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Thursday, 27 September 2018

How To Create a Spring Centrepiece

Here in Australia it's Spring, the birds are super busy nest building, flowers are opening en masse and the air is warming with the promise of Summer.

Inspired by all the activity I created a Spring centrepiece that I have decided to use in my entry way, where my dedicated seasonal space is the focus every time I walk through the front door.

It's easy to do and I've included step by step instructions if you want to DIY your own celebration of Spring, or switch out the flowers for Autumn leaves and dried seed pods for those in the northern hemisphere.

I added a sweet little swing tag as I envisaged this being a lovely arrangement you might have bought as you passed a florists stand, whilst wandering through a farmers market on a sunny Saturday morning.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Why farmers are obsessed with the rain...

If you have ever lived on a farm then you will probably know all about the rain obsession we farmers seem to have. Ask any farmer you meet in town the day after decent rainfall how much rain they had and they will know down to the millimetre. Comparing rain totals is common practice here in the country!

But if you live in suburbia or in the city and long to live the farm life or even just enjoy farmhouse style for your home, then you may not be aware that farmers all have the same affliction - compulsive weather obsessive disorder!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Updating brass lights with paint

Lighting fixtures can cost a small fortune, so sometimes it pays to give old existing lights you have a makeover or look for bargains to upgrade.

If you want to know my favourite go to 'lighting resurrection' spray paint and get some instructions on how to DIY upgrade your own brass lights to farmhouse fixer upper style, then this post is for you!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Recycled Kitchen Cupboards Part 1 - The Linen Room

Whilst building our new farmhouse we needed a cost effective solution for our laundry and linen room cupboards.

I found a bargain solid wood kitchen for sale online - only $400 for the whole thing - only down side, it was located 3 hours away and we had to dismantle some of it ourselves.

But it was sooooo worth it! I love the finished remodel and especially love saving literally thousands of dollars by DIY'ing. 

Introducing the linen room....yes, I said linen room - one of my favourite things in the whole house!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

FREE Pink Rose vintage style printable

This is a lovely vintage style printable I have made to share with you for free, it is part of a set with the white rose I posted a few weeks ago..

It is for your personal use only - you cannot resell it or use it on any items you have for sale.

To save the full size image to your computer follow these instructions....

Friday, 7 September 2018

Spring Returns To The Farm Garden

It's been a cold Winter and it's icy fingers have not yet completely let go of us, but the plant and animal life here on the farm is forging ahead regardless - Spring is in the air and nothing is holding it back.

Warning - Floral Eye Candy Ahead!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Antique Tanglefoot Box

On a recent spur of the moment stop at a Salvation Army store last weekend this small box grabbed my attention.

I noticed immediately that it had original manufacturers advertising pressed into the wood sides. Excellent! Something to help trace the origins of this little somewhat battered box, I love tracking down the story behind my vintage finds, it adds a dimension to each piece that you just don't get buying new off the shelf.

I also noticed the not so appealing orange brown paint someone had thought was a nice choice at some stage in this boxes my mind turned to how to best give this box back it's dignity?!.......

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Vintage farmhouse style for your kitchen - My top 10

I love all the mod cons as much as the next person, but I don't always like how they look!

I seek out new items for my kitchen that have a vintage vibe, or use authentic vintage or antique  items to give my new farmhouse kitchen that feeling of yesteryear, but without losing modern convenience.

Here are my top 10 items to give you that farmhouse kitchen feel...