Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An Antique Croquet Set

It has been a year since I've been to the flea market because we are trying hard to finish Old Farm lately, but last Sunday was too nice out not to go "just look around". This is when I always find something not entirely necessary....but just what we needed for the newly opened up lawn at Old Farm. This antique croquet set came out of a Maine barn in great shape besides being so beautiful. It cost $75.00 and is soon headed back to New England for plenty of outdoor fun in our future!

I also found the beaded Victorian wedding crown below for $10.00 which is totally unnecessary, but will make a lovely bedroom decoration somewhere - like my new closet shelf?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Small Walk-In Closet

Here is a corner view of the small walk-in closet off of the master bedroom and study. It originally opened to the kitchen for food storage, with a Cape Cod root cellar basement below it. I designed a simple layout around an antique Swedish dresser, old mirror and Restoration Hardware light fixture.

The ceiling has two of the widest boards in the house and required disc sanding the boards and stripping the beams after repairs were made. We added insulation (found in the attic) above the ceiling of the connecting desk area, before closing it up with trim. The construction and painting was done over Labor Day weekend by Bill.

Here is the Restoration Hardware sconce I got during their sale which adds 80 watts of light and is cool.
The closet costs were about $350 for the paint, furniture, and light. There is a nice mirror on the right wall.

Restoring a Vintage Weber Grill

Alex was encouraged by friends to rescue this cast-out vintage (about 1995) Weber grill... and some sister parts, he found on the streets of Charlestown, MA where he lived. Like our Jeep Wrangler '95, this was the end of a heavy metal era while the upgrades are impressive enough and the size just right for Old Farm. Although Alex began the restoration, Christian was able to complete the project before our Labor Day family picnic here.

Most of the parts came from internet sources since restoring these grills has become a cult club it seems. Christian made the wooden pieces he sealed though to replace the plastic slats, which is a wonderful look I think. This was a complete disassembly and rebuild with some upgraded parts, and utensils from Ocean State Job Lots. The propane tank was another free find.

Here is a link to the process: http://imgur.com/a/3m6e4

Some Sculptures

We have now installed several more sculptures outside after taking down some prickly trees. This one of Bill's stands guard of the woodpile.

Another of Bill's keeps company with our new raised beds built with felled locust tree trunks...

This is one of Bill's mentors'; Toshiko Takaezu, replacing an old holly tree so beautifully!

Big Blooms

Here is just one Little Lamb panicle. The Little Lamb Hydrangeas did most well at Old Farm this summer producing enormous blooms that cascaded over our rock wall and in front of the garden shed.

These Nikko Blue blooms are the size of basketballs and very impressive since many of this variety did not survive the harsh winter we had...except these big beauties.

The Sweet Autumn Clematis has nearly blanketed our bordering fence in its third year! There is one plant for every ten feet of fence.

One of two newly planted Standard Pee Gee Hydrangeas came with many blooms ready to burst open...

and our new vintage brass sundial ($10.00 on ebay) keeps time for us outside now.

Plenty of Pears

There are fourteen fruit trees that border Old Farm and the pear trees are the most bountiful.

Anders is lucky to be allowed any pear fallout he often lies in wait for.

Beyond the pears are the four year old Nikko Blue Hydrangeas I transplanted this Spring, whose bloom colors have been shifting as they adjust to their new soil surrounds.