Nov 20, 2018

THANKSGIVING and PRAISE


                                                   THANKFUL and BLESSED

                                   HE GIVES ME BREATH - I GIVE HIM PRAISE

                                               SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR

                                              I CAN NOT STOP BEING AMAZED

                                                          THANK YOU JESUS

                                  YOU ARE THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT

                                                 NOTHING COMPARES TO YOU

                                                                   I LOVE YOU

                                                        IN YOU I FIND DELIGHT

                                                                       XO, Tonita

   Psalm 100:1–5: Thanksgiving: The Gateway to God’s Courts

                         “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
                            Serve the Lord with gladness!
                            Come into his presence with singing!
                            Know that the Lord, he is God!
                            It is he who made us, and we are his;
                            we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
                            Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
                            and his courts with praise!
                            Give thanks to him; bless his name!
                            For the Lord is good;
                            his steadfast love endures forever,
                            and his faithfulness to all generations.”


                       What if we thought of gratitude as the literal doorway into worship?

                                                    

Evening at Farm Charm Cottage







I hope that you remember that it is never too late to have a happy childhood and please make time to play this holiday season. More importantly, make time to spend with your creator. Life on earth is so short. Be thankful, celebrate, dance, praise and worship the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. You are made in HIS image and he adores you. Call on HIM - he is extravagant in HIS love for you.

                                                                            Blessings,
                                                                              Tonita

Nov 8, 2018

FALL at FARM CHARM COTTAGE

Living (on purpose) in a wee, little 570'  vintage farmhouse cottage where every inch really does matter can present decorating challenges, especially for those of us who do not subscribe to the'"less is more" idea. This is especially true when decorating for the holidays.

Those precious tiny white 'baby boo' pumpkins are a perfect size to incorporate into small living quarters. Last year after Thanksgiving I found some of those sweet lil faux whites on clearance for .25 cents each. I knew they would be in good company with the other mini pumpkins I had amassed. Okay, I broke my rule of 'If I bring one item into my home, then five items must find a new home'. Oh'... that was a stupid rule. 

Here are some pictures of my 'Farm Charm' cottage dressed for Fall. Recently, I found a sweet gray  glass pumpkin  that came home with me. I think I broke that 1 in 5 out rule again. It now sits on my mantle and is surrounded by little white baby boo pumpkins, candles, antlers and acorns. Fabric leaves in green and tan hang from my chain clip garland to finish off the Fall theme in my front room.

Cozy farmhouse front room filled with reminders of the change of seasons
                                                                           
 This chalk painted vintage mantle allows me to merchandise it with seasonal decor and it's original beveled, crackled, chippy goodness mirror is a focal point and back drop for holiday displays.
                                                                
Vintage frame surrounds a glass pumpkin

Gold dipped pumpkins adds shimmer and shine
                                                                
Little wood pumpkins and squashes are added to the mantle's Fall display
                                                  
Gold deer antlers are in this holiday mix
                                                     
Cozy Farmhouse front room
 
A tiny hedgehog sits between the pumpkins

Vintage Farmhouse, Cottage style with pops of French - that's my style
          
Farmhouse Cottage Style
             
Comfy vintage rocking chair, a thrift store score for $25.00
A favorite spot to spend time with friends
My new favorite pillow. A Buck who's antlers are intertwined in the shape of a crown

It's that time of year when many a fire will burn in my fireplace

A fun spot to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea
                                          
Just a few mini pumpkins rest on the coffee table
                                         
Chain link garland with clips allows me to easily change out holiday decor
            
Vintage wallpaper flags and fabric leaves hang on chain garland
 
An old basin wash stand on wheels serves as my coffee table

Vintage doily's add farmhouse charm while metallic painted antlers, pumpkins & crystals add pops of shimmer and shine

The chain garland gets changed out with new items each season

Vintage family photos add interest between the Fall leaves

This little bump out in my front room was added on years after it was originally built. It is about the size of one of those slide outs in a fifth wheel. It's amazing how large homes are these days.My farmhouse is tiny but fits me like a hug.
A great spot to curl up and relax
                                                                  
Home Sweet Home
                                                                               
The painting of grape vines is done on a vintage phone booth door. It has been with me for many years
                                                                       
I am so thankful for my blessed nest


Thanks for taking a tiny tour of my itty bitty farmhouse front room  It's so very small but oh so sweet. I like to change things up but due to it's size it is really difficult to move furniture around on a whim. So, I have to change things up by using small items here and there for seasonal changes. This smaller lifestyle is a more simple way to live. I find peace in not having a mortgage, very low property taxes and enough room inside to dance and celebrate a blessed life for which I am very thankful for. God is SO good. HE gives me breath, and I give HIM praise.

Thanks for making time to visit my Farm Charm Cottage this Fall season.  I also did a bit of decorating in my dining nook  and will be sharing those pictures in my next post. You can subscribe to this blog by email in she space provided on the right column of this blog. Some have inquired about my non use of InstaHAM., I do not do Space Book, or InstaHAM,. You can still find pictures of my Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat (tiny house on wheels) on Pinterest as well as on this blog under the "Tiny House" tab.

                Please remember - It is never too late to have a happy childhood. Now, go play.

                                                                            Tonita

                                             I linked up here =
                                             Little Farmstead 
                                             The painted Hinge
                                             Marilyn's treats 

Oct 18, 2018

Farmhouse Tea Cabinet

Fall - the undressing of the beautiful trees that surround my farm charm cottage and the not forgotten 'Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat', (my 8x18 tiny house) here in the sweet Appalachian mountains. So many people delight in the splendor of observing the color changes that Fall ushers in. Me, not so much... I love hot sun drenched days where I can hike, walk, play and bake in the almost constant rays of wonderful sunshine where I am blessed to dwell. I love the heat of the day and spending warm summer evenings on the old farmhouse covered porch. Yet, I remain thankful that I am alive and able to embrace the weather patterns that undress the many species of trees that fill these Appalachian mountains, as well as the valleys that are neighbors to many rivers.

Accepting that cold and shorter days are just around the corner, I've put the fleece sheets back on my bed, pulled out my vintage quilts as well as a few new soup recipes that I want to try. I've also been gathering new Organic tea flavors to add to my Fall and winter tea collection. No doubt, they will pair up nicely with a warm cozy fire, candles and great reads.

I have a thing for vintage windows and it was love at first sight when I spotted this unique window that was laid to rest in a barn loft for many years. I had originally considered giving her a new life as a headboard but later decided that she would fit perfectly into this odd farmhouse nook. So here she is, in her new repurposed life as she proudly houses a variety of Organic seasonal teas and Organic local honey, vintage tea cups and other goodies that are part of sharing a cup of  tea with a friend.
                                                                               

This repurpurposed vintage window was hinged onto a homemade cabinet
                                                                 
                                                                     
This little cabinet used to be red. I painted it with AS chalk paint in French Linen and added crystal knobs, and numbers

Mason jars hold loose leaf teas and bagged teas fill the numbered drawers



Tiny baby boo pumpkins are a perfect addition to tiny spaces



Organic cinnamon tea is a Fall favorite in my home






                           Thanks for stopping by my blog. May you and your family be blessed

                         As always... remember it is never ever too late to have a happy childhood.

                                 Tonita 



                                                                              I linked up to - Farmhouse Friday over at  The Painted Hinge  
                                                                              To see more farmhouse goodness visit this sweet site  The little farmstead 
                                                                              A place to find new recipes - Marilyns treats.  
                                                                               I also linked up at The answer is chocolate blog.
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