Saturday, February 7, 2009

Barn Stars

As many of you will come to see I absolutely love stars. My primitive farmhouse is full of them. When I moved here and started decorating, I did not know just now many stars that I had, but let me tell you there are bunches of them. One of the things that I love about primitive decorating is the fact that there is so much history behind the items that I collect and display. As I was looking at the web site called Create A Prim that Lisa over at Prims From Above posted about, I found a really interesting article that I wanted to share with you about barn stars. I did not know that the different colors that barns stars come in actually meant something different! Plus you will also find a little history lesson about barn stars too in this article. Enjoy!

n: A large metal decoration in the shape of a star; which you would usually see on the face of a barn. On early American barns they were sometimes just for aesthetics, but sometimes they represented the trademark of a specific barn builder. Although they go back to at least the 1820's in Pennsylvania, they were most popular after the American Civil War. Today, we use barn stars to decorate our walls and they have come to be known as signs of good fortune and luck. Each color has a different meaning:

· Black: Protection, also used to blend or bind together.

· Blue: Protection, peace, calmness and spirituality.

· Brown: Mother earth, also can mean friendship and strength.

· Green: Growth, fertility, success in things and ideas that grow.

· Orange: Abundance in career, projects and matters needing an added push.

· Red: Emotions, passion, charisma, lust and creativity.

· Purple: Things that are sacred.· White: Purity, power of the moon, allows energy to flow freely.

· Yellow: Health in body and mind, love of man and sun, connection to God.

· Yellow/Red: Passion for a healthy mind and body.

· White/Red: Purity of emotion.

· Red/White/Blue: Creativity, energy and peace.

Here is a picture of my barn star that is on an old corn barn on our farm. Sorry the picture is so far away, but the star in this one is red. I will have to take a better picture of this barn star and some more pictures of the bounty of stars that are displayed around my home, so stay tuned!

Hugs, blessings and perfect prims,


This Country Girl said...

Hi Stacey,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for a visit! I do enjoy "meeting" new people! How blessed you are to live on a farm!

I also love barn stars! I have stars everywhere, as a matter of fact! Your star looks great out there on your barn!

I'll add you to my blog roll and follow your blog as well!

And last of all..welcome to blogland! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better and visit your blog!

And let me say, that I will pray that you get the desire of your heart with a child for you and your hubby! :)


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Hi there Stacey!
Welcome to Blogland..oooohhh you are going to be so is so much fun and you will meet so many nice folks here..Thank you for adding me and I am adding you to my daily reads too...have a wonderful weekend and I love the photo of the barn..I can't wait to hear about your life on the farm and new babys...Take care,
Gina :)

Back in the Day said...

Stacey! It is so nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping over at my blog! I love the barn star lesson. I never had any idea that there was a meaning to the colors! I LOVE LOVE LOVE stars - my blog was full of them for months until I just changed my layout this week!
I love your barn with the star on the side!
Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I have met so many great people on here!
I am now a faithful follower and will add you to my blog list as well!

Kath said...

Hello Stacey! :)
So happy to 'meet' ya!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment!
I am a lover of barn stars too!!
I love 'em so much that we had to figure out a way to make them! LOL! My additction was getting sorta expensive! ;)
My hubby was raised on farm! :) I see we already have lots in common-stars, farms, prims...I look forward to getting to know ya lots better! I'll add ya to my blogroll-WELCOME TO BLOGLAND-girl!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


luv2teek said...

Hi Stacey,

It sounds like we have a lot in of primitives, stars, the country (I live on 100 acres), the church...thanks for visiting my blog...I can't wait to see what you have to share!

Smiles and sunshine...Bev

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi Stacey,
Thanks for the sweet comment that you left while visiting my blog:) I'll add you to my favs and stop by to see the farm that you love.

Welcome to blogland you will just love it and Gina's right it does become addicting!

I hope you recieve the desires of your heart I would be so thrilled for you:)

Have a great day!

Farm Field Primitives said...

Hello, Stacey. Aren't barn stars the best?? I would be afraid to count how many stars I have in my home. I liked them and added them to our kitchen before I really knew how popular they were. I picked them over hearts at the time because there are five of us in the family and it matched up to the points. Glad I did that!!

We live in West Unity, Ohio. Actually between Bryan and West Unity. It is straight west on the turnpike. My husband went to OSU/ATI so I have been through Norwalk to get there. Another blogger is from around your area I believe. She is Janene from Primitive Lifestyle. You can get to her through my blog list.

I have your cousin's wife on my list that I follow also. I do love her site and have followed her for a while.

Have a great Sunday. I look forward to your new posts. Take care!! ~~Melissa

Janene said...

I was snooping at your comments and you have some of the best followers...they are kind and so funny! That includes me too!!!
I have always loved barn stars...Sometimes I think that people don't choose them proportionate to their barns...but you did! It looks amazing!!!
Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Living where we do when we "travel" from here to there we often see the barn stars of which you speak. Mom has one on her fire place above her mantle. She loves them, but I bet she doesn't know the history! I will print this out and are with her!

I may get a green one and Cricut Welcome on it for our front door--bet you can figure out why. :)

millerhomestead said...

Hi Stacey, I wanted to stop in and say hi! I am excited to have a new Prim blog to visit! I am an Ohio girl born and raised but now I live in Illinois. I was born in Zanesville, Ohio. Ever heard of it? I hope you will come visit me at my blog! God bless, Jamie

Country Acres Primitives said...

Hi Stacey, thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm jumping the bandwagon here too and saying how much I love barn stars. ALl stars actually. I never heard that about the different colors, See you DO learn something new everyday! I'll also be praying for you and your desire for a baby. I'll be stopping by often!
Jennifer :)

CozyCoops Corner said...

Hi Stacey ! Welcome to blogland ! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment!I love your barn and barn star ! I have a few barn stars around my house too :-)I'm adding you to my bloglist and I look forward to visiting here often. Have a great Sunday Stacey !
Janae :-)

Linda said...

HI Stacey,

Thanks so much for your sweet words. Welcome to blogging! I added myself as one o fyour followers.

Great post about barn stars. So many people think they are a new trend when in fact us prim gals know they have been around for decades!

Have a wonderful SUnday! hugs,Linda

simple~needs said...

hi stacey, welcome to blog land!!
i found you through char's blog.
i love createaprim. i am "kmclaughlin" over there.

Lisa said...

Well, you know that I love you, I have them all over my house. Very interesting to hear about the colors and their meanings.


carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Hey Stacey! Welcome to the world of blogging. I saw your comment on one of my dear friends' blog (Backwoods Primitives) and decided to stop by for a visit. I'm adding you to my blogroll as well. You already know some of my other friends too! I'm looking forward to getting to know you!
Have a great week!

From A Creative Heart said...

Hi Stacey....
I found your blog through Cat Nap Primitives.
You are going to love the world of blogging...the wonderful people you meet, and all the creativity that is share!!!
Hugs to you!!

ctlogcabin said...

Happy Sunday Stacey ~~
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. Your page here is so welcoming...and I know I'm gonna love reading about your life on the farm. I'll be back soon with tea in hand. to sit a spell and visit.
Sending Warm CT Hugs ~ Connie xox

Black Sheep Lisa said...

Stacey welcome to the blogging world! I look forward to getting to know you and seeing your farm house. Thank you so much for you kind words about my blog!

Country*Road*Primitives said...

Hi Stacey ~ Your blog is so nice! I loved reading about the barn stars. I didn't know that the colors had a meaning... I have alot of brown ones and red ones. You are so sweet and I am so glad you found my blog. Thank you for stopping by! I have been outside most of the day stacking wood. We are trying to stock up for next year. You are very blessed to live on a farm and I know that you must be soooo excited about starting a family and having a sweet baby :) Take care and I hope to "see" you again soon! xox Carla

Country Whispers said...

Hi Stacey,
I really like the barn stars that are all over now a days. I didn't realize there was a meaning behind the different colors. Very intersting. Also, welcome to the Blogs. I am fairly new to the blogs but I can tell you I'm hooked.
Have a great evening!

Anonymous said...

Hi Stacey,
First I would like to say...Welcome to blogland!! You will love it here and will make so many new wonderful friends.
I love barn stars and have several in my home. Thanks for sharing what the different colors mean. I love the picture of your barn with the star on it!! How wonderful to live on a farm.
I live in Ohio around the Springfield area and I love the primitive country decorating style also. I'm looking forward to getting to know better through your blog. I'm adding you to my blog list...and I hope that you will stop by to visit me at mine.
prim blessings,

Julie's Keepsakes said...

First, congratulations on getting married!

Second, welcome to blogger and the variety it has to offer. You will meet many spectacular people. If you haven't seen her blog yet, I suggest going over to - her name is Tanya (aka The Sampler Girl). Her blog is relaxing to read and she's a joy to know. She designs antique and primitive cross stitch designs and she's always doing something creative.

Third, thanks for coming by my neck of the woods for a visit. I appreciate your thoughtful comments about my blog and my little Cameron. :o)

Fourth, many wishes and blessings to you and your DH (dear husband) on becomming parents. It's worth the ride, sometimes rollercoaster, but worth every millisecond.

Fifth, your blog is off to a wonderful start. I love the red background - so prim.

Talk soon!

Crystal said...

Beautiful barn!