Ever since I met this little two month old calf a few weeks back, I have been head over heels for all things dairy farm! Oh… if I could live on a farm. But as Mother’s Day approaches I am reminded of what my mom would tell me… work with what you have! Growing up.. our house was always beautifully decorated.. and on a budget! Mom has always been thrifty (I get it honest!) So, in honor of Mother’s Day and the lessons my mom has taught me… here’s my ‘lil dairy farm!
Do ya’ll remember Clara?? She’s been packed away since Christmas… so it was high time to bring her out and give her a suitable home. I found Clara roaming the hills of Luckett’s Spring Market last year… and would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout to Marian (AKA Miss Mustard Seed) for discovering the beauty of combining a rustic cow head with a wreath!! Speaking of wreath, I am in LOVE with my new Balsam Hill Fraser Fir Meadow Wreath… ya’ll know how much I love Balsam Hill. Remember my Rustic Vintage Christmas Tree?? Yup… Balsam Hill!! So, I was stoked when Balsam Hill invited me to be a part of their Mother’s Day Celebration… which includes an awesome GIVEAWAY! So hang with me… & Clara!!
I chose the Fraser Fir Meadow Wreath because I loved all the variation in the foliage! It looks so real!! In addition to the fraser fir, it has eucalyptus, cypress, and even boxwood leaves! Who doesn’t love a boxwood wreath?! And mine even has lights! So when Christmas rolls around… plug her in and she’s ready to go!! It will be beautiful with my Balsam Hill Christmas tree!!
Even though I’ve been a collector of old things for some time… with my new idea to create a ‘dairy farm’ on my mantel, I knew I needed a few key items in addition to Clara and my new wreath. So I hit up Etsy for some vintage treasures!! I snagged five old cow bells and some old cow tags too! Etsy really is a great place to find those unique items.. and they come from all over the world! That’s the cool part!! I snagged my cow bells from…
And you know what’s so cool about buying from Etsy? Not only can you collect old stuff from all over the world, but usually the folks selling it are able to give you a little history on the pieces. I won’t bore you with the details of my cow bells, but I know the actually farm that many of them came from! And they are from five different states!! So cool!! I may hang them at some point, but for now, I spaced them out across the mantel!
I was also lucky enough to find some old cow tags to decorate with too!! And a new favorite Etsy shop… A Vintage Parcel!! Jenni and Ben are such a fun couple and so nice to work with! They even created a custom order for me with all the tags that I loved!! You gotta check ‘em out! I tied two of my cow tags around an old galvanized can that I had on hand.. and am thinking about framing the others!!
Other elements of my makeshift dairy farm include a couple old milk crates I scored at auction! I loved the graphics on them! And a couple faux plants compliment the greenery in my wreath.
And my special cow bell (with the original leather strap) gets to sit centerstage on my yellow farmhouse pie safe.
I’m not really sure that the old license plate box has anything to do with a dairy farm, but let’s pretend it came off of an old farm truck. Mmkay? Mmkay! It was the perfect planter for some more faux plants! I got it on our junk adventure in Florida at an awesome flea market! The guy who sold it to me said he found it in an old barn. It was filled with old tools! I love a good old piece… especially when it has a story!!
And while I’m telling stories… did you notice those two chippy blocks of wood behind my cow bell? They are scraps from the big tall pieces of wood on the mantel!! And boy… do these dolls have a story! They may just be one of my most favorite finds!!
You see, back in 1860… yes 1860… a man by the name of Gaston Roberts built this I-house in Bahama, NC. It took him ten years to build it due to the Civil War. Talk about preserverance!
As of 2011, the house was abandoned and was set to be sold and demolished. Thanks to Preservation Durham and The ReUse Warehouse the house was torn down, preserved, and see those four posts on the front of the house…
Yup, two of those now adorn my fireplace mantel! Straight from the 1860s… this beautiful home housed 12 children at one time. Oh, the memories. And the fact that I now own part of that history brings me so much joy! In fact, in honor of the old Gaston Roberts house, I have framed one of the photos of the house and have it also perched on the mantel! I made the frame from salvaged wood as well!! I’ll have to save that for another post.
You see, I’m kinda sentimental about old houses and the memories that live in them! I would give ANYTHING to salvage some wood from this house… or that tin roof!
Yup, that’s me and my mom in front of the house she lived in when she was a baby! If only I could bring some of that history home and save it FOREVER!!
In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s to my mom… the lessons she has taught me… the sacrifices she made… and the memories I will cherish forever!!
And Balsam Hill is celebrating mom’s too!! In fact, they did a sweet little interview with me about my mom!! They have an awesome GIVEAWAY on their blog! And if that weren’t enough, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY here too!! How would you like to take home you very own Balsam Hill Fraser Fir Meadow Wreath and a $100 Etsy Gift Card too!! Entry is simple! Ya’ll know I am launching my new blog soon, Rusted Roots! It will focus completely on my rusty junky finds and the stories they tell! So if you like that kinda thing… and you wanna win the Balsam Hill givewaway, follow the instructions below for your chance to win!! Help me get the word out about Rusted Roots!!
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