Patriotic Flag Classes at the Farmhouse Studio

 

I thought I would share some pictures with you from my recent flag painting class. This is the Rustic Flag that we painted.

Rustic Flag new I really love decorating in red white and blue around this time of the year. I had been wanting to paint a flag for a while so I came up with this one out of bead board. I really enjoyed painting it and had a great time sharing it with these other ladies who came to the studio  to paint their own flags.

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We used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for this project. The colors we used are Ironstone, Tricycle, Flow Blue, and Artissimo.  Just look at the amazing chippy finish that this paint will give naturally.

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This next group of ladies were real troopers. The power went out as soon as they arrived at the studio but they didn’t give up, they stuck out the heat and lack of light to finish painting their flags.

 

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We ended up having to go outside on the porch to finish up painting because the light was getting so dim inside that is was difficult to see well enough to paint.

 

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Outside I had to compete with horses and cats, but we managed to finish the flags. This was by far the most interesting class I’ve ever had. Dealing with the heat and lack of light was not fun.

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I love seeing all of the variations in flags based on each persons individuality.

1st flag class This was such a fun project to paint. I hope to be hosting  more project classes at the Farmhouse Studio soon.

Happy Painting,

Missy

 

 

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Patriotic Star

 

I have been wanting to do some fun classes where you learn a new technique while you complete a project that you can take home and enjoy or give as a gift.

This one has been in my mind for a while, so I’m glad that I finally had some time to sit down and play with it.

 

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I love the way it turned out.

There  are several steps involved here to create this great textured look. I used  Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on this project. This is a totally different look for milk paint.

Usually when I use milk paint I’m going for more of an old chippy look like on this farm table.

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One of the most amazing things about this paint is just how many different looks you can get with it.

I will be teaching both of these techniques with milk paint this month on June 28th. You can see my classes and workshops page for details on that if you are interested.

 

Happy Painting, Missy

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Fall in the South

 

In contrast to the beautiful snow that we saw in Rachel’s post from Wyoming, I thought I’d post some shots of our garden so she can show those Wyoming friends of her’s what fall in the south looks like.

We do get some nice fall color on our little country road, but it’s still a little early for that.

So here is a stroll through the garden in October.

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Southern Fried Squash anyone?

 

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One of the many roses..  Maggie

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He sure wants to get to those chickens.

 

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Did I mention that almost all of our roses are antique roses? This one is Belinda’s Dream.

 

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And.. Lafter

These roses are the view out of my kitchen window. I am able to enjoy them everyday.

It seems that I spend a lot of time looking out that window. It is right over the  kitchen sink, which somehow attracts dirty dishes like a magnet. Which in turn makes me spend my time there. I’m really glad I enjoy the view.

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I can also see the chickens from that window.

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Rachel’s cat  Sadie.

This was my favorite snow picture from Rachel but she didn’t put it in her post so I thought I’d show it to you.

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I think her truck looks like one of the cars from the Cars movie.

Happy Fall Y’all,

Missy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snow Days

 

I went to sleep with it snowing and woke up to this:

 

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Needless to say, I had all my long johns on that day.

 

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It’s ironic to me that back home they were watching a hurricane that was supposed to be hitting the gulf and here in Wyoming we had a snow storm.

 

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It was the perfect day to cozy up to the fire with a nice mug of hot chocolate and read a good book!

 

Rachel

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Playing with paint

 

 

I’ve been playing with paint for the last few weeks. Chalk paint that is. And chalk/clay paint.

I have to say that I really like this stuff. It is so different from latex paint. It is really easy to work with.

I think that I have had some pretty good results so I thought I’d share some of them with you and see what you think.

I only have a couple of before pictures, I think I was just too excited so I jumped right in and started painting then I remembered that I had planned to take a before picture.

Don’t judge my work by the poor photography… my #1  photographer flew the coop on me. I guess that learning better photography will have to be on my must do list.

And learning more about blogging and websites.

I can tell I’m really going to be  challenged mentally.  Kinda like trying to teach an old dog a new trick.

O. K. so here it goes:

I bought these 2 vintage needlework pictures and thought that the frames really didn’t do much for them so I painted them this lovely blue. I think it really brings out the blue in the needlework.

 

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Here is almost a before, when only one frame was painted you can see what the frames looked like when I bought them.

 

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I like the blue frames much better, what do you think?

This is a cute little vintage spice rack, I don’t have a before of it.

 

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But I do have a detail to show the distressing.

 

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This was wet distressing – no sandpaper needed.

I really like vintage spice racks. I think I own 3 of them at the moment.

Next up chalkboards:

I made a fall chalkboard.

 

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It was so much fun that I made this cute little teapot chalkboard.

 

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I have plans for a few more. This is fun stuff.

They say chalk/clay based paint will stick to any surface so I bought this to experiment with.

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And this is how it turned out.

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I got really brave and decided to move on to a couple of bigger projects.

 

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This was stained with a dark stain, I think it looks much better this way.

And last but not least …

 

blue shelf after

Here is a close up of the finish

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This one is a 3 layer finish with distressing. This paint is really easy to distress. Did I mention that already ? No sandpaper, just wiping back the paint.

Here is how it started out.

 

blue shelf before

 

Overall everything turned out the way I planned and I had a lot of  fun painting.

 

 

And now I want to leave you with some real paint beauty.

paint horses in rain

These were painted by the master painter himself. The maker of the universe in all of it’s glory.

You can’t tell in the photo but it was raining this day after weeks and weeks of really hot and dry weather. I think they were enjoying the rain. Of course they decided to start walking off as soon as I was ready to take the pictures of them. I caught this one quickly before they left.

Happy painting,

Missy

 

 

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Farmhouse News Flash

 

Okay. So this post is a little overdue.

Okay…it’s more like extremely overdue. It’s so overdue it was front page a month ago!

Suffice it to say this news is LATE.

What is this breaking farmhouse news, you ask?

Lily finally had her baby, albeit a month after we thought she was due! On March 20, 2013 Lily gave birth to her first offspring, a feisty little paint colt.

 

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I know these pictures don’t make him look too feisty, but he is! He won’t let you get anywhere near him.

Lily wasn’t the only one around here to give birth. We have two other mares, Dolly and Grace who also had babies.

Dolly is a mare we’ve had for about 10 years now and her only job in life is to have babies. She’s had 5 babies for us and overall she’s been a really good mama. She’s laid back and easy-going and she passes on good temperaments to her babies.

Dolly had a little paint filly on April 4. Even though both parents have been paint horses, Dolly’s last few babies have been solid, so I was really surprised when I drove around the corner and saw the baby. It was definitely not solid!

 

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This is the smallest baby Dolly’s ever had and the first couple of days we were worried she may have not been getting enough milk. We bought some milk replacer to start her on the next morning and when we went to check on her she was all perked up and running around!

I have to say, she’s a very peculiar baby. From the first day she was born, she’ll just walk right up to you with no fear whatsoever. She’s apparently very curious.

 

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Grace had a little black colt on April 13th and he’s all legs!

 

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If you look close you can see he has light rings around his eyes and light around his muzzle.

 

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They say grey horses are born black and when they shed off they turn grey. There’s a debate around here as to whether he’ll turn grey or not.

My guess is he’s going to turn grey. What do you think?

 

Well, that’s all the babies around this farm. I hope you enjoyed seeing them all!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Rachel

 

 

 

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Making Chinks : Stage Two

 

I completed stage two of my chink making project a few days ago. I basket stamped the two yokes that go at the top and the two side panels that go on the thigh where the buckles will attach.

The first step in tooling or stamping is to prepare the leather. You have to thoroughly wet  the leather, let the moisture soak in really good and then set it out so the leather seems almost dry again. I’m still learning about this step that’s called casing.

When the leather was ready, I marked out my lines of where I was going to sew and where to stamp.

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And then I cut the lines in with a swivel knife. The pattern I bought showed how to put your initials or brand on the yoke. I thought it looked really nice and decided to give it a whirl.

 

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I don’t think it came out too bad. Later, I plan on dying the letters so they’ll stand out a little better.

 

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Although they’re far from perfect, I’m very excited and please with the progress I’ve made. Check back for the next step: sewing the yokes and side panels to the chap legs.

 

Adios,

Rachel

 

 

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Chocolate Chip Meets Blueberry

 

When I woke up this morning, I had a hankering for some muffins. Typically, I really like making chocolate chip muffins. But being as how a certain individual in our household has fallen off the deep end of healthy and low sugar and all that kind of stuff, I try to make them a little healthier.

Blueberries are very good for you and have lots of health benefits for your heart and your brain and they go really good with chocolate chips. So this morning I made blueberry muffins and chocolate chips muffins. Together.

 

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They were very yummy.

So here’s the recipe in case you’re interested:

 

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 c oil {coconut oil and olive oil}
  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour {1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white}
  • 1/2 c sugar { 1/2 succanat and 1/2 honey}
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips

Heat oven to 400°. Beat eggs then stir in the milk and oil. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. The batter should be somewhat lumpy so don’t overmix.

Grease muffin tins or use muffin papers and fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 30 minutes until muffins are golden brown on top.

 

This is a very versatile recipe that can be adapted to just about any kind of muffin you can imagine. You could use brown sugar, and add some cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg. You could add some bananas and chopped nuts to make banana nut muffins. Have a little fun experimenting with different tastes!

These also freeze well. I usually make a double batch and freeze the extra. Then in the mornings, I can simply take them out of the freezer, pop them in the little oven for a few minutes and it’s like making fresh muffins every morning! Just be careful and don’t reheat them for too long or they will dry out.

 

Have a happy weekend!

Rachel

 

 

 

 

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