Sunday, October 20, 2019

Am I Dreaming?

Dreams Really Do Come True




I never dreamed that my home would grace the cover of a national magazine!  

I began my blog to document and share our experiences of downsizing and moving to the country!  I wanted to share how my life has come full circle!  

My blog quickly lead me to Instagram!  I realized there are as a whole world that I was unaware of. A world I wanted to become a part of. 

My Journey 

As I began to build my Instagram account, I wish I could say I was an overnight success! 

Instead I worked hard to learn how to navigate this new world of Instagram!  I made a lot of mistakes but slowly began to grow my account! 

I photographed and shared my home during Christmas 2017 and fortunately these photos captured the attention of a photographer, Anne Gridley. 

And So It Began!!  

First, photos were submitted to editors and then the call came. They wanted to come in December for a Christmas Shoot!!  

After planning all summer, December 2018 finally arrived and so did the photographer’s!  

It was a day I’ll never forget. Gridley and Graves arrived on a cold and rainy, December morning!  They photographed our porches for most of the morning.  I know they were freezing.  They were so nice and we enjoyed our time with them so much!  They were here for over 10 hours and I learned so much that day!  

And then we waited!  


10 months later, the magazine finally arrived!  A very surreal moment!  Not only was my home featured in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine, but it made the cover!  

None of this would be possible without my friends, family and Instagram supporters encouraging me to share my home. I’m amazed daily by how generous you are with your compliments and your interest in our lives here at The Ponds Farmhouse!  You truly helped make this country girls dream come true!  

Copy’s are currently available on newsstands everywhere!
Thanks for your support!
Rachel 


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How To Save Money When Decorating for Fall



Look to Nature When the Decorating Budget Dries Up!


I mean this quite literally!!!   I started my Fall decorating early.  To Early!!!!!
I purchased mum's and pumpkins to style my tables and porches.  

The problem was, we had an extremely hot beginning of Fall.  Record breaking temperatures.  The was great for our pool time but didn't work so well for my new purchases.  

So when everything burned up in the heat, I found I didn't want to spend anymore money putting my Fall decor together.  

Here are a few things I did to pull together a fully decorated porch without spending any more cash!!!





First I went out gathering.  I cut goldenrod & wheat from the pastures!  I picked a full basket of gumballs from the maple trees around the property.  



These gathered treasures began to add to my decor.  




Goldenrod looks great spilling from my market basket.



And from my farmhouse sink!  Even Rudy agrees!!



I used hot glue to attach some of the gumballs to wooden skews and made an arrangement out of them.  



I used painted tin cans filled with sage and rosemary from my yard.  I even made a wreath to place this pumpkin in by weaving the rosemary into a circle.  




More sage, rosemary and marigolds filled thrift store container's for centerpieces.  



Even vintage bottles hold natures bounty.  




The porch started with fill up with cornstalks from a neighbors field.  Since my mum's had died, I filled my containers with bundles of corn shucks instead.   

The wreaths are from Floral Treasure, a company that organically grows their own flowers and preserves them to make these wonderful wreaths.  






Only a couple of the pumpkins survived!!  The rest are FAUX.  



Faux or Real?????






Even the pier received natures bounty!!!





I used packing paper to create these nature inspired plate chargers for the screened porch.  



Mini grapevine wreaths made with grapevines pulled from the woods surrounding our property made perfect place card holders for the table inside.  Also, slightly visible is the garland made from gumballs that I strung together from my gathering.  




Decorating doesn't have to be expensive when you look to nature first.  
Best of all, most of these items can be tossed into the woods at the end of the season.