Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Farm Living

Back home in Australia, my parents had some friends who lived on a farm.

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Even though they were really busy taking care of the animals and cultivating the land, their lives seemed so much more laid-back, and so peaceful. They had everything they needed right on their property, and life seemed so simple there. I was only eight years old when I stayed at their farm, and even at that age I was able to notice the calmness of their farm lifestyle.

I am reminded of their rustic farmhouse in the middle of a green expanse, with a crate of milk bottles waiting to be filled with fresh cow's milk when I browse through the vintage store Simply Objekts. Hanlie has created a store with a nostalgic feel, featuring simple but beautiful vintage pieces that remind me of a simpler time, where life was really breathed in, and people knew how to admire their surroundings.

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Hanlie is captured by the beauty of nature, simplicity and women who earn their own living - success stories where they start small and with pure passion, go out and accomplish their dreams. When she is not on the hunt for lovely vintage treasures, Hanlie enjoys making soy candles and natural bath and body products. Her way of life is very organic and respectful of the earth.

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From her home in a small town in rural Kansas, Hanlie can really appreciate the quiet beauty of the simple life, and that is reflected in the timeless treasures in her store. With such gorgeous surroundings, she is exploring the art of photography, and hopes to take a photography course in the near future.

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Hanlie is generously giving away this planter and vintage table runner to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment here telling me what you like most about living the simple life. I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. The winner of the Sharing Bliss Giveaway is Misty. Congrats!)

63 comments:

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

The planter is just lovely!! I enjoy big breakfasts and conversations that continue long after the meal ends.

Michele said...

Dionne...I completely agree that living on a farm definitely exudes a sense of laid back-ness and peace. I miss my parent's home in SC, because that's exactly how I feel too. Love all of the trinkets and pieces you've featured here. As for what I like most about the simple life is that you're LIVING. You're not following agendas for others or in a rush to do things. I love that in a simple life, you do things for yourself(though that sounds a bit selfish...it sounds nice). There's not too much going on, so the yin and yang of it is kept balanced and when there is balance...it's a happier, you, me, and everyone. I'm sure in turn...after doing something for yourself and showing yourself love...that love will be shared and provided to others around too. Such a happy thought, that is. :)

Sey said...

I love far life too! Back to my younger days, my family lives in a country side with all we needs right besides us, (e.g., vegetables, fruits, meat).

Though people woke up too early, life is indeed laid back and people have to time to gather and do some chit chat with each other. Life is simple and amazing so to say!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

While I live in an apartment in Chicago, I still value and have created a pretty simple life. I love long quiet morning, good food with friends, good conversation, and enjoying all the great things that God has given me. Sweet and simple.

Do you miss Australia, Dionne?

Fondly,
Glenda

amy b.s. said...

that clock is amazing! it's pretty easy to live the simple life in montana and while i love visiting the big cities and taking it all in, i enjoy my quiet life as well. i'd love to be so self-sustaining though.

Ange said...

I love the fresh good food that simple life brought way back when. That to me is a simple life. Love the farm life approach, someday I hope to have that for my children :)

And I love Simply Objeks store on etsy. It's in my favorites!

Mekkan said...

Your post reminds me of my grandparents. Thanks a lot. They lived in a countryside where there was surrounded with the nature. In summer I couldn't wait for visiting them. Life was slow and had much time to get close to the nature and time to share with my grandparents and relatives and even the neighbors. Glad I had such a blessing experience.

Colleen Elizabeth said...

Living the simple life is living a life stripped down to the basics, it allows a free heart to focus on the important things in life; God and his goodness in everyday things, relationships full of love, sunshine that rests on windowsills. Thanks for the beautiful reminder Dionne :)

Many blessings,
Colleen.

Rebecca said...

I love having a clutter free home with just a few meaningful items on display. Material items do not go to heaven with us when we die, so why live any other way but simply?
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Dancing Branflake said...

I love knowing that although my life is simple it is purposeful. Lovely giveaway!

Amanda said...

Living the simple life is the best way to do it! Hence the title of my blog--Project Simple Life. :)

I find the way I can live a simple life is by doing some work in the kitchen. Baking my own bread is a good way for me to do it.

jessicajane said...

I love farms. I wish I could live on one. My husband is from a generation of farmers, and tells me about riding on the tractors when he was younger.

Kris said...

I'd like to experience farm living one of these days!

All Things Photography said...

I love this blog! hehe the ideas you bring forth are ever inspiring. I love the idea of the simplicity, even though I am a city girl, my family used to have property in a small town a couple of hours north of here and it was wonderful to go camping there because we were able to just enjoy nature and actually see the stars at night while sitting by the campfire roasting s'mores. Most times I would go down to the lake and hang out on the swings or on the deck and just read a book, life is so beautiful at that moment. The beauty of simplicity for me is that you have to really be confident in who you are because you don't have a million things to fill your life and at that moment I think people really accept their lives and are content. It reminds me of this really great movie called second hand lions, its a quirky one but I think you'd really enjoy it :)

~Jenna

wowaccountsforsale said...

Waking up in fresh cool breeze every morning in farm, priceless. The gentle sunshine caressing your skin and the lively smiles of people, another priceless moment. The best of is the evening bonfire and merry-making chats, endless stories and stomach aches for too much laughter. Isn't great to have simple living?

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I wish I could tell you the simple life and I were well acquainted, but lately my life has been so fast paced. My favorite part the last time I was there though was the time I got to spend focusing entirely on what I was doing. I didn't have to multitask or try to juggle too much.

Sarah said...

ah it would be so nice to life a simple life! your blog is wonderful dear xx

Ms. Chyme said...

Amazing photos. LIving in the farm is great. It is so peaceful and quiet.

Regina said...

I grew up in the simple life. My grandparents didn't own a farm, but they had a huge garden that I ran through, played in and got "lost" in. What I miss the most about it is the feeling of freedom. When my only worries were not stepping on honey bees in the clover patches. :)

Regina

Torie Jayne said...

Gorgeous illustration and pics!
Have a sweet Easter!

LBB said...

What a lovely shop! Good things about living a simple life...a little slower pace, more purposeful, more time for meaningful relationships, and being content with less rather than caught up in the latest this and that sort of trends and things...hmmm...hope this makes sense! ;)

weezie said...

I personally think that we are all meant to live the simple natural life. My grandparents ate better, had cleaner air to breathe and ate off the land. It is something I long for and try to recreate with my organic garden and many trips out to the country. Ah bliss!

Dee said...

Somehow I stumbled upon your blog! I don't think I've ever met anyone that shares my name and that spells it the same lol! I'm Dionne also! Love your blog!

Carissa said...

what a lovely planter! so pretty! what do I love about living the simple life? sometimes I don't feel like I live a simple life at all... maybe I should make some changes so I do! it would be nice to slow down a bit and take in the beauty of simple, every day things... having more time to spend with the people you love and more time to do what you love to do. that's what living the simple life means to me :)

Jenny said...

I love the sunshine and flowers, and i love being able to appreciate every little thing in life by living a simple one <3
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angieb said...

I love being able to be outside with my girls and slow down
Angieb
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Ashley said...

The simple life? The peace and quiet - no cell phones or computers. It's nice to get away.

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Great giveaway!

Diana Dang said...

I love the simple life best when the weather is all warm and the sun is shining. My mood is boosted immediately!

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Abigail said...

Wow, i really love the planter!

I really enjoy waking up in the morning, making a nice warm cup of coffee, and sitting on my back porch, listening to the birds. It's the best way to start a day...

carolynmcintyre said...

What a lovely giveaway! What do I love about the simple life? I love that it makes you appreciate the truely important things/objects in life, whether they be inanimate objects or people or pets. When you de-clutter your house and your mind and your surroundings you realize that what really matters is your physical health and the physical health of your loved ones. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Things get lost or broken and that is okay... Don't be obsessed with things that can be replaced! Be happy for what you have. The simple life has allowed me to reduce what I have and own. I live in a small, simple house and love it. I appreciate my health and that of my husband and kids. His frequent military deployments help me to appreciate our simple life even more! Thank you! Carolyn McIntyre, Samandcarolyn1@aol.com

geniuswaitress said...

The best thing about living the simple life is that it frees you up to have big, crazy, complicated dreams.

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Anonymous said...

Vintage stuff is always my weak point! I can't seem to resist anything antique looking!!! ( :

ElfRenee said...

I love taking the time to have a nice long walk or hike.

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Dylana Suarez said...

Super lovely blog!

xoxo,

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Jel said...

we also have a farm and i must say that i love it. apart from the glitz and glamour of city life, nothing beats the freshness of life in the province. i love the fresh air and fresh foods, and living a simple life.

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va said...

it is simple and there are no complications as in too much money or paparazzi following you everywhere . you get to go where you like in privacy .
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Laura Valzy said...

Ciao, partecipo al tuo giveaway e condivido su facebook. La mia mail è valzy87@yahoo.it
Per me la vita semplice è tutto, è svegliarmi con la consapevolezza di non essere finta! :D

Amber said...

I love the carefree spirit and relaxing attitude of a simple life. No ned to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and drama of modernity!
Thank you for the giveaway :)

Kaytee said...

I think that living simply gives me room to love the people around me more deeply.
Thanks!
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Lyudmila said...

I love to sleep after difficult day!
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SweetShenanigans said...

I love realizing that the most precious things in life are often the simplest.
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Klemm Family said...

I love the simple life. Less stuff. Less hype. Just reality.
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Nana Kat said...

To me the simple life is being with my family & friends and talking & eating & getting connected with each other. It doesn't get any better than that.
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Anonymous said...

The fantastic memories made

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msveronicas said...

I currently live in Jersey City, right across from NYC. And as much as I love the convenience of city life, I crave moving to South Carolina, where things are just a little slower and I can walk barefoot on the dewey grass in the morning, and eat fruits from trees in my yard and sip sweet tea in my hammock while my nephews run a mock in the yard. Yup, that's my dream of the simple life that will hopefully be mine one day - I wish it were tommmorow. My brain needs it.

Elizabeth Glass-Turner said...

I absolutely love walking with an umbrella in the rain, drip dripping around me: one feels insulated, timeless, calmed, reflective, and reminded of the rhythms of the earth that are so much bigger than individuals. I always feel like CS Lewis walking from the Kilns to Oxford, something he did often. There is a kinship among rain-walkers.

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Kasie said...

Rain and thunderstorms are my favorite. I absolutely love them. Plus, they help me sleep!

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Shaha said...

Where I live, there are no farms, but I guess it must be really nice having everything you need right nearby.

diarygirl@live.com
shaha

Ana said...

The best thing about simple living, or having a simple life, is the fact that we are so much more in touch with nature and ourselves. Also stress is much lower :) It's good for the environment and for our health!
And you can actually see stars and hear crickets at night :)


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Breaking Free From Old Ways said...

The best thing about simple living is spending a lot of time outdoors and sitting on the porch swing watching the sun set

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Anonymous said...

I love that the simple life leaves one to more easily connect with nature and family.

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Mandi @ make it dear said...

sharing times and memories with our family and friends :)
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Mandy said...

Relaxing with family!
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Erin said...

What I like the most about living the simple life is experiencing the beauty of being surrounded by nature, the quiet and solitude. It is perfect for meditation and yoga :)

Minx said...

I love sipping my coffee on the back porch and watching the sunrise. :)

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AmbreRose said...

Most of my happy memories don't involve "things" they involved people, places, and feelings. When you talk about the simple things in life this is what I think about. Sitting around the dinner table, playing in the family pool, going to a friends bbq. Things that are joyfull. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

Diana said...

I like the simple way life feels while quietly working alone in my vegetable garden or in the roses!
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Kristin said...

I think the best thing about living 'the simple life' is that you're not worried about what everyone else has or comparing yourself to others. You find peace with yourself, in yourself and with what you've got. That would be really great, I think.

RaeoLight said...

My favorite thing is the peace it brings. It's calming and relaxing not to have the other distractions in this life to worry about.

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Julie said...

I grew up in a small town-friendly atmosphere-quiet to this day that's how I love to live-simply
thanks
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mary said...

what i enjoy about the simple life is not being in a rush and having time to yourself and with family and good friends

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deanna said...

I work as a nanny and pack my life for months at a time. This means I pack light...a simple life. I enjoy it because it makes me appreciate the things I do have at home when I return to them.
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.