New Years’ Adventures

Well the Nason clan had a very laid back ushering in of 2018. We hung out, watched movies, stayed warm (we are under a severe temperature warning: -35 with wind chill), and went to bed shortly after midnight. It is nice to have a full house with extra teens flopping on whatever sofa is available. 😃

By comparison, New Year’s morning has been less laid back. After cooking an army sized breakfast, it was discovered that the barn had a broken water pipe and that the stalls were flooded. Rubber boots go on over pyjamas and off we go to MUCK out the mess. Thankfully the barn itself stays fairly warm due to the cows’ and horses’ body heat, so it could have been much worse.

Regardless, the mess is (mostly) cleaned up and everyone is back where they belong. Repairs will take place over the next two days as everything is closed today for the holiday. Now to thaw the humans out and have a cup of coffee or two with Baileys. Life on the Funny Farm never goes according to plan.

Happy New Year from our farm/home to yours. May your 2018 be filled with blessings and happiness.

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Pack Rat

I am a pack rat. 

Old fashioned mason jars that I just could not say no to. Don’t judge me!😜

I tend to hold onto things just in case I may need it. I tell myself that if I get rid of that I will need it next week. My sister is the exact opposite;  she does not do clutter. I envy her that. 

Just to clarify, my home does not look like an episode of hoarders.  We are not using our limited storage space to its best advantage. 

Bins of scrap booking papers and notions that I had every intention of using.

I am attempting to reform myself.  So far I am kinda sucking at it. Lol. Someone calls and asks if I want something fantastically old or vintage, and of course I say yes. So I have instituted a one in, one  out rule. I am working that system, and tackling one area of our home at a time. 

Baby steps, people, baby steps. 

Are any of you pack rats/ hoarders?  If any of you have tips, please share. 
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Wine Fest

Sampling at the first station.

On Friday night I participated in my first wine sampling, called Wine Fest.   It was a wonderful evening that featured local wineries and cider houses. New Brunswick is blessed with a bounty of gifted winemakers. 

A fun evening with the girls.
We discovered some new favorites. And oh the nibbles were awesome!  Sobeys featured an array of cheese samples and the Delta served beautiful canapés. It was a terrific night. We plan on making the event an annual tradition. 

As usual our girls’ night left me with a sore jaw and ribs for laughing so hard. I am blessed to have such fantastic women in my life.  
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What do you see?

Trellis for my bittersweet to climb created from two old doors and some rebar. Love it.
I love to go to auctions, flea markets,  and yard sales. I also adore curbside finds. The challenge of creating new life from  “old junk” gives me a thrill every time. I feel that these reloved and repurposed items are what give my home some soul.  

I have found that architectural salvage items are so useful as a creative option. Some people look at an old solid wood door, and they see a door. I see potential. I have reused them as trellis and arch ways in my gardens. They are also lovely when cut down for side tables and even tabletops. 

Arch way my hubby built me using two old doors from my grandparents homestead.

I love to use old stuff as storage. I use a time worn tool box as a stand for our media boxes under my Nanny’s pine table.  It holds a ton of dvds and other odds and ends.   I also repurposed an  old laundry washstand into a coffee table for our living room. 

I do not only collect enamelware, but I use it throughout our home as storage. It looks great and keeps things like face clothes from taking over in our old farmhouse.

It is all in how you look at it. An old enamelled chamber pot, works great as a clothespin bucket by my back door. An enamelled  pail corrals my face clothes in the washroom, and looks good doing it. I needed a new light for over my sink, so I made  one using an old broken mason jar and a lamp kit. It is pretty and unique. 

So the next time you are out and come across some old stuff, look closer at the treasure that could be. 

A broken mason jar makes a terrific farmhouse style light.

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Turkey Leftovers 

I have a 27 lb turkey in the oven roasting nicely. Bob,  as we dubbed him, is our guest of honour for today’s Thanksgiving feast. Even with the teenagers we will have leftovers. Yippee!

I happen to love using up turkey, but not everyone is a huge fan. Here are my families favorites.  

  1. Turkey Dinner Poutine
    My kids love this! Fries, dressing, turkey, peas, cheese curds and turkey gravy. The cranberry sauce is optional.
  2. Turkey Nachos
    I found this recipe last year at Huge crowd pleaser.
  3. Just Freeze It. Turkey freezes really well and it is great to have some on hand ready to go if you need sandwich or wrap fixings on the fly.
  4. Turkey Shepard’s Pie

 Just dump it in a casserole dish, top with potatoes and grated cheese, and supper is ready. 

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    Sweet Inspiration

    Who are your favourite bloggers/ sources of inspiration?

    I have been enthralled by all the beautiful Autumn posts. There are such fantastically talented people out there. It just makes me want to paint, bake, and decorate everything.  Holy Pumpkin Spice!

    The top 5 posts that have caught my eye are:

    1. Monochromatic Perfection. I love this vignette by Buffalo check plaid is one of my favourites and the Poe reference on the Nevermore pillow is fantastic. Find her here
    2. Warmest of Welcomes. Julie.thedesigntwins created a gorgeous, symmetrical entry that is bold and graphic. The warm hues of all the flowers call out welcome to all who enter. I would love to grab a pumpkin spice latte and enjoy a book, nestled into the comfy seating offered. Check out her home tour here
    3.  Tantalizing Tablescapes. I love everything about this dining room by antiquefarmhouse. Swoon worthy lighting, ship lap, gorgeous farmhouse table, and the perfect decorating touches made this post catch my eye. This is my style of decorating, I call it eclectic farmhouse. Gather here To check out the original post. 
    4.   Coffee Bar. This Halloween inspired take on the ever popular coffee station  is cheeky and and festive. With the little pumpkins tucked in, this tableau is as attractive as it is functional.  Shadyoaksfarm nailed it.  
    5. Navy State of Mind. This cozy display by Krista at Tweedsideroadhomedecor   Just makes me want to sit for a spell and relax. The navy rocker is the perfect perch to sit and enjoy a glass of wine after a long day. 

      Let me know who some of your autumn inspirations have come from. 

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      Beyond Blessed

      Everyone is reminded at Thanksgiving to be thankful, grateful, and to count your blessings.  It reminds me that we are blessed beyond measure. 

      I am forever grateful for our family’s faith, health and happiness. I am thankful that we get to celebrate and to simply have a meal all together. As the kids have gotten older, this has become a near impossibility. 

      I am also thankful for the soft rain I woke to this morning, as we have had such a dry summer and fall. It makes my farm girl heart do a happy dance. Everything is powder dry and the moisture is much needed.

      Gratitude fills my heart today, but my goal is to be more thankful each day.   In an attempt to counter the negativity we are all faced with, my plan is to simply write down one good thing each day. My hope is that it will remind me to reflect on the good in the world, when sometimes it feels as though we are bombarded with only the bad. I am making a concious shift in my focus. 

      So today, break some bread, laugh with friends, and soak up the blessings of the season. 
      Happy Thanksgiving from our Funny Farm family to yours. 🦃🎃🍷🍂

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      Fall To Do Lists

      We love our old farmhouse. It is overflowing with charm, and we have made a lot of memories here with our family.  With the charm comes a tonne of work to get ready for the upcoming winter months in our Canadian climate. 

      First, we harvest our garden. All veggies left are picked and stored in our rock wall basement. It make for a wonderful veggie storage solution. This summer’s drought like conditions meant that there was less to pick than typical years. Our yields were certainly down this year. 

      The wood house is filled to the brim.

      Next, is the firewood.  We use an Amish built wood cook stove as our primary heat source. (I also do 90% of our cooking and baking with it through the colder Canadian months.) This makes our kitchen the room that all friends and family tend to gather in. Our family puts in 5 cord of wood each year. This means we also get to cut, split, and rank 5 cord each fall for the next year. We like to season our firewood for a year if possible. 

      My hubby also gives the flu a good cleaning and inspection to get ready for safe use. I am terrified of flu fires. So this is a definite must. 

      Our wood cook stove when we first installed it. My kitchen is no longer this cozy barn red color. Looking at this pic I really miss the red.
      Different view of our stove with our present color, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
      My favourite view. I curl up beside the stove after supper most evening to enjoy my cup of tea.

      Next is pool winterization and general yard clean up. This chore always makes me a little sad. I love our deck/pool/fire pit area. It is my happy place and I hate to see the end of those seasons creeping up on us. The chores that come with that are some of my least favourite for that reason. 😕

      Finally, I clean out all my flower gardens, and often divide and give away plant slips. To keep it real, I will admit that sometimes this chore  does  not happen until the spring if the  weather changes too quickly. The shorter days make it tricky to get it all done at times. 

      Well enough writing about it, off I go to tackle our (house) chore list. Blaine is working away at the farm to do list. There is ALWAYS  something to do at the Funny Farm. 

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      Creative Date

      Do you have people in your circle who inspire your creativity?  They foster your ideas, regardless of how wonky they may initially seem, granted they will let you know if you are totally off base.  I am so lucky to have that with several friends, I was reminded yesterday that I am indeed blessed. 

      Candy corn inspired sign I made at my friend Hope’s shop yesterday morning.

      I spent the morning with my friend Hope at Milk & Honey Home.  We laughed, brain stormed, ranted, and painted. We were planning Christmas projects in 30+ degree weather, because that is what normal people do. Lol. 

      ❤️the stump pumpkin I painted as well with Miss Mustard Seed’s Petticoat milk paint. Swoon.

       It was a blast. My jaw hurt when I returned home; I had laughed so much. An action packed morning with a crazy creative is good medicine in this crazy, busy world. 

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      Grain Stripe Dresser

      Before, During, and After.
      The finished product. Beautiful MMS milk paint in Luckett’s really made over the entire look.

      Everyone has a junk drawer. A catch all. We actually have a dresser that acts much like a BIG junk drawer. It is a real workhorse. The top drawer holds gift wrap and batteries, the middle houses candles, pillow covers and such. The bottom drawer corrals spare school supplies for the kids.  A piece of furniture that works this hard deserved better than it’s beat up original varnish job. So I decided to paint it. To be honest my original plan was to paint it off white.  I was so wrong. 
      Here is the off white version. Pretty for the pic but a pain to maintain with my crew.

       That was Plan A. White does not work in my home I quickly learned. Hand prints, smudges and non stop wiping were driving me nuts. So Plan B was hatched. Enter Miss Mustard Seeds milk paint in Luckett’s Green. 

      So I Frog taped off the stripe areas, after giving the piece a good cleaning. Then I mixed up my milk paint and went to it. I love to milk paint. It is always an adventure. two coats later, I sealed it with clear wax and I love the end result. 

      Our work horse dresser is now as pretty as it is useful. 

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