Sunday, November 16, 2014

Freezing rain

 It's been cold here the last 3 days - especially for Oregon in November. We had freezing rain. 
The leaves just completed their thing and most are still on the trees. 
There was no "inbetween".
I have little flowers covered in sad.  Sleet is so destructive.
Late last night we were in the hot tub and we could hear a tree cracking and then the slow decent.
It snagged and the fell again.
It was disturbing.
I love snow. I love being snowed in. 
Everyone stops.
Everything is beautiful!
It hides all the grime and mud.  
It's always so peaceful.  All sounds are absorbed into the stillness. I'm hoping for a big snow year.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Reuse creative with what you have.

This is a hall tree I made 3 years ago.  It was one of the last doors I had salvaged.....Now people have figured out that they are amazing sources of wood and I have to buy them....

We went to the beach this summer and parked on a residential street around the corner from Mo's restaurant and found this.  First of all - I LOVE METAL! I even have a Pinterest board with fun metal reuse ideas.  I am big into reusing things for a new creation.  If you can't see...this is a fountain! ( I should of taken a video...dang it ) Super cool!  They also had a great fence made of this metal siding/roofing (seen on either side of the fountain.  I love it that people are getting original I'm so tired of houses painted taupe and looking all exactly the same.

This is a great fence.....Totally original.
Be original.....don't be taupe.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

our old farm....

Needless to say there are a lot of rustic and worn surfaces to photograph here on our farm.  We live in Yamhill County.  It just sounds old.  My husbands grandparents bought the farm in the 40's. They had been farming about 45 mins south until WWII and the US Government wanted their parcel of land and many others to create an army training facilities.  So they packed up and moved.  Everything.  Even some buildings. 
 See the Adair Military history here
Although there are endless supplies of chippy paint to scrounge....I do long for some organization and someone to say.."hey, let's do some clean-up!"  I keep telling myself the scrap is like a savings account that the government can't tax. Saving up for the day when we really need the until then it sits......

and I take photos.  If you'd like to

 see my photos - click here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hesitation will get you nowhere.

My love of wood has always led me to burn piles around the neighborhood.  I'm married to a farmer who feels it's important to follow the old school values of farming.  He believes there are "rules" to being a good neighbor.  One of those rules is "Don't bug people."  This means that if I see an interesting pile, I can't just go to the door and ask. (although I have....) There is a protocol and sometimes that takes a few days but not this time.  I didn't wait for anyone else to get this pile.  My latest find is a goldmine! A big pile of red barn wood cannot be passed by.  At least by me. them!

Wintertime is so dull.   Once the leaves have fallen the colors are absent for at least 4 months.  For someone who thrives in color it can be a long 4 months. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Life has changed

I've been busy.  Things have changed.  I still have my deep desire to create but I've been redirecting those feelings.  I have only a wood shop as an outlet.  I have started some interesting projects this last year.  They have engulfed my world.  Now that things are settling down I have time to share this last year with you.  But only the good stuff.  No one wants to hear about the bad.  This photo is one that I turn to when I need to dream. 
Stay tuned for more details of my exciting life.  I promise I won't disappear for a year...or two....enjoy.  If you'd like to see more of my photos let me know.