Friday, April 10, 2015

such blue





         
Sometimes no words are even needed.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

happy bunny day

Sending many wishes your way for a lovely Easter!  


From my Easter box collection...I do marvel at their charm!


The one above held 120 rabbits!


Love vintage postcards too!

Have a joyous holiday!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

charm is charm & sweet is sweet



I often think how it might be so much easier to not have all
my sweet holiday & seasonal collections...to not add & change
my home's feel multiple times a year.  I think that I should pick
a number ~~ say 10, and then only have that many items for 
each celebration.  


And then I look about, at all my dear, sweet, charmers
that join me at different times of the year...how I would 
miss them all.


So, instead I think about converting the space over our 
summer kitchen into storage for all my dear hearts.  This 
space was once a home for hired workers on this farm...
now it is insulated and empty and closed.  What if I added
open shelves and could "shop" my own vintage collection?
What if I didn't have to pack & put away.  What if all my 
littles simply lived in their own room at the top of the stairs,
waiting for their turn to rotate into the farm's other rooms?


Then my mom's floral teapot and adorable sugar & creamer 
would have their turn.  And ducks, frogs & bunnies galore 
would not have a number, just a continued space in this 
heart of mine.  I like that idea so much better....because, 
truly, in the land of Kari ~~ more is indeed more.  And sweet
is sweet....and charm is charm.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

on taking care


A rainy Sunday with no "to do list" reminds me just how busy 
life has been.  I have made it through almost 7 months at my 
new job...taking only a handful of scattered sick/vacation hours in all those
months.  Dave & I continue to run our antique business...working 
two Saturdays each month at the mall we sell at.  Ian has 
moved from Milwaukee to Neenah in the past three months, and I 
have made the 6 hour round trip drive each month to help him set 
up his new place.  Add to that a farm that requires daily chores.

It is no wonder I am feeling a tad worn out.  I appreciate days like 
today when a kitty in my lap or a good movie or this rainy day makes
me slow down & take it easier.  

Do you ever feel like you are on this tread mill, working to meet 
expectation after expectation ~~ often expectations that we personally
have created for ourselves?


I am going to try to be better about this...re-adding time into my 
calendar for catching my breath, more time for things I enjoy.  Step one
was to cancel a work day at the antique mall in April for a day 
at a favorite first flea market.  Step two...adding this mantra,
"Be kind to myself"!  I will try to follow these words, how about you?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

sweet kindness



After returning at almost midnight on Saturday from a visit
to my Ian in Neenah, I really wanted to just attach myself to
the couch today.  But I had a list of chores to be done, and after
sweeping the hayloft, I headed out to our mailbox at the road's edge 
for Saturday's mail.  Attached to our mailbox post, I have a vintage 
egg basket filled with Easter eggs...as I walked out, I noticed 
something else in the basket ~~ the Midori hydrangia pictured.

Left without a note...a gesture of kindness.  

My sincerest of thanks,
                     Kari



Friday, March 20, 2015

She is here!

With such glee, a warm welcome home is extended to Spring!


I do adore vintage postcards, and tuck them here & there.

Here they are found on an adorably charming green trellis I
found years ago in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  Mounted on a narrow
wall, it provides a perfect venue to welcome each season and 
holiday.  I am beyond happy to move all my winter stuff to storage,
and bring out spring!



And let me try to even articulate how our farm welcomes this
season...I am certain I have witnessed the goats "dancing" in 
their pasture and can almost hear the apple blossoms getting
ready to explode in our little orchard.

Welcome home Spring, how you have been awaited!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

almost bunny time...

Even though St. Patty's Day is still here, my mind has turned to
spring...and bunnies...and, my beloved vintage Easter grass!
I have waxed poetic in the past over this green grass.  I have shared
dumpster diving for this wonderful holiday goodness!  And, no, 
the new stuff does not come close to replicating the charm.

I do not know what it is, but I tuck it in every little basket, bowl & cup.
Add an egg or two -- perfection!




Thursday, March 12, 2015

bidding good bye to an old friend

Let me not get too melodramatic, but last week I wrote 
"Cancel" across my subscription to Country Living.  I have 
subscribed to this magazine for far longer than I can recall...
back to the time when country living was hanging dried flowers 
& baskets and stenciled borders. 

I had mourned the ending of Country Home and Home 
Companion...my two favorites ~ they had not weathered the 
Great Recession.  But Country Living had hung in there, 
getting thinner with time & becoming a sales catalogue more
than inspiration.  Add to the fact that their features are online...
just didn't seem a worthy investment anymore.

I will miss finding this old friend in my mailbox, but will visit with
her from time to time in the magazine section of the library.



My only current subscription is Midwest Living...and not quite
sure how long that relationship will last.

How about you, do you still get magazines in the mail?  


Sunday, March 8, 2015

green is my color

If you know me well, you know that green is my color...
cannot be denied.  When we first moved to our farm in 2006,
I thought about a different color palette, one with less green in it.
But it did not take long for my beloved green to tap me on the 
shoulder and remind me that our relationship was strong.  And
so I bowed to her beauty, her calm, her reminder that if there is
so much green to be found outside, then surely it is the true 
course to letting nature in.

I found this depression green jar for a song at a thrift sale.

Green McCoy....why yes, of course!

A little green corner of my living room.  Dave & I stood for
a time to win this green dresser at an auction in Eau Claire.
The green ice cream maker was a recent $8 score at a 
thrift sale last fall...I was shocked it was still there when I arrived!

My green couch, walls...even little wooden bench.  My
living room is like sitting in a creme de menthe...with just
enough brown and white to keep it grounded.

What color do you keep coming home to?



Thursday, March 5, 2015

waiting...


For green grass, warm nights, animals at play, long days.
Just waiting for spring.

Friday, February 27, 2015

almost March

The quiet calm of greens & browns awaits March.  
Soon the pastels of April will fill our home, but for now,
"serene" is the request.


I have been sick with winter "yuk"...so peaceful feels so
good.


Found the sweet bowl above for a few dollars this past 
weekend, the tin mold was a keeper too.


And a bowl of charm...a clock, platter, lace...

What fills your home at this time of year?



Sunday, February 22, 2015

next...the shamrocks appear

Today I put away my Valentine's Day stuff...and quickly
brought out my St. Patrick's Day goodies!  I am always
amazed how my tin clover leaf cutters seem to replicate.


Greens, browns, tin, gold...all mark this time of year.  


Bringing out this next celebration also marks a count down
to spring.  I sneak a peak at all the bunnies just waiting to 
hop on out next.  "Soon", I share..."soon".

Sunday, February 15, 2015

spring on my mind




When I think warm weather at the farm, this is what I imagine: green green green and kittens!  On these cold February days, thank goodness we know what comes next!  Stay warm & think spring!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

heart day wishes



                  Happiest of Valentine's Days to you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

another keeper

I shared two "keepers" from my recent antiquing trip ~~ and
here is one more.  I found this sweet rabbit valentine to sit on
a shelf with a little girl valentine I had.  I truly adore everything 
about this sweet bunny.  

On a shelf in my bathroom, greeting us each day!


I love that $1.00 can purchase vintage charm.

Do you have a favorite vintage find that cost a buck or less?


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