Country style, country love, country life. Sharing my inspired, vintage, rustic DIY designs and decor on my blog.


Good morning! First I would like to say that I am soooo happy to be back and writing again! It has been a long month of technical voodoo that has plummeted me into the depths of blogging despair, only to be rescued by Matt from Pixel Junction.  He has been patiently answering my (numerous and voluminous) questions and repairing my word press mess, restoring and beautifying my blog. We are not quite there yet, but should be where I really want it to be shortly. In the meantime, there is no reason why I can’t start sharing with you again! Consider this my “soft opening” before the big grand opening. BUT, there is one thing I need from you, dear readers. In the process of moving my blog from to, my entire list of blog subscribers was lost in cyberspace. So that means all of you, even those of you who are reading this right now, only found me via another social media outlet. (or because you’re my family and friends and I begged you to please sign back up so I know at least someone is getting this!)

Yesterday was one of our final days of the season in the Barn at Todd Farm Flea Market.

Barn At Todd Farm PostcardIt has been a lot of fun, and we have met some really great people along the way! But I am looking forward to having the winter off (no more 4:30 am alarm on Sundays!!) FYI- the outdoor flea market season ends on November 30. However, the barn has an annex that is opening on that same day, and will remain open year round (they have heat!) In the meantime, you only have a few Sundays left to see the flea market in full Sunday operation. As we strolled around yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful everything looked, not only in the contrast of the bright autumn leaves, but also against the gray November sky in the background. On any given Sunday, there is so much going on at the flea market with shoppers and vendors trading and selling and bargaining. Strolling around, sipping coffee early in the morning is the best time to catch a glimpse of the goods that vendors bring along to sell.

Antique Grates

Todd Farm Antique Vent Grates

Mr. Tin Snowman – cute little guy. But he was back in the truck because he lost his arm and needed some fixin’. Happy that he’s made of tin and not real snow!!

Tin SnowMan Outdoor Lawn Ornmanet

 Neon Dog Sign– On any given Sunday, the fields and barn are filled with shoppers who are on the end of a leash. Dogs of all shapes and sizes come to visit. They need this sign.

Todd Farm Neon Dog Sign

Vintage License Plates. If you had a chance to view my blog post about the giant USA map created by Aaron Foster & decided to give that a try, then this is the go-to place to get your plates!

Todd Farm Rusted License Vintage Plates

Rusted Finials. If you look closely, you can see the leaf sitting in the middle of the pile-almost undetectable because the finials have rusted to the color of fallen leaves.

Todd Farm Flea Market Rusted Finials

The Antique Wagon. This beauty sits outside the barn door, where we get to look at it all day long. You know when you see something all of the time, you stop SEEING it? I am not sure if it was the sunlight or just the contrast of the blue sky, but this wagon looked especially blue today. Can you imagine what role this wagon played when Todd Farm was a working dairy farm?

Todd Farm Antique WagonThe Wheel. Gorgeous rusted, no longer functional.

Antique Wagon Wheel

American Made. The old rusted plate is a testament to the way things used to be made. This one’s from Detroit.

Todd Farm American Made Steel PlateFinally, our Rusty Bedspring Marquee Sign now says “JOY”. Which is exactly what I am feeling right now as I am writing this blog post.

Joy Rusted Bedspring Marquee Sign

I’m happy to be back and I hope you’ll join my “blog club” again (there is a “subscribe” box on the right side. Just add your email and you are done. I promise, we NEVER use your emails for promotional purposes. Only to hear from me!)  Have a great Monday, everyone! Susan



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…after resolving some technical difficulties. So, you thought it was going to be easy right? Moving your blog from a .com to a .org. Well, let me tell you, it has not been easy at all. Three weeks of frustration and nonsense is about all I have to say. But, we are working on it and hopefully will have things back in order in the very near future. I miss you guys!!
In the meantime, I have moved all of my blog subscribers to this new host site, and you should be receiving any new posts in your emails. BUT, I have been informed that presently some are going to your spam and junk folders instead of your inboxes, and some folks aren’t receiving anything at all!
So, could you please pick me out of your trash can (if I’m there : ( or re-sign up for my blog if you wish to keep receiving notices and posts.

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So here I am on the flip side of the moon, re-joining the Blogosphere! It’s been a long 2 weeks since my last post and I feel like I have much to share! But for now, I am just asking that if you used to receive my emails or subscribed to my blog, you may not receive them now that I’ve changed servers. So, if you would be so kind as to re-sign up for my blog (that is, if you want to continue receiving great country style decorating ideas and DIY projects), I would greatly appreciate it! Just click on the box to the right that says “Sign up for my emails”. I promise, your emails are never used for any promotional purposes-EVER!!! You can add your comments in the boxes below.

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Come join the Social Media Link Party – #SoMe2 #58

SOcial MEdia is all about ENGAGEMENT, and we want to do more than find new followers, 
we want to grow our engagement
The more we comment, like, and share each other’s posts, the more engaged we

become and that makes the SOcial MEdia “algorithms” happy!

 This week we are growing and engaging with Facebook!
For the Facebook Social Media Link Party, we want to comment, like and share our Facebook posts.   We want to support each other and who knows, find new bloggy friends.  Come join the fun and link up your Facebook account and a recent Facebook post.  

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  Do you want to GROW your Social Media channels and GROW your engagement? 

This is the party for you! 

The more you put in to this SOcial MEdia link party, the more you will get out! 

Don’t link and run: share-comment-pin-like and tell your friends!

 #SoMe2 is a SOcial MEdia link party, we link up 2 items every Tuesday @ 7:00 (est)

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We are pleased to meet this weeks feature and Co-Host!

Meet Vicki and Amy from “Canary Street Crafts


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Bio:  We’re Vicki and Amy, the mother/daughter team behind Canary Street Crafts!  On our blog you will find DIY projects, crafts, recipes, home decor, and any other random project we can get our hands on.  We look forward to connecting with you!

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  ~Party Rules~   1) Please follow your hosts and featured blogger. DON’T link and RUN! ~ No one likes Party Poopers!                                                        2)Please add the ~SoMe2~ button to your sidebar or link page.                                                                                                                                    3)Tweet about the party! More partiers = more followers! All you have to do is click the “tweet” button Tweet it button  4)Use our hashtag #SoMe2 when tagging or posting so we can find each other!                                                                                                    You will automatically be entered into our email reminder list by entering a link. You may remove yourself from the list by using the un-subscribe option.   facebook-banner   1) Link up your main Facebook Page                                                                                                                                                                          2) Follow All the Hostesses and Featured Blogger(First 6 links)                                                                                                                               3) Follow 2 people before your link, if you already follow them, find 2 new people to follow


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3) Share, like and comment on the 2 links in front of yours.  One of hostesses will make sure the last two links get comments.

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Back in 2006, when my kids were still in college and blogging was the furthest thing from my mind, Coach and I decided we needed a new couch for our family room. After much deliberation and shopping at various furniture stores, we went with our then-college-age-daughter as a tie-breaker in tow and together we decided on this slip-covered, floral cotton sofa, which was (and still is) super comfy and sturdy with it’s foam and goose down cushions. After a while, as my tastes evolved and the room became more “rustic countrified”, the floral slipcover wasn’t working for me.

Dyed Sofa Before Floral PrintSomewhere along the way, I purchased a second slipcover in a brick red color at a discount (a mere $200!) but that became so drab and faded as well.

Dyed Sofa Red SlipcoverBack to the furniture store to have a new slipcover made, only to find that $700 price tag (that’s just for the cover, folks, NOT the sofa!) a bit too steep. At that point, I realized that my choices were to 1. Bite the bullet and have the new slipcover made or 2. Bite a bigger bullet and buy a new sofa, but Coach wasn’t buying either of those options. He suggested that I dye the red cover white (Oh, Coach…). So, I decided to try a third option: dyeing the floral sofa blue! What did I have to lose except a faded, floral slipcover? First, I washed the old slipcover in hot water and bleach to remove any stains and sizing in the fabric. You can see how they don’t quite match-over the years, the covers and cushions were washed a lot more than the main slipcover.

Dyed Sofa Slipcover Before Bleached PillowGrabbed a couple of bottles of Rita Dye in Denim Blue @ $2.67 each,

Dyed Sofa Rit Dye Denim Blueplus 2 cups of salt (I guess that helps the fabric accept the dye.)

Dyed Sofa Slipcover Salt AdditiveI threw all of the cushion and pillow covers in the first load, then the main cover in the second load. I was a little nervous when I opened the machine top and saw a sea of indigo blue-the room is dark enough-I was looking for light and bright. But once they came out of the dryer, they were exactly what I had hoped for: a soft, washed-denim blue with a hint of the floral design.

Dyed Sofa Slipcover Denim BlueSo I redressed the sofa which looked great. BUT, that meant I needed some new throw pillows… and some new lighter drapery panels for the window directly behind the sofa. And a new throw to hang on the back of the sofa. And to paint the side table next to the sofa because that was blue too. Oh, and a new lamp for the table next to the sofa. After all that change, I was so excited about the new look! (You’ll have to excuse the “after” pic. I dropped my phone on the concrete floor while painting some wooden pumpkins this past weekend and am waiting for the replacement to arrive. In the meantime, the photos I’m taking are a bit off kilter and color : (

Dyed Sofa After EditedThen Coach came home and didn’t even notice. And then our daughter (the one who helped us choose the original sofa so many years ago) didn’t notice either. That’s OK- I notice, and the change makes the old sofa look fresh and new(ish), and for $6 (plus a trip to HomeGoods for all the new accessories), that’s a good deal! Have a terrific Thursday, everyone- make one change for the better today-even if no one notices-you’ll be glad you did! Susan

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