"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!
I am a displaced early American born about 200 years too late! Actually, I do like my indoor bathroom facilities, but envy the simplicity and commonness that filled the days of the colonial women. Hard work, but they would and did find joy in their day!