your plants and shrubs as they re-emerge for another season. Give thanks for these (not so small) daily miracles. Let them soothe your soul. Then smile~ you’ll just feel better! I promise!
Until our nest shoreline visit~
Much love and BEACH BLESSINGS
P.S. What can we do to help our fellow sister Rebekah? She’s about to move to a Farm for heavens sakes! I always get such a chuckle out of her posts!