'Stay, stay at home and rest. Homekeeping hearts are happiest.' ~ Author Unknown.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

~ A Source for Primitive Colonial Inspiration! ~

"Stay. Stay at home and rest. Home keeping hearts are happiest."

The summer is over. I beheld my first leaves falling from our trees. Harvesting is in full swing in our home. I am aching to decorate and 'stir the nest'. Sound familiar? My husband went back to school (he is a teacher) last Friday, and my daughter starts Monday. This 'back to school' season truly is the beginning of the Lindsay's New Year. We revolve on a school year more than a calendar year, and that is okay with me. I am a fall and winter person to the very core of my being.

Warning - picture heavy post this morning. I promised eye candy decorating ideas and my firkin makeover. So here goes!

These books that I stumbled across several years ago truly are my decorating authorities. Many of you may have them, some may not even know about them, but all of you I think would LOVE them. They are located at http://www.marshhomesteadantiques.com/ and I believe they are advertised in Country Sampler as well. Pages and pages of photos, NO ADVERTISING, and great photo shoots are the perks of these books. The only downfall they would have is they are a little on the pricy side, although if you consider the cost to be a years subscribtion to a magazine and there are way more photos and ideas, then they are worth it. The early books have a few lesser quality photos, but overall, they have a rating of 9 out of 10 for me. Enjoy a preview:







Right now there are about eight of them out, which I only have 6 pictured here. They really are good inspirational decorating books.


And now the good news! My firkin is done, my one and only firkin! Being out in the West, these jewels are really hard to come by! I really struggled with the stressing of this one, but I hope to find more and refinish them in many colors, so this one I learned a lot on, and I love the way it turned out.

Before:
And after:

Hope you all are enjoying your last of the summer rites and are participating in the harvest around your area. The bounties are many, and we should not let anything go to waste. Blessings on your work this day and small simplicities be yours!

Shanda

5 comments:

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Love how your firkin turned out! And you're right, they are few and far between here in the west...

I'm so not a winter person! Not one tiny teeny iota of a drop. In fact, after fall as left and snow has fallen, I want to move to Arizona! Every. Single. Year. Sigh......I do love the Autumn though. But as far as I'm concerned, we are having "late" summer, then Indian summer will come, and then maybe we can say.... perhaps...... early fall? LOL
Enjoy! :-D Mercy Otis

Carmen at Primcatshouse said...

Love your firkin! It came out great.

I think they are hard to find where I am too because I have never seen one.

Love your blog! I'm adding you to my list.

Have a great day!
Carmen

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Oh yes indeed! Your firkin came out wonderfully!!Love the color you chose.
My life always revolved around the school year too since I taught preschool for many years and it still does in my mind. I too am a fall/winter person through and through. So I am hopiong our temps nose dive into the 70's and lower on Thursday!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

What better seasons than Fall/Winter...makes a home warm and inviting with the scents of candles and aromas of foods.

Oh, don't you just love Judy's books...I have a few of hers and love them.

Karen
http://mycolonialhome.blogspot.com/
kmprimitives@yahoo.com

Constance said...

I found a firkin exactly like the one you have at a garage sale in early summer. I was going to paint it robin's egg blue but things have gotten behind here this year and I never got around to paining it. I love the way yours turned out. It is beautiful, since autumn has finally arrived I'm thinking on the lines of red or pumpkin instead of blue. I always look forward to your posts.