I love the worn look of the door and the ladder.  This was my grandfather’s barn and is now my father’s.  I climbed this ladder many times, for many reasons.  It leads to the hayloft.  The first obvious reason was to help put the hay up after it had been baled.  Another reason was that the hayloft made an excellent place to hide during a game of hide and seek.  It made a great spot for a fun game of tag.  There was a pulley up to the 30 foot tall ceiling that my brother and I used to pull each other up on.  I climbed this ladder to get a bale down for our bucket calves, or for the cows.  This image reminds me of how pure and innocent playtime is for a child.  My brother and I used to show this “passage” into our marvelous play spot with pride, and were the envy of many of our friends.  Life was simple and fun.

I have recently been hearing about extremely costly gifts given to children by their parents at Christmastime, and I’m reminded by this photo that children need only their imagination, some energy, and the outdoors to create their own fun.  This photo can be found for purchase on my etsy shop!

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About rusticstory

I am an active hiking mama and wife who loves creating beautiful things. I take landscape photography and my husband and I give old wood a new life by creating rustic frames. I have begun using a wood burning pen to create design and wording on the frames. I have a passion for creating new things and have recently taken to my husband's miter saw and router. I love the feeling of looking at a new frame creation, and kicking myself for not thinking of this earlier in life! I also love the thought of my high school shop teacher looking at these with disbelief in his eyes (shop class was not my first love!). My super supportive hubby helps me wrestle the sometimes warped pieces of wood into something absoutely beautiful! It is such a metaphor for life to me...my Jesus wrestles the warped pieces of my life into something beautiful. The most poetic thing about this metaphor is this; the pieces of my life that I thought were un-salvagable were the exact pieces I had to go through to form the absoutely beautiful life I have now. It would not have happened any other way. My blog is a complation of experiences of love, life, photography, and frame making! All frames and photography are available for sale on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/RusticStory. Please visit and enjoy!

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