Dec 25, 2018

Farmhouse bedroom dressed for Christmas -2018

As the final hours of this glorious Christmas day are approaching, I am finally sharing (just what is the rush?) more farmhouse goodness. These photos were taken on different days over the past two weeks. If you would like to see my front room decorated for Christmas just go back one post.

 I think that a lot of bloggers self impose stress on themselves in order to get a post up by a certain date. I am not one of those self proclaimed home stylist bloggers. I give myself permission to 'roll slow' these days, live in the moment and break all so called rules that would otherwise manifest into stressful "have to" or "must do" deadline moments.  I wasn't always like this, I used to live a rushed and, 'way to busy', over scheduled every minute type of life, no more. Relocating to and living in these beautiful Appalachian mountains has a way of chilling a person out. Especially,- if you move here from the West coast or the Pacific North West, like I did. Life is so much different here, and all in a very good way. My only regret is not leaving the West coast much sooner than I did.

 Back to my farmhouse....My bedroom is very small but also sufficient for my needs at this time in my life. It has the original plank walls and molding as well as the original plank flooring. Oh, yeah- wavy glass window panes abound in this little farmhouse. Since this 570' farmhouse is a real OLD farmhouse it is drafty in the winter. That just comes with life in a real farmhouse. Can I get a witness from anyone else who lives in a REAL farmhouse?  Winter invites use of heavy blankets and an assortment of quilts. I bet some of you are surprised to see that I actually use more than monochromatic colors in my farmhouse decor. But I do change it up now and again with my whims and seasons. I found this old simple quilt for just $10.00. It is a tad colorful and somewhat bright for my taste, but  it will be changed out as the weather warms up and the drafts stop flowing.

                                                          
A vintage iron bed fits this space perfectly


In different lightening this old quilt shows it's true colors.


                                                    
A pink Christmas tree gives off a beautiful glow at night


                                       
A handmade vintage angel relaxes on my bed


                                                       
Another pink Christmas tree sits on my bedroom shelf


A crown, a cross and floral sachet's hang on my iron headboard


My vintage prayer bench is the perfect height for kneeling and prayers


This little angel sits in different spots throughout my farmhouse


Farmhouse bedroom 2018



 
 Merry Christmas






Vintage quilt, only ten dollars at a flea market.

Original plank ceiling, walls and flooring


Angel resting on my bed side table


Christmas Day -2018


Yes, I do own furniture that I have not yet painted


Cozy farmhouse bedroom at Christmas


Early morning bedroom light




I'm dreaming of a Pink Christmas


My peaceful farmhouse bedroom



My R&G very rare vintage corset bust - one of my favorite things



I have more photos to share but I might hold onto them so that I can shock myself and get a post up early next  Dec. LOL. Then again, since I march to a different drummer, I may share them later in the week.

 I hope y'all had a blessed Christmas. YOU are the reason for the season. Jesus is not the reason, the reason is YOU. HE was born, died, rose again to bring salvation to the world. He came to the world in flesh for you to receive salvation and life on earth more abundantly and because HE adores us and desires to dwell with all his creation in a one on one personal relationship. If you would like prayer please leave a comment, and if you do not want your comment public, just let me know and I will read it personally and pray for you. It will be posted unless you request privacy. God bless you.

As always - Remember, that it is NEVER too late for a happy childhood. Now please make time to play, and hopefully make time to pray.

With love and Christmas blessings...
Tonita

Dec 18, 2018

Farmhouse Cottage Christmas 2018


Traditionalist - is a word that does not describe me in any way what so ever. I have no 'must do's' on my Christmas list. In fact, I don't even make a Christmas list. Some years I decorate and some years I don't bother digging out my ornaments nor the off gassing faux Christmas tree. Yes.. that's right- faux Christmas trees even from the over priced companies like 'Balsam overkill Hill'  are made in China and are toxic.Warnings suggest washing your hands after handling faux trees and advise that children and pets do not come in contact with the tree due to lead exposure. Holiday buzz kill, yeah, I know. After learning this I now use USA made leather work gloves to set up my faux tree. All that aside, I felt super happy and very festive this season and decided to dress up this little cottage for Christmas.
                           
 I went all out this year by adding Christmas cheer to the front room, the dining nook, the bedroom and even a dash of Christmas charm in my itty-bitty bathroom. Do y'all decorate your bathroom for the holidays? I don't know what got into me this year, but I'm posting pics that document the results.


A mantle with multiple shelving options works out great in a 570' tiny farmhouse
                                                                    
These tiny silver trees remind me of the vintage silver trees from the 50's.


                                                                                        
One of my favorite chippy & tattered vintage frames


                                                                         
Natural and painted pine-cones add charm and are a cheap ornament


                                         

This little bird is wearing a dainty crown


This little iron dog with wings is a favorite of mine. He is also wearing a crown





                         
Mantle jewelry adds bling for the holidays










                                                                  


                                                                                  
My coffee table is an old wash basin stand with wheels and it also folds down flat


                                                                                   


                                                                                       
A vintage star tree top adds ambiance in this little space

                                            

                                                                                 

A cozy spot to snuggle up for cold winter evenings




                                         



                       






A vintage rocking chair was a bargain for $25.00


My tiny front room dressed for Christmas



A chippy rusty angel dog sporting a crown and pearls


Chain garland holds vintage family photos as well as silver paper stars 




Thanks for visiting the front room in my little 570' farmhouse in the Appalachian mountains. Come   back soon to see more farmhouse goodness. I will be sharing pictures of my kitchen nook and the     bedroom as well as my Christmas tree in upcoming posts.

                                    Remember - It is never too late to have a happy childhood.

                                                                    Tonita

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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

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