Monday, September 26, 2011

Out to the Farm

I am so excited!
In a few weeks, Brian and I are going on a farm tour where we'll have dinner with produce directly from that farm! I can't wait!
I love the rustic, self-sustaining nature of farms. Everything is so simple and pure. From the way of life, to the food, to even farmhouse style in interior design. I love it all!

I recently came across an etsy store called Old School Farm that specializes in lovely vintage farmhouse wares.

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Owned by the lovely Kristen, Old School Farm is inspired by the 1700s and early 1800s New England with what Kristen loves "the quintessential towns with the village green and white church, stone walls, red barns, and lots of big old maple trees." She loves that when people back then needed something, they hunkered down and made it themselves, or found a friend who could make it. The quality of items back then were made to stand the test of time.

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Kristen appreciates that back then - one was enough. She is inspired by how they lived their life back then with "one wooden bowl for making dough, one dress for special days, one blanket for bed. Absolute elegance and beauty in simplicity." And along with her appreciation for simplicity, and making things yourself, she loves to bake. Her baking repertoire would rival any pastry chef with cookies, muffins, pies, breads, brownies, cakes, cobblers, scones... I think I need to make a trip to Kristen's place! She also has a wonderful garden, with 100 strawberry plants and over 40 tomato plants. With all that produce, she also enjoys preserving and canning - and at this very moment, she has 40 batches of pesto in her freezer!
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Kristen is generously giving away a prize to one lucky reader. The winner will have their choice between some lovely vintage kitchen tools, a perfect vintage plate for entertaining, or a charming vintage pie plate. To enter, please leave a comment here telling me what you'd simplify in your life if you could, and which of the three you'd like for your prize. I will announce the winner next week.

67 comments:

Holly Knitlightly said...

Oooh that sounds so lovely, to go to a farm & eat the food from it! Yum. Hope you two have a wonderful time together!

That serving plate is so pretty!

Erika said...

Aw, I'd love to go visit a farm. I so dislike city life.

If I could, I would love to simplify my life by living some place smaller, thus getting rid of furniture and stuff, and also becoming more scheduled/organized so I wouldn't have to go grocery-shopping so many times a week!

The serving plate is gorgeous! Definitely would love to have that for tea parties. :)

Tamara Nicole said...

That sounds like fun! LOVE that platter, adorable! Hmmm I totally need to simplify my life right now. I work a full time job, have an Etsy shop, am a wedding planner, just hosted a big wedding expo, have 2 blogs, and a big family. I need to hone in all my passions into one job, hopefully all this hard work will pay off and I can quit the day job soon:-)

Mekkan said...

They are all pretty. Speaking of simplifying in my life, I'd like to spend more time in planning renovation of our house. That may simplify our life itself.

herecomesthesun said...

Have an amazing time on the farm, that sounds like a little slice of heaven!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Ah, have fun on the farm.

Fondly,
Glenda

Dancing Branflake said...

You have no idea how much I dream about living on a farm and being self-sufficient. I would make my own soaps, candles, clothes, and grow my own food. I would have a garden of beautiful flowers that I'd pick everyday to decorate my lovely and simple house. Oh, these farm pieces are absolutely charming.

amy b.s. said...

how cool that you're going to visit a farm! i'm not sure this would simplify my life, but i'd really like to have chickens so we could have fresh eggs instead of having to go to the store. it would be so cool. and i think i'd have to have the pie plate.

Amanda said...

I would simplify my life by having less homework!

Silver Strands said...

Oh wow - that's going to be so fun! I've been longing for the simple life myself. In fact, we've been house hunting for a place with land - lots of land. I want us to be able to be completely self-sufficient in living off the land. So we'll definitely have to leave Vegas - can't grow anything here!

TeenaBugg38 said...

Ive already cut out the people in my life who cause me drama....that has went a long way towards simplifying life for me!

Tender B. said...

My grandmother lives on a farm and so I spent many summer days and nights there. I love the feeling of escaping for some time to a place where everything was alien. Have a great time on your tour.

DESPINA said...

I'd simplify everything... I wish I lived in the countryside, surrounded by few people that I love and they love me back...
I'd so love the Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate, reminds me of simpler and more beautiful times...

DESPINA
deb_oro@yahoo.gr

Ioanna said...

I'd simplify my life. By moving to a different country than Greece. It's hell here these days...
I so love the Vintage Farmhouse Pie Plate

Ioanna, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

Alison said...

I'd simplify cooking. It takes me forever and I am not very good at it. I need quick and easy recipes, but I want them to still be healthy. I want to win the vintage plate for entertaining. It is so pretty.

supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

jhitomi said...

I would and should simplify by having less "stuff" to store in closets like old clothing and electronics. Don't need it? Should donate it. Would love the pie plate!
Jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I would love the plate for entertaining. It's very cute. As for what I would simplify in my life? School, I think!

-lauren
lauren51990 at aol dot com

Becca @Becca's Perspective said...

I would simplify the use of cell phones. Everyone wants to get a hold of each other-- and now!!

I'd love to have the plate. It is absolutely adorable!

becca@beccasperspective.com

Derry Smith said...

I'd like to go to a farm! With work, being a mom, and having to come back to an untidy home, I'd just like to take a break from it all. By the way, the Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate is so nice!

pretty.artistic@yahoo.com

Emily Clinton said...

I'd LOVE to have that transferware platter! It would bring such a look of grandeur to my holiday gatherings, its an heirloom in the making. :)
If I could do anything to simplify my life I'd have only the toys that my 2 little girls actually play with around!

Jenna said...

The serving plate is gorgeous! I am in love :)

What would I simplify? Probably my email account! Craziness!

Jenna
callherhappy.com

TopHat said...

I can't see any way to simplify my life- not that it's simple, I just wouldn't know where to start! I think a Mother's helper would be lovely.

hrfarley at gmail dot com

Serenap95 said...

If I could simplify something in my life it would be walking or biking instead of using a car. Sadly I live 25+ miles from everything.


I would probably choose the vintage kitchen tools if I won.

serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

berry'n'cheese said...

Kristen's farmhouse wares speak volumes about how a busy life has become...and what it had been before.I do not need to say much,but what I would like to simply in my life I will speak up via her farmhouse wares only :
1.Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate : The beautiful scenery being sprinkled on this plate speaks about an old enchanted mansion,which had simple daily chores of life.A peaceful life away from the hustle bustle and the envious eyes.This plate foretells the story of the mansion kitchen, where stirred the earthy pots of hot soup and bread.The aroma flowing out to the love garden.Blossoming flowers and the in love swans, talk about this peaceful and simple living.This signifies the simplicity of living in a lovely family.The peace and forever spell we feel enchanted with when our family is around us. :)

2.Vintage Farmhouse Pie Plate : This plate talks about the small warm cottage in the middle of a valley, pie being served on this plate, on Christmas eve.The family gathering.The happiness and joy of staying with your loved ones in the womb of nature valley full of beautiful flowers.And the spoon to go with the pie...shows how simple it is to stay a simplified life.You just have to stay happy :)

3.Kithcen Collection : Just like other fellow blogger has posted in the comments..it talks about an heirloom in the making.This collection talks about the kitchen ware in old days.As if the mother is preserving and passing it on to their daughters.The traditional way of cooking.The dishes which have been stirred up with these magical tools.The dishes which have bought smile on everyone's faces.

All her farmhouse wares just makes you remember the old granny and mother days. :)

The way of simplifying life is simply SMILING...no matter what..cherishing the old days :)

And I Would love to have Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate :)

Thank you so much for having this amazing giveaway...

I am really missing my old days now ^_^

Itin said...

I would simplify my complicated personality. But I love it that I drive men crazy because of my unpredictability.

The pie plate please =)

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

We already live our lives pretty simply...I guess if I could, I would own more land around us to keep us even more secluded if I could! :)

I would love to win the Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate.

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

erinchris07 said...

I'd simplify my life by learning to spend less, and I would love to win the plate!

erinchris07 at gmail.com

Christina said...

Wow, I really need to simplify my life. I think I would just try to make less plans. I get stressed out always running here, there, and every where, so just refraining from making too many plans and letting myself laze around a bit (especially on weekends) would really help. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed the simple pleasure of drinking a home brewed coffee on a lazy Saturday morning in my PJs.

Thanks for a great giveaway!

christinamthorne(at)gmail.com.

Oh, and I'd love the vintage Homer Laughlin plate if I won. Thanks!

puffpastryshop said...

Currently I'm trying to simplify my life by decluttering. I'm selling a lot of my extra clothes and books on Ebay or giving it away.

I'd love the vintage transferware platter if I won. Thanks!

puffpastryshop(at)gmail(dot)com

~Laurie~ said...

thanks for a lovely giveaway! to simplify my life, I would love to hire someone to do my grocery shopping :) I love to cook - but just dislike going to the store to find everything!

the transfer plate is beautiful - if I won - I would choose that as my prize :)

Amber said...

I wish I could simplify my crazy schedule of four part-time jobs. Sometimes I feel like I'll forget where I need to be! If I'm lucky enough to win, I'd love the Bedroom
Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Jel ♡ said...

i think i first have to simplify my self because i feel so disorganized. hen after that maybe my lifestyle and how i live =)

i want to win the serving plate, its very pretty <3

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

To simplify my life, I'd like to work harder at focusing on one task at a time and making my to-do list just a few tasks at a time. That way I can really fully enjoy what I'm doing and feel accomplished that I am knocking out my 3-item to-do list!

Oh and I'd love the vintage serving plate. It is lovely.

Meredith said...

Simplifying my life would be amazing! I could pick from so many things, but I think the biggest thing I would simplify, if I could (and it seems impossible) would be money. Every aspect of it is draining, every detail, the amount of time you spend worrying about how much you have and you don't have. Simplifying that would make life so much more enjoyable.

And I would LOVE to have anything in Kristen's shop, but I would probably pick the vintage plate for entertaining.

Anonymous said...

i would love the Homer Laughlin Transfer ware Plate.
It would be great to entertain and cool hot foods.

uk7ss AT yahoo DOT com

Kairi said...

I wish I could simplify chinese school. I'm about to pass chinese school (well if I pass the exam) But I don't actually remember anything after 3rd grade chinese.
Oh and the pie plate is lovely.
niuniuzheng@gmail.com

Lynda said...

I would simplify by getting rid of clutter!

Lmr3683 at hotmail dot com

Elsina said...

I love the red transferware plate.
I was fired from my job that I kept for 25 years last year and during the year I was at home, I already started to simplify my life, getting rid of clutter, doing only the things I want to do and not what I HAVE to do etc.

AmandaSue said...

I like the vintage pie plate.

unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

rosewendy said...

I am fortunate to live in a rural area so enjoy fresh air every day. What I'd love is to not need to go out to work so that I have more time to make best use of my garden which I know can be extremely productive and delicious.

rosewendy said...

PS. The pie plate would be my prize pick!

VintageCrafter said...

I love the beautiful serving plate! I would love to simplify my life by being a stay at home mom and not have to go to work each day. Thanks for the chance to win your lovely giveaway!
*smiles*
Carol

Anonymous said...

I would simplify my closet and the clothing in it. I really like the serving plate, that is qite beautiful. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

Bee W Bedard said...

I wouldn't over commit myself at work
and I would love Blue bottle collection
brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

Matt Ferrell said...

Nice giveaway!
I would like less work time and more time to relax and enjoy life! :)

If I won, I'd enjoy the "Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate".

animasou@comcast.net

Lindsey said...

I would like to have a garden and a nice place for the kids to be outside more (less toys, right?). :) I love both that pie plate and the transferware plate... beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway and for the intro to a new shop for me to stalk!

Lindsey
ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

Silver said...

The serving platter is gorgeous, I just love to be at home, no pollution at all!! And be infront of my lappy and do some garden :)


silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

Marija said...

I would simplify the process of buying a house and moving to another state. Very draining and time consuming! And if I won, I would definitely choose that lovely pie plate :)

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

JillHogan said...

Throwing out all the clutter would simplify my life...

I love the pie plate.

Robin said...

I'd simplify by getting rid of a lot of clutter and things I don't need or want
I like the platter
robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

Toyia said...

I would set things up to where I no longer needed my car.... Walking everywhere I needed to go...

My favorite of the items is definitely the pie plate. I have been LONGING for a pie plate....

toyiarenee at hotmail dot com

Mubin said...

I'd stop over planning holiday trips and have one simple agenda on my plate : Explore.

I'd love to win the Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate... charming.

mubinster at gmail dot com

TLN said...

I would love the pie plate - it reminds me of growing up back in the country. :)

rabkina said...

the process of getting up in the morning is very thing i would like to simplify))))
i love the white plate and the kitchen plate
elen.rabkina(At)gmail(dot)com

robbie said...

I love the serving platter :) It's so great

measuringspoons said...

I want to simplify by growing more of my own food and cooking more things from scratch... I'd pick either the serving platter or the pie plate!

Jaime said...

I would like to simplify by having a smaller home, and getting rid of all the clutter that seems to build up! Unfortunately in this ecomomy, it wouldnt be a good time to downsize, so I am working on simplifying in other ways such as cutting out cable, and making more home cooked meals.

I would choose the vintage pie plate- beautiful!

Jaime
Aronsen40@aol.com

Royce said...

amazing giveaway !!!!
i love the Homer Laughlin Transferware Plate a lot

thanks
roycedavids at gmail dot com

taam216 said...

I would love to go back and live in the country somewhere up North. I loved simple country life where I grew up. I would like the vintage pie plate. Very beautiful it is.

xielithium27 said...

I'd love to simplify my chaotic schedule between works and school and I would love to have the Vintage Farmhouse Pie Plate! Such a simple place.

TaylorMade said...

I currently trying to finish my last semester in college all while being an associate for one the cities most well known PR firms. I wish I could simply find a good balance. Thankfully only a few more months, and I will have that diploma.

I love them all, but I think the vintage kitchen tools would be able to be showcased greatly in my kitchen!

Tyler and Karisa said...

I think about simplifying my life all the time. I think at the moment, I'd love to get rid of a lot of my excess 'junk' around the house the I don't use regularly. It would reduce the amount of tidying and cleaning I do so much!

I'd choose the beautiful vintage pie plate if I was chosen.

KarisaTomkinson at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I think to simplify your life, I would spend more time at home with the family doing family games or something.

I really like the serving platter.

Kimberly-
K_rampersad03@hotmail.com

OPI Addict said...

I love that Vintage Pie Plate - sooo cute!
If I could simplify anything in my life it would be the insanity of school - university takes up so much of my time, it seems that I am always reading or studying!

OPI Addict
opiaddict@hotmail.ca

Sandy said...

I like that vintage platter a lot!

Simplicity is something to strive for on so many areas of my life! I think making more and more things by hand would simplify and make life more fun for me.

AlliesAdornments said...

Charming pieces!
I love the pie plate.

Tyler and Karisa said...

Did you ever announce the winner for this giveaway? I feel like I missed it if you did... Thanks. :P
KarisaTomkinson@gmail.com