Monday, July 10, 2017


On the back of our farm we have wild blackberries growing.  Strawberries in May, peaches in June, blackberries in July.

When I was a child, picking blackberries was something we did to provide extra income for our family.  My mom was a single parent of nine children and each time on the way out the door we would hear our mom reminding us to "carry a pole, wear rubber boots and take a dog."   "And don't eat more then you pick"!  So down the long gravel driveway, six or seven of us kids would pull a few wagons filled with one gallon buckets to the fence row where the blackberry bushes grew wild.

We knew what mom meant to do with each item we took.   The pole was to shake the blackberry bushes free of unwanted snakes.  Blackberry bushes and grape arbors are favorite places where snakes like to hide.

The pole was great to bring the branch toward you, so you could reach the berries that were hard to reach.  Of course, the boots were to protect yourself from snake bites.   A dog was great to keep a snake from crawling out towards you if it came out from under the bush.  

We knew of a neighbor man who was picking blackberries one summer day who got bit by a copperhead snake. Luckily, he was okay.  I guess he didn't have a mom to remind him to take a pole!

We would bring home a wagon filled with gallons and gallons of berries.  The next morning, mom would let the older children set a table up out in the front  to sell the berries.  In those days, we got seven dollars a gallon.    It was a very hot job and the part I disliked the most was when thorns would cut your hands and attach to your clothes. There was no such thing as thorn-less berries.  That would have been nice!

Did you ever pick berries as a child?
I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summer Time Crafts

The kids had fun making this simple craft of air planes

Ninja Turtles 

 My grandsons had fun flying the planes for the
rest of the after noon.

Every Tuesday is Summer Craft Day, when the grand children are over for a visit.
They have fun creating simple crafts, that are easy for them to make all by themselves.

Next week, the young ladies will be sewing their very first aprons.

Share some of your summer fun , I love to hear about it.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Farmhouse Table

Hey Y'all! We just completed another farmhouse table for a family we know.  

In this photo I had the table too blue.

I am the finisher of our tables. This was the first time that
I was asked to create a distressed barnwood finish.

It is starting to look much better in this photo.
I still needed to work in more grays and greens.

Needless to say, I was very nervous about it.
She re-assured me that you can not mess it up. If you don't
like it, just keep working on it until you do.

It sure does make an awesome backdrop for photo's.

As I pulled out more of the grays, greens and less blue's, I decided  I would stop there.

 When they came and picked it up, she loved it.  
She could not get over how it matched her chairs that she had distressed herself.

In a few days, she sent us a photo of the table in her home.  
Doesn't it look great in her rustic style home!

Another Simply Farmhouse Table.