Wednesday, August 31, 2011


On the way to visit my 97-year old Mother-in-law the other day, we stopped at one of my favorite places in our hometown -- the local farm salvage yard.

Since my heart starts pounding the minute we drive in, I guess you can never take the farm out of the farm girl. I don't know why as I was never the outdoors type of kid -- preferring to dress up and go to town! It must be all of the John Deere green, International Harvester/Farmall red, and the Case yellow that has rusted to that wonderful metal patina after years out in the sun and elements.

The first thing I spied was this tractor gear. Salvage Guy said he wanted $5 for it. I thought that was a little high, but it is huge (15" in diameter) and weighs a ton; so I said O.K!

Then, when we got home I was looking through the new Restoration Hardware catalog; and look what I found----


Guess Salvage Guy wasn't too high, after all.

I also found these cute smaller gears in my favorite International Harvester/Farmall Red. Bob and the Salvage Guy were very patient with me as I pointed from my air-conditioned car which three I wanted in which sizes. They were only $1.00 a piece.

I wasn't about to get outside in all of that dirt and sun (it was 102 degrees). So, it was the best possible shopping experience from inside my cool car. AND, just look at all of that wonderful patina.

Now, I just need to figure out what to do with my treasures. Any suggestions?

I'm joining the following parties:

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasures Monday

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday

Friday, August 26, 2011


Our pumpkin patch has gone crazy this year. Even though it isn't even the first of September they are almost ready. Does this mean we will have an early Fall and Winter?
The little decorative pumpkins seem to be ready, also.

The beginning of the school year also signals Fall to me. My grandkids are ready - they start on Monday.

Wyatt will be in the 4th grade, and Caitlin starts high school (oh, my!).

I've been rather negligent in taking pictures of them this summer so Caitlin and I decided it was time for a 'photo shoot' down at the river to celebrate the beginning of her high school years.

Where have the years gone?
I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Some of you know that in my life before my husband's retirement I was a quiltmaker, which involved design work for publications, teaching, traveling, and writing books. Once I retired from doing all of that, it just became too expensive to make quilts without an income to support it. So I began to experiment with some ideas to use my quilt designing ability in smaller, manageable ways. Recently, I have been making a form of an artist trading card in a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" format transforming quilt designs into paper patchwork. I've been so engrossed that I have now made a number of the cards, and need a separate blog to chronicle the activity. Therefore, I have a fledgling blog called Q-Bits (or bits of quilts), where I will explain the muse behind the individual cards. Plus, I will show some of the quilts I have made over the past 50 years.
The card above was made in honor of my Mother, whose birth date is approaching; and is based on the quilt below that I made entitled, "Mother's Kitchen".

So, if you are interested in my quilts and the inspiration behind them, head over to my other blog, Q-Bits by clicking here. I've just started the blog and have scads of cards and quilts to show in the future.

While I'm shamelessly promoting my other blog, I would also like to mention my son's blog, called "Michael M. Saulmon". Yes, he is always straight forward in that manner - just his name as a blog title - no pretense with him, which to me is one of his endearing qualities. His blog is always interesting and thought-provoking on a variety of subjects including education and life in general. He is a high school teacher and enjoys traveling in his time out of the classroom. His posts from his laptop while overseas are always informative and fun. In his defense, he doesn't know that I'm promoting his blog. He is still searching for his 'blog niche' out there in cyberspace, so if you are interested or know someone who might be send them his way by clicking here.

Enough self-promotion for now!

Friday, August 19, 2011


For those of you interested in the farmhouse look and have a creative spirit, I offer up the following pictures for inspiration.

Have you seen the new show on Lifetime called "Picker Sisters"? These two cute, young things travel around finding stuff similar to the above. Then, they take them back to Los Angeles where their shop guy makes furniture, light fixtures, etc. out of their finds. And, of course, they then sell them to their rich clients.

I took these pictures at a farm sale a year ago. Things were going cheap that day - I could have made a fortune. Oh well, the story of my life! Or as they say down on the farm - a day late and a dollar short!!

I'm joining in the following parties this week:

Funky Junk Interiors for Sat. Nite Special

The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

Sunday, August 14, 2011



Years ago, I bought this baguette bread board just because I loved the patina. Then on our 50th anniversary trip to Paris, I discovered French baguettes.

I made the table runner from one of my favorite Ralph Lauren fabrics.

Love my great-grandmother's monogrammed butter knives.

A 7-foot harvest table made by my husband surrounded by chairs purchased by my grandparents when they married in 1904.

A brown transferware pitcher bought at Marburger Farm at Round Top, Texas five years ago; now holding roses and valarian from my garden. The valarian was transplanted from my mother's garden many years ago.

A brown transferware butter dish from a neighborhood lady's estate sale.

Crochet edging on napkins inherited from my grandmother.

Just a few of the things that trip my trigger!

I'll be joining the following parties this week -- please check them out for a plethora of inspiration.

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Sunday, August 7, 2011


It is time for Sheila's (at Note Songs) rooster and chicken party. I don't have a flock of roosters in my house, but I do have one. And, there is a little story that goes with it - you know how Sheila loves a story.

My mother was raised during the hard times of The Depression on her grandparent's farm - you know - lots of hard work and no money. One of her jobs as a child was to kill and dress chickens for dinner. She hated it, and vowed that she would never, NEVER marry a farmer. Well, guess what, she married a farmer; but made my father promise that they would never have chickens. He kept his word.

But, mother must have missed the chickens; because our everyday dishes were decorated with chickens; she had tea towels with chickens on them; and she had a whole flock of these Royal Copley roosters and hens parading around the kitchen. Plus, every Sunday she could fry up the best chicken and gravy dinner imaginable.

See that piece of old wood in front of my rooster. On a recent trip to my great-grandparent's homestead, I picked up that piece from my mother's old childhood workplace - the chicken coop.

I am constantly reminded with warm feelings of my mother, her kitchen, and her chickens.

In addition to Sheila's Tuesday Rooster & Chicken party, I'm joining the following parties this week:

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday

No Minimalist Here for Thursday's Open House Party

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

White Ironstone Cottage for Treasure Chest Friday

Be sure to check out these blogs for a plethora of inspiration.