Thursday, October 7, 2010


Take my hand, come with me to a world of pure imagination. Don't be scared- but beware- there are thrills and chills and lots of barn pics. (Above is a illustration that I drew and was published )

It all began, my love for barns, when I moved into the Brayton Homestead, circa 1796, shown here in an old photo I found on ebay. If you look closely you can see the barn that used to be in back of the house. Sadly, it was torn down along time ago. But I want to someday to put one back.
Barns can have a profound eeeeefect on people...

What else would have taken beautiful Julie Marie from Idyllhours,
this month's quest host of this
Barn Chick Party...

to Bootiful Julie Marie?
You must visit her wonderful blog...

As I walk up a hill with just a glimpse of an old barn

I must go closer and closer...

up really close this barns is just waiting to be rescued...

others barns are for rocking....

and some are for weddings.
You may remember that my twin brother was married
in a barn turned restaurant and few Octobers past.

what a grand and great wedding it was.

then last year my twin, Kevin's (right)
son Korey (on left)
actually married on Halloween!
my what fun and so beautiful...

could not resist to make a bridal card...

can you imagine that crusty BARN hardware like this

can be transformed into
gorgeous hardware for lovely barn doors inside?
This is our 3rd Barn Chick Party- it started here..

always keep in mind,
that some places
look haunted but may not be...
and others seem safe
but may not be!

but wherever you call home
will never be far away
please come on back to my blog on November 10th for the next party.

IMAGES: Brayton Homestead Interiors 1,2, 5-7, 9-16, 18, 19, 21
Idyllhours 3 & 4 , Ties to the Past 8 , Country Living Magazine 17 & 20


Julie Marie said...

Oooh Karen! What a darling post, you are so creative! I love your beautiful illustration at the, was I surprised to see MOI on your post! I may not turn back into the top photo, I may just stay a witch! Are there Barn Witch Chicks, tee hee hee??? Your photo of your home you found on Ebay is my favorite... and I love that the old barn was still there in that photo... Your glimpse of a barn as you walk up a lane is so enchanting! It would draw me closer and closer too... and I also love that your brothers reception was in a beautiful barn.... and even more enchanting that your nephew had a Halloween wedding! The bridal card you made is so cute... thanks sooo much for making these parties so fun! I'm glad you got your computer fixed... we could not have had a Barn Chicks party without the Queen of the Barn Chicks, YOU!... thanks for working on the links as well... and be sure to sign me up for the November meeting at your place! xoxo Julie Marie

Unknown said...

oh Julie Marie you are the sweetest witch of all!!
thank you for doing just a great job hosting the BARN CHICK PARTY!!


Olive said...

The Brayton Homestead is so lovely. That you found that image on ebay is simply amazing. I want you to know how much I enjoy going all over two states taking photos of barns, often without permission, it is a great pleasure. hugs♥olive

Unknown said...

it is exciting Olive Cooper- thanks for the great post, yikes snakes, I would have had to stop- go Barn Chicks...


Faythe said...

What a lovely home you have. How lucky to find an old photo of it. I love old barns too. We almost had a chance to buy my DH grandmothers home W/9 acres & there was an old old barn on it. but it was not to be. sadly the property was sold to a stranger who divided it up, barn burned down & 4 more houses built on the land.
I am new to these parties, so Not really sure what to do. I will visit the chicks over on Julie Marie's blog, so beautiful! I love the stories! I usually only do a Wednesday post as I am wordy & that is all my brain can conjure up! LOL! I hope to meet more of the lovely ladies (DogsMom has been trying to get me to come to parties) here is my link if you care to see what I like to do. I will have to learn the party rules ;)
~hugs, Faythe @GMT

Sherry@The BarnQuiltStore Blog said...

Thanks for using a photo from my blog...!
I'm anxiously awaiting the fun at Julie Marie's Barn Chick Party!!
Mr. & I are taking a motorcycle weekend in the mountains so I might be a bit late...but I'll be there!

Rebecca said...

Your second pic really got me-can't believe you got that on ebay-how very exciting. I know what you mean about things that used to be in pic. My husband gave away(yes gave away a barn -before we got married-to the neighbhor and I want it back and he also tore down a smokehouse-and their is more but I don't think I can talk about it anymore. So I really understand! I just try and take care and treasure what I have and you have something great too!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen,
What a wonderful post and I love your drawing. The pic you found on ebay is awesome. What history!!Love the transformed barn for weddings. You have such great pics from above.
Just love your bridal card too. So creative.
Thank you for the tour. I so enjoyed my visit.
Have a great barn chicks weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hey Karen, great post, Love seeing that old photo of your home and the side porch with the vine growing on it. You have such a gorgeous place! Great barn photos, there's so much history in them. What an amazing illustration of yours and the Bridal Card is great!!! So glad you linked up! Have a great weekend, girlfriend!!

Deb said...

Hi Karen
What a fabulous post! That barn all decorated is absolutely gorgeous... I only wish there was one like that available when I got married (Oct 29th) although we did have bales of hay and pumpkins and cornstalks at the entrance of the country club :-)Love the bridal card you created & the image of the hands is fantastic ♥

Unknown said...

BARN LOVE......perfect! smiles....

Susan Freeman said...

Oh no ~ I missed the Barn Chick Party!! I'll just have to join in the next one. Until then, I am enjoying your pics and had a good laugh when I saw that Rock City barn! I remember seeing those driving through the Tennessee country side on our way to Georgia. What fun. Have a great weekend!! Hugs for Krumpet.

Susan and Bentley

Laura S Reading said...

So glad you were able to party with us.
How interesting that barn weddings seem to run in your family. I am going to learn digital art in the near future. Your card is inspired.
Want to compliment more but there's a cat on my keyboard.

My Grama's Soul said...

What a beautiful post you have shared with us today.....old barns are truly a delight for the they say..."they don't make em like that anymore."



Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Karen, what a lovely post! I just love the photo of your home, it's just gorgeous... and the Barn that was used for a wedding is absolutely wonderful, I love it!!! hugs~~~ Daphne

Kelly said...

Beautiful images. And I love how people are taking old barns (and other old buildings) and converting them into useful businesses these days...It means alot to people who appreciate the quality of those buildings, as well as the preversation of them.

Pretty Things said...

What a fun trip/post!

E. Charlotte said...

What wonderful pictures and barns! (And I love the idea of a wedding on Halloween!) Wonderful!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I'm happy to be a fellow Barn Chick! :)

Suzanne said...

Wonderful post! I kept reading and couldn't wait to see what photo was next.
I can't believe I missed a barn chicks party...some things never change! maybe if I came out to play on my favorite blogs a bit more, I wouldn't miss out.
I'll be by next month!