Friday, July 30, 2010

Tomato - Tamato.....

TOMATO - TAMATO
Which ever way you say it, we have an abundance of them!
Does anyone want to share some great tomato recipes with me?  Please??
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Old Farmhouse in Tennessee

Some of you asked about the old farmhouse in Tennessee we used to own that I showed you a picture of in my last post.

We bought it in 2002 and totally remodeled it.  We sold it in 2005 to move to North Carolina.  It was originally built in the 1940's.  By the time we purchased it, it had been badly remodeled several times.

You asked for more pictures so here are some pictures of the old farmhouse after we remodeled it.  The only before pics I have are not digital.... You will see a lot of the same furniture I have in my house now in this old house.  Like the dining table (we now use in our eat in kitchen), chairs in the living room, master bed, dresser and armoire...etc.

This is a view standing on the back porch...

The living room....


The dining room...

The kitchen....which BTW, we gutted and put new cabinets (stock from Home Depot) and new counters (white formica) and white basic GE appliances from Lowe's.  No granite...no stainless steel.  I think this is my favorite kitchen I have ever had.



The master bedroom and bath....



So there you have it.  We loved this house.  And it was really close to being our DREAM HOME...

I know you all are wondering while we sold it.  Well what you can't see from the pictures is the dairy farm across the street.  It was a very small dairy farm when we bought our home.  Over the few years it grew in size and the SMELL of the dairy farm, literally drove us away.  We couldn't eat outside because of the smell and the flies.  We couldn't have our doors and windows open...it really smelled terrible!

So maybe someday, I will find another old farm house to fix up that doesn't have a dairy farm across the road.

On another note....come over to my Lavender Hill Studio blog and let me know what you think about this.....

Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day Tripper


We took a little day trip today to visit neighbors we used to have when we lived in Tennessee.

Some of you might remember me mentioning I lived in Tennessee about 5 years ago.  We bought a small old farmhouse and fixed it up.  Here is a picture of it.
You can even see the same wicker furniture we have on our porch now - on this porch!

Anyway, our previous neighbors are wonderful people and we have remained friends and since we only live about 1 hour and 45 minutes from each other we try to get together a couple of times a year. 

We started our trip around 8AM....

The mountains you see in the distance are in Tennessee...we are still in NC here.

Oh! Scenic Overlook!  Let's stop.  I know it is foggy, but maybe we will get a good picture anyway.

Pretty, huh?

This was the view the other way.  If we climbed those stairs in the fog, we would have been a lot higher...but maybe next time.

Ok...we are at our friends now.  They have some roosters, hens, cats, kittens, goats....


Isn't he handsome? 


We spent the day catching up....having a wonderful lunch under a large shade tree and relaxing.

Heading home, right before you get into Asheville NC...this is the pretty view you see.

I can home with some wonderful canned goods, and some shared plants to plant and some wonderful memories....

What a wonderful day.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Metamorphosis of A Sunflower


The metamorphosis of sunflowers in my garden seem to happen almost over night.




Amazing, isn't it?  And so Country French!

Welcome Home,
Penny

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Love Where You Live!

I was recently approached by Susan at Love Where You Live.  She wanted to know if I would like to participate in a weekend series she was creating called, "Her Personal Space". 

Susan is the owner a home furnishings boutique called The Green Plum in Salida, Colorado.  Here is Susan below with her dog Sam. 


Susan is also a Field Editor of magazine such as
Traditional Home, Better Homes & Garden, Remodel, Renovation Style, Kitchen & Bath Ideas.

She asked, "Where do you go to escape the 'noise,' to read a book, to relax?"   I have a couple of special places I go to relax and get away from the craziness that life can throw at us some time.

She has been doing this blog feature every weekend since June 16th.

Please take some time to go visit (click on the link above)and see the feature she did on me!  And while there take some time and go though some previous posts to find where your fellow bloggers go to relax.  Please tell Susan, Penny said hi!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Taste of Summer

Are you enjoying your summer?  I am!  You know what I love best about summer?
Fresh. Ripe. Juicy. Garden. Tomatoes.

And you know why?  They make the best BLT's!

The BLT created above with tomatoes and lettuce from my garden.  The "pickles" are really fresh sliced cucumbers from my garden that I let soak in some kosher pickle juice.  Did you know that you can do that?  Don't throw out your pickle juice when the pickles are gone.  You can add fresh cucumbers and they absorb the juice and make the BEST FRESH pickles!

If you don't have a garden in your back yard, head to the local farmers market this weekend....

This weekend we are grilling out, visiting good friends and relaxing...ahhhh summer! 

What are you doing?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mellow Yellow

Here are a couple more pieces of garden junque that I spray painted last weekend.

We picked up these chairs about 6 years ago at a flea market.  I was always going to turned them into planters, but it never happened.  One was red and chippy.  The other black and chippy.
See how the almost disappear into the landscape?

I sprayed them a bright yellow and Mr. Comforts of Home attached chicken wire to the seat area.

I had some old burlap, that I draped in the seat.  Once I added the dirt, I tucked the edges under.




They stand out a lot more now! 

There wasn't much of a selection of plants at the garden center this time of year.  I wanted to find some trailing plants as well as flowers.  I will do that next year.


Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Color My World

I spent a little time in the garage this past weekend making my little world a more colorful place.

See this rusty old rooster planter?  No???  Look harder, he is there, but he just blends into the mulch and wood porch!
I was inspired by Brenda at Cozy Little House.  Her home and garden are filled with bright beautiful colors.  If you click on her link you can see her red rooster.  So I took a can of red spray paint....and voila!

Mr. Rooster really POPS now!

I did a little more spray painting with bright yellow and I will show you that next time...
Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, July 19, 2010

I Will Follow......you!

Some of you are probably not old enough to remember this song, by Little Peggy March.  You might remember it when Whoopi Goldberg sang it in Sister Act.  Click on it and listen...go on...I will wait....

I loved that song when I was young!  Anyhooo, I started thinking about that song today.  Because for the longest time I was keeping up with all of you by adding you to my google reader.  Then Google Follower came around and I added it to my side bar to make it easy for you to keep up.  But I wasn't following any of you as a "follower" just through Google Reader.

Well today, I started "following you" all.  I have been clicking on all of your blogs and you will see my smiling face on your side bar.

If I am not there yet, I will be there in the next day or two.  And if you don't see me, please let me know, so I can come sign up to follow you. 

Because you all are the reason I am hear writing this silly blog about my house, garden and life.  And I really, truly want to know about yours too!
Welcome Home,
Penny
p.s. if you aren't following me I would love it if you would!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Shades of a Different Color and the Winner

I have a dream of the way I want my bedroom to look.  I want it to be a sanctuary.  A place to go at the end of the day that makes me say "ahhhh".

To me that means a place that is clean, light and airy looking.

The picture below is how my room is starting to take on that feel.
Here is another view of the room below.
Eventually I know I want to have the chair above recovered in a more neutral cream fabric.  I know in a previous post, here, I thought about leaving it this color and adding some brighter colors into the room.  But I knew in my heart that was not the look I as going for.

There was something else, that I have wanted to change in this area of the room.  I love red lamp shades and I have several in my house.  But this one in the picture below was just bugging me.

I had bought the floor lamp at a thrift store for $5 a while back.  It didn't have a shade, but I had this red one already, so I plopped it on top and lived with it for about 6 months.

Yesterday, I decided to change it.  I had a self adhesive lamp shade already.  I also had some yellow ticking fabric.  So I covered the lampshade and now it looks like this.
Just imagine how it will look in the picture below, when the chair is recovered in a creamy white or a yellow toile or check.  Oh!  And ignore the paintings sitting on the floor :-).  I will also be painting the demilune table the same color as the dresser.

Now for the winner of the giveaway for the $60 CSN Gift Certificate.  There were 84 entries and I used a random generator to pick the winner.


The winner is Sue Loves Cherries!  Congrats to the winner, I will be emailing you with your Gift Certificate.  And thank you to CSN Stores for sponsoring this giveaway.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Bounty and Weekend Plans

Summer Bounty

Picked from our garden last evening before supper.

We are taking a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend to Mt. Mitchell. Which is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.  It will be about 20 degrees cooler there.  We are taking a picnic along.

I might even do a little spray painting this weekend on some garden "junque". :-)

What are you doing this weekend?


p.s. don't forget to enter my giveaway, by leaving a comment on the giveaway post, here. The winner will be announced Sunday.

Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Le Coq

I am joining the CSI Mod Podge Challange.

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Remember this rooster I showed you a few weeks ago that I found at an antique mall?
Well it now looks like this...

I used Mod Podge, authentic French letters dating to 1904 and a vintage French song book from 1929 to create this one of a kind French rooster.

 Decoupage: [French d├ęcoupage, from d├ęcouper, to cut up or out, from Old French descolper : des-, de- + colper, to cut.



Take some vintage French papers....



A vintage French song book...
Doesn't he look cute with a frayed burlap scarf? 

 Welcome Home,
Penny