and it was about blogging. I guess subconsciously it was telling me "you've been away to long" and need to get to posting. So again another loooooong post to get caught up. Is it just me or is it hard for everyone to spend time at the computer during the summer? We find ourselves outside until the bugs drive us in and by that time it's close to the end of the day. So I hope you know I'm not ignoring the blog, just enjoying the outside while it's here. I hate to say it but I'm looking forward to fall and getting out the pumpkins and fall treasures to decorate the farmhouse with. I just wish fall would last more than 2 weeks, lol. Seriously it does last longer than that, but it sure seems short during the time. Another reason for not blogging -
Thank you to everyone for the sweet comments on the paint colors and the house. Both Mr. Farmhouse and I are loving this house, the way it works for us, the view out the windows and just living on the lake. We both feel like we are on vacation all the time - maybe that's not a good thing, lol. Anyway I'm looking forward to working on the projects I have planned for around here and getting busy on decorating more but probably not until the icky weather starts hanging around. There will be lots of months to get these projects ticked off the list and in the mean time I'm enjoying the summer outside :)
For those of you who emailed regarding the quilt patterns for the 17, yes I did say 17 quilts one of the woolies made for her daughters wedding party. The maids quilts and there were 3 different patterns were all Terry Atkinson patterns from different books - I know that doesn't help a lot but at least it's a place to start the looking process. I believe she said the one without the border was called Birthday Party or Birthday something :)
This past weekend I hosted the peeps for our annual quilt retreat here at the lake. I'll post about that later but right now I want to show you a few shops that we stopped at while on our road trip to Prims of the Midwest and work hard to get caught up here on this blog. I really didn't take any pictures during the actual classes and Quilters Station didn't allow pictures in their store at least when I asked - but goodness that store is plum full of wonderful fabrics and samples. I just wish it wasn't so far away - or maybe it's a good thing it is, I'm saving lots of money
So our first stop was at a wonderful quilt shop in Omaha called Country Sampler which was in the Quilt Sampler - sometime, lol.
This quilt shop was full of wonderful goodies and we left there feeling like we had done our part for the Omaha community, lol. I bought the kit for this quilt because I was sure I had the book - wrong, now I need to buy the book - I just love basket quilts (the peeps are doing a challenge for September with Baskets that Karen was nice enough to help me with)
so here's a little more eye candy from this store
I picked up a nice selection of Americana fabrics here
Our next stop was Country Expressions in Stewartsville, Missouri
We did stop at another store after visiting Country Expressions - WOW is all I can say and not in a good way either. I won't share the name because that wouldn't be fair, but it almost kept us from stumbling across this next little slice of heaven. After the huge disappointment of the last shop we were thinking about skipping our next stop and heading right to Quilters Station and then decided since we were so close and what if it was amazing and we missed it. Well we finally found the spot only to find out that the quilt shop had closed but the Old Mill had a few other shops in it so we looked around - first there was this great cross stitch shop full of wonderful samples
I did manage to pick up a few patterns from this store - but then one of the woolies went around the corner and walked right into this beautiful site
well she started laughing at what we had ALMOST MISSED - here's a little tour of pure eye candy
here's JM talking with the owner - gosh I wish I could remember her name - most of these are hooked rugs she's done and a few wool applique pieces
Her shop was just full full full of wonderful wool in amazing colors and textures and she's hooked all of these beautiful rugs as well as dying all of the wool. So while I was breathing into a brown bag trying to control myself she suggested since it was lunch we should head over to her little restaurant for a bite to eat. Holy smacks was this place cute and this little dynamo also makes all of the food. This place is only open for lunch and I'm so glad we took a break and had a bite to eat before we made our purchases. We were then able to go back and with a clear head and a full tummy we were able to select and buy even more than what was already on the table, lol. I think she knew what she was doing by suggesting we take a little lunchie break - I'm just sayin. Remember the prim salad bar - this is where it came from - here's a little tour around the place
This wonderful flag and awesome hooked rugs were also part of the lunch spot
I wanted these rugs for The Farmhouse - no such luck, lol
The owner was such a sweet and hardworking lady and was so accommodating to us while we shopped and piled her tables full of our choices. She doesn't have a website in fact she said she doesn't even own a computer, lol - but she is worth the trip to visit and would be very helpful over the phone. The shop I believe is called American Whatever and is in Liberty Missouri. So if you are ever cruising by make sure to stop. I know we are glad we did and will definitely go back sometime and besides buying wool we want to take a class from her, I'm pretty sure she has the patience of a saint after dealing with us - again I'm just sayin.
Another wonderful wooly place we visited while in Lee's Summit was called Wooly Woolens which I think is located in Blue Springs about a 1/2 hour away
we could have done so much more damage at this spot as well. But a big storm was heading our way and we wanted to be back in Lee's Summit before it hit with 60 mph winds. We made it with about 15 minutes to spare - but it was worth the trip that's for sure and we added to our collection of wool. It gave true meaning to the word power shopping, lol.
Here's a little shot of some of what came home with me - YUMMMMM
We also took a side trip to Liberty Homestead about a 1/2 hour from Lee's Summit. Glenda was so gracious to open up for us even when we arrived late after getting a little lost. I didn't take any pictures but if you go to her website you can see her absolutely darling store and retreat center. What a treat it would be to stay there and sew. I know we talked about it after visiting. A get together of the peeps and woolies - how fun that would be.
Well I think that catches me up on the trip. It was loads of fun and I would go back to that area again in a flash. I enjoyed Primitives of the Midwest and I'm glad I experienced it.
So JM and JV - thanks for a fun time with lots of laughs - your great traveling companions and navigators - with a little help from Rhonda
Cheers Woolies - (not that I have a problem, lol, a little inside joke for their benefit)
I'm having a sale over at Farmhouse Woolens until Wednesday the 29th. I'm going to be fine tuning what I offer on the website so I would like to clear out and make room for my ideas and plans. So if your in the mood, pop on over and see if anything "snaps your socks". Things are limited so it's on a first come basis.
Until Next Time
Soooo I'm thinking you all thought - nope she's not gonna make it, she won't get that other post in, but here I am my sweet bloggets pleased with myself for getting it done. Really I'm trying to be better about blogging. As someone said (Ms. Amy) it's time for a hip padding recipe, lol. It's just time to get back into sharing and back to visiting with everyone again. I'm so missing the friendships that I've made through this blogging process and I miss visiting with everyone.
I was trying to figure out which post to do, Primitives of the Midwest or the colors of the house. I decided to do the colors of the house because I didn't have time to get the links figured out for the quilt shops we went to on our way to Primitives.
First tho I want to show you a darling gift I got in the mail shortly after we moved in. Actually I received 2 and I will show the other one next post. I thought who sent me a package - then I saw the return address and I started to shake, lol - wondering what wonderful prim goodie was waiting inside - we've done a swap before together and I know what sweetness can come from these 2 ladies. Sooo who sent it you say
- well Ms. Grammy Linda and Kathy from Home on a Hill sent me the perfect plate for the new house
The blog name did change as you all know to My Red Farmhouse - but here at home I call it Liberty House and this plate is perfect for the house and perfect for me. For the time being (because Linda and Kathy know about tweaking all the time around the house) it holds a place on the mantel in the family room, but it's bound to move to many new places in the house
Thank you dear friends - they know it came on a day when I needed a boost and what a boost it gave me :) - I love it and treasure there friendship - always. Now if I could only meet them, lol.
So let's move onto colors now. I was trying to figure out the best way to do this - some of the rooms don't always show the colors the best because of daylight or whatever. So what I decided to do is show you all the rooms that have the same color then at the end I will show you the color cards I made up with the colors and their names. Let's start with the master bath - this color is called Steady Brown and this is the only room it's used in. It started out as Croissant, but once the tile and granite went in it just looked blah. So we needed to go dark brown to match the tile and granite and I loved how it turned out - really makes that bead board pop.
The next color is called Raffia Basket and it's in the master bedroom (this room is heading for a big change but the color will stay the same)
love my star transoms - those are his and her closets on each side. Mr. Farmhouse refuses to share a closet with me, lol
also in the laundry room
no it's not always this clean - do you think I would show you a messy one, lol
and the 3/4 bath on the main floor
hey I stood inside the shower to get this shot - anything for you guys, lol
Raffia basket is also in the guest bedroom and bath, but I'm saving that room for another post - pretty boring right now, but again changes are coming to that room as well. Quilts arrived today for it - me likey them, hope they work.
The exercise room has sesame in the middle and croissant on the top
The color Sesame is used throughout a good portion of the house, will start upstairs which will include the, sewing room and another family room (the boy's rooms aren't included in this because they are pretty boooooring - not much going on in there at all - but again it's coming)
remember my sewing closet - it's FULL
WOOL - GLORIOUS WOOL
this TV is now hanging on the wall as of today - hmmm not a fan of hanging TV's, would rather have it hidden behind a cabinet, but it's what the guys wanted and I will eventually have a cabinet built around it - prim style :)
Kari and Brian gave us that cute little clock on the cupboard as a house warming gift
Ok let's head to the front entryway, remember now this is all sesame on the main floor and depending on the light it might look
darker or lighter
I've already changed out this little table when I took the picture on Wednesday, it's just another little black table but fits the space better and hides that dang cord
also in the entry way is this dresser which belonged to my MIL - this baby is going to get painted as well - someone popped into the picture again - Ms. Cami is everywhere
now will head down the hallway to the main living space - oops that cabinet needs to be moved over to cover the outlet - . it's amazing what pictures show ya when you look at them
main floor family room
the kitchen - which can I say I love and don't mind whipping up "vittles" as my mother tother calls cooking - there's someone's butt in the picture again - she's everywhere
let's mosey down the hall to the mudroom area
So there you go for all of those interested in the colors. I clipped a corner out of each of my tag board samples so you can really tell the difference in the colors - but I never made a sample of Craft Paper from the office and Steady Brown from the bathroom. All of my paint came from Sherwin Williams. I just couldn't get a great picture of these little tags to really show the true color - hopefully you can get the idea - the colors are really richer and deeper than they show here -sorry I did my best :)
The wood work is just an off white, although it's a custom color to match my kitchen cupboards. The paint on the island and the fireplace and book shelves is a factory finish so I can't give you those colors either.
Hope this answers everyone who had questions regarding my colors. I love these colors in that they give warmth and color to a room, but really are a neutral in that just about any color goes with it.
So now that I took these last few days to really dig in and get things arranged I feel like things are really clicking now. Our home is far far from finished. Lots to tweak, move (heck things have moved since I took these pics 2 days ago) shift around, furniture to paint, pictures to hang and rugs and accessories to look for. But now I feel like I have a plan somewhat for each room and that's HUGE isn't it. My notebook is handy for jotting down ideas and inspiration. I was starting to think I wouldn't find my mojo again. I couldn't seem to focus, make a plan or even just make a decision. I felt like I was walking around in a circle, never getting anywhere and feeling frustrated at myself. But this week has brought some big improvements my way and I think I've finally turned the corner or "torner" as we say in my family. I'm now ready to enjoy the process of putting this all together, to not worry or feel pressure about getting it all done next week but to enjoy the process of nesting and making it our home
The process to get to this point has been a long one filled with a big time commitment, anxious moments, some tears on my part, and lots of fun and laughter as well, but it has gone by so fast at the same time - does that make sense. We feel so lucky to have been able to work with an amazing contractor who made this process as pain free as he possibly could, who never ever said "no it can't be done" he always said "will figure it out" who could remember the smallest of details no matter how many times I would forget, who had the patience to work with me with and all my quirky ways, and I've got a few lol, and who also made it fun. He took our dream on paper and made it into a reality. One that we feel truly blessed every single day to have been able to do in the first place. It's good to be done, it's good to be moving forward, it's good to be home.
Until Next Time
Well at least that's how I roll. Nothing gets my butt moving faster than the thought of someone coming through my door. Mr. Contractor would like to show our house to some potential clients on Wednesday afternoon and we of course want to help me out. Besides the fact that we love our house, we are so happy with him and want others to know and share what a great job he does. Soooo that my sweet bloggets means this chick has to kick her rear end into high gear and get-r-dun, lol.
Soooo what the heck has this chick been doing you ask, - hmmmm not exactly sure but I know I've been busy. I will say that I had MAJOR phone and internet issues late last week. They FINALLY and I mean FINALLY replaced something, a modem or something like that - wow what a concept. Maybe that should have been done about 6 repair calls ago - I'm just sayin. I was told that for them to come out on Friday because it was a holiday day off for them might cost me something if the problem turned out to be my fault. I told them come on down because I'm pretty sure it's not my problem or has ever been my problem after uptean (is that a word) calls and visits - sheeesh I was ticked off. Well so far so good and I think you've heard that one before. Please keep your fingers crossed that the problem has been solved. Oh and did I say it wasn't my problemo - so no payo on my part.
The kids came home on Thursday night and our fun weekend of great sun and absolutely perfect summertime weather all weekend long got started. So between the internet/phone issues and company I never got back to posting on Friday. Boy there's lots I have to share and say and I'm going to give it the good old college try and get caught up this week. I'm really going to try and be a gal of my word and post a few times this week.
I've had lots of emails regarding the colors in my house. After answering a few of them I decided that I would just post the colors on the blog with a pic of the rooms that have those colors and a color swatch card with the names. I finally found the tag boards that I painted with the colors. That will be one post this week. The other post will be the Prims of the Midwest trip I took a week ago. There's enough eye candy for that one on it's own. I will say that I never took any pics during class - what's with that. But lots of pics of our trip going there and a couple of my traveling woolies in class.
So I didn't want to leave you in a lurch so I'd thought I'd better post something soon.
The first person to leave a response on the correct name is Mary Burns/no blog. Sweet Wendy sent me a darling email with the correct name, so I'm going to send something off to you both for correctly guessing. What's that you say, what's the new name - well it's My Red Farmhouse. I love calling the Mister - Mr. Farmhouse (thank you Kathy/No Blog for the name for the Mister) and since it's just a slight change from My Yellow Farmhouse I just think it's a better fit. I'm waiting anxiously for Amber to change it over. So Mary Burns please send me your snail mail. Ms Wendy I already have yours :).
Things are winding down here at the Farmhouse as far as projects for the worker guys. My pergola will be finished today
then there was a little excitement here yesterday because of some water issues in the mechanical room - but it's all taken care of now.
On the decorating front I've ordered some cute quilts for the beds that should be here next week so I can finally start in those rooms. I feel like things are really starting to click now - finally. I've been so distracted for so long that I was really starting to think I was losing my Mojo of all kinds. I feel like I've been missing in action both in blogland and with my friends and peeps. Kamp Karen starts here a week from Saturday and it will be so relaxing to sit, sew and enjoy friendship. We plan on heading to Bemidji next Friday for a day road trip to a fun quilt shop. Little Silver will be coming along and getting out of my purse, lol.
I've been waiting for Ms. Faye to post pics from our woolie get together but she hasn't done that yet. So I'll post a couple of pics. Our hostess has a daughter getting married in 2 weeks. She made 17 quilts, yes you read that right 17 quilts for the bridal party and gave us a little show and tell. First off the brides quilt - this is a Quilt Soup pattern as well as fabric - ADORABLE
Here are a few of the bridesmaids and groomsmens quilts. Not sure what the maids patterns are, but the men's quilts I believe are a Whimsicals pattern - sorry JM I know this first picture wasn't the best, but dang this quilt is to pretty not to share - I'm just sayin
Loved this pic from the past weekend of Mr. Farmhouse and our granddog Dakota just enjoying the day
Well that's about it for me. I love that you stop by and leave fun fun comments. I'm going to just say THANK YOU so much for now. I was going to answer you all, but hey I got a house to organize before tomorrow afternoon lol. Right now you would probably all be crying "my eyes, my eyes" the way it is looking at this point. But when it's all done tomorrow - well at least picked up, I'm taking pics to share.
Until Next Time
I just had to respond here. I just reread my post and I'm ALL OVER THE PLACE SISTERS - and decided to leave it as is - gives you an idea what my poor brain has been going through, lol