Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nike Equestrian?

Is it so far fetched?  With the new techo-look coming to equestrian clothing, why couldn't Nike or even Under Armour get into this market where many people spend thousands a year on riding clothes?



Well, it's happening. Nike, what took you so long? Nike recently announced sponsorship of young dressage rider, Ayden Uhlir.  She took the bold move of asking for sponsorships to fund her expensive sport and Nike stepped up to the plate.  Nike does not "fund" athletes but they have agreed to provide her with "logo wear" for promotion.  Uhlir met with Nike executives from her base in Kirkland, Washington where she's working with USEF Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg.  \



 Nike has never sponsored an equestrian before. The company designed a riding boot for the 2008 Olympic athletes, but they never became available to the public for sale.

Nike's clothing could be so easily adapted to the deep-pocketed equestrians out there.  In fact, some of the current trends, EIS shirts, for example very closely resemble stuff Nike's been producing forever.  Just make it look equestrian Nike. It's that easy! Add a cute horse shoe wrapped around the Nike swoosh and there you go...


This Colt's shirt, well, just a few tweaks and voila......

And the advertising could be fantastic.  I can envision this ad.....

With a quote from George.....

Or instead of the venerable "Bo Knows" campaign.....


Maybe Bo knows but Beezie knows better....




I hope Nike will decide to Just Do It!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lilly Halters

For the preppy horse lover in your life, here's the perfect gift, a Lilly Halter.  You can have one for your sunny steed in a matter of weeks. Custom orders are available and they come in the normal sizes.




Order yours here.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Saving Old Bank Barns




A “bank barn” is so named because it is built into an embankment—the side of a hill.  Animals were housed on the lower floor, and grain and feed was stored in the top layer.  That's my barn in the photo above. We literally "saved" it as it was in such bad repair that it would have eventually collapsed.

My barn was built in the very late 1800's.  Most of the barns in the Shenandoah Valley were burned during the Civil War. Many owners rebuilt them on the same foundations so most are not terribly old when compare to many of the old homes in the area.   Because they can be so large, it's a very expensive endeavor to save them.  My barn took 7000 linear feet of wood and the roof is made of galvanized steel. I hope this barn will still be here in another 200 years. That's my barn below, pre-restoration.  Yes, what were we thinking?


Frequently, the structures had extended or cantilevered upper floors; this provided additional protection from the elements to the livestock.  The overhang sometimes had to be propped up with additional columns or posts.  The Park Service says in the earliest examples of bank barns, the narrow-end side walls are often stone or brick, with ventilation openings to ensure heat produced by the curing hay would not start a fire.


In Augusta County, not far from the farm is a famous bank barn, the Henry Mish Barn.  It is located near Middlebrook, VA and was built about 1849, and measures 50 feet by 100 feet. The ends of the barn feature decorative brick lattice vents in lozenge patterns. Associated with the brick barn are the contributing Mish House and two related outbuildings. The barn was built for Henry Mish, a native of the Pennsylvania Amish Country of who settled in southwestern Augusta County in 1839.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Here are a few more photos of some old bank barns.  They are more plentiful in areas like Pennsylvania than in Virginia.








According to John Hay, a Lancaster, PA-based barn lover, the American barn is an endangered species. In 1920 it is estimated that there were more than 6.5 million barns in the US. Now we have less than half that number. The old structures have been victims of decay, fire, collapse, bulldozers, and suburban construction.

In 1990, High began The Barn Saver Project. It’s mission is to rescue the buildings he’d always hated destroying. His first project was an 1880s vintage bank barn. He takes the old structures apart, board by board. He saves the flooring, siding, windows, doors, roofing, beams, joists, hardware, and even the contents inside.

High’s Barn Saver Project also strives to lessen the negative environmental effects of deconstruction. He uses mostly crowbars, hammers, and his hands so he is not only saving barns the old-fashioned way with elbow grease—but by saving these barns, he’s also conserving landfill space.
In the 10 years High’s Barn Saver Project has been in operation he has saved and preserved over 200 barns and houses.

Last, but not least…there is Barn Again!. This is a national program that provides information to help owners of historic barns rehabilitate them and helps to put the structures back to productive use. Here is an interesting website for barn lovers:  www.barnagain.org.




Sunday, April 20, 2014

Juliska's Country Estate

China is my weakness, honed from working as a young adult in the china department of a department store.  There I learned to love Waterford, Wedgewood, Lenox, you name it.  Unfortunately my illness still lingers, unabated.

I do not own a set of Juliska china, but this is one of my favorite patterns, and it goes so well in a country home.




Country Estate comes in three colors and there's a lovely red one for the holidays. I think I like the middle one, the brown, the best.  Although I love them all.  I'm told there's an outlet store in Connecticut but I've never been there. Wish I lived closer!



 Happy entertaining and happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pink and Green

It's Easter, spring, what better time to celebrate pink and green, a favorite combination.  You don't have to love preppy or live in the south to adore this combination or even just pink!

 Boden Skirt








 (Shades of Light)

(Lilly)

Enjoy your Easter.  Think pink and green!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Derby Dress

It's just around the corner!  Do you have your dress? Hat?  Shoes? Bag?  If no, then maybe we can help, with the help of my favorite place to buy a dress, Monkees. Monkees has stores in cities like Nashville, Greenville (SC), Lexington, Louisville, Richmond, Winston-Salem, and a few others.  I can always find something I love here. 




And they never order more than a few dresses in any one style so you won't see ten people wearing your dress.






Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Linens

The book came late yesterday afternoon and I spent the evening with the new must read if you love linens. Jane Scott Hodges, the founder of Leontine Linens, has put together what will become the "Bible" for linen lovers everywhere.  Rush out to wherever and pick this one up right away.  You won't be disappointed.


Makes you want to go out and monogram everything!






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