Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"I'm Addicted...To Beautiful Dishes"

Old dishes are so beautiful and I have loved collecting, displaying, entertaining and daily using them as we've dined with family and friends over the years.

I love these blue and white plates


antique cupboard with dishes

Polish pottery

More pottery

Brown & White Transferware

...and these

...and these

by now you're getting the picture...

I just love beautiful dishes...how about you?

The Blue Farmhouse





Monday, July 21, 2014

"A Pleasant Surprise"

Look at what I found

     While I was showing a couple of girlfriends around a favorite shop to visit when I'm in Los Olivios....look what I found! this beautiful book "Missing Goat Farm Book" by Heather.

     Although I have never met her personally I feel like I have as we 'chit-chat' between our blogs...holding this book in my hands definitely made me feel so proud and happy for my (blog) friend. Congratulations!

The Blue Farmhouse

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Just A Little Something"

A quick errand...then a detour and look what I found. Lucky me! And I can hardly wait to transform these pieces into something very beautiful and special.

Ornate gold frame and shelf

The Blue Farmhouse

Monday, July 7, 2014

"Summer Fun"

Our new...but old ride



Look I can ride too!

     This is one of my latest finds...and thanks to my husband for putting new white wall tires, handle bars and doing some other small maintenance tuneups. 

     It's almost like a new bike except I really don't want it to look like one so I have decided not to repaint it...but I would like to find an old basket for the front... anyway I'm looking forward to riding together with my husband...sharing some summer fun!

The Blue Farmhouse


Saturday, June 14, 2014

" Bedroom Transformation...Beginning Stages"

     This is how I'm transforming a $15.00 tufted vintage upholstered headboard and turning it into something fabulous. It all started last night with a shopping trip to Target store. It was there that I purchased this beautiful duvet cover and shams, down blend comforter, extra charcoal/gray checker pillowcases, new pillows, sheet set and new blinds.

     Later I will soften and disguise the beds corner by draping fabric from the ceiling...perhaps a soft gray to down play the vibrant color of the headboard.

     There's still more to do but I'm happy (and so is my daughter) with the results so far and color too! Until next time happy collecting, shopping and thrifting...

     The Blue Farmhouse

So far...so good

Closer look



My helper

Some ideas and inspiration

Pinterest image




Friday, June 6, 2014

"Alone Time"

 Front lawn

Blue/White toile material

Anyone remember the theme song from Reading Rainbow hosted by LaVar Burton...

Butterfly in the sky
I can go twice as high
Take a look 
It's in a book
A Reading Rainbow

I can go anywhere
Friends to know
And ways to grow
A Reading Rainbow

I can be anything
Take a look
It's in a book
A Reading Rainbow
A reading Rainbow


     So it just occurred to me that I don't have to go anywhere or if I can't get to the beach or Paris or anywhere else...I can go outside! So that's exactly what I did...grabbing some favorite magazines, books, a cup of coffee and an store bought oatmeal cake. 

     And in this solitude I heard birds chirping, a dog barking, a lawn mower across the way and I feel totally happy here..."Alone Time" in my front yard.

Happy weekend
The Blue Farmhouse


Sunday, June 1, 2014

"Afternoon Delight"

 A beautiful shop

I want this table...please

I've got the blues

Beautiful old (blue) doors

     A destination drive thru the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley...lunch on the open patio area at Paninos and wishing I could take these beauties home. 

     It was a very nice Sunday afternoon indeed...

The Blue Farmhouse

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