Western Wednesday

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Welcome to Another Addition of Western Wednesday!

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I once mentioned that sunsets and old board corrals make me a bit sappy.

And… they do.

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Sunsets close on the day, good or bad.

(Because I never met a sunset I didn’t like.)

Old board corrals have held together and confined

a family’s lifetime of memories of brandings, cattle gatherings,

and cowboys’ bronc rides.

If only they could talk…

and tell their stories.

 I grew up on a ranch where we had lots of old board corrals.

In my memory, there was nothing more fun

than climbing those old boards and looking over the fence.

Sometimes I think I’ve been looking over the fence my whole life.

What are corrals?

You might ask.

My definition of corrals is a collection of old

(sometimes new) boards nailed together

to create an enclosure to gather cows, horses, and other livestock.


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I recently learned that the word corral comes from the Spanish word corro.

Corrals are used to capture domestic and wild livestock.


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These are some long horned cattle gathered for processing

and branding their calves.


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Corrals support the usage of horses and cows

in ranching and sometimes other activities.


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Old board corrals become great branding traps

used by the working cowboys/ranchers and buckaroos to hold

cattle during branding seasons.


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They are also great for capturing western scenes.;)


brandin corrals


Sometimes old board corrals are attached to old squeeze chutes to process cows.


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For strength and stability old board corrals were attached to pipe/metal panels.

Story Telling Time On The Old Board Corral

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Welcome to the top rail where two young cowboys

tell stories of roping steers,

riding wild broncs,

and how they’ve become real top hands.

Boards for Shipping

If old Shipping chutes could talk, what would they tell?

Of cattle sorted and loaded on trucks and big fat calves weaned in the fall?


open loading chute

Oh, these old boards!

With sometimes chipping paint, great graying color and patina

from being weathered and baked in the sun.


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An old cow feeder.


With old board’s graying patina, and

crusty knots in the wood comes a little Rustic and Refound.


A bridle rack built from old corral boards.

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A DIY rustic candle holder built from an old corral board.

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I love the nostalgia of old boards from corrals.

Old board corrals inspired me with their perfectly imperfect distressing.

Their silvered and worn appearance. Used and abused.

Just loving how each board is different in texture, finish and distressing.

Thanks for hanging with me today on my Western Wednesday.

A little wild west stylin’ for a little wild west livin’.





Love You Bunches



Friday, February 14, 2020


Happy Valentine’s Day!

For the Heart!

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Valentine’s Day is all about flowers,

 heart shaped boxes with chocolates, and

frilly cards filled with words of love.


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Why am I sharing this?

My great admiration for flowers (obsession maybe)

began on Valentine’s Day many years ago when my husband

sent me red, red roses on this special day.


I thought I would share

 some flower arrangements in unique/vintage containers

that I had on hand at the time.

The containers I use are not expensive.

Turning grocery store flowers into little arrangements.

The key to simple but beautiful arrangements

can be a unique vessel.


Galvanized Buckets

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Galvanized buckets make a great statement for pink blooms.


Ceramic Vase

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Fresh cut pink blooms in this unique vessel definitely

makes a charming presentation.

Wooden toolbox

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A rustic wooden toolbox is a fun way to display roses.

A little jar of water and a bunch of pink roses.


A Handmade Cedar Box

Did I say pink?;)

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One of my favorites and literally so simple…

Jars filled with single blooms placed in the wooden box make a statement

as they march down the center of your table.



And crocks filled with bunches of pink roses…

definitely one of my favorites.

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Rusty Cans

Rusty cans with tons of patina and character

are fun and definitely inexpensive!

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Pale pink


Faux Wood Bark Container

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There are so many options for flower arrangements that you can use.

Finding these containers can be like a treasure hunt.

Let your imagination and things you have on hand

inspire you to make your own flower arrangements.

Think outside the box!

Leave folks talking about your creativity.

Just do what inspires your soul.




A DIY Rustic Candle/Sugar Mold

Sunday, February  9, 2020


A little DIY project from the Rustic and Refound.


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A home DIY decorating piece is my favorite!

My life is all about simple, easy ways to decorate.


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To fuel my obsession with candles and candle light,

I’m always on the hunt for ideas to create candle holders.

My obsession with the ambiance that flickering candles

bring to a room, brings me create the warmth

for a whole lot of cozy for the long winter evenings.


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When its cold and gray, and I repeat cold…

I like to turn the heat up and light a few candles.


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I am a HUGE candle girl.

I love the flickering, warm light that candles bring.

Candles warm up a room.


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Since I like to group candles…

This brought me to my DIY rustic sugar mold.

And…that wild hair…

Set my creative juices to turn a remnant board/post

with a perfect patina into a rustic sugar mold with farmhouse charm.

I think I’ve told you that I love the rustic and refound!;



My piece of lumber was already precut at

30 inches long and is a 3.5″ X 5.5″ board.


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My wood post isn’t perfect.

There are holes, cracks in the wood,

notches, plenty of knots and some missing chunks.

After measuring the distance of the board,

measuring and determining where I wanted my holes…


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I drilled my holes using two types of bits.

Since I wanted my holes to be 2″s, I began with a 2″ hole saw.


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I then used a paddle bit to router out the holes to 1.5″s

and to a desired depth for my votives.

paddle bit

You can see that my paddle bit was much smaller.

I then needed to chisel out the remaining wood to complete

a 2″ hole.

Sounds a bit complicated?


But I managed.

There maybe an easier way.

I’m still researching and experimenting.:)


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Next, I sanded all the edges with a power sander

to remove sharp corners and splinters.


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Using a gel stain (Minwax, Aged Oak).

I rubbed the Minwax on spots that I wanted to darken,

like where the wood may have been handled repeatedly or to age the wood.

I was careful not to remove the original grayed patina of the aging timber.

(You can see the graying wood above)




Once I was satisfied with the look of the wood, using a wax,

I rubbed the edges to smooth and polish the piece.


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I hope you like my DIY sugar mold project.

I currently don’t have a house to stage my piece in.

I will later share this project in my new home.

I like this little piece and it fits…

A little wild west styling for a little wild west livin’.


“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

~Elizabeth Gilbert

Thanks for stopping by my blog.




Western Wednesday



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Welcome to Western Wednesday!

An interior decorator, I am not!

I once told you that I love western décor, chippy items,

the rustic, cowhide and things I can “refound.

I live in the West and love the western way of life.

I’m sappy for sunsets and old board corrals.


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For the  first half of my life I lived on my family’s ranch.

I feel at home with the western life style as I feel that it is a part of who I am.

 I love the comfortable feeling that this type of décor brings to my home.

Isn’t our home décor a reflection of who we are?


I enjoy horses and cows and one of my favorite hobbies is team roping.

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turning out

Turning the girls out to pasture.

When we think of the west, we often think of or the wild west,

of cowboys and Indians.

The western style has a rugged elegance and authenticity that speaks to its roots.

With sensibility and honesty that gives it an enduring appeal.

We don’t always think of touches of the west being in our homes.

If you search for ways to add a western style to your home,

Pinterest is a good place to begin.

You will find it a good source of inspiration like this photo.

Bedroom, Texas limestone construction. Pendleton and Beacon blankets at the Tyler Beard residence near Star, Texas.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Whether the western style or western way of living is for you,

you can show your love for the wild west

from clothing, accessories, and including jewelry.

In our homes; our dishes, rustic furniture,

and style can reflect the small touches of the Wild West.


A Horse Lovers Candle Holders


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Like the addition of horseshoe candle holders.

If it isn’t something you want to go all the way with,

there are many different and creative ways

you can add touches of the west to your everyday life.

 Cowhides are a stylish way to add Western flare to a home.


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If real cowhide is not in your budget there are many faux creations.

Cowhide is one of my favorite ways to add Western charm.

Whether they are subtle additions or bold pieces,

they will complement any space.

As an accent, these cowhide chairs add a bit of a

laid back elegance to my dining room.


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How about a cowhide lampshade?




Western homes have been furnished with leather and cowhide for centuries.

Natural cowhide brings warmth to any home

whether it is a modern or traditional interior.

Animal print and cowhide can be a focal point of any setting.


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This antique chair seat is covered in a warm natural brown cowhide.

The pillow (faux lamb) and footstool are both faux animal print.

Cowhide and kilim pillows are a must for leather couches.


cowhide pillow

A fun way to bring some wild west styling for a bit of wild west living.;)



Bringing in nature inspires some of the most rich and beautiful colors.

Adding some natural elements throughout your home will bring the Wild West alive.


Cowhide Beds?


cowhide bed

Yes, please!


These beds will have you dreaming western dreams.

A bit of country chic!


leather headboard


Loving the details of hand tooled leather and the turned posts on this bed.

I love the details and textures.


Up-cycled stirrups will add a fun twist to your kitchen or dining table.

A little Rustic and Refound.



This is how I home.

Creating and furnishing my home with things I love

from the American West.

Working for my brand and maybe add a bit of western romance to my life.

Using my real world experience

to promote authenticity to my western way of living.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings.