This is what I will receive ....
~Cutting Board Handpainted & Aged in Farmhouse White
~Butter Bowl -Handpainted & Distressed Inside & Out in Olde Buttermilk
The Bowl been Simply Filled with 2 Chunks of Cinnamon Toast Soap
Sprigs of Sweet Annie & A Springerle Cookie Mold with a Scottish Thistle Motif
~A Treenware Pie Crimper in its Original Mellow Aged Patina
~Last but Certainly Not Least A Wooden Candlestick
Topped with a Spiced Cinnamon Candle
I spent some time tweaking some displays around the house using her pcitures as inspiration. I'll some updating to do once I have my new goodies.
Admittedly, the two least colonial or primitive pieces of furniture in my house are the ones I probably use the most - my desk and my office chair. Go figure! I am coming out of the closet and showing them to you now because several of my blogging friends have invited me to join in to show Where Do You Blog? Some of my long time peeps may have seen some similar pics before but these are all brandy new for 2009. My office is much more primitive country than colonial but it is really more functional than either of those two things. I really love this space. It is MY space and full of things that have meaning to me. Gifts from my family and friends as well as gifts and memorabilia from my days teaching preschool. Samplers, prints, a lantern, and more.
I keep wool and fabric in the two cupboards below so it s handy for my projects. The antique cheese box sitting on the bench holds my glasses, the remote and the floss for any project I have in the works.
And when I want to sit and stitch or read or watch something on TV that DH isn't interested in, I use the daybed. When I bought it, I picked it out with future grand children in mind. I think it will be the perfect place for those sleepovers we will have. The full drawer under it is large enough for a second twin mattress if we ever need it.
You can see the antique school bell that was given to me when I retired from the preschool. Behind it is an antique slate and next to it a little tin cup with the ABC's on it. They were part of the inspiration for my own office/ craft room.
So you see I do a lot more then blog here. It truly is a blessing to have my own space at this time in my life. And now that you can picture me sitting at my desk, with a cup of chai tea in my big red mug typing away, we want to know where do you blog?? Please do join in and upload some pics and share it with us! We love those pics you know! (and yes - I did clean up the room before I let you in - the mess in now on the master bed! LOL)
Can you read that? Color her COLONIAL! I love the title of my article!! Can you see - that is our home!! Did you hear me squeal again when I said that? I just had to show you the first two pages and the last two pages of the spread. And in between I'll answer a few last questions. YES - I was WELL worth the wait. I have enjoyed reading it over and over again. It's such a surreal feeling to see our home in print. It's my house but not my house. I guess it's easiest to say this - it is my house, just dressed a little different than I would dress it - how's that! The lighting in the pics is just so amazing. The colors feel so warm and cozy. Only an expert can capture that. And the article is so me. Leslie Mann did a great job. Every single person I dealt with from day one was just so professional and kind and helpful. I thank each and everyone of them for helping to make this experience so great.
And I just had to share this pic I took the other day. I was making our bed and as I often do in the morning, I grabbed the binoculars I keep in a basket on the side of my dresser and I looked out the windows to the brook on both sides. There in the middle of the forsythia bushes was a bright red make cardinal. Can you see him? I swear he was watching me as closely as I was watching him. We live in a very suburban neighborhood but we have so much nature outside our Red Door. For me, it's the best of both worlds.
And from the last but not least files...
I know that a lot of bloggers that read my blog, sell handcrafted items on your own websites, or EBay or Etsy so I wanted to let you in on a new advertising opportunity over at A Primitive Place. (No I don't get a cut of the action LOL) A Primitive Place is a great new website with lots of pictures of primitive and colonial homes, ideas and tip and tricks for decorating and they are now offering Advertising opportunities. For a low monthly fee you receive a listing on their home page and on their Go Shopping page!Your business name with logo or banner, a brief description of what you have to offer and a link to your site. You can try it for one month or try it for six months. So go on over HERE and check it out!!
Well that's it for me today folks. I'll be back on Thursday with a very special post!
Until then - hugs, Linda