I’m so excited for this tour!  It’s a little unusual but so fun, at the same time!  I mean, how often do you get to tour an Airstream?

This is a tour of an Airstream, yes, but there’s a little more going on.  It’s about connecting with our community and reaching out to strangers.  It’s about going out of our comfort zones and making a new friend as we stood in that Airstream, talking about it, about our families and our lives.  I’m so thankful for the opportunities that having this blog has given me and the new friendships that have developed because of it.  Otherwise, would I have gotten to know Sarah? Who knows! But I’m glad I did!

You see, I didn’t know Sarah, even though she doesn’t live that far from me and our kids go to the same school.  I never met her until one day a couple of years ago when she was picking up her son from the after school program when I was filling in for the regular leader.  I introduced myself but she knew who I was, she follows Farm Fresh.  { That still, to this day, blows my mind, that people know me through this! } So, we would exchange small talk in the halls at school if our paths crossed.  We became FB friends and that’s when I got to see her creative side and that we had something in common – our love for vintage!

When she shared some pictures of her Airstream trailers on FB, I knew I had to ask to do a tour and she was game!  We finally found a time that worked well for both us and we met at her place on a rainy day…so no pictures of the outside!  We chatted while I photographed and then we moved to the rec room above the garage for a cup of coffee and talked for another hour or so.

This Airstream is a 1966 Overland model and they’ve re-done parts of it to make it fresh and safe!  There’s just something about that retro styling that speaks to me!  I love it!  I wish I had one in my yard to re-do, too…except for maybe all the polishing on the outside…

Anyway – here we go with the tour!!!

It’s so cozy and inviting!  I love the little details throughout the trailer.  It’s these little touches that add warmth and personality and make it feel more like home away from home.

This little lion piggy bank was found in a property they owned when they were doing some renos.  It even has old coins in it:

Airstreams are pretty neat and have such retro styling to them, you know when you see one coming!  I love that Sarah is working hard to preserve these amazing pieces of history and keep them alive and well so we can have a glimpse into them…right down to the Airstream towels!

A special thanks to Sarah for letting my come over on a rare day off and photograph this trailer.  It’s fun to offer house tours and make new friends while I’m at it!

To be continued,

Lori

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard of Barn Quilts, I’ve seen some in the past, but now I have a whole new understanding and appreciation of them.  This is a story of how an At Home! magazine DIY sparked a weekend road trip!

If you follow me on Instagram, then a while back you may have noticed that I was painting a barn quilt.  But there’s more to it then just deciding one day to paint a barn quilt.  Let me start at the beginning…

Rachael MacLean, who is a co-writer for the magazine, sent the editor and I a FB message, with a picture of a barn quilt and suggested that might be a good DIY for the fall issue.  Now, if you know me, I love a good DIY, especially one that is as country as a barn quilt.  I was all over the idea, as was Crystal, our editor.  She asked me to do a little research about the history of barn quilts and away I went.  I scrolled through Pinterest, trying to find a barn quilt pattern that really spoke to me.  I did some digging around into the history of Barn Quilts, too, which is really quite interesting.  I won’t get into that here, but I’ll be sure to share the link on the DIY column when it comes out for those who don’t get a copy { You should subscribe HERE, though! }

Now, as I mentioned, I had heard of barn quilts before and in fact part of the reason I had heard about them was because I had somehow came across a FB page of the Stewiacke Valley Barn Quilt Trail.  I had looked through the page and followed them so every now and again, something would pop up in my news feed.  Working on the barn quilt for the magazine put this local trail back on my radar.

I wanted to go on this trail and I asked Mom and Dad if they would be game to go as well.  And of course they were.  It was my girls who moaned and groaned at the thought of having to go on a long car ride and yet they hopped out at most every stop and a little bribery of treats helped their cheer.

When you download the Google Map document from their FB page, it gives you the civic address of each location, as well as a little photo of each quilt block, which is very helpful if you are the navigator and not paying attention! Not that we had to turn around at all and loop back to find ones said navigator missed….once or twice of maybe even three times?!?!

I’m not going to show you all the quilt blocks, I’ll just highlight a few of our favourite, you need to go find them all for yourself!  It was a gorgeous day, so when we pulled over or into a driveway, a few times there were people out and about in their yard and we would also chat with them and ask about the quilt block and talk about the weather or what have you.  And for me, that was part of the highlight.

This was our last quilt on the tour.  What made it extra special was a) it’s tulips, a true nod to the fact Mom and Dad are Dutch b) the gentleman was in the yard and we chatted with him, only to find out both he and his wife are of Dutch background, too.  This was the perfect way to wrap up our tour of the barn quilts!

We had a great afternoon out on tour.  If you are in Nova Scotia, I highly recommend you check this out!  I’d also love to hear if you know where there are more barn quilts or send me some pictures!  Like I said, I’m a little barn quilt crazy right now…

To be continued,

Lori

 

 

 

 

  • Johanne Hulshof - September 19, 2017 - 9:18 am

    I need a barn quilt! Let’s see…who do I know that might be pursueded to paint one for me……😊ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - September 19, 2017 - 11:11 am

      Well, I happen to know a girl who wants to paint ALL THE BARN QUILTS!! Let’s chat!ReplyCancel

      • Johanne - September 19, 2017 - 12:22 pm

        SOMEONE is insisting that it be food related!
        You should drop by and we can discus!ReplyCancel

        • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - September 19, 2017 - 12:24 pm

          I think that’s perfect!!! ReplyCancel

  • Monica - September 19, 2017 - 9:43 am

    These are gorgeous! We recently moved to Hampton, N.B and I see many buildings here with these “quilts” on them.ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - September 19, 2017 - 11:12 am

      Pretty sure I know one of them…Evelyn’s B&B? ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - September 19, 2017 - 9:46 am

    Love this and hoping to see more posts like thisReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - September 19, 2017 - 11:12 am

      Thanks, Jennifer! Stick around…I have a list!!! 😉ReplyCancel

Every once in a while, a really neat project shows up in my Instagram feed.  And when it does, I want to jump on board!  Enter Chris Bennett of Christine Bennett Design and her Lucky Me Lifestyle.

You know how you find someone on a social media platform and you like their style, their spunk and you think you could be friends in real life?  A while back I came across an Instagram feed that I really liked and so for a bit I would just like or occasionally make a comment.  And she ‘followed’ me back, and slowly we interacted more. Then, one day Chris posted a little painting she did and left somewhere for a stranger to find.

That post was probably what tipped the scales.  I commented and a little conversation ensued and then some emails went back and forth.  I knew that at some point in time, we would be getting a painting of our own to drop off somewhere for some one to find!  { We’ve since met a few times in real life and she’s even more vibrant and enjoyable in person than online 😉 }

Let me expand a bit more about exactly how this works.  It has a name, My Happy Place Project, and the basic idea is that a piece of art is dropped off at a happy place and left for a stranger to find and take with them to be enjoyed!  Chris’s pieces for this project are happy clouds and happy waves.  She has left them on the ferry to PEI, her son’s favourite park as a child, a well known pie place in the states and some has been shipped off to the other side of the world for her friend to plant.  She even worked with Argyle Fine Art and created a book with paintings and drawings from 150 people who submitted their ‘Happy Place’ and then stashed it somewhere for someone to find….which they did!

Here’s the thing….she may never know who found it, where it is now or anything about it after she walks away.  But!!  Some people have used the hashtag so she did hear back from a few of the strangers!!  The stories are heartwarming, like one person who had just moved to the area and was feeling pretty lonely but having found the painting, their day was brightened up!  And that’s why I wanted to be a part of it!

So, during the Homegrown Vintage Market, where Chris was a vendor { the vendor who I got my lovely Chicken Mug from!! } she pulled a beautiful chunk of wood out of a bag or box and handed my our Happy Place Project painting.  I was nearly in tears!  It was gorgeous.  But I knew it wasn’t mine to keep.

The girls knew we were getting something to drop but they didn’t know what.  So they were pretty excited to see what Chris made for us.  And then when I asked where they thought we should stash it, they knew exactly where they wanted to go.  The Balmoral Grist Mill.  And I knew it was the place.  See, the grist mill is somewhere we used to go as a family when I was young for Sunday picnics or just a drive.  We would skip rocks along the river with dad and explore the mill if it was open. It holds special memories and I love bringing my family there now.  It happens to be on the way home from Tatamagouche so if we go for a drive for coffee, we might swing in for a quick little visit.

Once I had recovered enough after the market, we piled in the car and headed to the grist mill.  The girls were so excited.  I could barely get them to stand still enough to take this picture.

I wanted to make sure it was sheltered a little, it was later in the day and the forecast wasn’t great.  So, we tucked it under the overhang of the building.  And then we walked away.  The girls wanted to go the next day to see if someone found it but I wanted to wait a little longer, I didn’t want to run into anyone with it, either!

A few days later, we checked and it was gone.  I hope whoever found it loves it and appreciates it.  I hope it brightened their day.  I’m glad other people enjoy our Happy Place, too.  And thank you, Chris, for letting my family be a part of the adventure the ‘My Happy Place Project’ is!  If you have Instagram, you can see the other projects HERE…how fun, eh?

And if you ever find yourself by the Balmoral Grist Mill, I highly recommend you stop and enjoy our Happy Place and make some memories of your own with your family!

To be continued,

Lori

  • Christine Bennett - September 13, 2017 - 8:12 am

    Yay! You’re the best.

    Thanks for playing the happy place project with me.

    It started a goofy, little artsy thing that David and I did ‘just this once’ for kicks on a foggy day, but it quickly turned into something that really seems to be quite meaningful to a lot of people. As a society, I think we’re all ready to start hearing about simple things, that are simply nice.

    There are now 19 happy places out there. To my knowledge, they’ve all been found. I’ve heard back from 3 finders: a family from the UK who was visiting Canada for the first time, and found it on the morning of their first day here (‘Canadians really are the nicest people!’); a person who had just moved to Montreal and was feeling lonely so she went out for a walk and found it, and two people found the Argyle Art Gallery edition and spend the morning reading and looking the 150+ pages together.

    Happy places have been left in PEI, NS, QUE, ONT, and NY, VT, NH, ME, along with: Singapore and Indonesia. (I’m sure my mom is taking it personally that I haven’t left one in my home province of NB, but I’m working on it.)

    Simple happiness. That’s fun, right?

    XO- Thanks for sharing with everyone the project. And thanks for being as cool in ‘real life’ as you are in your #insta-life 🙂ReplyCancel

Today marks the start of another school year in our household.  I sent the kids off on the bus and sat down with a cup of coffee and a quiet house.

Another school year dawned, wet and humid.  The girls were pretty leggy today, we stayed out at the Pictou Ex too late but whatever.  We might even do it again, tonight, too.  But they got up, and ready and eagerly got their pictures taken. They know full-well that momma is probably going to blog about it! { You can read some of our other first day posts HERE, HERE and HERE!! }

Now here’s a funny story.  I stayed up even later, getting my awesome Letterboard all set for the pictures this morning.  I excitedly told the girls about it this morning when they came down for breakfast but they would hear nothing of it!  They wanted the chalk board that we have used for years!!  So, I can’t argue with tradition, so we wiped it clean and looked up some fun fonts on Pinterest and then did our own thing anyway.

Because it was pretty wet out, we opted to do the pictures in the barn, in hindsight, maybe not the best idea!  The lighting was crap but….here we are!

Our Lena is heading off to Grade 5, this will be her last year at our awesome little school! I’m hoping she’ll have loads of fun over the course of the year, and knowing her teacher, pretty sure she will!

Hannah is off to Grade 2 and has one of Lena’s favourite teachers this year.  I hope the two of them get on as well as they did!  Hannah really wanted her picture done with Cuddles, the cat, but trying to get Hannah and Cuddles to be still enough in the barn didn’t work well – sorry, Hannah!

I love that Hannah is sporting the exact hairdo that Lena had going into Grade 2, long bangs that needs to be pulled up, out of the way!  What is it about this age that they know exactly what they want?

Speaking of which, the girls had one special request with the chalk board and it was this:

Again, barn lighting did us no favours this morning, Ebony is blurry but the bus was coming so I did the best I could 😉  Apparently Ebony is in High School, we think her favourite subject might be lunch….what do you think?

I managed to get my Letterboard  in some pictures, anyway! When there’s a will, there’s a way!  The back and forth of a blogging mom, right?

I know there were some moms out there kicking up their heels and probably some crying in their coffee.  It is both pleasure and pain watching our babies grow up and move on, but that is exactly what parenthood is, right?

To be continued,

Lori

I took too many pictures to share in just one post – you know me!!  This is picture heavy but close-up, the small details of Kings Landing.

I tend to shoot tight and close when I photograph things.  So, it was no different when we toured Kings Landing in New Brunswick this summer, which you can read about HERE.  I saved some of the smaller details, the close-ups to post together in one post.  I love the textures and the details in historic places, they aren’t shiny and new, but aged and weathered.

Here we go!!  This first one is a lantern on a buggy.  Not only increasing safety, but beautiful, too!

These mossy slate shingles are amazing to me! Stacked so neatly and still so disorderly with the moss!

Apparently I have a thing for the patina of door knobs. Here’s a few I saw around the site…

This was something one of the staff set out for us to guess what it was….any guesses what it might be?  I’ll give you a hint that they would be in sets of four….

I loved the bright colours of the seed packets, the vintage drawings are awesome, too. Also, the price can’t be beat!

This is a toaster, if you can imagine. I can see that I’d burn a piece or two…

This huge wooden wheel is part of the saw mill.  This kinda blows my mind, I have to say….

There’s lots to see at the General Store but this little twine dispenser caught my eye.  How many yards of twine were pulled through there, while shoppers got the latest news about the community!?!?

This final shot was one I took in the Kings Head Inn where we had the best lunch.  The tables were dressed with cloth napkins, the waitresses were in full costume and the lemonade was sooo tasty but not quite as good as the coffee.  We had a late lunch so by the time we finished up, the lunch crowd was gone and we had our dining room to ourselves.  It was perfect to recharge for an afternoon of exploring.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Kings Landing through the lense of my camera.  We enjoyed our time there, exploring as a family.

And to answer the question about what that thing was? It’s a horse shoe of sorts for walking horses on mud flats!

To be continued,

Lori

This post was sponsored by Kings Landing by my take on it is just that 😉