Monday, February 4, 2013

Frugal Decor...Burlap and a Bucket

I've been reminded today that bringing beauty, creativity, and order into our lives doesn't always have to be expensive. The above bucket and coffee pot were found here on the farm.  One person's trash became this persons treasure.:)
Of course, I realize beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not everyone would find an old tin bucket beautiful.  But that's part of what makes homemaking so interesting...no two homemakers is exactly alike.  We're free to personalize our homes and surround ourselves and our loved ones with the things which are special to us and which make us feel *at home*.
And have you noticed how doing just one creative thing to bring freshness and beauty and order to your home inspires you to want to do more?  We decided to organize the toys, we prepared a prettier table for dinner, and found we we're reminded that home life is important, and that we desire our home to be a most warm and welcoming place.  The place where children are nurtured and relationships formed.  Where prayers are said, where values and principles are passed to the next generation, where family members want to curl up with a good book, linger long at the table and the place where guests can be refreshed.  Whether a mud hut or a castle or something in between, we have the privilege of imitating, in some small way, the Master Artist who created all things bright and beautiful. And we can do that in our homes. I don't remember her exact words, but I'm reminded that Edith Schaeffer said, in their home, Dr. Schaeffer provided the sermons but she provided the cinnamon rolls.  Both were apparently valued and important and one seems to set the *atmosphere* for the other.:)
My littles and I were looking in outbuildings and discovered several of the old and bent buckets.  Just relics of a former homesteaders life here on this old farm.  But we were smitten.  And we brought them to the house. And we felt a creative streak coming on....
You see, several days before we'd been to a Hobby Lobby store to purchase a finishing crochet needle.  We very much admired some galvanized watering cans we spotted with burlap glued to the front.  But they weren't on sale.  And I resisted a very strong urge to purchase one.  Don't you just love Hobby Lobby?!  So when the buckets were discovered on the property...for free...we got busy gluing burlap to the front of the one for toys.  And we've got a whole roll of burlap left! :)  Happy homemaking, and may God bless you as you seek to glorify Him in all that you do.


"I often advise young brides who are traveling during their first weeks or months of marriage to start "homemaking" in a hotel, even if they are there for only a night, rather than groaning about having to "wait so long to have a home."  How?...Your own cloth, your own candlestick, just one rose or daffodil is enough to make a difference...You will be surprised how much difference it makes to have done something to make a room your home, even for one night."  ~ Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking

17 comments:

  1. Oh I love love burlap!! And old buckets and tins :) I actually have a few and a big oblong pot that my grandmother gave me which she used for canning. It's so neat! :) what beautiful advice from Edith - it's so true.

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    1. Hi Nabila Grace,

      I also love burlap and old things, and how wonderful that you have something which belonged to your grandmother! I hope you have a very blessed day...

      Sherry

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  2. BEAUTIFUL!
    And I love the quote at the end. I immediately thought of extended hospital stays too. It makes such a difference to brighten a hospital room with flowers and "home" stuff. It really DOES make a difference in the patient AND the family visiting....
    Again, I am so blessed to "visit" this morning!
    Hugs,

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    1. Laine,

      So true, and I hadn't thought of that. But I do remember trying to tidy up and place pictures and flowers where I could see them while in the hospital. And since you brought up hospitals, I guess that's also why people who have offices tend to try and bring "home" stuff in. I guess we all need a little "home".:)

      Thanks for the "visit" and have a blessed day!

      Sherry

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  3. Oh my this was such a cute idea! Your home is amazing and I love it,youve inspired me to try and do some things for my home.Keep up the wonderful blog , I love it!

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    1. Rebekah W,

      Thank you! I also love it when I'm inspired to do things for my home, family or others. And aren't we blessed to be able to work towards making our home a cozy nest for those who live there and for all who enter?! Thank you so much for your sweet comments. Love hearing from you.:)

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  4. If there are a lot of those buckets around your farm, I wonder if they might have been sap buckets? I still have a few from my mom and dads farm and the days we did maple syrup as kids ;)

    Love that you found an old coffee pot! Is it usable? I still love "perked" coffee the best - have a wonderful day ;)

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    1. Cary,

      I don't know. I hadn't thought of that. We'll have to keep looking around to see if there are more. :)

      We're collecting sap this week for making maple syrup! Did your family make a lot every year when you were little?

      And the coffee pot is usable. It's rather small but it still has the inside parts. Perked coffee is soooo good. Maybe we'll just have to make some while the sap is boiling.:)

      Thanks for leaving a comment, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

      Sherry

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    1. Thanks Amy Jo! I hope you have a lovely day and a wonderful weekend.:)

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  6. Such a nice post. I love Hobby Lobby too, a wonderful place to shop and also get inspiration. I'm one of your newer readers and followers. You have a very nice blog. :)

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    1. Connie,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. It's very nice to *meet* you! We love Hobby Lobby too. Our favorite store for finding ideas, fabrics, good sales and oh-so-friendly staff.:) Have a blessed day, and I thank you again for stopping by!

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  7. Good morning Sherry. Your style of decorating is warm, welcoming and wrought around love...love of the Father, love of family and love of others. I, too, love the inspiration found at Hobby Lobby and especially when it can be transferred to using things in found in our home without added expense. Thanks for sharing a bit of your inspired creativity. Makes me want to go organize and create warmth in my own home {although, I am always ready for doing that...fun, fun, fun.}. ;D

    Blessings this week ~

    Jarnette

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  8. Just wonderful!

    I don't make it to Hobby Lobby that often, but when I do I so enjoy myself. ;) Thank you for the pictures I'm such a visual person. And you are so right, one man's trash is another man's treasure. I just picked up an old typewriter from my father-in-law and I just think its great.
    You are such a blessing to me and your home is so lovely and unique.

    Blessings,
    Kim

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    1. Kim,

      Thanks so much for your sweet sweet comments. I think I'm a visual person too. Even with recipes. I'm more motivated to try one once I've seen a picture of how it is presented?!

      Is your old typewriter the non-electric kind or electric?
      That brings back memories of my first typing class. Not enough electric typewriters to go around, so some of us got to practice on one of the old non-electric ones. It was always a surprise when going from one to the other...the electric was so much faster and didn't require nearly as much pressure on the keys! Great that you were able to get one from your father-in-law!

      Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you have a very blessed day.:)

      Blessings,

      SHerry

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  9. Love it! Very clever, don't you just love it when you can see something and then go home and recreate it for fee or at least for a lot less than you would have paid for it if you had bought it. It makes me feel like I have beat the system, whatever that is.

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    1. Yes! I'm always amazed by the creative ideas out there. I just recently saw a hardwood wide-planked floor which was made from sheets of plywood which had been cut 8 and 1/2 inches wide. Beautiful and amazing.

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