Homespuns 'n Hayfields

A blog about country living, DIYing, crafts, antiques and gardening.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Homespuns 'n Hayfields...What's in a Name?

Hi Friends!

This post is to share how my Homespuns 'n Hayfields blog name was created.


A farm girl in training...this is my 3 year old granddaughter Lily - don't worry, her Poppa is standing beside her.


So how did the name Homespuns 'n Hayfields come to be?  When I decided to start blogging I struggled to find a name that suited my interests.  I tried many names with the word farmhouse in it...no such luck!  Every name I came up with was already in use.  I tried many other names...again. no such luck!  The names just weren't feeling right to me.



 I thought, what if I came up with two words with the word "and" in the middle?  Hmmm...what were some of the things I like? 



 I sewed crafts for many years, one of the fabrics I enjoyed working with the most was "homespun" fabrics.  I felt homespuns provided that perfect cozy, country look and for me it's all about the country.



I also think of the word homespun as being something handcrafted at home.

 I love the autumn colours in this fabric.



The "hay field" part of the name stems from my love of farm fields, especially hay fields.



  When I moved to my country home 2 years ago, there was already a hay field on the property.  How exciting!  


I made sure I took photos as I've been waiting for this most of my life.  The neighbours probably thought I was crazy lol!!


 This year my granddaughter, Lily, got to enjoy it with us.  She was just in awe of the bales and now she points out hay bales everywhere we go, she refers to them as "hay balers".

A few days after the hay was baled, I told her the farmer was going to take the bales away so he could feed his cows.  Her face dropped, she looked so sad.  She said, "that's Lily's hay!"  





My hubby found this bird's nest sitting on the ground after our hay field excursion.  I kept it of course.



One day we were sitting outside and Lily wanted to get some hay so she drove her little car across the driveway then walked into the hay field.  She was ahead of me and she went up to one of the bales, I heard her say "too big", then she started to walk to the next one.  I told her to pick up some pieces of hay instead, and so she did.  She got in her car to drive back to the house, keeping her arm outside of the car the whole time she drove.  I believe her intentions were to bring back the whole bale lol.



Lily feeding the hay to Mr. Bunny while Sneakers is playing foreman again.



I hope you enjoyed your little trip to the country.  

~ Kelly ~

What is the meaning behind your blog name?  I would love to read your comments.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rustic Farmhouse Table

Hi there,

I didn't think I'd post again so soon but I just love this antique table that I bought last week and thought I would share it with you.

As you know, I'm trying to switch from Primitive Decor to Farmhouse Decor, or at least find a balance in between.  I love both!!!  I keep my eyes open regularly for farmhouse decor, old cabinets, etc., especially in white or something that I can paint.  Cabinets aren't that easy to find in my price range, most are very expensive in this area.  Last week I came across this cabinet on-line and thought it was wonderful.  I went to see it and loved it immediately.  I bought it for $20.00.  What an amazing deal.  I still need to wash it down but it definitely has that old farmhouse design I'm looking for.

I originally purchased it for the upstairs bathroom but it doesn't look like it's going to fit.  I had hoped to place the antique medicine cabinet above it, I thought it would tie in perfectly with the table to provide that perfect farmhouse look.  I had also considered placing my new antique mirror with it.

I took the photos outside since I'm not sure where I'm going to place it yet.  Please ignore the grass, we're not getting much rain this year.  The lawn has also gone through a tough transition this year - but that's a whole other story lol!

I love the ironstone pieces on it - it gives me that farmhouse feel that I love so much.



I love the old worn finish and the rusty old nails.





The lady I purchased it from told me that it was in the barn when they purchased their home.  She is into new furnishings so just wanted to get rid of it.  That works for me!!  She was told by her realtor that it is an old washstand.  I'm not sure if I agree.  Does anyone know what it actually is?  I was wondering if it had maybe been an old work table for a farmhouse kitchen or possibly a desk.  I just don't know.  Send me your thoughts, I'd love to hear your from you.

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Great Escape

Hi Friends,

It has been quite awhile since my last post.  I have missed posting and visiting your blogs also but I just haven't been up to it.  Life has definitely changed.  For the last 2 months I have had my daughter and my 3 year old granddaughter living with us and it has been challenging.   Quiet time just doesn't exist anymore and it's so hard to concentrate on writing or reading posts when you have a little girl that just loves to talk and talk and talk...LOL!!  I do miss all of you!

A couple of weeks ago, my hubby and I decided we MUST get out and spend some time alone together.  No noise, no disruptions...just us.  We enjoyed the day so much we discussed not returning home ever again...lol...just kidding.  But we definitely joked about it.

We decided to visit Creemore, a small town about 1 1/2 hours away from home.  My co-worker told me it's a quaint little town with interesting shops, etc. so I thought, why not.  I was ready to visit somewhere different.

We had a beautiful drive there.  We found some beautiful back roads, dirt roads that wound back and forth, up and down hills through both forests and fields.  I didn't want to leave the area, it was so peaceful and we definitely needed that.  We live very close to the Niagara Escarpment so there are some great hills to go up and down and different rivers to cross.  We decided to take this drive again in Autumn, it will be gorgeous!

    Unfortunately, I forgot to take some pictures of the main street but did obtain photos of the little jail.  The sign states it's the smallest jail in North America.







The jail has 3 cells.





I love the door to the jail.  Very rustic.



Beside the jail was this wonderful old log cabin.  Here is more information about The Creemore Log Cabin.

One of my dreams has been to live in a rustic cabin, I think this one is beautiful.









While there, we also visited a small flea market and the main street shops.  My hubby mostly stayed outside and waited for me to browse through the shops, what a wonderful guy!

One shop in particular caught my eye.  It was a small shop full of character and charm.  The front of the store was full of wonderful antiques such as dough bowls and buckets, ironstone, old sack cloths and many other items.  The store itself was from "yesteryear".  Unfortunately, the items in the store were out of my price range as they're priced to sell to the many visitors they get from the city.  I enjoyed the experience all the same...I didn't want to leave.  In the back of the store were milk paints, etc.  As I couldn't quite decide on a colour of paint, the shop owner took me outside to show me one of her projects.  We went through a quaint iron gate before winding our way through her beautiful perennial garden.  At the back, she was working on an old farm table, how I would have loved to have taken that table home.  She had painted the legs on it and there it was, the exact colour of paint I was looking for.  SOLD!!!!  I went in and bought some paint, antiquing wax and a brush for some future projects which I can't wait to start.


After we finished shopping, we went to a small diner, the food was delicious.

When we were ready to leave we thought...where do we go now?  We weren't ready to go home yet.  We decided to drive over to another town and found an antique store there.  I found a wonderful antique mirror which will fit perfectly into my farmhouse decor.  As it is a pale green, I may use my new paint to change the frame colour although I love the chippy look of the old paint.  I can't believe the weight of this antique mirror considering it's small, it's definitely old.


Here's a close up view of the chippy paint.


On the way home, we tried to find the road that we originally came in on but no such luck.  There had been so many twists and turns that we couldn't find it although I'm sure we were close.  What we did find were other roads that were different but also very beautiful.  I'm so glad we got to experience this.  

This is looking down at Georgian Bay from up on the Niagara Escarpment.


You can see land off in the distance.



I love old bridges.


Some people in kayaks peacefully paddling down the river.


Another old bridge.




Thanks for dropping in, I'm always thrilled to have you.   I hope you enjoyed your visit to a small part of Ontario, Canada.

~ Kelly ~

Monday, May 16, 2016

Antique Medicine Cabinet


Hi Dear Friends,

I thought I would share photos of this medicine cabinet with you.  I purchased it at an outdoor antique sale about 4 years ago.  As soon as I saw it, I liked it.  Over time, with fixing up my last house and life becoming crazy, it was packed away.  When I moved to my current house 2 years ago, it was unpacked and I admired it all over again.  But...being overwhelmed setting up a new house, I decided I would just get rid of it and sell it at a garage sale.  I had paid $8.00 for it.  


At the time I purchased it, I think I was just beginning to become interested in the shabby look in decor.  I already loved old things and primitive country decor but my tastes hadn't developed to where they are now.

Last summer or fall, my tastes began to change a bit more.  While looking at blogs with farmhouse decor, I instantly fell in love with the style and desired that look in my own home.  With living in a farmhouse that is over 100 years old, I thought the farmhouse style would be perfect.  I mentioned to my hubby a few times to not let me sell the medicine cabinet that's packed away in the barn.  I wanted to have another look at it before making a decision. 


Last weekend, I started rummaging through some boxes in the barn as we're hoping to have a yard sale this year (although I don't know if we can pull it together in time).  As I emptied a few boxes, there it was!  I have so much more appreciation for this cabinet now as it definitely works with the farmhouse look that I want to achieve.  Off to the house it went.

The chippy paint is just wonderful!


It appears to be homemade.  The paint is an old, antique kind of white which fits perfectly.



It looks like someone may have started to sand the top of it at one time.


It still needs a good clean up on the inside but I thought I would leave it as is for the photo.  It helps it show it's age more.


I'm looking forward to hanging this cabinet up and taking one more step toward reaching my farmhouse dreams.

Have a wonderful week