Saturday, February 26, 2011


Bonjour from Campagne Maison


I wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

written in 1804 by William Wordsworth

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company!

Au revoir

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Ugly Duckling

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

I recently purchased two of these gorgeous yellow Ginger jar lamps at a local thrift store for $4.00 each. Seriously, I really hated to paint them as they were in excellent condition! But I had an "itch" and I had to scratch it!

One shade was still wearing a condom (as HGTV's Doug Wilson would say) but a quick removal of the entire ORANGE (well I am in TN where everyone bleeds UT Orange) shade material gave way to artistic liberties.

A little tweekin' with a flourish of baubles and beads, a coat of white paint, a glaze mixture of metallic silver and gold applied over an Elmer's glue crackle medium, topped off with a shade recovered with brown Zebra print turned

this Ugly Duckling

into a Beautiful Swan..

The most difficult thing about this REfurbish project was finding the brown Zebra print material--thank goodness for Hobby Lobby!!

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit. We love having company!

Au revoir,