Haint Blue Porch Ceiling at Freeman Pottery

Haint Blue Porch Ceiling at Freeman Pottery with Flea Market Style Gardening

Judy Freeman Foushee went to college to take a painting class and ended up in a pottery class. Judy works the clay in a family farmhouse that goes back 5 generations. You first notice the haint blue porch ceiling at Freeman Pottery. Judy says it’s been that color since as far back as she can remember.

Judy is the first person in her family to choose being a potter as the other 4 generations chose farming. The farmhouse with it’s one main chimney serving 3 fireplaces is just one of the charming features she tells me about. The 1800′s 4 porch structure is framed by its 12/12 pitch roof and recognized by the heart vents on each gable.

The front of the house has two porches with one for the kitchen and one for the living area. Haint blue porch ceilings ward off insects it is thought by Judy and I explained to Judy the folklore surrounding the color. I wrote another story on Haint Blue at this post and explained the theory by some that the color allows haints or spirits to escape up to the sky instead of getting trapped. Once trapped the spirits are likely to enter the house. Judy assured me that there were no spirits at this house and that generations of her family have been Christian.

I can imagine that during the 1800′s it wasn’t easy to craft hearts in the vents on each gable. Makes me think the owner must have loved his wife very much to allow this crafted detail. I too want hearts on the vents of my future farmhouse. I may just build a house exactly like this floor plan. It was very functional and fun. It’s a 3 bedroom home with two additional back porches that help protect from the hot Seagrove climate. It is said that the first owner loved the back right porch the most due to the breezes that flowed there.

Judy is known for her pottery miniatures. She has the largest selection. They are numerous in style and design. Some are face jugs depicting personalities in government and some just down right funny buck toothed creations. Judy is witty and hugely talented at adding character to each piece. No two are alike.

She has a drunken man’s jug where any handle can be grabbed easily. She has the traditional Rebecca’s pitcher from the story in the bible. But her signature pieces are those fashioned in a style called sgraffito. Sgraffito is the process of layering different colored clay then sculpting scenery from those layers. She is most known for scenes of barns, hillsides, trees, and fences. She depicts her scenes in both winter and summer.

Her pieces are hand turned and she fires them herself right there in the little farmhouse built in the 1800′s. Sitting on a pretty piece of land with nothing around much but farmland and quiet neighbors who are used to hearing Judy at her wheel.

Judy says there isn’t much traffic down her way and that you still look up when a car passes. You most likely know the driver. You most likely have known them your whole life.

In 2005, Judy thought up Vezzel puzzles which doesn’t surprise me after meeting her. She’s the type person who has the sort of conversation that makes you smile the whole visit. Her Vezzel puzzles are a grouping of small pottery pieces that will only fit one way on their tray. They come with a photo of their proper placement and pitty the person who loses the cheat sheet.

Judy is a natural flea market style gardener. She has small flower beds dotting the property that are home to discarded pottery pieces and old farm implements. Some of the roses and ornamental shrubs that grow on her property were planted by her mother or grandmother. It’s an attractive mix of memorabilia. The old tobacco hook above was used on the farm when Judy’s family farmed tobacco.

If you see something you like here, you’ll have to contact Judy directly.

Freeman Pottery
Judy Freeman Foushee
PO Box 283, Eagle Springs, NC, 27242

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How to make a birdhouse and decorate with seed catalogs

Botanical Interests Seeds has the most beautiful catalog. Not only do I grow their seeds, I recycle their catalogs. Sitting on my repurposed twin headboard bench, sits the aqua birdhouse embellished with little hearts.

Up there on Flowergardengirl’s porch and just to the left of the front door, sits a little birdhouse made by Anna. With the help of her son, Chris, they hammered, sawed, painted, glued and laughed like crazy to create this cute little chick house.

Sitting on a plant bench made by my husband— is the cutest little tin roofed bird house made from the leftover wood of her little shed, Copper Top Cottage. The twin headboard is one from our early married years. I’m glad I saved it.

The hearts are cutouts from the Botanical Interests Seed catalogs and the scrolls and such are wallpaper stencils leftover from another home project. I applied the hearts with Modge Podge. The stencils are rub-ons.

Painted hearts and such are glass paint.

The aqua paint was leftover from my Copper Top Cottage project. The whole birdhouse was varnished when done.

The Botanical Interests seed catalog offers the perfect sized art for these smaller projects. They are so colorful.

Don’t forget to add a door for clean out.

To add a really worn look, I slightly sanded the hearts after they were applied with Modge Podge.

That’s a two inch opening cause this is for display. I suppose a bluebird would like the home but the opening is too big for smaller birds. Check online for the right size opening if this is specific for certain species.

Some of the flowers at my front door this year are a gift from Ball Horticulture. They are doing very well. The marigold is called ‘Bonanza Deep Orange’. Just to the left is Petunia Shock Wave ‘Coral Crush’. I love that ‘Coral Crush’ immensely. The petunia down and to the left is one I purchased but also a Wave–’Neon Rose’.

I’m pretty sure the coreopsis is: ‘Redshift’ from this article I did some time ago. It will turn a more burgundy as shown in the article. This is a good photo to show you how the ‘Neon Rose’ and ‘Coral Crush’ differ in color. Hopefully you can see the coral color coming through.

The hydrangeas on the left of my porch are just about to bust wide open. Thanks for visiting NC today. It was nice having you at my home. I’m in zone 7a.

Below, are my back gardens last year when I grew ‘Summer Solstice’ by Botanical Interests–love their catalog and their seeds.

Birdhouses made from barn wood

Jenny says~~I got this bird house made of barn wood, took off the bottom , put it on the gas line marker and made a hole for a strainer ….bird feeder.

Photo credit: Jenny Alexander