out on the farm.

 

A while back I shared the adorable little washstand that I restyled using Prima Marketing’s Out on the Farm transfer …

That was a super popular piece on social media, and it also sold within 12 hours of posting it on Facebook Marketplace.  The gal who purchased it loves barns and was so excited about it, I love those kinds of sales, don’t you?  I suspect that retailers are going to have a difficult time keeping this one in stock.

But today’s blog post isn’t really about the Out on the Farm transfer, instead it’s about literally being out on the farm.  Last week my mom, sister and I drove out to Arlington, South Dakota to the family farm for the 4th of July.

Currently my cousin Travis and his wife Deb own the farm.  They’ve recently added on to the house to have a little more space (and more bathrooms) for their six kids.

However, this is still the farm that my grandmother, Carrie Moe, was born on in 1898.

Wasn’t she a little cutie?

I always seem to come back home from these trips with a few more old photos to add to my growing pile.  This visit was no exception and I brought home the one above and this fantastic wedding photo of my grandparents.

They were married in the 1920’s and I think the style of my grandmother’s veil was particularly popular in that time period.  Check out her shoes too, some designs are just timeless (the shoes, not the veil not so much).

They’ve had quite a lot of rain in South Dakota this year, so everything is as green as can be.

But they also have a lot of standing water.  In fact, my cousin now has ‘lake front’ property and he even put in a dock.

Unfortunately, it also means that sections of the road he lives on are entirely underwater.  Here’s a close up of that view showing the road, or at least the markers that indicate where it is.

It was rather entertaining to watch people deciding whether or not to chance driving through the water.  Some turned around in Trav’s driveway and went back the way they came, but others made their way through creating a wake behind them.

We always have the best time visiting the cousins out on the farm.

Although I consider myself a die hard city girl, there is something about those wide open spaces that really speaks to me.

When I saw a couple of farmhouse decorating magazines while doing a little shopping out there I realized I needed to continue my tradition of giving away some magazines here on the blog upon my return from traveling.

Sure, this was just a short trip to South Dakota, but why not?  And this time the magazines are in English!

To add a little bit extra while sticking with my farmhouse theme, I’m also going to throw in some Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Farmhouse White.

The rules:  to be eligible to win today’s prize leave a comment on this blog post letting me know whether you are a city slicker or a country bumpkin.  Your comment must be left on the blog, not on Facebook or Instagram.  You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!

I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Friday, July 12, 2019 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).

The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $45, if the prize is not claimed by Sunday, July 14, another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.

Good luck!

111 thoughts on “out on the farm.

  1. I’m a country Bumpkin!!
    All my life!!
    Love reading your posts. That washstand is Beautiful, not surprised it sold right away! Love all your work!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your pictures of your mini vacay. Family time is so important and it’s so nice to go back to the place where the roots go deep. I love the green green fields of the countryside…and it’s amazing that the water is still hanging around. I am a country girl from east Tennessee transplanted to Dallas, TX. I miss the green rolling hills of home and I’ll always be a country girl at heart… it shows in my casual relaxed decor. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. I’m definitely a country girl – though I guess I live in the suberbs. I wish I lived on a huge farm 🙂 I love the MMS Farmhouse white paint- what a cool giveaway!!

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  4. I’m both: born and raised in St. Paul (St. Anthony Park neighborhood) but married an Iowa farm boy so now I’m part of a 6th generation farming operation.

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  5. Don’t know how I missed the wash stand!!?? Another winner! I’m a country girl…almost. I live in a smaller town in a rural area and I’m 75 years old so cannot be called a girl much longer😁. Have never used milk paint. All of my painting is done with homemade chalk paint. I quit buying decorating magazines when the prices went so high and the ads outnumbered the articles. Sure do miss the new ones. Think I have every decorating magazine I ever bought and enjoy going through them from time to time. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful projects and ideas!!

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  6. I was raised in the city of st. Paul until 3rd grade then moved to maplewood, mn
    Back in the mid 60’s maplewood was like living in the country, we had to walk across the street to our mail box so crazy being a city slicker. Now I would love to live in a small town and be a country bumkin. 🙂

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  7. Hey Miss Quandie! Well,I’m back home from China now and will be sending you an email about our itinerary etc. because you seem interested and I know you love to travel…….just don’t want to bore your dear readers with it!!! Haven’t gotten tp it yet because China Hangover is real! Ha ha! Anyway, I grew up in a teeny tiny town in a big peach farming area in South Carolina, near Charleston. My family owned the lumber mills so you might say that I was a big fish in a small pond and was exposed to interesting travel and fine things and opportunities. But my parents were beloved and very much a part of the community and my every day life was very small town and normal. I studied in Paris and then life led me to Los Angeles where I’ve lived now FOREVER. But LA isn’t an urban city……it’s like a bunch of towns all hooked together. I need a YARD! and wouldn’t do well in an urban/apartment environment! My highest compliment to someone is to say that they’re “normal”! My next trip just might be renting a U-Haul and going thrifting in your neck of the woods……for real (-:

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  8. I’m a city girl (actually a small town girl!). What will your cousin do with his wooden pier after water recedes?
    I have two wooden chairs and a wooden table on my porch (which will soon be screened) that serve as a place to eat snacks and meals and a place to play cards, board games, etc. What advice do you have for painting these: milk paint or Fusion paint? What finish should I use to protect the paint from normal wear? Thanks!

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    1. I suspect my cousin will hang onto the pier knowing that this won’t be the last wet year in South Dakota 😉 Are your wooden pieces bare wood now, or finished? If bare wood, milk paint is a great choice for outdoor furniture because it will soak into the wood like a stain and be quite permanent. However, it won’t protect your wood from water. And if you are painting over a pre-existing finish I wouldn’t recommend it for outdoor use at all. Is your porch covered? If you need to protect your wood furniture from water then I definitely recommend the Fusion paint rather than milk paint. It is extremely durable and has a built in water resistant top coat. Easy peasy.

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      1. Thanks! The furniture does have a splotchy finish. I plan to wash it, sand lightly to even out surfaces, wipe with tack cloth, and paint.

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  9. I’m definitely Country Bumpkin. We live in the suburbs but always dream about owning land and an old farmhouse. It’s the fresh air and nature that I crave.
    I’m waiting for our local shop to get the newest transfers – so excited to create something with it!

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  10. I can totally appreciate the beauty of the country, but I could never live out in the country. Definitely need the comforts of city (suburbs) living.

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  11. Country Bumpkin at your service!
    Many would kill to live in Miami, but not me. City gal all my life, have had my fill of noise and traffic.
    Now would love to rise to rooster’s call, feeding chickens and milking cows! And the fresh country air!

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  12. I am a city slicker bumpkin! I work in the city but live in the green countryside of Virginia in a small, white cottage. Every day I just happen to pass a beautiful white barn that looks a lot like the one you used on your washstand, so it really made me smile. I really enjoy following you and your painting adventures, thank you for sharing your time and talent with us.

    P.S. I adore the pics of your grandmother and grandfather – those are so special.

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  13. City slicker with a bit of rural experience here 🙂
    I’ve been up close to livestock, but much prefer a town big enough that not everyone knows which family I belong to. 7 years of small town living was enough for me (and my former small town is now practically a suburb).

    To note, I had a similar veil when I got married in 1990 🤣 Some things are cyclical instead of timeless!

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  14. I have lived in the ‘sort of’ country for 6 years now, 1-1/2 acres 30 minutes out from most of the cities around here. I love seeing the stars, hearing the quiet, having a lot of space around. However, I miss the grocery store five minutes away, walking on sidewalks, having multiple restaurants nearby. So ultimately I am a city girl living in the country. And BTW, I’m totally not surprised that adorable washstand with the barn sold in less than 24 hours!

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  15. I’m definitely a country bumkin! Lived in the country most of my life, moved to town several years ago. I hate it and want to move back to the country!

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  16. I was a small town farm girl until I moved out and into a city – Houston – at age 16. I stayed a city slicker until I was 30 and moved to small town USA again. I’m still a city girl at heart but there’s something special about raising kids in a small community. I still love your farmhouse washstand and am not surprised it sold within 12 hours. That’s one of my favorite pieces of yours. Thank you for once again giving us the opportunity to win and try new products!

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  17. I think I have the best of both worlds…I was born & raised in a small country town (in Michigan) that had cornfields or farms on every dirt road around us, loved stopping to buy fresh picked corn on the cob while they went right out into the field to pick it while we waited! Now, most of those farms & fields are gone and subdivisions have sprung up in every little space, but I still live here usually, and when I’m not, I’m in Florida for half the year, and loving living so close to shopping – food stores, discount stores, fashion stores, and every single medical Dr.that you can imagine within a 5 minute drive…very busy but everything is close & convenient city life. I look forward to going back to each when I am in the other…make sense?

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  18. Country girl all the way. I grew up in the country and live there now. Corn fields and barns make a beautiful back drop.
    I do love to visit the city and all its conveniences, but I love the drive back home.

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  19. Sometimes I wish I was a country girl but I definitely love the convenience of everything close by. So I will just love going to the country for fun trips to the farm.

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  20. I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, a wonderful place to live and raise our kids for most of my life, but it’s gotten too big and noisy and traffic-jammed, so 2 years ago we moved out to a wonderful subdivision out in the country, and couldn’t be happier! Now we are surrounded by wide open skies (the changes in weather are spectacular!), birds, wildlife, peace and quiet and could not be happier! Plus we’re only a 10 minute drive (past farm fields) to Target and my favorite grocery store….so we are living the dream! Country life for us!

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  21. I am a suburban kid…not country but not city. I grew up close enough to NYC to go to plays and museums but my kindergarden had cows and a dairy farm next door. The cows were long gone before I graduated and my home town looks very different, but I grew up playing in woods, fields, ice skating and sledding. I always felt I had the best of both worlds.

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  22. My soul loves the slower pace, the quiet and fresh air that a small town gives me. I worked in the city but could not wait to get back home at the end of the day. Best of both worlds but nothing compares to being on my knees in the garden with the smell of dirt and the birds singing to me. I love your posts, great ideas and amazing projects. Glad I found you.

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    1. I feel for you Barb. As much as I love the wide open spaces of the country, it’s the driving that I can’t handle. I am totally spoiled by my current 4 mile commute to work. I don’t want to be in the car for more than 10 minutes at a time.

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  23. I live in the suburbs at the edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I would love to live in the country. Fortunately, our little neighborhood is in a semi-rural area with open space all around, and actual country is just a few miles away.

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  24. I live in small town America and really like my hometown, so I’d say country bumpkin , so glad I found you on the internet Candee Soennichsen

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  25. Currently I’m a suburbanite, but I’m a country bumpkin at heart. I panic when i have to go to Boston (where my daughter lives) and have avoided NYC for the past 12 years. We are already planning a move to the country when my husband retires.

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    1. Even though I have traveled to many large cities in Europe (Paris, London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Edinburgh …) and really enjoyed exploring them, I’ve only been to NYC once, and that was only for the day. I’m not sure why I’m so intimidated by our own largest city but there it is.

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  26. Born and raised country girl. I grew up on the farm. My husband and I both have jobs in our small town but we live on 20 acres in the middle of no where.
    Love the vintage photos!

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  27. Country bumpkin circa2002. I’ve always been a suburbanite, but in 2002 we moved into our dream house we built on 20 acres. It was April in Georgia so we had all the windows open. There was a pond out behind us and that first week i was ready to move back. Between the total darkness and the tree frogs that were so loud-who knew how small they were -making all that racket. Well I learned to embrace the darkness, the quiet, when the frogs weren’t going at it, and the pastures of sweet mown hay. We are now in house number 3 in the country and each time we have moved just a little further out. My mantra in this new house is” everything’s just 5 miles further”. So, it’s definitely the country life for me!

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  28. Well, somehow I missed this post and the contest, but still enjoyed reading about everything! It looks beautiful there! I was born and raised in a small town, but live out in the country now. We were unable to find and afford acreage, but do live in a tiny 16 house subdivision, which is more like just country as we are surrounded by woods, and I do have chickens of course! Love your blog!

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