"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Woooeee, real progress!

Just a wee smidgeon of my stash!
The Farmer has finally found time to put back on his builder hat and start a new major barn project for me... Actually while also working on a clients remodel. The hog barn is transforming to become my shop and lounge! 

 His past projects were equally thrilling to me and merit mention too ~
  1. He fenced the large back field (in a snowstorm).
  2. He built a huge run in shed and trenched water to my autowaterers.
  3. He lined the loft floor so all the hay chaff no longer falls on my clean aisle or tack.
  4. He built new pretty stall fronts in the horse barn and upped the lighting. 
  5. Helped set up all the tack and feed rooms.
  6. Made me a real wash stall with concrete & hot water (HUGE help during last years blizzardS).
  7. Installed amazing arena lights so we can even jump a full course at night!  :-)

But now for the drum roll, please
bada bada bada bada
They pumped n dropped the concrete through the upper floor
The 200 y.o. hog barn was emptied, got it's new concrete floor (with help from friends and short people) and The Farmer's working on new supports and floor already!

Next on the hog barn will be the upstairs portion... All new floor, shore up the old walls with fun salvage, heat, cool add full bath, re roof... Hmm, better stop listing it all as I'LL get too overwhelmed. I do love the old stone foundation!

Can you see my old wicker carriage out back?
I am so eager to get it set up with all my architectural salvage pieces like doors, bulls eyes, old windows and fill it back up with cool junk! My plan is to use it for clients to lounge in, seasonal farm days and classes/lectures to be taught. I'll have a workshop of my own downstairs too!

As a fun outing, the Farmer and some friends went to Chartreuse & Co. with me last weekend. Boy was there lots of eye candy there! They really do a beautiful job with junk! I'm sorry I didn't have a camera.

It turned out to be a very helpful working outing for The Farmer (and ME).  He saw how simply, yet tastefully, they had outfitted their old dairy barn. He also saw prices on lotsa stuff just like mine and people buying lots too. I think it really validated my hoarding collections! Finally it got through to him why I didn't want drywall and all new stuff... He appreciates all the character of old stuff, but had doubted that others would find it finished enough. Prior to this outing he just thought I was alone in my junky shed insanity!

I didn't buy anything too exciting at Chartreuse. They sure had lots more glamorous junk... But seeing as I still have sheds n sheds full of projects, and am trying to declutter, I only bought something (on clearance!) if I knew exactly where I'd use it. Remarkable self restraint for me. Love the cheerful heavy felt stockings. Even if I did swear off more Christmas stuff! The shade below is prolly a Rachel Ashwell. Not vintage linen etc, but suits my bedroom colors perfectly. And did I say "on clearance!?" They had great prices and fun stuff ~ go visit Chartreuse if you can!

Does your hubby think you're nuts for loving junk?


Niece said...

How exciting....love it, I am seeing some eye candy on your blog!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

YES! a resounding yes...on the crazy like a NUT- junk lovin'-- but I say he's crazy for lovin' ME!
so that makes us even. LOL!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Wow! I'm way jealous, of the hog barn AND what you're doing to it! You are one lucky gal!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

That is it...I just have to make my way up there and see this finished project...that is just toooooooooo cool!! Yea for your clients...it is like you are living out your dream..oh, wait...you are!!!!
The first picture had so many things like my first house..the gingerbread, the rocker...oh, my!

Well have fun!!! What a wonderful handy man you have...give him big hugs!!!

Lori said...

Going to be AMAAAAZING!!!!
Can't wait to come n lounge!
Can I set up P.P. Inc., in the lower level?

Rural Revival said...

How exciting, can't wait to see some more in progress pics!

Luckily, my husband likes older stuff too. He's never disliked a single thing I've brought home. : )


Janie Fox said...

It is going to be great. I would love to see your house. I was a junker before it was cool to be one. I have a stash from when I had my shop that I cannot part with. I try to use restraint when I shop, but it helps I have 3 daughters with the bug!!

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

I went to Chartreuse & Co this weekend too! You are not alone in your junk-love!

Comeca Jones said...

Lets just say if I bring home anymore milk glass my partner will not be a happy camper.lol