Monday, June 30, 2014


Looks like the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team is having another celebration. :)  This one doesn't have a theme like most of them do. We are calling it.....Anything Goes....and you can find it right here. Or if you want to search Etsy for it just type in ATG2OFG in the search bar. Starts today and goes through July 6th. I wasn't able to participate in this one as I am busy, busy, busy with the local summer market circuit, but I wanted to share the celebration with you. :)

Here is a selection of what you will find during this celebration......

I am a child of God Hoop Sti...

Original Halloween Folk Art ...

Tole Painted Scarecrow Man a...

Christmas Folk Art Original ...

Bee Skep and Crow Door Hange...

Patriotic Stitchery, 1776 Am...

Original Folk Art Hand Paint...

Patriotic US Flag Candle Mat...

ATG2OFG, Handmade, Heart, La...

Turkey and Pumpkin Hand Pain...

Elf, Christmas, door frame h...

Handmade, Primitive, Christm...

Rustic Pumpkin Bowl Fillers ...

Funky Colorful Flower Welcom...

Pre-Made Etsy Banner & Avata...

Country Home Rug ATG2OFG Cro...

Have fun shopping!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


It is getting to be that time of year to celebrate the Fourth of July and decorate our homes with some Americana and patriotic  design. This article from The Country Register gives us some ideas on how to do this.......

When you think of Americana, all things red, white and blue come to mind. Bringing the patriotic spirit into your home can be as easy as hanging an American flag. Incorporate a few of these ideas to give your home warmth and style this summer.

mug rug

Early American décor, such as spinning wheels, vintage quilts, historical documents and presidential portraits will give your room a historical look and patriotic feel.

spinning wheel
I actually have a wheel like this, but it is in storage right now. Maybe some day I will get it out and display it. :)

For a rustic/country-inspired look, add primitive folk art – flags, stars and folksy motifs in red, white and blue. Amish barn stars, rusty star garlands, a rustic wooden flag and small American flags tucked into crocks or baskets will complement any room and add instant flair. Place a potted red geranium in a small crock for an instant pop of color.

flags in crock

If the traditional colors of red, white and blue do not flow with your décor, try using slightly different shades like burgundy instead of red, antique cream instead of white or country blue instead of the traditional blue.  Use coffee stained table runners, linens or other items in patriotic themes to tone down the colors. This will give them an antique or primitive look.


Showcase your items against a neutral backdrop. Displaying them against a wallpapered wall will only create a busy scene. Your collections will already be colorful by themselves. Put them up against a neutral background so they can take center stage. Americana is based on the simplicity of country. Keep it simple.

Remember, patriotic décor does not have to be just for the Fourth of July. Our love of the past goes hand-in-hand with celebrating our country’s birthday.

              Reprinted by permission from The Country Register of Minnesota

So get those flags and red, white and blue out and start to decorate!!

Have fun! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014


Well summer is beginning to heat up and I am sure some of you are having hot weather. Can't say we get "hot" up here, but 70 degrees for us is pretty hot. We get a few 70 degree days a year usually in July. 

So if you are needing to cool off from the heat, why not try this treat. It is Lemonade with Berry Ice cubes. It came from Spoonful courtesy of Disney.

What you will need:

* 1 11.5oz can frozen concentrate berry juice. You can use a mixed berry juice if you like.

* Raspberries or sliced strawberries.

* 2 quarts+ of water.

* 1 1/3 cups sugar.

* 1 1/3 cups lemon juice.

* lemon slices if desired.

How to make it:

1.  Combine the juice concentrate and one can of water in a pitcher.

2.  Pour the juice mix into two ice cubes trays

3.  Add the raspberries or strawberry slices to the juice in the ice cubes. Freeze

4.  Combine the 2 quarts of water and sugar in a medium size sauce pan.

5.  Bring to a boil, stirring to combine sugar and water until dissolved.

6.  Combine the lemon juice with the sugar water. Chill.

7.  Put three berry ice cubes into a glass and pour lemonade in. 

8.  Garnish with a lemon slice if desired. 

This is a nice treat to cool off on those hot summer days. When my kids were little I use to also make lemonade ice cubes and then would just take them out of the freezer and crunch on them. These are really easy to make so give them a try! :)

Have a great day! :)

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Just want to take this time to wish all the Fathers out there a great Father's Day!! Happy Father's Day to my wonderful hubby, my father (who will be 94 on Friday!!), my great son and son-in-law who are wonderful fathers too!! Have a great day!!

Colleen :)

Monday, June 9, 2014


Well now that summer is here and we are all getting busy with our summer plans and playing I thought I would share this list I found somewhere (can't remember) on taking time to do things that enhance your life. 

Take time to work - it is the price of success.

Take time to think - it is the source of power.

Take time to play - it is the secret of youth.

Take time to read - it is the foundation of knowledge.

Take time to worship - it is the highway to reverence and washes the dust of earth from our eyes.

Take time to help and enjoy friends - it is the source of happiness.

Take time to love - it is the one sacrament of life.

Take time to dream - it hitches the soul to the stars.

Take time to laugh - it is the singing that helps with life's loads.

Then last but not least.....take time to plan - it is the secret of being able to have time for the first nine things.

So during your busy summer schedule be sure to take TIME........:)

Have a wonderful day!!

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