...because there is a little country living in all of us

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It all started with a Rusty Hinge...

Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself and why the blog name Rusty Hinge...
I am a 30 year old who loves all things decorating, gardening, antiques, linens, flea markets... let's just say if it has chippy paint, I love it!
I am married to my wonderful husband, Karl, of soon to be five years.  He is very tolerant of my love for rusty and chippy treasures, although I do get rolled eyes when I beg him to stop by the side of the road for "junque" and garage sale signs.

I grew up on a small dairy farm in the country, and when you are surrounded by nothing but fields you get kind of used to the open spaces, so my husband and I moved out of the nearby town and into our hundred year old farmhouse in farm country.  I love it's charm and character.  I can't wait to share pictures!  We have not been blessed with children yet, but we pray some day soon!

So why Rusty Hinge?  You all probably love and remember the decorating magazines such as Country Home, Home Companion, and Country Living...  well, when I was younger, I remember the first time I got my hands on a Country Home magazine and opened it.  I instantly fell in love with the pictures of country homes and the distressed furniture.  Some day, my home would look like that!  I know all of you can relate!  I began to collect stacks of decorating magazines given by my aunt and cut out favorite pictures.  One of the pictures was a rusty hinge repurposed into a napkin holder.
One day my dad surprised me with an old rusty hinge that he pulled off the wooden door of our old red hay barn.  It was perfect!  Thank-you, Dad!

That old barn has since been taken down but I still have memories of sleepovers and hay forts in the barn loft and I still use my old hinge to catch my linen napkins (and wait until I show you the bench that my husband made for me out of the old barn beams!)

So there you have it... the story behind the title!

I hope you all have a wonderful day,

Maria ~Rusty Hinge


  1. I love your stories, Maria! Keep 'em coming!

  2. LOVE this Maria!!
    I especialy like the big initials in the bedroom and the "potato crates" book shelves. I've had to wrestle mine away from some guy threatening to chuck them in the wood stove more than once. Besides the fact that we have gazillions of kids books around here and very little shelf space, I just like their old rickety patina. :) We use our paint-chipped, partly sanded, tippy old chairs nearly every day here too.
    You are the 2nd brave lady to inspire me today. This blogging thing really intrigues me, but I understand how it would be scary too. Way to put yourself out there! I hope you have fun with it. Who knows, maybe you'll be the next "Pioneer Woman" or "Joy the Baker"-- two of my favorites. :)
    I look forward to following your adventures in blog-land. More pictures of Merle, please. :D Next time he does something really naughty you can photograph it and make a funny blog post out of it!

  3. What a sweet blog you have! I've read every post and your photography is wonderful. I like the name Rusty Hinge! A new follower.

  4. Love the story! I just came across your blog via The Old Painted Cottage. I am one of your new followers and hope you will stop by to visit my blog and follow me if you wish!

  5. You have a remarkable and wonderful place. I wish you a prosperous life ahead. :D

  6. You are so beautiful on your wedding dress. May you will be blessed with many children. :D

  7. I am so glad I was perusing your old posts - love your blog, love your blog Name, love your photography - you have gotten sooooooooooo goooooooooooooood at picture taking!

    You give us such dreams and eye candy, love love love it.

  8. Oh, and you and your darling husband (DH) are so cute. You looked so beautiful on your wedding day!

  9. Thanks for sharing your story - and the lovely designs, projects, and photographs that have followed!

  10. I love nostalgic stories! I grew up on a farm and reading your story so touched home :) Following from HickoryTrail

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