My dream has always been to have a wonderful farm somewhere on the French or Italian countryside. Truthfully, I’ve never been to either place and maybe I would hate it. This has been my dream none-the-less. I’m don’t think I ever really thought it would happen, I just like to talk about being there and daydream about that lifestyle (again, keeping in mind I probably fell in love with the lifestyle I found in a movie not real life). Under the Tuscan sun comes to mind….While I was so sick I watched that movie over and over again. Seriously, probably 100 times. I wanted to be there not where I was.
Why waste time waiting for silly dreams based on nothing real to come true? Why not create the life I want right here where I am? What on earth took me so long to figure that out?? Perhaps getting really sick forced me to respect the now so much more than I ever did.
So, armed with my new outlook on life I began researching how to create the romantic idea of a farm that I have in my head. I already cook and bake everything from scratch….that’s just the way I live. But, I know I can do more. I sat down and started watching a whole bunch of old Martha Stewart shows from way back in the 90’s. I had never seen them because I was working such long hours back then. So these shows are all new to me. I found them on you-tube if you’re wondering.
I so enjoy how much effort she puts into homekeeping, decorating….you know the whole lifestyle. However, forgive me because I mean no offense but….who is Martha Stewart talking to? Set my table with antique wedgewood….waterford and antique stirling silver? Seriously?
I watched an episode where she is setting up a linen closet with the most gorgeous sheets and towels but…again, antique linens hand embroidered 100 years ago. Hmm….I adore all that stuff but….I don’t have any of it.
My parents don’t have any of it either, so I won’t be inheriting any of it (gee thanks Mom…I’m just kidding)….maybe.
I can do this, I can learn to embroider so I can have those lovely linens….I will need to get my sewing skills in order to sew my own linens but I can do that too! I found a great price on fine linen fabric from Joanns fabrics. I can’t pay $1100 for a hand embroidered top sheet but I sure can make it myself! My gosh can you just imagine that conversation with Hubby? “Uhm…honey, I spent $1100 on a sheet. No, sweetheart don’t be angry…it’s worth it because the embroidery a hundred years old!!! No, I haven’t lost my mind!!!” “Yes, I kept the receipt….”
Yup, If I want that kind of finery I will have to make it myself. Did you notice my chat with Hubby in the above paragraph was only my side of the conversation? That’s because his side would not be suitable for a family friendly blog post. I will not be purchasing $1100 sheets. Though the up side is think of all the money I will save on acid free paper!! (Martha layered her fine linens in acid free paper) just in case you missed that episode.
Every year, I buy my Christmas cards at Target. I’ve always been perfectly happy with that. I never thought about ordering hand engraved hand colored Christmas cards. Though Martha’s are lovely (seriously) I will be making my own Christmas cards this year. I’m really excited about it actually. We ordered the supplies from a company called Stampin up. I designed a card myself. Mrs. Homeowner did too. We are doing this project together. It’s going to be so much fun!!!
I became fascinated with monograms. Do you have any idea what it costs to have glasses or frankly anything else monogramed??? It’s a mortgage payment!!! I will be stopping at Pier One to select some glasses that I like the shape of…then I will use the glass etching kit from the craft store and poof….lovely monogrammed glasses to set my table.
I want this farm to be like the farm of my dreams….I will make it just that way….one DIY project at a time. I will have that stack of spectacular linens….I can hand paint simple white plates to create something really special.
I can go to the local antique stores and flea markets, I can refinish furniture to fit this farm perfectly. Anyone can just go out and buy gorgeous things (that’s really more a figure of speech) I truly think the delight will come from having created my finery right here with my family and friends.
It’s not likely I will have that antique wedgewood to leave to my kids….but I do believe that all these treasures made by hand with love will mean so much more to them. That’s good enough for me.
I’m going to show you the two embroidery projects I’ve done so far…please be gentle. I’m just learning and will not stop until I have the skills I need for my linens (and my daughters back pack). Don’t laugh too hard….
It’s full of mistakes because I had no idea what I was doing…. You can see I got a bit better toward the top. I got the tea towels at Hobby Lobby.
This will be so much fun!!! I told the barnyard animals….as usual, they were not impressed.