Grandma Barb’s This and That

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Barn, Mules and a Giveaway

Some friends of mine have been fixing up their barn.  They have given it a new roof, painted it, and repaired the foundation.  I stopped by one day last week to get some photos.





They also have 5 mules that they ride and a wagon that they use to give rides.



I liked the soft nose and the wiskers





Below are 4 8x10 photos that I have matted to fit 11x14 frames.  I will be giving one of them away. I promised a giveaway a few weeks back and I have been waiting for them to be matted.  February was my birthday, my 2 year blogversary, and I reached 200 followers.  All good reasons for a giveaway.     These pictures did not turn out the best as the light in the house wasn't very good.  The first 2 are matted with a pale yellow mat that matches the sun.




This one is matted with a pale gray


The last one is matted with a dark charcoal gray.  I laid a white frame over it so there was some contrast between the matt and the black paper I was using to photograph it on.



To enter the giveaway you must be a follower of this blog.  Leave a comment saying which photo you would like to win.  I will be announcing the winner on Monday, March 18, using the Random Org Generator.
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67 comments:

Deanna said...

Oh that mule is so cute, and you captured those hairs on his chins perfectly. Love that red barn, so regal looking. Lovely framed photos Barb.

marit´s,,, said...

Beautiful pictures that deserve to hang on the wall.
And so cute donkey.
Good evening from Marit.

joy said...

Hi Barb, lovely photos of the mule. Please enter me in your giveaway, I love the second picture best, the sunset. Thanks,
Joy x x

Sharon M said...

Handsome creatures. The barn is nice and bright.

Carole M. said...

your friends certainly did up the barn great. Especially love the mule photos. Did have a country property with ten donkeys at one time in my life. Mine was also a February birthday; we're both Pisceans perhaps? Dreamy fishes ...

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow Barb! Your photos of your friends barn are so beautiful. What a nice red barn and sweet mules too. The photos for your giveaway are beautiful. I like # 1 and #4 best but am not fussy as they are all so nice. I hope you have a good week. Blessings. Pamela

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a lovely barn! Cute mules, too :)

Oooh, it's hard to pick a photo! But I'd choose #4. I love it! And I'm a follower of your blog :)

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Barb and happy belated birthday! Congrats on your blogiversary and on reaching 200 followers too! The red barn is so iconic...great photos of it. I would like to be entered in your give away and win the first picture, also with a red barn, with the sunrise (sunset?) behind it.

Yolanda Ronaldo said...

Wow lovely photos and so cool that that are re-doing their barn!
If I win I would love the last photo, just stunning.

Dorothy said...

Hi Barb,
Your photos are always so lovely, it's hard to pick one! I really like #4, but I would love to win any of them! Thanks and congrats on your blogiversary!
Dorothy

TexWisGirl said...

so beautiful, barb!

first, love that refurbished barn! so glad they're sprucing it up. second, love mules! our neighbor's mules are so pretty! third, i'd love to enter your giveaway for #3, please!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome work!! i love the whiskers on the little guys. so cute. great red barns this week. really taken care well. i would love to be entered into your giveaway. that is awesome. i love the barn shots #4. gorgeous. i would be happy with any of them though. great work!! ( :

Brian King said...

Wow, they did a great job! It looks like a brand new barn. I love the roof! These are beautiful photos! I'd like #4 if the RNG is nice to me. :-)

Renae at simple sequins said...

oh Miss Barb, that is so generous of you! I would prefer #1, thank you. Yes, the first one, top one and probably the one I have drooled over since I first saw it. Yay, Pick me, pick me.

Zoey said...

Hi Barb,
It is so nice to see someone remodeling a barn. I don't see that very often anymore. They did a great job. It is beautiful, as are all of your photos.

Should I be the lucky one, I would pick #3--love the winter scene.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I've always had a fondness for mules; mayhap because my Dad always said I was like one? And the barn! Beautiful as a silver-haired lady ready to paint the town in her new red dress.

If I should win one of your photos I'd be delighted to have you choose; I love them all!

Carletta said...

Your friends have a lovely barn. I applaud their efforts to preserve it.
The 'nose and whiskers' image is a beautiful portrait shot.

Olive said...

Hi Barb, I love that last image and would enjoy it very much because snow is basically foreign to me. hugs, Olive

p.s. I am a follower of course

Jori said...

It makes me SO happy when people fix up their barns! I noticed a couple of my favorites with new roofs this week! Hooray! Your photo's look GORGEOUS! They look great with the mattes!

Cranberry Morning said...

Congratulations on your followers and blogiversary! I like all the photos, but the next-to-last is my favorite!

Bilancia Designs said...

Barb~
ALL the pictures are wonderful! I don't want to choose! : I would LOVE to have any one of them. You take such beautiful photos. I have the perfect spot for every one of them!! :) :)
Thanks for having such a great giveaway.
Hope you are doing well.
HUGS, Lisa xo

Bilancia Designs said...

OH!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
xoxo

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Congratulations! You have a beautiful set of photos and it's hard to choose. But, if I would be lucky enough to win I'd choose #3 because I love the snow covered evergreen trees in front of the barn. Thanks!

Oh, I meant to add too that your friends have a wonderful barn that they've fixed up.

Robyn said...

I adore the mule.He's so beautiful and that barn, wow! It came out just wonderful!.. I love barns.. Old, new, falling down..LOL I just like barns.. As to the giveaway..I love the first photo.. It's so serene.. Thank you for doing a give away! :)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Your friends are doing a great job with their barn and the mules are adorable. Congrats on the 2 year anniversary and 200 followers, and a happy, happy birthday! All the barn photos are fantastic, I'm not sure I can choose - eeny meeny miny moe - um #1?

Kathy said...

Wow, that barn looks brand new!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Love that red barn- the snowy background makes it all the more special!

Leave It To Davis said...

I would love number 4...the black and white contrast would be beautiful in my dining area...I have black and white in there. Oh, random generator, please select me!

I love all the pictures you posted of your friend's barn...and the mules...and I really loved all the framed photos...could I win them all? lol

Leave It To Davis said...

You know, I thought I was already following your blog...don't know how I missed adding you to my reading list! But, I decided I better make sure, and I wasn't, but now I am! :)

Tanya Breese said...

ohhhh the cute, cute mule! love the up close shot of him, super! congrats on your blog-a-versary! i choose the top photo. i remember you posting it and i loved it, love the light that surrounds it. i'm already a follower :)

Tracey from Haiku.You.Do said...

*gasp* Love the red barn against the white snow! Love the mule even better. What a cutie!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh such a lovely redo of the barn - and the mule photos are super. I love all the giveaway photos - but one with the sunset and lane of trees is my favorite - what a great give-away.

Tricia Hays said...

All that red on white is so beautiful! Love the big ol critter, too! =)

Thanks Barb

Tricia Hays said...

ps BEAUTIFUL framed images! =)

Karen said...

What a beautiful farm and those sweet mules look very content.

Beautiful photos, please enter me for the last photo. Thank you. xo

amanda said...

I love seeing people invest in keeping old barns standing proud, they did a nice job on this one!

My Little Home and Garden said...

That red barn reminds me of classic toy one that children used to play with (maybe they still do)with all of the little plastic animals. It really is beautiful.

As for your giveaway, I would choose the third one. I like its wintry feel and looks rather like Christmastime to me! All of the photos are lovely, Barb. What a neat idea for a giveaway.

-Karen

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That mule is so sweet looking...does his disposition match? Love your giveaway...I would choose #4! Congrats on your milestones, Barb!

Madge Bloom said...

LOVE that red barn against the pristine white snow and the mules, well they are as cute as can be! Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #5' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #6...

Maple Lane said...

You take the nicest photos, Barb. Happy Belated Birthday and congrats on your blogaversary. I would love any of the photos....I'm partial to the last one though.
Have a good weekend.

Nancy said...

What a beautiful job they did on repairing that barn...Its's a showpiece...and the mule is cute too...

All of your photographs are so lovely and all would add beauty to any wall.....

Small City Scenes said...

Barns are always nice but that Mule is just so dang cute. Love them ears. Your pictures are very nice. MB

Terrie said...

Lovely mules in a winter day. All photos are great. The first one with sun light is sign of hope and the last one of winter day is calm. So beautiful each piece is.

eileeninmd said...

Barb, the barn is looking beautiful. And I love the cute mule. Wonderful images, have a happy weekend!

ImSoVintage said...

Mules are so cute. Your friends did a great job with their barn.I love the first photo.
Hugs,
Laura

Marie said...

Oh, Barb, what a generous giveaway! Happy birthday, blogaversary! I love the first photo and the third. If I win just go eenie meenie minie mo! I would be so happy with either one! I would love to win. They are all such lovely photos. By the way, loved those in today's post. Such a gorgeous barn in the snow, and I adore mules! How nice they give wagon rides drawn by the mules!

Debbie said...

WoW barb, lot's of great milestones recently!! i am always so happy to hear that people are refurbishing old barns. the one you shared is beautiful.

please enter me in your fabulous giveaway. it was hard to pick a favorite as they are all gorgeous, #4 is my favorite!!

Pat said...

Love those mule pics!

Jan n Jer said...

All your photos are lovely...I would be happy to win any one of them. Congrats on two years of blogging..keep doing what your doing!
Love the donkey shots.

Tricia Hays said...

i know i've already commented, but i saw your link on camera critters & had to swing back by... i love that 5th shot, what a sweetie

Nancy Claeys said...

Love those sweet mule faces Barb -- you captured their beauty.

And as for your giveaway, I'd be honored to have any of these, but #4 is calling my name.

I'd love to post your giveaway in my sidebar. Would that be okay?

ladyfi said...

Oh, those barns are beautiful - and the mules too.

Dina said...

They really have their winter coats on. Beautiful pictures.
I'm so glad they saved that great barn.

Amy Burzese said...

Lovely barn and critters. Any of your photos would be great, but I am partial to the last one. Thanks!

Dianne said...

the mules are adorable
the barn looks great, the red really pops against the snow

poppilinnstudios said...

Happy Birthday, Congrats on your blogiversary and 200 followers! Your friends barn looks great and I love their mule-cute. All your photos are beautiful, Barb. Hmmm, I think #1 & #3 are my favorites.
-Lynn

My Maine Blog said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I have never participated in any giveaways before but this one is really special. Your photos are just beautiful Barb but of course my choice would be the very last one...I can't get enough of Red Barns...and this one is absolutely gorgeous and of course my very favorite color is Red. Thank you for inviting me and I will also add this link to my blog sidebar so others can see your beautiful work.

Leave It To Davis said...

Me again...just want to say again I would love #4!

Gail said...

Beautiful pictures Barb and what a lovely giveaway! I LOVE them all and would be happy with any one of them!! Congrats on your two year anniversary.

Buttons said...

Happy belated birthday, Happy blogaversary and two hundred followers congrats..
Your photos are absolutely beautiful. My love of old barns especially red ones makes me go into overdrive seeing these very impressive. I would love to hang one of them on my wall.
Love the mule pics they are so cute. B

Elisabet said...

Hi Barb, happy belated birthday from me too! I love those donkey photos, they do get so furry in the winter! :D I am a follower, well, a new follower (I could have sworn I was already following you, hmmm). Your photos are beautiful and your giveaway is most generous. I love #4 if I were lucky enough to win.
Hugs,
Beth P

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful animals. I like their long eye lashes.

Ann said...

Stunning barn photos, as usual. The mule is beautiful. What a pretty face.

Sally in WA said...

Great idea for the giveaway, Barb. I would love to win the last one because it reminds me so much of my first Minnesota winter and the fabulous barns I found in the West Central area. No matter what my future holds for me, I will always remember fondly my MN winter. :-)

Marissa said...

Hi Barb,
I found you via A Rural Journal.

That is one cute mule face - I'm guessing he feels soft if you pet him.
What a wonderful job they are doing sprucing up the barn. I love how the red barn looks in the foreground of all the white snow. Beautiful!

All of the photos are gorgeous, it's hard to pick a favorite, but I'm going to go with the last photo #4. Please enter me in your drawing and thanks for the opportunity!!

Marissa
xx

Lavender Cottage said...

Your photography is stunning Barb, and really brings the photos to life once they're matted and framed.
I'm much like the other commenters and like #4 the best.
Judith

Rose said...

I wish I had got to enter...these are all wonderful photos.