Have you ever tried a nail gun? You guys, you should.  It is a little bit addictive.

You have been warned.

They should put a surgeon general’s warning on the plastic carry case.

Then we could all ignore it and have fun putting up walls and making frames and nailing Santa’s boot to the floor.

What? Why do you look so confused?

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Every Christmas Eve, my granddaddy would say that he was going to sit up all night watching for Santa so he could nail his boot to the floor and then we would have Christmas all year long.

Nervous doesn’t begin to explain how I felt about that prospect.

I mean, what would we talk about all year and how on earth would he make all of my toys with his boot nailed to the floor in Alabama?

You see the issues that could arise, right?

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Anyhoo, I’ve been wanting to make a framed piece of art and it was an excuse to use my nail gun. And my miter saw. And my paint. Winning combo.

After cutting a wooden board to the size that I wanted, I cut 1×2’s to make the frame.

To measure for the frame, I cut 2 of the 1×2’s the length of the board. They will be nailed them to the top and bottom. Then I cut the other 2 1x2s the length plus the depth of the 1x2s that are attached to the top and bottom.

It sounds more confusing than it is.  Just look at the finished product and you can see two of the frame sides are shorter than the other two.

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Before nailing it all together, I stained the frame boards and painted the wooden board with Kilz and chalk paint.

After that, you just paint whatever makes you happy!

handmade framed scripture art

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handmade framed anniversary art

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These two pieces are spoken for, but I have a few more ideas that I want to whip up for our house.  I’ll be sure to share when I do. 🙂

What do you think of these? I’d love to hear your thought!

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Good day! Welcome to Your Inspired Design Link Party #54.

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I’m your hostess this week. I have to share a little secret: we are on vacation this week in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. The temperatures may read in the 90’s, but the humidity is so low that the air is fresh and so pleasant. Every day I sit on the patio and enjoy the early morning weather (I’m still on CST and Arizona is 2 hours behind.).

Here’s what I see where I’m sitting right now.

We have a nickname for this rock which I will not repeat here.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #53 Is the place for bloggers to share their creativity and give you inspiration for home decor, DIY projects, and cooking.

On Sunday morning at 6:15 I caught the Harvest Moon still in the sky. It was a beautiful sight.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #53 Is the place for bloggers to share their creativity and give you inspiration for home decor, DIY projects, and cooking.
Every morning a group of birds called Gambrils and a few bunnies coming down the mountain right in front of our patio. We sit quietly and watch them. There is a bunny in this picture. YOu can see his little white tail in the center of the picture.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #53 Is the place for bloggers to share their creativity and give you inspiration for home decor, DIY projects, and cooking.

I read the paper, Pin and Instagram and drool over the awesome ideas that bloggers have shared at last week’s link party.

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Here are my favorites for the week. Be sure to give these creative ladies a visit. We love having our fellow bloggers share their posts here and we hope our readers love getting an extra shot of inspiration.

If you’ve been reading Bluesky Kitchen for awhile, you know I love to paint vintage anything and new anything, too. I not only love the color of this armoire, but the beautiful transformation that Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate achieved.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #53 Is the place for bloggers to share their creativity and give you inspiration for home decor, DIY projects, and cooking.

And I couldn’t leave out this re~do of a cast~off mirror from Karin at KreativK. I think the jars holding a plant is ingenious. I think she should leave it on the floor. What do you think?

Your Inspired Design Link Party #53 Is the place for bloggers to share their creativity and give you inspiration for home decor, DIY projects, and cooking.

I love the flavor of pumpkins and I’ll start cooking and baking with them soon. And I love chocolate and cupcakes, so I couldn’t resist these from LollyJane. And they are so cute, too.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #53 Is the place for bloggers to share their creativity and give you inspiration for home decor, DIY projects, and cooking.

Now it’s time for sharing!

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Link Party

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

Now that the inside of my house is smelling like sugar, spice and a pumpkin bread slice (see what I did there?), it’s time to start making it look like Fall has come to town. Even though it still hasn’t shown up in a mighty way as of yet.  I stuck my toe in the pool this morning and thought ‘bath water’.

Fall Fail. That should have it’s own hashtag.

I’ve been loving my boxwood wreaths around the house (here, here and here). I noticed recently that Target has them on sale right now and that got me looking around at multiple sites that have gorgeous wreaths and thinking about adding some around the house.

I’ve found 9 wreaths for you and they are under $100, some are WAY under and I am loving the simplicity of these.  A few could work easily into your Christmas decorating without any problem.

olive, magnolia, cotton boll, acorn, wheat, pumpkin, hotag fall wreaths

Hotag with berries  ///  Olive leaves  ///  Pinecone and Acorn

White pumpkin + succulents  ///  Boxwood  ///  Cotton boll

Eucalyptus ///  Magnolia  /// Wheat

I would love to hear which is your favorite since I can’t decide between the cotton boll and the white pumpkins.

Decisions, decisions!

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I would love for you to share this with others, so I’ve created a pin-worthy image for your pinning pleasure:

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Hi everyone and welcome back to another Your Inspired Design.  We are so glad you are here.

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My favorite season is here but you really wouldn’t know it has arrived here in sunny Florida.  The fall leaves aren’t falling and the cool breezes aren’t blowing but Florida still joins in the Autumn spirit with pumpkin patches, hayrides and plenty of Fall decorations for the home in just about every store you enter.  You need to hurry though, have you seen all the Christmas home decor that seems to have popped up overnight?

Whether it is Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Dean and I always have diy projects going on and this week I posted a tutorial on how to easily make your own vintage farmhouse wooden sign.  Our other upcoming posts are how to ship-lap an accent wall, creating a fire pit area and the building of a pergola and many more.  We hope you sign up on our blog for regular updates.

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Let’s get on to this week’s wonderful features.  If you have ever wanted to know how to dry brush to get the weathered wood look, how to care for your indoor succulent plants or how to DIY a galvanized pumpkin you are going to love this.

HOW TO DRY BRUSH 

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Tutorial

This is a great technique to try if you are wanting to try something different when painting tables and chairs.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF INDOOR SUCCULENTS

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Caring for indoor succulents can be a challenge, especially in the winter.  I am crushing on the display.  Succulents can be pricey so I am loving how the sparsity of the succulents actually appears to attract more focus.  It’s wall art!

HOW TO DIY A GALVANIZED PUMPKIN

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Tutorial

I was just looking for a galvanized paint this week for my kitchen chairs.  It doesn’t exist.  At least, I didn’t find it.  For that industrial rustic look, this is a great tutorial for pumpkins and anything else you feel the need to galvanize.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their projects and if you didn’t get featured this week we encourage you to stop by next week.  It was difficult to choose between all the great submissions.  We are looking forward to your creations.

Let the party begin!   Add your favorite craft, recipe, tablescape or project below.  We love hearing from you all!

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Link Party

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
 
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

You know that feeling that you get when the temperature drops to below 90 and you want to sprinkle Pumpkin Spice onto everything in sight? Well we are having one of those days today.  It’s is a blustery 88 degrees here in Florida.  The long sleeves are coming out people.

I’ll be making chocolate chip pumpkin bread and burning my fall scented candles today so that the kids get to enjoy a sense of Autumn, but I am needing a kick in the pants to get the fall decorations out of storage and this minor dip in the temp isn’t hacking it.

Target Dollar Spot, however, is.  I saw this cute little wooden sign there the other day and figured it would be cute SOMEWHERE in my house–you do that too don’t you? Of course you do.

They had us at the word ‘dollar’.

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I grabbed a few colors of cardstock and figured that I would get some inspiration along the way.  Do you know when it struck? Halfway through the project.  Such is life with an indecisive brain. 😉

Autumn wood sign

I had a paint pen and decided to make a fall blessings wreath with a little hand-lettering.

autumn blessings wood sign

The garland inspiration bug (yes, it’s a thing) bit me when I decided where to hang my little sign.  Do you remember ‘the dreaded sofa wall’? That big giant wall that I have behind my sofa, well the little sign was going to hang on there right next to my faux deer antlers.

And as you know, faux deer are in season right now and they typically adorn their antlers with festive garlands.  😉

I cut 4 leaves of each color and hot glued them onto some jute twine.  All before I finished my coffee. It’s that easy.

autumn garland made with Silhouette

Now this sofa wall is adorned to match the season that is taunting us currently. I think it adds a little cheer and whimsy to this room.

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handlettered signs and autumn garland

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autumn living room sofa wall

Is it Autumn where you live? Are you wearing boots and scarves and drinking PSLs every day? Can I come visit?  I’ll bring you a garland for your faux deer. 😉

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Well, well, well. As my great grandmother used to say “It seems like only yesterday”. 

And here we are celebrating 52 weeks of this party we like to call Your inspired Design. You guys that have been around for the full year are very special to us.  You guys that are new, you rock! We are so excited to have you all here, partying with us each week.

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Gloria, Carol, Diane and I are so thrilled to get to peek into your lives each week and see what you have been busy creating.  Then we have the very difficult job of figuring out which projects to feature.  You all make it very, very difficult to choose.  But we love getting to share your creative projects and recipes with our readers, so that is what we do.

Projects around the Manor here have been ongoing.  Our TV cabinet just go a makeover with some fabulous D. Lawless hardware as a part of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest that I am a part of. Below are a few of the projects that I have completed for the contest, just click the link under the pictures if you want to see the ugly before pics (and let’s face it, that’s the best part of a makeover post).

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But now dear readers and party goers, it is time for us to check out some incredibly talented bloggers.  I can’t wait to share these Inspired Designs with you!

First up, is Debby from Time to DIY who was sharing over at Lolly Jane.  She crafted this caddy and then proceeded to doll it up in the cutest fashion you ever did see.  Way to go Debby!!

wood caddy tutorial

Over at the Savvy Apron, (you would think she shared a recipe with us, wouldn’t you) there is the most stunning pair of reclaimed wood sconces that you just must see.  I love every detail about them. 

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Lastly, there were 2 magnolia wreaths that were shared this week.  A while back I shared how I made mine and then here come these two ladies and they have completely different ways to go about making them.  I love that we all have our own unique way of creating!

First is Katie Jones from Jones Sweet Homes sharing how she made her wreath in under 10 minutes!

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Then we have Lynn at Nourish and Nestle and she added oyster shells to her wreath! What a great combo, very South Carolina if you ask me.

magnolia wreath with oyster shells

Now wasn’t that fun?! I thought you would like those pics.  😉

But now it’s time to link up what you’ve been up to this week! We can’t wait to start our 2nd year with you guys!

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 Link Party

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
 
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

 

Have you ever read the book ‘If you give a mouse a cookie’? You know the story in which someone gives a mouse a cookie and then the mouse needs milk to go with the cookie which leads to him needing a straw and a mirror and nail scissors and a broom.  And so on and so forth.

Well, that’s what happens when I get new hardware for my old TV cabinet.

tv cabinet - D Lawless hardware

This month’s challenge with the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest was to transform a piece of furniture with knobs from D. Lawless Hardware.  So, that led to repainting the cabinet, removing the doors that no longer closed, dusting (yes, that took as much time as anything else I did) and removing the in-wall speakers to put shiplap on the wall behind the cabinet.

Then the second chapter included new sofas and lamp shades, but we will get to that later.

tv cabinet - D Lawless hardware

This cabinet has been here for 10 years and I think it has NEVER EVER been dusted.  Ever.

So after a good dusting I painted the entire cabinet with two different shades of blue milk paint.  The brass pulls are just what this piece needs to dress up for the party.

tv cabinet - D Lawless hardware

I love the way the knobs sparkle against the matte finish of the paint, they really class it up, don’t they?

tv cabinet - D Lawless hardware

tv cabinet - D Lawless hardware

tv cabinet - D Lawless hardware

I wonder what would have happened in that book if it was entitled ‘If you give a mouse some lovely knobs’. Now that would have been a book that I could have read over and over.

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Love this flip? Want to see more? Go check out Colleen’s post, she’s over at 58 Walter Street.

If you love to fix up furniture and would love to join in a future contest, send a request to info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

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Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, D. Lawless Hardware, in order to complete their themed projects. D. Lawless Hardware will also provide the prize package for the contest winner.

Hello, September. Happy you are here. Bringing some cooler weather? Football games? Pumpkins? Gee, I hope so. As we say good~bye to summer and open the door to welcome fall, I’m happy to be your hostess for this week’s Your Inspired Design Link Party #51. The temperature may not feel like fall, but everywhere I look, fall decorations and colors are on store shelves.

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Thank you to those who linked up this week and shared your amazing projects, recipes, and thoughts. I know that I’ve been busy with some DIY projects, such as this one using supplies that I already had on hand.

Using craft supplies already on hand, such as Cricut Vinyl, ribbon, and glue, I made two practical and useful projects.

I hope all you readers had a chance to check out our party goers. Here are my favorites from the past week.

Before I share my favorites, for all of us here at YID, I’d like to say have a safe Labor Day weekend. This is the holiday that celebrates workers (which I think includes all of us), those whose efforts are the driving force that keeps our country going and prosperous, who day~in and day~out strive to provide for our families, children, and communities. Many people these days are not able to work as much as they would like or at the profession that they would prefer, but they still go out everyday and do the best they can. Hats off to everyone who rise everyday looking for a better life though hard work and effort.

 

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And here are our favorites for the week.

I love this DIY project for making metallic book covers from The Savvy Apron. It adds such a classy and up~to~date look to any decor.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #51 shares DIY projects, home decor, recipes, and inspiration.

The Dedicated House shows us how to add beautiful blue accents to any home decor. The pop of blue a little bit here and there make such a difference.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #51 shares DIY projects, home decor, recipes, and inspiration.

If you are a DIYer who refinishes furniture, paints and repurposes, you’ll love the secret tip that The Red Painted Cottage shares. I sure wish that I’d known about this little trick several years ago when I started painting.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #51 shares DIY projects, home decor, recipes, and inspiration.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s favorites. Add your own and share with our readers your great ideas.

The party is open.

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Link Party

 

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
 
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

 

Welcome to Your Inspired Design #50 this week. That means in two more weeks we will be celebrating Your Inspired Design’s first anniversary. It has been so much fun and inspiring seeing what others do to make their homes more organized, more functional and more beautiful. We hope you stick around for weekly inspiration.

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Our home is a little more quiet this week after moving our son back to college and having our daughter and son-in-law travel back to China for two more years. We will miss their presence after spending time with them this summer. We had a lot of laughs, shopping trips and s’mores by the campfire. Building memories that will hopefully last a lifetime is what we treasure.

Thankfully, Dean and I have a lot of projects going on behind the scenes to keep us busy during this transition. We got right to work (after I gave myself a real nice pity party for half a day). We have a real ship lap accent wall installation, painting projects and a little hand lettering signs to share in the upcoming weeks. We promise that the pictures are coming soon.

Organizational hubs is the focus this week. Doesn’t every home have that one dumping area for clutter? Well, some of us have a few of those areas. Ah-hem. It just seems like it never ends. One day you feel like you have it all under control and the next day you get more mail to sort through, you go to the crafts store to buy more supplies for that Pinterest project you saw this morning or you splurge at the grocery store because your eyes are bigger than your tummy. Where am I going to put all of this, you say.

We can learn from our featured guests this week that it doesn’t have to be expensive, you don’t have to have tons of space and you can make it pretty simple and straight forward when it comes to curbing your clutter. The features below stopped me in my tracks when I saw these clever ladies using their organizational and DIY skills. We hope you are inspired.

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No room for a pantry in your kitchen? Julie from Live With Julie’s House gives you a step by step tutorial on how to make a pantry between the studs in your kitchen wall. Whaaat? I am still blown away by this idea. Great job, Julie, and thanks for including the supply list.

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Now that most of the kids are out of the house, I am scanning which bedroom closet I can convert into a craft space. Re purposing and using see through containers is how Butterflies and Baubles blog organized this area. I like that she used what she had and didn’t feel as though she needed to go out and purchase pretty new baskets and bins that are all”matchy-matchy”. Some are and some aren’t and that’s okay. The goal is to just get organized. If you want to change it up later, go for it.

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Lolly Jane whipped up this little area that screams DIY modern farmhouse. Did you think they misspelled the word Bakery? Click on over to the blog and read the personal story behind that wooden sign. You will also be directed to the DIY wooden shelves tutorial. So cute!

I hope you have enjoyed the features this week, be sure to go to their sites and show them some love! Now, let’s get on with this week’s party.

Blessings,

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Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
 
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

 

Where is your ‘happy place’?  You know that place you go to in your mind when the washing machine breaks, dinner is sandwiches (again), the dog needs a bath when you don’t have time to give your dog a bath, etc.

farmhouse barn in field

Mine is the farmhouse that Mr. Creativity’s family owns.  It has been in the family for years and has even had it’s time on the silver screen (Walking Tall–the original one, not the one with the Rock).  We visit a few times a year and like to wander over the property. 

Farmhouse rope swing

In the summertime we enjoy the wind blowing through the trees, picking wild blackberries and taking turns on the swing.  In the winter we enjoy going in the outbuildings and not worrying about snakes.

farmhouse brick pavers

So over on instagram, I’ve been sharing some of my recent pics from the Farmhouse.  It’s a series I’m calling Farmhouse Still Life. 

Very clever, no?

Cornerstone foundation at farmhouse

Farmhouse front porch with church biench

These pics are the ones I have shared so far and hope that you will join me for the last ones over the next few days.

 

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