A Pumpkin for Everyone

Pumpkins are my favorite.  Are they yours?  They are so fun to decorate with.  You just plop them out somewhere and you are done.  They are just so cheery in their plumpness.  They don’t even care that they are round.  I like people pumpkins like that. Today I am going to share with you guys, the newest little pumpkin addition to our collection.  My Mr. spotted it the other day while we were junking a little.  I’m so glad that he did.  It is a fitting addition to our farmhouse this year.  If there ever was a manly pumpkin…I would say that this is the one.  ;)  Just goes to prove that there is a pumpkin for everyone.

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Isn’t it sweet?  It’s made from a post and a small branch.  I love it.  I put it in one spot and then I moved it. (Big surprise.)  I decided that it needed a spot in the family room, where we all could enjoy it.  After all of our fence building this year…I think that it’s fitting that we purchased a little pumpkin made from a small post.  You all know by now, that I love to incorporate decor that means something to us.  I love for our home to tell our story.

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I have pared my fall decor down so much this year.  It is amazing.  It’s also very breathable.  At this point in our lives…this is what works for me.  I just dug out my favorites this year and I may grab a real one or two.  I am enjoying the fall scents in the wax warmer too.  They are so cozy.

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I am going to take a little break, next week, from social media.  I will be back though, Good Lord willing, and we shall talk of all things fall.  ;)  I’m also wanting to get back in the swing of sharing a recipe now and again.  Who knows?  I may even have a new pumpkin or two…by then.  If so…I will let you know. After all…there is surely a pumpkin for everyone. ;)

Love from the dirt road,

Sigturquoise

Finding Your True Style

I don’t have a quiz for you to take.  I don’t have a pill for you to swallow and then it finally dawns “uponst” you.  What I do have…is a tad of experience in homemaking.  I have been doing that very thing for years.  I can give you a pointer or two and then the one big question to ask yourself, that will determine your style. SONY DSC When we were first married…our little mobile home was decorated from stem to stern.  I had a major conflict of interests going on though.  In the kitchen, I had a sunflower and watermelon theme.  A mere few inches away…in the living room…I had cherubs.  (They went beautifully with our quail and wagon wheel couch. Hey…you work with what you get free, when you are newlyweds, and I was just fine with it. I still love freebies. ;) )  Down the hall was the laundry area and bathroom and I think that I went with frogs (so cute) for a while and then a few other phases. Our master bedroom was burgundy and hunter green.  It may not sound like much to you…but I bawled my eyes out when we sold it…and I mopped the floors for the last time.  After all, our first child was brought home there.  I was beginning to see what was really important. SONY DSC My Granny made a home for her family in a little bitty farmhouse for years.  It was my favorite place on earth.  It wasn’t fancy…but she always kept it clean and was always cooking something good for her family.  They were very happy there.  They were focused on doing and living what God had for them…and not trying to keep up with everyone else.  There is a huge life lesson in that.  There is freedom there. SONY DSC I have went through several decorating phases through the years.(My husband is so patient…and gives me free reign in this area.  I do run my crazy ideas by him and get his approval though.  I also get his opinion and the kids…because this is OUR home, not just mine.  My favorite thing…is a place that we all enjoy.)  For a while, I jumped on a more modern bandwagon.  It was fun and that trend brought us fluffy carpets once again…but then…it happened.  I found myself…in home decor.  It had been there all along…because I have been drawn to antiques from day one.  No matter what phase I was in…there were always old things incorporated. SONY DSC Farmhouse Style.  How do I know that it’s the style for me?  I never get tired of it.  I have injected it into every trend and style…in some form, down through the years.  When I finally realized that I needed to go “whole hog” with what I loved…not what everyone else loves…I found true comfort at home.  I also realized that what looked beautifully intricate for others…only looked like a mess when I tried to decorate that way. I needed simple, clean, lines.  I needed smooth surfaces.  I needed for my home decor to make sense to me.  Farming is in my blood.  It skipped my dad…and went straight into my DNA.  It holds my interest.  Why wouldn’t I want to use that to make a home for us?  Another fun thing?  It’s not overly feminine.  That makes it fun for the whole family. SONY DSC   What really speaks to you?  What are your eyes drawn to?  What makes you sigh and dream?  I’m not promoting overspending or surrounding ourselves with things.  If anything, I might be encouraging you to simplify, to make room for the really important things in life…people. wpid-img_20140618_085116.jpg Here is the big question that I promised you.  Are you ready? What makes you and your family comfortable? Get in tune with all of your senses.  Observe your family and what they take delight in.  Maybe for you, it’s wildlife.  Maybe it’s organization. Maybe it is sunflower decor and watermelons.  Sunflowers are actually trending again…so if you love them, now is a good time for you. SONY DSC If we live to be a hundred, that is still too short to surround ourselves with anything less than what we love.  Am I making sense?  Don’t just dream about being happy and comfortable in your space.  Do something about it.  Put some thought into it.  I believe in you and I know that you can do it.  My Dirt Roaders are smart and creative. SONY DSC I hope that this helps.  I hope that we are not slaves to our homes…but that we use our homes as tools to help us in this life.  A place of refuge in a harsh world.  A place to reflect the love and grace of Jesus Christ.  If you are not comfortable with your home…it doesn’t always have to be that way.  No matter the size or the age…your home can be a place that says “Welcome home family…” at the end of the day. wpid-img_20140619_093834.jpg

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise  

Honey Holes

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I am sure that you have some in your town. Honey holes. Your favorite spot to find home decor. In our town there is a lovely little place called Cleea’s At Home Market. It’s a delight to stop in and browse…and buy.

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When I stopped by on Saturday, it was to pick up a small gift. It’s a great place for that too.

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This little store is one of my favorites in our area. I have some others that I want to highlight in the future. I always get excited when the stores put out their fall decor. It’s also fun to shop local. I feel like I am supporting my fellow townspeople…because I am.

I hope that you have a lovely week and I hope that you find a few minutes for you. Hit one of your own honey holes, when you do.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Kelli

p.s. In our neck of the woods… “honey hole” is generally used for a good hunting or fishing spot. FYI 😉

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In Other News

I changed the header again.  Did you see it?  Of course you did!  It’s huge!  I’m kinda digging that.  We shall see if it stays.  The thing is…I had such a huge reaction to those Ball jars…that it just seemed fitting that they be a part of the blog header.  They are a pretty big reflection of me.  So they just might stay.  How about that whopping badge too?  I mean, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind…the name of this blog.  That Pottery Barn basket on the coffee table is another favorite of mine too…so I’m loving seeing it there.  Anyway…this blog is a work in progress…just like me.  I’m okay with that. In other news…

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We have had the sickies at our house.  Have you all?  There have been several bugs in the works at the schools.  My babies have been oiled down and it’s helping but whatever this is…we have all had it.  I am on fever blister number two in as many weeks.  Yeah…I’m whining a bit.  I’m kinda sorry about that.

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Another kind of fun tidbit:  I am up for renewal on my cell phone contract.  I should say “we.”  The hubby and I.  So…here is the thing…I asked for opinions on Instagram about Android vs. iPhone.  I am now more confused than ever.  I guess I will go pick the brain of my carrier rep.  Maybe he or she will be able to also pick my brain and decide what would work best for me.  The important things are speed and camera quality.  Plus…I can get an iPhone for a penny…possibly.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  I do blog from my phone some…so I need to be able to do that as well.

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Are you guys all decorated for fall yet?  I am…still not.  It just hasn’t hit me.  It will soon.  As soon as there is a little nip in the air, I’m sure.

I hope that you have a wonderful day…full of treasured moments.  They are all around us…if we will just really see.

Sigturquoise

 

Is it Fall in Your Air?

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.  We did.  We just enjoyed.  The older I get, the more content I am to just enjoy moments, and not constantly be having to find something new to do.  Oh lands, pass the Geritol.  ;) On another note, people around here have been digging out the fall decor.  Is it fall in your air?  I thought that today, I would post a few old fall shots to inspire us a little.  You okay with that?  I knew that you would be.  My Dirt Roaders are agreeable.

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I hope that you have a wonderful day, in your neck of the woods.

Love from the Dirt Road,

Sigturquoise

p.s.  Thinking of simplifying my fall and maybe going a little more “farmhousey” with it.  We shall see.  Stay tuned!

 

If I Had a Ladder

“If I had a ladder…I tell you what I would do…I would throw some afghans on that ladder…and encourage you to buy one too!”

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Okay…okay.  So I’m not a song writer. Not serious songs anyway.  I will tell you what I am though.  I am the proud owner of a couple of ladders.  I have been itching for one for a while now.  It’s one of those things that you either see or dream up and tuck it in the back of your mind.  The shorter ladder was found at a yard sale.  The tall ladder, I picked it up at a local antique mall.  I put that birthday money to good use this year.

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I love the coziness that it adds to our family room.  During the school year, lots of evenings are spent in this room.  Usually the kids are working on homework and Dad and I wind up sitting in there too.  (When did we get old enough to call each other Mom and Dad) ;)  It’s the relaxing and slow part of our day.  Supper is over, the kitchen is clean, and there is a candle burning on the counter.  It’s also the place that we usually do our family devotions.  I love cozy…especially if we are going to spend that much time in there.

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Isn’t the popularity of crocheted afghans crazy?  Years ago, I wouldn’t have bought one of those at a yard sale or thrift store…for nothing!  Now…I knock people down and grab ‘em.  Ha!  Just kidding!  Seriously though…I love the way that trends sometimes cause us to go back and take another look at what we once loved.  We see it with new eyes.  I also love trends in the junkin’ vein.  They are usually easy to follow and pretty much on the cheap.

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This afghan did not come from a garage sale.  It was lovingly stitched by my husband’s aunt.  I barely breathed the words that I would love to have one like this…and she had it done.  She is a genius in the crochet department.  I am honored to have one of her creations.  It’s so warm and when you cover up with it…it feels like a sweet hug.  Those are my favorite things.

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I hope that you have a lovely three day weekend, Dirt Roaders.  I hope that you get to enjoy the God that loves you, so very much.  I hope that you get to enjoy your family.  I hope that you have time to cozy up in your family room, living room or a favorite spot and just count your blessings.

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Good Lord willing, I will be counting mine,

Sigturquoise

Let’s Have a Ball

Okay.  That title was a bit corny.  Yes, once again I am talking about Ball jars. Do you forgive me?  You guys are so nice.  Let’s have a Ball today, shall we?

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We have all heard my hate/love relationship with turquoise.  (I know that is backwards, let me explain.)  For those of you that haven’t heard, when I was a child, my mom dressed me in turquoise…ALL. THE. TIME.  That is a bit of an exaggeration…she dressed me in turquoise quite a lot though.  I didn’t love it.  The funny thing is that it must have done something to my brain.  As an adult, I do love it.  I makes me feel happy.  Don’t you love it when a color can help you in that department!?  Yellow is another friend of mine.  I call it color therapy.

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I have a confession to make.  I do that quite often on here.  I am itching a bit for fall.  Like as in…I have been staring at our mantle and dreaming about throwing a little pumpkin up there.  I haven’t given in yet though.  I did take our summer decor down though.  After that, I decided to just add my Ball jars.  I had actually seen this suggestion on Pinterest, lest you think I’m some sort of genius.  ;)

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I’m really enjoying our very plain mantle.  It didn’t cost me anything to change it up and that is always a fun bonus.  Most of the time, the simple things are what speaks to me.  I feel like life can be pretty hectic.  I enjoy surroundings that let me breathe. I also enjoy decor that reminds me of a more simple time.  I promise, I’m not in denial, much.

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I am very thankful for the changing seasons in the Ozarks.  It’s fun to look forward to that with everyone.  Yes, where we come from…folks still talk about the weather.  Matter of fact they have been talking about the predictions in the Farmer’s Almanac at church.  I think that is sweet.  There is a bit of community in that.

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Whatever you do, Dirt Roaders…have a Ball.

Sigturquoise

p.s. Thanks Mom.  You knew what you were doing all along. ;)

A Full Heart

My heart is so very full this morning.  It is full of love.  It is full of the joy of a mother, who watched her children make a public confession of their faith.  It is full of the unity that one feels when a church family makes it’s way down an old dirt road to share in this kind of love.  A full heart is a wonderful thing to carry.

I snapped this shot before the baptism.  It says so much.  It speaks of a couple that have invested their lives in the families of our little congregation.  Blood, sweat, and tears, that will only be truly known on the other side of this life.  Our children were delighted to share the antics of Chuck, (our steer) with our pastor and pastor’s wife.  My heart was full…just watching from a distance.

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When we were building this farmhouse, (by the grace of the Almighty) and I stood upon the foundation for the first time, I got huge tears in my eyes.  My heart was full.  I didn’t know, until then,  just how far that we would be able to see from this little farmhouse on the hill.  God knew.  He knew all about it.  Even while the walls were going up, I had the feeling that this would be a place to share with others.  We have tried to do that.  It is an honor to share our home place with those that are in need of a little peace.  People tell us that it is peaceful here. I love that.  I love that…even in the turmoil of this life, that we can share peace with others.  Ministry comes in all shapes and forms.  We just have to be sensitive to that.  We have to realize that ministry begins with open arms.  Arms spread wide…to the wounded and the weary.  Sometimes…people just need a place of refuge…to kick off their shoes and breathe deep.  I am thankful for this little hill…out on the dirt road.

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I felt the absence of my dad very strongly yesterday.  Last summer we had talked about the kids getting baptized…so I held that conversation close.  Something amazing happened though.  At the very end…our song leader broke out into a hymn about faith.  Some of the very last words of wisdom from my dad…:  “It’s faith.”  I am glad that God sees us…right where we are.  He is a loving Father…that knows the very heart of us.

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Full beyond words,

Sigturquoise

 

Antiques + Me = Rapid Heartbeat

Are you crazy like me?  Do you love antiques?  What is my deal with old stuff?  Maybe it’s because I stayed with my grandparents and great-grandparents a lot as a child.  I love home decor that tells a story.  That is the reason that antiques + me = rapid heartbeat.

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When I was still in high school, I had my very first job.  I worked at a title company.  I also worked with the owner’s mother.  We called her Old Mum.  That was what her grandkids called her so…we all did too. She and I became dear friends. (Are we seeing a pattern here?)  Anyway, Old Mum and I would go to the antique mall on our lunch hour or just for a break now and then.  I love the way that she described antiques that had little spots or blemishes.  She said that they were “well loved.”  I have adopted that term myself.

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My step-mom gave me a delightful gift for my birthday.  A vintage feed sack.  It was her great-grandmother’s.  Isn’t that wonderful!? I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it yet.  For now I just gaze at it and pet it.  lol! She and my mom both suggested framing it.  That would be really neat.  Our pastor’s wife suggested draping it over a curtain rod.  I had thought of that too.  All of my mothers…and their wisdom. ;)

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I hope that you get to do a bit of junking this week, if you love that sort of thing.  I also hope that you slow down, look around, and realize that the love of God is so big…that we can never fathom just how much that He really loves us.

Happy antiquing,

Sigturquoise

Happy 2nd Bloggiversary Along the Dirt Road!

Two years!  Some of you have been reading this craziness for two whole years.  I just wanted to say that I appreciate it.  I appreciate the fact that you take time out of your busy lives to stop by.  This little blog is a place of refuge in a troubled world.  It’s a place that you can stop by…to read about folks that try to live at a slower pace.  We try to savor moments.  We also try to let the light of Jesus Christ shine bright in our lives.  After this last year…more now than ever…we want people to know that our Lord loves them…and eternity is for always. We want people to realize that there is hope and grace abounds more than anyone can imagine.

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I want to invite you to continue with us on our journey.  We have started farming a bit more, which has been so fun.  The Mr. actually bought me a donkey for my birthday!  He will be the “coyote police” when we add more cows and calves.  His name is Frito.  I’m sure that he will make an appearance now and then on the blog.

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People mention that they are encouraged by the blog.  That is balm to my heart.  You see…I get weary with the trials in this life too.  People are looking for hope.  I don’t have the answers to their problems…or my own, but I know Who does.  He makes all of the difference in the world.

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Thank you so much for your continued reading!  Let’s see what kind of “farmhousey” fun we can get into in this next year!

Love from our dirt road to yours,

 

Sigturquoise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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