Friday, May 29, 2009

Have a Dreamy Weekend


I leave you for the weekend with these dreamy images from opart. Artist and photographer, Tim Faichney creates beautiful art with old cameras and a variety of old lenses, some lenses he's even made himself.

You must also mosey over to his blog Stylemed. There you will be wisked away to the Mediterranean, and you will wish the computer could transport you into his Mediterranean world. Have a dreamy weekend everyone!



Thursday, May 28, 2009

Father's Day Gift Idea

Ever since I was little my Dad had a mammoth vegetable garden. No matter what size yard we had, he always managed to make an amazing garden there. He'd spend summer nights with a small radio, listening to the ball game and tending the garden. But a few years ago, he just grew tired of it, and he planted grass where a once freshly tilled garden would wait to be planted with pumpkins, squash and many other veggies. He began asking me to make a smaller garden design for him--one that was more manageable and closer to the house. This year I will surprise him with just that. Coordinating behind his back should prove to be challenging.

I'm thinking these adorable herb plant stakes will be nice to go along with my larger goal. I just love that they come with this glass-topped wooden box keeper. They make a lovely gift for any gardner. Each stake measures 1" x 7.5" x .25", box measures 8.5" x 4" x 2". Includes nine wood stakes, which are painted black with white lettering for Sage, Basil, Oregano, Lavender, Thyme, Parsley, Mint, Dill and Rosemary.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Come See What's New at the Flea Market

WHAT'S SUMMER WITHOUT A TRIP
TO THE FLEA MARKET?
THE FARMHOUSE WARES FLEA MARKET
IS BRIMMING WITH NEW SALE ITEMS.
Quantities are limited, so stop by today.
click here for great flea market deals.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tartelette and our Milk Bottle


You know I'm just smitten with everything about Tartelette. Helen's recipes will change your world, and her photography is pure eye candy. I was over the moon when I saw she had featured our le bon lait Glass Milk Bottle in this photo. Just gorgeous. Helen, you are a star.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Making Guests Comfortable

Making a guest room comfortable is all in the details. The room should be a cozy haven for friends and family. The bed should be as comfy as a cloud with crisp sheets and plenty of pillows. I always put fresh flowers by the bed, along with a bottle of water and a little note. I leave towels and guest soaps in a little basket at the foot of the bed. My most recent addition is this adorable Bird Transferware Dish for the dresser. I love it's vintage design, and it's just the right size for guests to put their accessories just before they hit that cozy cloud. I'd love to hear what you do to make your guests feel at home.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Perfect Dessert for Memorial Day

I wanted to make something patriotic looking for my Memorial Day celebrations. I found this Berry Mousse from Tartelette. Doesn't it look scrumptious? I might have to go all out and put tiny little flags on top. Find the recipe here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Apple Blossoms

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Perfect Tote for Summer

Whether you're off to the beach, the farmers' market, or a weekend getaway, this handwoven Cotton and Hemp Grain Sack Tote is a stylish way to go. With leather handles and a fully lined interior, it's the perfect companion for any summer jaunt.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Food Inc.

How much do you really know about where your food comes from? It's easy when you buy local and shop the farmers markets, but if you're heading to the supermarket you might want to watch this trailer from Food Inc. This new documentary takes a close peak at an industry that isn't necessarily looking out for the consumer, the farmer or our environment. It's another reason to learn more about supporting local farmers and how CSA can help you put healthy food on your table.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Crescent Park Carousel



We went to the Crescent Park Carousel yesterday as part of our Mother's Day celebration. The Crescent Park Carousel is a place filled with smiles, laughter and old-fashioned fun. The carousel, a nationally recognized masterpiece, has been around since 1895. We had three generations of riders there yesterday. It was magical to see my daughter enjoying this gorgeous piece of history, just as I did. In fact, everything about it was magical--from the ocean breeze coming in through the carousel doors, and the sun sparkling on the stained glass windows, to the sounds of the organ playing its cheerful carnival tune.

Listed as one of the top ten Carousels in the US, Crescent Park is one of only 15 to still have a brass ring game in operation. My daughter actually got the brass ring and won a free ride. I've ridden it so many times, and I have never caught the brass ring. She talked about it all the way home.

Faithfully restored in the 1970's, the carousel really is an amazing work of art and history. I hope you get to take a ride on it someday.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mom's Gone Fishin'


Dear Mom (pictured on the right),

I hope you get to go fishing this Mother's Day, or dancing, or swimming, or whatever it is that brings you joy. You so deserve to bask in the sunlight and realize all you have accomplished. You've done good. Thank you for being you.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I Heart The Lettered Cottage

I'm sure you've already heard of The Lettered Cottage. Layla has an impeccable eye for design and a lovely, warm spirit that shines through everything she touches. If you haven't stopped by I highly recommend you go NOW, because she's got a great giveaway of this personalized burlap runner by Coastline. The contest ends at midnight tonight, so skedaddle on over.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cynthia's Cottage Design

It was a lovely gift to learn Farmhouse Wares had been posted about over at Cynthia's Cottage Design. Cynthia wrote about our Glass Milk Bottles, which are definately a favorite of ours too. Cynthia's blog is beautiful. She has an AMAZING way with all things vintage, decorating her home with total charm. Take her little shelf (pictured above). She's made the Damier Red Cherry Bowl, which you can also find at Farmhouse Wares, look like a page out of Country Living. I love it! Speaking of magazines, I'm still mourning the loss of Country Home Magazine, but now I have Cynthia's Cottage Design to turn too. Thank you Cynthia.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Richard Avedon is on my brain

I woke up this morning with Richard Avedon on my mind. I have no idea why. I actually met him in Boston while he was touring with his In the American West collection, which is an incredible and powerful collection that you can check out at the Richard Avedon Foundation. He was kind enough to autograph one of his prints, which I gave to my friend, Ana, because she turned me onto him.

So I thought I'd pass Richard to your brain too. I chose this photo to share, being that I also have Mother's Day on the brain. It's noisy up there today.

Source: Richard Avedon Foundation

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Farmhouse Wares Chicks


The baby chickens have arrived! They are too cute and very friendly (so far). We got Rhode Island Reds and Plymouth Rocks, and we're very much looking forward to our first eggs. They're all cozy in their new coop. I just checked on them, and they were all sleeping under the warmth of the heat lamp. Life is good.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Join me for a cup of gratitude

Thank you to Daryl of Vermont Cottage and Joy from On Finding Balance for nominating Farmhouse Musings for the Lemonade Stand Award for great attitude and gratitude.

I love the world of blogging. I'm completely fascinated at how strangely intimate blogs can be and how a network of friends--some that you may never meet in person--can form. I love reading about my fellow bloggers days, their struggles, their dreams and their inspirations. I am comforted by this sense of connection.

So without further ado, let me share some other great blogs that I nominate for the Lemonade Award:

The Lisa Porter Collection: Her sunny, cheerful way always brightens my day.

Simply Heddy Shea: Heddy keeps me inspired on so many levels, but she really is the master of taking flea market finds and turning them into amazing pieces.

Lime in the Coconut: Linda just makes life look so beachy. Every post makes me feel like I'm on vacation.

A Country Farmhouse: Trina brings you right into her country life and you never want to leave.

The Un-Organized Mom: This Mom keeps it real, and with every post I feel like I'm sitting at her kitchen table, surrounded by her good friendship (and many appliances).

Flax and Spindle: There's just something warm and friendly about her style.

The Lil Bee: She makes me laugh out loud.


Here are the Rules for Paying it Forward:

1)Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post
2) Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude
3) Link to your nominees within your post
4) Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog
5) Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award