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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!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 Holiday Housewalk Stop #13 ~Decking These New Halls!

It is once again that time of year named most wonderful!  Yay!  I am simply delighted to be back with so many lovely Christmas homes featured in Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Housewalk 2014!  You just found your way to Stop #13 of Day 2 in the tour.  Welcome, welcome, we are so glad that you are here!  

This year proved quite a challenge decking the halls as we just recently relocated to our 'new to us' 1906 Victorian home in town leaving our farmhouse and the wide open rural space behind.  Everything we owned was packed up in (unlabeled!) boxes and tucked in each corner and crevice here.  Wow, what a mess to sort through!  I was pulling my hair out and couldn't seem to find where I had placed all of our Christmas decor boxes and in many rooms it looked as if a tornado had gone through (in fact some still do, but who's telling?!)  The good news is I finally feel like we are starting to make headway and get settled in to make this new house a home!  So why don't you come on inside where it is warm and take a peek at the progress we have made here thus far!  I have been so excited to show you!

Want to start this merry parade of homes from the beginning?  Simply click *Here* or on the Balsam Hill Holiday Housewalk button above!

If you hadn't had a chance to pop into Melaine's gorgeous home at Stop #12, you must head over right away for some serious jaw-dropping inspiration!  To go back and check it out, please click  *Here* or on her button above.

This old child's sleigh, fashioned of vintage table legs is stuffed with miniature trees to become conversation piece in the living room!  Burlap coffee sacks bundle each tree to complete the rustic look!

An antique church hymnal plaque is turned chalkboard message board in the entry room!  I painted fitted wooden slats with chalkboard paint then slid them into place.  Just pull each one out again to chalk a new message!

When we first walked through our 1906 home, we fell in love with all the original woodwork here and I have just been itching to dress it up with a little Christmas cheer!  Shh, a little secret, although the garland looks every bit as real as the garland hanging out on my front porch, it is a faux spruce garland from Balsam Hill!   Isn't it perfect?

I love decorating with these antique birdcages at Christmas time!  Simply tuck in vintage bottle brush trees or ornaments for a festive look!  Antique Victorian birdcages will be coming to the shop soon!

An old metal stool becomes the focal point in this vignette of bottle brush trees!

This large old chicken coop nester is perfect for corralling my large collection of antique European ironstone!  It is that time to start sorting through it all and pass some along!  Look for ironstone in the shop soon!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life."
1 Timothy 1:15-16

Thank you, THANK YOU for coming by!  It has been wonderful having you!  The tour doesn't end here by any means,  feel free to make your way over to the next stop, Town and Country Living to the lovely home of Jennifer!  You will be stopped dead in your tracks when you see her Christmas home!  It is beyond words!  Please click *Here* or on her button above to pay her a visit!

Merry Christmas!