Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I've Got a Bit of A Barn Thing

I spent countless hours playing around in the haymow and down in the secret hiding place of our barn, as a child. As I grew older, I ignored it. It was dusty, I was wise to the mice inhabitants. It had officially lost its luster.

Over my college years, I wonder if I ever set foot in the place. It was still, of course, a prominent part of the landscape, but not a part that I particularly appreciated. I glossed right over it. I took it for granted.

I'll bet I hurt its feelings. (Do you ever do that? Attribute human emotions to inanimate objects? Oh, I'm a big fan. As a child, I used to feel sorry for my shirts that I never wore.)

Fast forward a handful of years, past marriage, past our stint in DC, past the purchase of our new (in town) home; I received this wee painting as a gift from my best girl, Sarah. It came from Larry's barn (her Dad's barn means Business). She knew me well enough to see straight through to the heart of me. She somehow knew my country-girl roots stretched down our quaint brick street, hightailed it out of town, and buried themselves square in a pasture of hay.

This priceless gift touched my soul. I felt lucky to be the recipient.

It quickly inspired a search for its long-lost siblings.

My pal Ebay came through in a big way.

I think barn paintings are best unframed, with worn edges.
It's even alright if they hang a little cock-eyed.

These humble barns speak "home" to me.

This one was painted by a lady named Pearl. I have always loved that name and would even consider it for a daughter. (I think it all started back in 11th grade after reading The Scarlet Letter...my friend Jessica took to calling me Pearl, or The Pearl of Great Price, while she got stuck with "Chill".)

As luck would have it, I eventually ended up with a barn of my own. Nevermind that it should probably be encircled with yellow Caution! tape. It's my barn...at least until Cory wins the battle and has it torn down...and I think it's lovely.

44 comments:

  1. I am so happy to know a fellow barn-lover! I had always dreamed of having a barn.. of coarse when I finally get one, it is too run down to salvage. I was so sad to have ours torn down.

    Yours is absolutely fabulous!!! I would be lying in front of the bulldozer for that one!=D

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  2. I love barns too:) I have a quilt with a barn on it and four paintings. One I painted myself. They are just magical. You are so lucky you have your very own!!

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  3. I like barns. Nothing against them. However, I just don't see many here in the city. Love all your beautiful pictures!

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  4. I really love barns as well. I have been threatening to paint on for my living room after I saw a huge one in pottery barn with a huge ticket on it. :)

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  5. I love all the barn paintings, each one was very special in there own way. Glad to see the kids got out, Dusty needed that to. Its been soo cold..spring spring hurry. Gorgeous barn, are you really going to tear it down? ~lulu

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  6. The barns are marvelous. The pictures make me long for a time when I spent my afternoons at the stables riding and cleaning up after my horse. WOW, that was a long time ago! I love the pictures they are simple and beautiful.

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  7. I LOVE barns too. OH my goodness I can't believe that is your barn. It is so darn cute. I LOVE it! Why does he want to tear it down?
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  8. I discovered a sweet little red barn scene on the stove hole cover in my kitchen when I took its sad turquoise overpainted and mauve rose stencil stamped self down to clean it years ago...I was sooo happy! Your wee barn paintings and your great big barn...are just lovely. My barn is just itty bitty. I found an old naked cabbage patch kid behind the tack bench...scary...I think it's still there...

    : )

    Julie M.

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  9. Oh I love that barn...Don't let him tear it down.

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  10. Barns are amazing!!! I love all of your pictures and yours too:)

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  11. The only thing better than a barn is a barn with a miniature donkey hanging around it. You know how I feel about your barn. I really try not to hold Cory's opinions against him.

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  12. I have a grandpa named Pearl...LOVE that name too. I dig the barns as well.

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  13. I haven't thought much about barns before, but you're right. They're adorable! I don't see as many in TN as I did growing up in rural Illinois.

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  14. Love barns too. You have a great one. If because of structure issue you do have to tear it down, sadness, do you paint? Or do you know any one that paints. I'd get some paintings of it to add to your wonderful collection!

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  15. I'm with you - there's just something so special about a barn! Whenever we travel, I make hubby stop time after time so I can take pics. When we went to Ohio a few years ago, he actually got to where he would speed up as we approached a barn so he 'couldn't' stop! I guess it's a sickness for me. Him, not so much! :o) Becky

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  16. I feel the same way about vintage ocean oil paintings! Yours is a lovely collection!

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  17. I used to feel bad for the stuffed animals when they weren't sleeping with me (I had several too). So I created a rotation system so everyone go to sleep in the bed a few times a week. I try to be fair :)
    And, don't get me started about cartoons when an animal wasn't with its mommy... I still haven't seen Bambi to this day :)

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  18. Barns are dreamy. I only see them when I head out of dodge. If I could have one in my backyard here in suburbia, that would be awesome. My dogs would love it too. I could keep them out there and let them have their own turf. A girl can dream right?

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  19. I love barns too...as a matter of fact...it's at the top of my "things I love" list on my blog....and your barn is just beautiful.

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  20. My brother and I used to play in the barn on my uncle's farm all the time too. Swinging from ropes and jumping into the bales. Such fun memories!
    Now my dad has such a fun barn, no hay in it, but it's still fun to explore.

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  21. Oh you can't tear down that barn - it's fabulous! I have always lived in the country on a farm, but never had any kind of barn like that. However, my Dad has a great silo!

    I also rotated my stuffed animals as a child, and my books - oh how I adored my books - I even slept with them!

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  22. I love the barn too! We had a barn fire last year - it wasn't a beautiful barn but the stuff inside was pretty good, insurance paid and we are still waiting to replace. I vote big red barn! Funny how we all think alike, I feel sorry for my dishes that don't get used so I use a different coffee cup each day and have lunch on a different plate!

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  23. I LOVE BARNS!!! Your barn is adorable! I will come & picket "Save the barn" if you need me too:)

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  24. I want to find an old barn full of cool old stuff like pails and milking stools and some guy who comes out and says I can have it all for $25.

    Those pictures are lovely too... I agree, no frames!

    Michelle

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  25. I have a barn. It never occurred to me to paint a picture of it, but now I'm inspired. I love barns, too.

    Susan

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  26. I've never had a barn but I like to look at yours :) Hopefully Cory keeps it around for awhile for you -- keep workin on him ;)

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  27. I love taking photos of unusually-shaped barns while out on road trips across the country. Very inspiring history! Cory will have a fight on his hands if he tries anything with yours!

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  28. FYI - Until I "met" you, I never knew about P Dubs. I'm now obsessed & purchased her cookbook. My hips are cursing you :)

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  29. I LOVE BARNS TOO. I don't know why. I recently had a post about it, and want to know where you came upon the denim colored barn that you posted a picture about last Sept. I want to get up the courage to drive past and ask the owner if my family can have their picture by it.

    Anyway, I love your pictures. Are they all spread out around your house, or all grouped together?

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  30. We close on a new (old) house tomorrow. And it comes complete with a beat up red barn!!

    I am so stinking excited!

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  31. I am obssesed with barns and can't wait until the day I am a barn owner. We have a few at our cabin but doesn't seem the same. You can't tear down your own barn! I love the idea of collecting barn paintings.

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  32. When I was a little girl we lived in Michigan- the property had a big barn- I loved it, the smell the big openness of it- I still dream of that barn of long ago. Your paintings are treasures.

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  33. Couldn't you have an Amish barn 'fixin' or something? Oh, it would be such a heartache to see her go. I love barns too. Never had any memories of one, since I was born and raised in the heart of Chicago....but now....living in the country the last 20 years, I love them, and feel genuinely sad when they become dilapidated. I feel sorry for inanimate objects too...like houses, dishes, and plants. :-(

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  34. Your barn ROCKS! Maybe we should have the next barn fest there! I hope you are kidding about tearing it down. They don't make em like that anymore...very sad.

    The shop is pretty much done! We did the window's and I had to rip down the fabric so I could see it from the sidewalk. I have the best job in the whole world :)
    XOXOXO
    C

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  35. Wow....you have a barn.....?!..
    *sigh*

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  36. barns definitely do have a charm of their own:)

    i think that's part of the reason i love wysocki's paintings/puzzles.

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  37. Where in the heck did my post go? :( Ugh! I'm glad that little canvas from dad's barn was able to inspire a collection. What a man! Miss him. I hope he's looking down from heaven and enjoying watching us love all of this "junk."

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  38. it is fun to see all the "I love Barns too" comments... as I am about to say that!!! lol! I have always loved barns... they always cheer me up on a road trip... I always want to stop and take a picture... I used to dream of owning one with a horse... still hide that in my heart.. but it will take a miracle... the hubby is far far from country... we bought a new house b/c he is not exactly a fixer kinda guy! so for now... I secretly enjoy them every time I see them!! and sometimes stop for a picture! =)
    I love the paintings!! lovely!
    Just Jenn~

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  39. I love your barn...the curved roof, the cool topper thingy, and the silo that I know is beside it. True, old, authentic. Do we need to start a "save the barn" campaign? Stand your ground, girl!

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  40. I LOVE barns! That is one of the things I love most about the Midwest. And you have your very own barn! Hope it survives! :)

    And as far as not hurting an inanimate objects feelings, as a little girl I would refuse to throw the lint in my pockets away because I felt sorry for it!

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  41. Love your barn! I love your cupola!!! I wish I had one. My husband and I saved an old farmhouse built in 1890 from the wrecking ball by having it moved to our land. There were beautiful barns where our house once stood. There was no time or money to save them. Stand your ground--Don't give in to Cory!!!!

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  42. I love barns! I've always dreamed of living on a farm. My husband works with farmers every day, so at least I get to "talk farm" stuff... hehe!

    Stop by Ordinary Inspirations if you ever get the chance.

    Hugs,
    Traci

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  43. funny thing is that i grew up on a small part-time farm with a barn. i HATED it! i dreamed of days in NYC. wierd. i know. the crazy thing is that now as i reminisce on my childhood with my kids, i LOVED it. i would love to have that again for my kids instead of suburbia. my husband would love it. sometimes i wonder why we just don't. i need to "Research" your blog to see your story...in sounds fun. btw...where is your daughter adopted from? i believe i read your son is from korea? would love to know about that too. so many things we are considering here:)

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