"Life is amazingly good when it's simple and amazingly simple when it's good." ~ Terri Guillemets

Monday, October 29, 2012

Who's This Farm Chick?

It's....Monday!
I'd like to thank y'all for the wonderful comments on my rustic farmhouse kitchen.
It warms my heart and I feel blessed!

I'm keeping to my schedule of a special post every Monday.
But ya know what?
There is no plan for this fifth Monday of the month so....
this post will be a little different and a lot of special.

Do ya know this farm chick?
She's an old soul, one who was born with a love and passion for anything old.
She's known as The Farmer's Daughter and I'm proud to call her my friend.

Well, my friend says her farmhouse style is plain and simple.
Are you kidding me? Do me a favor and go on over to her blog to see this...


She was inspired to do this pattern on her floor and labored over it until it was just right.
I have farmhouse envy! And I want to see more!
We all want to see more so...


on the fourth Monday in November, 11/26/12,
The Farmer's Daughter at The Country Farm Home
will be our first
Farm Fresh Feature!!!

Whoo-hoo, I'm so excited and truly honored!
We will get a peek of her farmhouse and way of life.
Mark your calendars so you can get your farm gal/guy on
and I'll see ya there!

I'll be doing a Farm Fresh Feature every month 
so if you have a suggestion for a possible future feature, please let me know!

Sending ya farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal


I'm shy.
Well I'm not shy personally, but I'm always a little reluctant to reveal any rooms on my blog.
But with that said,
starting next month I will be holding a Farm Fresh Feature to highlight the farmhouse style of other bloggers.
Do you see where this is going? If I expect others out there to get their farm gal on and be proud to do so, I must do so also.



I decided to show my kitchen. Is it magazine worthy? Heck no!
My kitchen is just an extension of who I am...
a little different, a lot of effort and always a work in progress.



This is my version of a country farmhouse kitchen on a budget. It's a combination of vintage items, hand-me-downs, cobbled together pieces, and odds and ends from the bottom of auction boxes.
Yep, that's me!



This rustic look in my kitchen came about a year ago when
I decided to stain my cupboards before the holidays.
Never ever start a 'small' project before the holidays cause it can get large on ya real quick!
I wanted to do a dark brown wood stain to cover up our ugly worn and washed out oak cupboards.
I did a test and it was ugly, downright 'I can't live with this. Now what am I going to do?' ugly.
I was putting on a big dinner in less than a month so there was no time to paint all the cupboards.



I had an idea. I handed a cupboard door to hubby and asked if he could cut out the middle out of my upper cabinet doors cause I had an idea.
I had a pile of muslin material that was free...yards and yards of it.
A flea market vendor did not want it and said please take it off my hands. Okay.



Hubby cut out the center of the upper cupboard doors while I quickly stained them. 
I then cut the material, stenciled it, and stapled it to the inside of the doors. Sweet and simple.



The shutter divider was made to block the view of the sink from the living room and front door. 
Oh, who am I kidding!?!
I made it to help hide the dirty dishes.

Future plans for my kitchen...
new ceilings,
painted cupboards,
and wood plank floors.
Maybe someday.

And remember...
the first official Farm Fresh Feature will be held the fourth Monday in November,
11/26/12.


I really decided to get over my shyness and join all these parties!
Thanks gals, for hosting!
Tuesday Parties - Knick of Time Tuesday, Cowgirl Up
Wednesday Parties - Wow Us Wednesday
Saturday Parties - Saturday Nite Special
Sunday Parties - Sunny Simple Sunday 

Thanks for taking a peek at my farmhouse kitchen!
Sending ya farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Farmhouse Schedule

Good morning, y'all!
I've had a few questions about my new blog here so I thought I'd explain my vision.

My other blog, Old Time Pickers, is about my pickin' adventures and my own interests.
It is a fun fit for my Old Time Pickers shop.

Well, I wanted to expand just a little so Old Time Farmhouse was born.
When it is ready, it will be a shop that will embrace a sweet and simple decor for the farmhouse.
And this is where I am today...with a blog that embraces that fresh farmhouse style.
What I have planned is a Monday post blog. 
I'll be posting on Mondays with the following schedule:

First Monday of the month - the Old Time Party.
Come and join the linky party.


Second Monday of the month - the announcement of a giveaway.
Come and see what you could win for your farmhouse.


Third Monday of the month - the winner of the giveaway will be announced
and party participants will be featured.


Fourth Monday of the month - a Farm Fresh Feature will showcase the farmhouse style
of a selected blogger.

So that's my schedule.
We'll see how it goes. I'm willing to tweak it if necessary.
Feel free to spread the word. The more the merrier.
Let's all get our farm gal/guy on!

I appreciate all the support you've been throwing my way!

Sending ya farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Monday, October 15, 2012

Party Feature #1 and Giveaway Winner

It's time to show a little farmhouse love!
Eleven participants got their farm girl on at the Old Time Party.
That's farmtastic for the first time! Thank you so much!

The most viewed entry was...
Vintage Jars & Egg Baskets @ The Country Farm Home 


Take a peek if you haven't done so, yet.
She calls her farmhouse style plain and simple.
I call it adorable. Waving to Dru! 
If you are featured, you may grab the Old Time Party feature button in the sidebar.

Next on the agenda is the winner of the Sweet & Simple Giveaway #1.
White washed rake with attached doily and three french script hearts.
And the winner is...


Congratulations to you! Waving to Susie!
Please email me your address.

'Old Time Farmhouse Memory'


When I was very little, we lived way out in the country.
And we had an outhouse. No bathroom. 
I have vivid memories of having to trek out there to do my business.
I remember that during the summer, it would get hot and smelly in there.
My solution was to leave the door open. Hey, I was only three years old.
And who cares? We were in the middle of nowhere.
I remember one summer day, I went in and left the door open. 
Just then we had company pull into the driveway and pull up near the outhouse. 
It was my Aunt and my cousins honking the horn and laughing at me.
Basically, they caught me with my pants down. Pfffttt...I was three and I didn't care.
At that age, forget modesty. Didn't even know what it was. 
I was a farmhouse gal all about comfort. Even at the age of three.

How about you? Have any smelly stories or memories of the outhouse?  

Sending hugs from the farmhouse,
Cindy

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

LOL!!!

Okay...I've been busy lately and really have not taken notice on how many have entered the 
Sweet and Simple Giveaway #1.
Until now.


I laughed. I laughed out loud.
There are four of you. Four!
If no one else enters...your chances to win are amazing.
To tell you the truth, I'd like to be in on those odds.

Now, I figured there would not be many entering the giveaway. 
It's a new blog. It's the first giveaway. It has not been promoted. 
I do hope that it will grow every month.

I will tell you that I was very pleased with the first Old Time Party.
There were 11 links. I thought I'd be lucky if there were 10.
I consider that a success, don't you?

Sending ya some farmhouse smiles,
Cindy

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sweet and Simple Giveaway #1


Morning y'all!
Time for my first giveaway here at Old Time Farmhouse!
Sweet and simple. For your farmhouse.
Whoo-hoo, I'm so excited!!!


Drum roll please. Giving away...
an old, rustic rake that is white washed with a decorative doily tied with twine
and 
three stuffed hearts with French script!


How to win? Here's the deal...
*You must be a follower before you can enter. 
*Go to the Old Time Party #1 from last Monday and visit at least 3 links of party participants to give them some friendly farm love. 
*Come back here and leave '1 comment only' that you shared the love. You can comment how many visits you made, or what you enjoyed, or what you learned, or who ya visited, or yadda, yadda....
See...sweet and simple. And this is on the honor system so please follow the sweet and simple rules.
Giveaway will remain open all week till midnight Sunday.
Winner will be announced first thing next Monday morning.
Good luck to y'all!


FYI...
I love this look so much that I'm considering making hearts for the Old Time Farmhouse shop when I open it. One thing I need to do, though, is to purchase a new sewing machine or something better. Have ya ever tried to accomplish something and not have the right tools. Uh-huh. So these little hearts are cute as can be, but they are not perfect. So I need to embrace the imperfection with the sewing and if you win them, I hope you will also embrace the imperfection. That's what farmhouse living is all about.

HOW TO...
We can only have one winner so I thought I'd share how I made these little hearts so you can make your own for your farmhouse if you wish or you can wait to see if I start to sell them. ;)
1. Select your material, heart shape, and preferred cutting method.
2. Cut two heart shapes for each stuffed heart.
 3. Decide what text and/or photo that you want on your heart. I found my French script from the Graphics Fairy. She is fabulous.
4. You will need freezer paper and an ink jet printer.
5. I cut a piece of freezer paper to the size of 8 1/2" x 11" to easily fit my printer.
6. I printed my images (remember to do a mirrored image) from my computer onto the waxy side of  the freezer paper. It remains wet, so be careful not to smudge. If you are having trouble with the freezer paper going through your printer, you can attach it to a regular sheet of paper (I used spray adhesive).
7. Slightly dampen your material for your image to grab it. I used a slightly wet rag and blotted my material.
8. Place your image face down onto your material and burnish it. I rubbed my image onto the material with the back of a large spoon. Carefully lift off the freezer paper.
9. Sew your heart front to the back. I used a zigzag stitch. Remember to add twine to the top if you want your heart to hang.
10. I slightly stuffed my heart while still on the machine with a small opening left, then completed the stitching after stuffing.
Ta-da! All done!

Just a quick thank you to those who linked up to the Old Time Party...
THANK YOU!
Hugs from the farmhouse...
Cindy

Friday, October 5, 2012

Giveaway Reminder


Giveaway will be announced on Monday!
It will be sweet and simple.
And it's something for your farmhouse.

Sending ya some farmhouse love,
Cindy

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