The American farmhouse. It’s not hard to conjure up visions of front porches, large working kitchens, bathing in free standing tubs, and pot belly stoves or fireplaces to keep the living rooms warm. Think those places are long gone? The book ‘Farmhouse Revival‘ gives proof positive that this much-loved vernacular architecture and decor is alive and well.
(Photos- Steve Gross and Susan Daley)
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… ‘The Art Of Clean Up‘ By Ursus Wehrli.
This project is pulled from the wonderful book ‘Christmas Decorations.’ Instructions are as followed with a few tweaks of my own. ( * )
Materials: Leaves (* Press in books and later paint some of them gold), berries, cinnamon sticks, nuts in their shells, dried apple rings and other decorative fruits, etc. Lengths of ribbon or flat tape. (* Martha Stewart’s gold thread is perfect.)
1. Cut a tiny slot through each dried leaf near an edge. Put thread through the holes then knot in place. You can also glue leaves flat to ribbon. (* Use a glue gun.)
2. Tie tiny bundles of cinnamon together and tie to thread/ribbon. Wrap nuts and pine cones in a similar way.
3. Cut apples into 1/4″ rings (* Quick Dry Method- Immerse rings into lemon juice for 3-5 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper and place rings on top. Put in an oven set at low temperature…150 degrees…for two hours. Flip rings over and leave for another hour.) Hang apple rings onto the thread/ribbon and then knot securely.
(Styling & Photo- © 2013 Martha Browne)
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When I was in North Carolina I purchased several books at the local used book store including this little gem called ‘Christmas Decorations‘ published in 1996. One project has to do with creating a garland of natural objects- pressed leaves (left-over from this place setting), berries, pine cones, etc. More on it and some other ideas later in December. :)
(Photo- © 2013 Martha Browne)
“…I’m sure the photographs taught me about perception and technique, but the lessons were not in the abstract. Some perceptions of the world transmitted itself and one habit of observation shaded into the other, just because in both cases, writing and photography, you were trying to portray what you saw, and truthfully. Portray life, living people, as you saw them. And a camera could catch that fleeting moment, which is what a short story, in all its depth, tries to do. If it’s sensitive enough, it catches the transient moment…”- Eudora Welty from a 1989 interview in her book ‘Eudora Welty Photographs.’
Here It Comes/ Jackson, Mississippi/ 1930s (first image)
Delegate/Jackson, Mississippi/ 1938 (second image)
Camouflage shirt and…
…shorts in oak leaves with acorn/walnut buttons from the delightful book ‘Fairie-ality.’
A beautiful, subtle display using a piece of embroidered cloth as the mantel backdrop for pumpkins, gourds and wheat. One large pumpkin on straw fills the firebox.
(Photo- Tim Street-Porter for the book ‘Rooms to Inspire in the Country‘)
…Whitman’s Creative Art Book, 1966.
Grade school student’s work using string and poster paints.
I’ve added updates to each of these posts on Nibs. Be sure to scroll to the end to find them.
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Display- Plastic Boxes
Short Over Long
Christmas Craft #10: Dog Ornament