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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Fall Tour Recap

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!  I hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed every moment!  I want to take a minute and share a bit of stark truth.  Here is my week in a nutshell... still dealing with the shower-leaking-through-subfloor-into-kitchen drama, jeep not starting and sitting dead in the drive, and now the cherry on top, my external hard drive just crashed and I lost all my blog photo archives.  Contemplating these past events today, I found myself standing at a crossroad...hang my head and feel sorry for myself or give thanks to the Lord for all the many, many, many blessings bestowed upon me.  Life is good, God is good!  We have so much to be thankful for, don't we?

Thank you for joining me on my little fall tour this week on Facebook and Instagram!  Here is a little recap, just in case you missed it!

Some of you may be wondering what my centerpiece is!  Any guesses?  It is an apple grinder for cider making and can be used in grape crushing as well.  See the side crank still intact?  It is still very usable.  Just give that handle a turn and you have yourself some apple sauce!

Thank you again for hanging out with me this week!  Today does conclude our little fall tour, but not to worry, Christmas comes next with the annual Holiday Housewalk and decking these halls begins tomorrow!

Take care,

Monday, November 23, 2015

For the Love of Pumpkins

Welcome, welcome, I am so glad you are here!  If you are shocked to see pumpkins, don't be alarmed,  I am the kind of gal that likes to stretch each season out for as long as possible, in fact, I admit some years there just might have been Christmas lights up in January!  And who doesn't love pumpkins even now this late into November?  Thanksgiving week is upon us and we are going to have some fun together this week!  For the promised fall home tour, let's do something a little different.  Each day, between now and Thanksgiving day, I will be posting fall home tour photos on the Instagram and Facebook pages.  I would love it if you come back each day for a tiny dose of fall, Rusty Hinge style!

After our petite fall tour this week, it's on to Christmas decorating with the annual virtual Holiday Housewalk!  Yay!  I can not wait and hope you will join us for the housewalk starting next Monday, November 30!  I have been working extra hard scheming and planning how to deck the halls this year and hope not to disappoint!  Please mark your calendars and come along!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Thank You, Midwest Living Magazine

How have you all been?  I hope all is well in your neck of the woods!  I am way overdue on touching base and filling you in with some small happenings over here in our life.  But first, I have to send a huge thank you out to Midwest Living magazine for the feature in the November/December holiday issue on newsstands now!  You will find our farmhouse Christmas vignettes featured alongside the extremely talented blogger and friend, Jennifer Rizzo.  It is such an honor, thank you for making my day, Midwest Living!

{Photo courtesy of Midwest Living}

{Photo courtesy of Midwest Living}

On another note, I know I promised you a fall tour, and don't worry, I will squeeze one in yet before Thanksgiving!  We have a few tiny home repair mishaps to wade through first.  One being our tiled shower in the upstairs bath in need of some serious attention.  The entire tile shower flooring is leaking water through the sub-floor into our kitchen below.  At this point, we are most liking going to have to tear out the whole tiled shower as well as deal with the new hole in our kitchen ceiling.
Ahh, the joys of home ownership, right?
But all this merely a hiccup!  Life is good!

{Photo courtesy of Midwest Living}

So here is the plan, share a little fall decor with you sometime before Thanksgiving, all the while repairing and painting our home, then it's on to the annual Christmas Housewalk beginning November 30!  If you have never joined us before on this fabulous, virtual Christmas blog tour, hosted by Jennifer Rizzo, please come back here for more details and updates regarding the Holiday Housewalk posted throughout November.

Come follow along!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Find Rusty Hinge on Instagram

That's right, Rusty Hinge is now (finally!) on Instagram!  I know, I know I am a bit behind the times, but in truth, I stalled because I am really not so certain what I am doing.  Call me old fashioned, but this is uncharted territory for me.  Fancy that, a millennial not on Instagram!  I would love to hear any tips you could share with me on how to make the most from my Instagram account.  How do I take the best photos for my feed?  Hashtags?  Any and all help is much appreciated! :)  Although I may be a tad green at first, I invite you along for the ride at rustyhingelifestyle.

I will leave you with a collection of fall photos from previous home tours.  A brand-new fall tour coming soon!

  I love this time of year, don't you?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Red Dresser Hens & Friends Barn Market

Happy Sunday!  Yikes, I cannot believe that our last post together was at Christmastime LAST year!  Where has the time gone?  I am extremely sorry to leave you all hanging for such an incredible length of time,  I really dropped the ball, haven't I?  Like old friends, I hope we can jump right in as if hardly any time has past at all! 

To bring you quickly up to speed, we sold our home in the rolling farmlands last fall and moved into an old Victorian home right in town.  In truth, it has been an adjustment for this country girl who just couldn't seem to quite get used to the city streets, but God is always good and overtime one can get used to anything!  Since the move, Mr. RH (Karl) and I have been striving toward converting this old Victorian into our old Victorian.  Don't worry, more photos will be coming next, but first I wanted to discuss a problem that I need your help with!  :)  Let me elaborate, at our old property we had a fairly large-sized barn for storing all my hobbies and treasures!

I love decorating with the old, the chippy, the marred, and all those pieces that come with a lifetime of stories.  I am constantly moving things in and out and all around our home; this reupholstered chair for that chippy stool, for example.  Can anyone relate?  But in our new home we have significantly less storage space, so I have to dispense of my overflow somehow!  I have two choices, either throw it all in a rented storage unit or pass it along to better homes where it will be used, loved and enjoyed.  This is where you come in!  Rather than hoard it all, I decided to share, so this means I will make work at stocking up my shop to the brim very soon (please stay tuned for dates and details!)  AND trying my hand for the first time at becoming a vendor in my very own booth at a flea market!  Yup, you will find Rusty Hinge at the Red Dresser Hens & Friends Barn Market THIS coming Saturday, September 12 from 9 am to 3 pm located at Rainbow of Hope Farm, 1951 County Line Rd. Kingsley, MI 49649.  I am super excited, yet a little nervous at the same time! :)

At the Rusty Hinge booth you will find scores of delightful treasures such as vintage metal lawn chairs, pool locker baskets, French and European finds, antique bed frames, signage, primitive pieces and much, much more including this antique factory shoe cart.  I will try extra hard to get other sneak peek photos for you before the end of the week as well.  

So come on out and say hi!  I would love to see you!  (PLUS all those who introduce themselves as a RH blog reader will get 10% off their find!)  Sound like a good plan?  Hope to see your smiling face soon!

Ahhhhh, it's so good to be back!