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 am a city slicker however love visiting my friend from grade school on her and her husband/s farm. For Christmas one year she gave us (4 friends since grade school) a piece of barn wood (over 100 years old) with welcome printed on it. The poor barn is ready to fall over in a good wind,
    The washstand is so cute.

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  2. As a child I lived in the rural mountains of Idaho but vacationed in the cities of Europe while visiting my mother’s family. I have always felt torn between my affinity for the excitement and convenience of the city and the peaceful wonder of the country. I guess you can say I have a city girl’s mind with a mountain girl’s heart!

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  3. Love reading and seeing your recreation pics. I work with woman who are trying to restore their lives after being trafficked, jailed and drug addicted. We restore, paint, and stencil furniture. I use your pics and ideas to inspire them and give them ideas on what they can create. We are not even close to your quality but we try. Love all things farmhouse, painted furniture, shabby chic. Thanks for inspiration.

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  4. Hi Quandie, I’m a Los Angeles born city slicker with a Farmhouse heart. I love the Farmhouse casual country look, which is why I love your blog. Also, love the fact that you share the specific products and techniques you use on your pieces.
    Thanks.

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  5. Born in the city of Indianapolis, but grew up on the outer edges of the city limits, with farmland all around us…it was glorious! I still live in the same area, but much more development around us now, less farmland….so technically a City Girl 😉

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  6. Love seeing your pics and reading how you recreated these furniture pieces. I work with women who are restoring their lives after being trafficked, jailed and drug addicted. I show them your pictures and you inspire them to be creative. We restore, paint, and stencil pieces of furniture. We are all city girls but I do love all things farmhouse, vintage, shabby chic, and painted furniture. Thanks and keep creating you inspire more than you realize.

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  7. I love your blog! I grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont, but I now live in “the city” not far from Boston. I miss the wide open spaces and the cows, but I love what the city has to offer. So I guess I’m a little of both!

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  8. I’m a small town girl but love the country. I also love the washstand you did with the barn!
    I look forward to getting your blog post in my email! Thanks.

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  9. We live in the country, so I guess I am a country bumpkin. 😁
    I love the peace and quiet. Going into town is almost a dreaded event, too many people!
    Yep, I’m a country girl! But…I have been called a citified country girl before.

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  10. Lakefront property! haaa He just happened to have a dock to put in?! We went from city mouse to country mouse moving from Minneapolis to Stillwater and love the space/nature/quiet. So peaceful. Great photos to bring home!

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  11. I’m a city slicker with a country heart! Life works better in the city but always love an adventure to the country where nature and quite are such a treat.

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  12. Good Morning. I am definitely a Country Bumpkin. I love, love barns and would live in one if the right one came along.
    I am a country girl and love the quiet open spaces. I have followed your blog for a long time and enjoy seeing what you do next whether it’s a piece of furniture or a room redo. I get such good ideas from it and I thank you. 🙂

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  13. I am definitely not a city slicker. I’m a country girl, that in recent years, doesnt want to live so very far out. I can reach a super Walmart in two different directions within 12 minutes! What more does a girl need!

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  14. Oh what a beautiful post. I am defiantly a country farm girl. I do have a mini farm of my own. I have 3 horses, 4 chickens that are new to me and 2 cats. Love those eggs, it’s like Christmas every day. I wish I was younger, I’d go further into the farm life. I have a big old farm house that’s from the late 1800’s. It’s lots to take care of but so unique. I was also smitten by your furniture piece too. It’s ond of my favorites.
    Thank you for all your shared technique. Your so inspiring. 😊

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  15. Farm life is full of blood, sweat, & tears but also has a peaceful vibe that always has a comfort of “Home” feel. Thanks again for sharing your little adventures.

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  16. I live in the suburbs of Wash. D. C. but my heart yearns to be in the country. We have our own tiny garden and it always does it’s magic when I go out to weed or pick the tomatoes warm from the sun. Someday, I may have the chance to live my dream in the country.

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  17. Hi Linda! What a fun and wonderful trip! It just so happens that I was raised primarily on a very small farm. I had the pleasure of drinking goats milk for quite some time. Nasty stuff! But my dad still loves it and drinks it today. Also have wonderful memories though of sitting on the front porch shaking a jar of milk, this time cows milk, and making butter. My dad would sing a funny song every time and we would take turns shaking the jug. We are trying to move out into the country again now. So when I saw the Out on the Farm transfer, I knew I had to have it! Your beautiful little dresser was the perfect aspiration for me. I have been wanting to try MIss Mustard Seed milk paint! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story and photos! Family are the the richest blessings!

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  18. I’m a small town girl but I love to shop in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. I always stop at Reclaiming Beautiful when I come to the cities. The furniture that you have redone is absolutely beautiful!

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  19. What a beautiful farm! I am a city slicker however my family came from Joplin, Missouri. I loved going back there to visit. My great Aunt Haddie had 13 children! 10 of the 13 children were born at home. They live on a farm and pretty much grew there own food. It was an amazing place to stay with my cousins and help with the chores. Mealtime was an event and tasted awesome! I loved it!

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  20. I’m a small-town woman, too. I like living in my small town because there is a distance between houses, so there are plenty of green spaces.

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  21. What a beautiful place to visit! I am city born and raised but have lived rural for 30 years and dread having to move back to the city.Love the quiet and open spaces!

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  22. As a child I grew up on the farm once owned by my grandparents so love that you are able to have you family’s farm still owned by family. Love farmhouses and would love to page thru those mags.

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  23. I guess you would call me a country bumpkin- I live in small town America about 2 miles from town-lived here my whole life and love it! I really enjoy your blog since I’ve found you

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  24. Have always been a city girl with my heart in the country. As a very young person, I thought the greatest way to spend a summer was on a farm, getting up early, going to round up the cows to milk, and enjoying fresh milk and eggs for breakfast. Thank you for taking the time to write your blog and offering free giveaways.

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  25. OMG…love the pictures! I bet you had a great time. So were you guys a “go thru the water” or “go around”? Glad to hear your barn stencil piece sold quickly…it wS adorable! I think I like the response of “suburb girl”…that fits me best too. Far enough out to be out of the city, but close enough not to be with the cows. Perfect.

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  26. Your pictures are beautiful, Linda! That’s so cool how quick your cabinet sold. I love barns so much…I would live in one if I could! I am definitely a “country bumpkin”, but yet, like living close to the city, too. Guess that’s why I chose to live in Hudson, WI!!!

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  27. I grew up on a farm and now have live in the burbs, love the country.. farmhouse all the way!! If I don’t get picked for the magazines I think I will have to go out and buy them they look like a great read to enjoy…sitting in a rocking chair on a front porch in the country!!

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  28. I live close to NYC with a daughter who lives there so we take advantage of all that it offers a lot, but I do love the wide open spaces and used to own horses when the kids were younger. I guess I am lucky to live in the NJ suburbs and be able to have it all, beautiful farmland, gorgeous beaches, skiing in the mountains and NYC 30 min. away!

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  29. I’m a suburbian slicker with farm roots. I loved growing up on a farm but also knew it was a hard way to make a living. After some city living, we raised our family of three girls on a hobby farm and then through the years transitioned to small town and eventually, as empty nesters, to the Twin Cities. So, I guess I’ve tried it all and see the benefits of each. Yep, city girl with farm roots. P.S. Love farmhouse ideas in these great magazines.

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  30. I am a country bumpkin, if I have to pick between the two. Really, I am a Lake Lassie. I love the lake life!

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  31. I am definitely a city girl, but love the Farm! My great grandparents were farm dwellers, and did all the chores and tasks of being a farm family. No running water or plumbing, so I know about getting water from the well, churning butter, milking cows, killing chickens, growing vegetables and being a free spirit. I tried to incorporate that life in my thirties, but my grandmother always said that you can’t take the city girl out of the city. She’ll always come back! So true! But, there is a beautiful peaceful nature to the Farm!

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