Old Stuff (why buying used is the way to a sustainable homestead)

Shielding our eyes, we stared up to the tops of the building facades stating 1885 or some odd old number in stone.  Buildings stretch along the street that would have once held the needs of a western town.  The train station held its ground- now a senior center- near the downtown streets.  I could just … More Old Stuff (why buying used is the way to a sustainable homestead)

The Yarn Weasel

We walked by the mounds of junk looking for treasure.  Cups of coffee in our hands, my husband and I looked among the stacks of items in the tents.  Broken tools, old dishes, and VHS tapes crowded overpriced lanterns and cast iron.  Then I saw it.  I have never seen one before but I knew … More The Yarn Weasel

In Hilda’s Farmhouse

As I carefully unwrapped each fragile teacup, each plate, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  Each dish is over a hundred years old, hand painted from Denmark, and so beautiful.  How did the young newlywed, the new farm wife, feel as she carefully unwrapped such fine things on her wedding?  A hundred years separates and joins … More In Hilda’s Farmhouse

Unfeathering the Nest

When I was very young I loved it when I would come home from school and my mother had rearranged my bedroom.  I loved decorations and furnishings even early on.  Fast forward to thirteen years old and you would find me and my best friend, Susan, shopping the antique stores down south Broadway with our … More Unfeathering the Nest

What the Pantry Holds

We know what the root cellar held, and the importance of canning, what the freezer held, and we’ve been dehydrating .  And indeed, this year’s root cellar is going to be even more complete than last season’s, the freezer is nearly full, and dehydrating is in the works.  All great means of preparing for winter, but we haven’t discussed perhaps … More What the Pantry Holds

100 Year Old China (and other heirlooms to use)

There are attics and basements everywhere filled with unique treasures.  Grandmother’s china, photographs, clothing, old aprons, beautiful linens, scrumptious cookbooks. I have been collecting aprons for years now and friends have gifted me with hand sewn beauties that belonged to their grandmothers.  I have Doug’s grandma’s old, old, china.  I have fabulous old cookbooks.  I have things … More 100 Year Old China (and other heirlooms to use)

Farmgirl Decor

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  “I want to be a mommy, and a housewife, a teacher, a nurse, a veterinarian, a singer, a dancer, a model, a nun, a fashion designer, an interior designer, a writer, and live in the country.”  That was always my response growing up.  I would … More Farmgirl Decor