A Feathering of The Nest

Saturday, March 13, 2021

So, I’m sharing some more touches of spring.

Maybe feathering my nest a little bit more.

It’s a spring thing!

Do all women do this, feather their nest more so in the spring?

Spring always inspires me for a renewal!

Aren’t women amazing?

How we can change with the seasons?

Among other things, women are phenomenal!

Now that we have been given a few spring-like days of beautiful weather…

I thought I would share a little entry-way area and another spring-y vignette.

This little spot is always a bit awkward for it’s position and lighting, but thought I would give you a peek of how I decorate this little area.

Lots of what you might see include thrifted and found items that have been ‘re-founded‘ by me.

 I always love a good cowhide rug. I have it on the floor and have it on the recovered seat of this black chair. The cowhide usually remains in this spot. It’s the first thing you see as you enter from the front door. I think it speaks a little about me and my style.

I added this nest piece of art from a free printable to the entryway and a few other items to work into a spring ‘Nesting‘ theme. Although, I think the art may end up in another room once I swap out this vignette(maybe a bathroom), I love how it looks in here for right now.

To work into the nest theme, using an old found bed spring and a piece of architectural salvage, I elevated a bird nest and some blue eggs. I kept the color pallet neutral & added a touch of spring with the yellow pillow, a purchase from Marshalls.

Not having any florals at the time, I decided that it was acceptable to forage my yard for some twigs cut from a bush since it’s not officially spring.

Foraged plant vine arranged in a vase. I’m all about free!

A little rustic and a little refound!

Adding a stack of books to elevate a couple of small things, like the small bird and bed spring nest, this gives them a little more presence to the space.

A Paper Feather Wreath

To the wall mirror, I layered on a book-page, feather wreath made from an old book.

The unfortunate circumstances surrounding this Thesaurus told me that it had been well used by many novice writers. When I brought it home in it’s poor state of condition, pages falling out and with the binding in bad state of repairs, I decided that another life for it could & should be a possibility.

If you are wondering where I came up with the paper feather wreath project, Look no further. This feather wreath project came from the sweetest and craftiest blogger,  KARIANNE at Thistlewood Farms. To make this paper feather wreath, Karianne has outlined some very detailed steps here at https://thistlewoodfarms.com/how-to-make-a-paper-feather-wreath/. Karianne provides an alternative to the use of book pages using pretty scrapbook paper if no old books are around.

My book, Thesaurus, past it’s prime, now lives on in my wreath.

Spring sunshine, green grass growing, temperatures on the rise, and birds chirping.

A seasonal renewal!

Things that make your heart happy!

Happy Spring!

I hope I’ve inspired you to feather your nest!

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

Maybe A Collection Obsession

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Books with a tale to tell.

Hello March!

Let’s bring on spring! Just waiting for sunshine and blooms.

I’m guilty of being a collector. I readily admit that I love collecting a few things. Things like pretty china, turquoise jewelry, old silver (plated on dishes & on bits & spurs), white dishes, chairs, & books & just rustic things. These are just a few of my top picks of things that I like to add to my collections.

Don’t you just love books? I certainly do.

I grew up with books being all around me. As a child, My mother and father read to me all the time & every so often one of my older siblings would take over. My parents were avid readers and also loved books. On a day during my walk-about at a previous career, the library was discarding old & outdated books. There, in a box were stacks of these very navy blue books with gold lettering stating World Book. Now, while the digital age has revolutionized how information is shared and digested, it has also rendered longstanding reference tools obsolete. Encyclopedias, once considered indispensable to homes for higher education, have largely gone by the way.

So when I ran across this box of Encyclopedias that were being discarded from a library, it made me feel a bit sad. I found myself admiring them with their decorated & detailed gold patterns. All that beautiful gold lettering on their very navy covers and those pages with the gilt edges! Without doubt, the most elegant of decorated edges. They were all classics! I had walked by those encyclopedias stacked in a box a couple of times and admired their beautiful covers. When we were told that they were free, it was pretty much a no brainer that they were going home with me. So I gathered up that box and practically ran to my truck.

Now you see, Mr. M, I will call him, often gets a bit frustrated with me because of the obsession I have with collecting. My first thought was where can I put them until my house is finished being built and second, how can I hide them in the new house so that he won’t see them? Well my mind wandered a bit on this one, & then I thought, I know, I’ll hide them in plain sight.

So here’s what I did. Little by little those books came in the house & little stacks were put on tables to display vases of flowers(Everything goes with flowers!), Halloween decor, candles & vintage items. I stacked them up here & there until I had almost the entire set in the house. You know what? I have most of them stacked in the office & Mr. M hasn’t even noticed. If he has, he hasn’t said a word.

As you can see, there they are…in the office…triple stacked, hiding in plain sight, & decorated with flowers.

Now, they don’t always look like this, but I thought that they were too beautiful not to be romanticized a bit, sort of where nature & literature is seen as beauty, and people can be heavily influenced with their emotions. If that makes any sense at all. Hopefully for Mr. M.

Books always have a story to go with them. If it isn’t on the inside it definitely is on the outside. 

I hope you enjoyed this tale and I’ve inspired you to gather stacks of books, vintage or new. Look for those with interesting & lovely covers, gilded pages, tattered & torn. Stack them, tie them up with twine to display & elevate those treasured items around your house.

XXOOs

Always sharing my wild west styling for my wild west livin’.

Something Faux and Spring-Ready

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

What do you think about most during your day? God? Your spouse, kids, family, pets, money?

For me… It’s most everything up on that list & what am I going to share with you today!

Now, I’m not much of a philosophical type of person, I don’t think, but I do know that in order for me to be productive I need to gain the habits of being more conscious and intentional about everything I do.

So I can’t go around on autopilot and expect to end up where I want to be. I need to be more intentional about what drives me. So I guess, all of this creative work that I do needs to go somewhere. I suppose that means its to you.

So I created a new centerpiece!

Are you ready for a little Spring?

From birthday dinners to homework sessions, life’s big and little moments have happened around the dining room table. So it’s only fair that it receives something pretty and always remains in style.

I made a centerpiece using faux flowers in a rustic container. If you know me, you know rust is a must!

I think these florals in this container make a statement upon entrance to this space with eye-catching spring blossoms that never wilt. They are bright, yellow, and spruce up the space. Yes! Yellow is such a happy color.

I love using real flowers but using faux means that I can enjoy the arrangement for all of spring and then enjoy it again in the future. I used my olive bucket filled with the faux stems on the dining room table.

For the container, I used this rustic olive bucket. Olive buckets were once used to gather fruits and vegetables, but especially olives, and now they have nearly countless uses as functional home decor. Here, I liked the additional layer of texture that the olive bucket adds to the space.

For the florals, I used something long stemmed & faux. A purchase at Real Deals Home Decor

Of course, I’ve added some votive candles & always the staple decor, branding iron candle holders with white tapers, all for a little ambiance.

20 Minute Decorating With Faux Florals

What I did: I used floral foam in the bottom of the olive bucket to stabilize the stems. This will keep the stems more together & upright instead of spreading around the whole bucket. To add a bit more fullness to the flowers I simply spread each stalk apart a bit without tearing them.

I love the end result which was just the cost of a few faux flower stems that were 35% off the original cost, & I already owned the olive bucket. It’s simple home decor that anyone can do.

This just reminds me that warmer weather is around the corner & soon we will have real florals to pick from for our centerpieces! I hope this helps you create a floral centerpiece.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and letting me share my thoughts & A little wild west styling for my wild west livin’.

Spring Decor and Vintage Charm to a New Kitchen

Monday, March 1, 2021

Happy March 1.

We are another day closer to spring and enjoying some warmer weather.

I’m sure my horses are ready for some warmer weather, and not be stuck in their stalls and wear heavy blankets. I know spring is in the air when their hair starts to “Slip,” that is when they begin to lose their winter coat of hair. This past week had me a bit under the weather and didn’t find me doing much. Just taking care of my old horses.

Could Spring Be In The Air?

March is pretty much the start of spring and spring inspiration over here. And today, it is all about inspired spring decor in an aged grayed tool tote.

I love vintage decor. You know. Something a little old and worn around the edges. A something that wears the original patina especially if it involves chipping, peeling, worn shabby old paint. Something that has lived a long and prosperous existence before you ever met it. If only it could talk, and tell you it’s stories before you.

Yes, my tool tote is aged, but I love how it shows it’s time aged patina.

Sometimes when I find something that really speaks to me, I begin to imagine all the possibilities that I might do with this vintage-y find.

I know…

Crazy, right?

It all started with this Bakery sign that I stenciled.

I thought I would tuck it in behind my kitchen range, but something about this rustic sign just didn’t work well in my new more modern kitchen.

Ugh. Sorry about the yellow color of this photo!

And then…as I began to give up, that bakery sign landed in this tool tote. Low and behold the wheels of creativity began to turn, slowly I might add, and my mind went, “What if I…”

I Gathered and Added…

Yes! I elevated the sign so that you could see the letters, added some faux greenery, a pretty towel given to me by a sweet friend, a candle, Easter napkins, faux carrots, and wooden spoons.

Something was missing.

You can’t have a Bakery without a rolling pin, can you? So. In. It. Went.

Usually I would find this vintage tool tote with flowers.

I think that’s the best part of vintage finds is that they can be so versatile. When you can multipurpose these items you are SO much more likely to appreciate them if they are actually useful. Let your imagination run wild.

Find vintage items for your home that you can use as well as display other items. They are unique and creative and full of personality and character.

Vintage finds are the best storytellers…with timeless experience.

No one else has something exactly the same–especially when you create a project with them.

Just because a vintage tool tote and a stenciled sign…this is where the story began.

I hope you enjoyed how I used my vintage tool tote &

this inspires you to use those vintage finds in your own home.

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

XXOOs

Summer Lovin’ and A Pallet Table

Saturday, February 20, 2021

I’ve been on the hunt for a charming old table for quite some time. One that will work for those simple gatherings & causal moments. I haven’t been able to find exactly what I am looking for so I decided to make a table from a wooden pallet.

I know – it’s a little odd to be throwing this summer look at you in the dead of winter, but as I was going through some pictures, I realized I had never shared my pallet table. And… after looking at this picture – this golden field made me miss a little summer. So I thought I would give us all a reminder of the summer heat. Those golden tones do give off a pretty warm glow!

Another view as she holds her respectful place in the barn.

What did I use?

Any old pallet will do. (Choose a pallet, rectangular or square) This one was from the wood pile and was nicely weathered. This pallet did not have a double side. Most pallets are double sided, so I suggest you remove one side, but you don’t have too. This makes the table light enough for me to move around. I cleaned it up and using what I had on hand, I attached some 2 X 4s for legs with screws. Using my sander, I sanded up a couple of areas that might have a few splinters, and checked for nails or anything else that might be protruding.

I was raised with ranchers and carpenters, but I lack a lot carpentry skills. Growing up they advised me in two ways – “Measure twice, cut once & Here, let me do it.” So this is why my carpentry skills are so lacking.

Not exactly happy with the look on top, I took a trip to the hardware store and purchased some rough sawn fencing boards for a $1.99 each to attach to the top.

Just wanting to have a little fun with this table, I took it out to our pasture with a bucket of wild clippings and roses from the yard and some pretty dinner ware for some summer styling.

Our little golden pasture was getting pretty dry from the intense summer heat, so no candles were to be used.

You can see that my pallet table is a little perfectly imperfect.

Probably heavy on the rustic and refound, but I like it.

With a layered wood plank top it still holds a bit of charm. I love it’s shabby look & imperfect character. I’m looking forward to using my pallet table for hosting an outdoor gathering; maybe out in the middle of this little meadow under the stars.

Maybe just the little simplicity of a rustic pallet wood table, but the limit is up to you and what you can do with a pallet.

I hope you enjoyed my adventure in building and displaying my rustic and refound wooden pallet table, and yes summer is comin’.

A true wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’.

XXOOs

A Little Fruit and Dip For Grazing

Friday, February 19, 2021

You know cows graze? So do people.

Rather than sit down for one large meal, people will often graze & snack on finger foods all the time. So I created a fruit grazing board and baked banana bread (Quick bread) to accompany an amazing fruit dip. Trust me when I say: You are going to want this! The fruit dip.

This fruit dip will go with fruit and a quick bread very nicely. You can spread this dip like morning sunshine all through the day.

You can create a fruit grazing board for a brunch or snack any time of the day and this will make your day special.  The best part – everyone can choose what they would like to eat and can nibble on what ever they wish. It’s a big hit – and as simple as picking up different elements at the store and laying everything out in a great display.

Creating my fruit grazing board was as simple as setting out various fruits for whatever time of the day it is. This was for a breakfast brunch – so for this one – it was all about fresh fruit and a freshly baked loaf of banana bread.

On a bread(cutting) board: I used Granny Smith green apples, grapes, strawberries, & fresh pears. There are no rules, the sky is the limit.

Of course fruit is great on its own, but jazzing it up with a little something special makes it a treat. Because this dip is amazing, you can serve it on quick breads, like banana bread.

The Best Fruit Dip

What I love is that it’s so simple to make. Best of all…you probably already have these ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator.

Here’s what you need:

1 large (8 oz) package of cream cheese – softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup of powdered sugar or granulated sugar will work

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream all ingredients together. Serve chilled with fresh fruit, graham crackers, or sweet(quick) breads

With spring & summer entertaining quickly approaching, I thought we could use a yummy and easy fruit dip recipe. This dip is rich and creamy and will take your fruit dipping to whole other level.

Add in a pot of coffee, tea, & juice, and you are ready to start the day with good food & great conversation. 

I hope you make your fruit grazing board and the fruit dip. I think you’ll enjoy it, too. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Always enjoy sharing from my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’ at Rustic and Refound.

XXOOs

A $1 DIY – A Twig Vase

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

When I woke up this morning it was snowing outside. This had me feeling a little under the weather. No sun. I needed the feel for a little spring. Since winter often keeps me inside, I thought I needed a little DIY. Still exposed and not covered with snow, were some willow twigs laying on the ground. So I gathered a few.

This little project is not my own. I borrowed the DIY project from Karianne at Thistlewood Farms https://thistlewoodfarms.com/diy-wood-twig-vase/. She has the most amazing and beautiful blog along with some great DIYs.

Things that catch my eye: Unique and inexpensive!

I love a craft that starts with inexpensive and may end with $1. This project literally cost me a dollar plus tax and a little white spray paint that I had in my stash. The dollar expense went to the glass vase I purchased at the Dollar Store.

Step 1: This is what I started with. A glass vase, approximately 8″ tall, from the dollar store that cost $1.

Step 2: Gather some twigs from your yard. I used a variety of smaller and larger twigs for this project. I cut the twigs with a pair of garden shears. I did not measure for complete accuracy since I wanted the finished product to have some character.

Step 3: Spray paint the twigs white. After spray painting the twigs white and letting them dry, I began gluing them to the vase.

Some gluing tips:

  1. Before gluing, place the twig against the vase so you know where to add the glue. The twigs will not be straight and the entire twig will not lay against the glass.
  2. Make sure to leave space when you are gluing the first layer of twigs.
  3. My first layer of twigs, I began with the larger size all around the vase. I used the smaller twigs to fill in the gaps of the larger twigs.
  4. Since I didn’t measure the height of the twigs, there is a little variation at the top. This I liked for it’s added character.
Here, you can see the variation in the height of the twigs.

I kept gluing until I had completely covered the vase.

Step 4. When the first layer was finished, I went back and added a second layer of twigs filling in the spaces between the larger twigs. I used smaller diameter twigs to glue on top of the larger first layer.

My Finished Vase

I added some water and roses!

What more can a girl ask for?

I paired it with this little pink stool, a little wonky in nature, but cute none the less.

I hope you enjoyed this little spring craft and it inspires you to create your own twig vase.

If you need further directions stop by Thistlewood Farms at https://thistlewoodfarms.com/diy-wood-twig-vase/.

Another Rustic and Refound from my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

XXOOs

Weekend Round Up – A Rustic and Refound Valentine Table

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Welcome to another addition of Weekend Round Up at Rustic and Refound!

I hope that this sweetheart’s day finds your home full of love and a little romance. After being married to my valentine for 30+ years, we still try to give each other a valentine dinner. Flowers… I love roses, but the cost of roses during Valentines Day becomes a bit too expensive. So I request that he doesn’t spend the money. We have often eaten dinners out or at home. So for an at home dinner, I thought I would share a Valentine table, whether it be for two or four.

With the Valentine weekend here romantic inspired table settings are some of my favorites.

I like tables full of pretty blooms & delicate place settings.

 I love to mix and mingle settings to create a more collected table. One that speaks more about my rustic and refound heart. (Both plates are thrifted treasures.)

I’m a little backwards in my entertaining. You see, it isn’t always about the food first for me. My thoughts always run to the look or the presentation of the table first. The flowers, and for this table it was all about those grocery store roses and how my dinnerware can compliment those blooms.

Here it is! A thrifted table scape right down to the silver and gold rimmed stemware. It’s all in the details. Pretty white plates rimmed with delicate flowers; a mix and a mingle. Goblets with pink and white M&Ms for a sweet treat and Valentine inspiration.

Time To Break Some Bread

Time to engage in a comfortable, friendly interaction, that holds great conversation over a loaf of bread and maybe a little vino. Something to get you started.

Added to the ambiance of the setting are candles. With the pretty gold/brassy candle sticks are red, pink, and gold votives.

I told you once, I don’t follow any rules. I just use what I love or what’s in the cupboard.

Mix and mingle what you like and create a centerpiece with some flowers. Add a few candles for a sprinkling of romance- layer on the dinnerware and linens and you have yourself, A Simple. Sweet. Tablescape.

You too can create a table where conversations and laughter will linger a bit longer.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope that this inspires you to create your own romantic table.

Always enjoy sharing my rustic and refound ideas from my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’ Thanks for stopin’!

XXOOs

Reminder: Please leave me a comment. Would love to hear your thoughts.

My DIY Pedestals

Friday, February 12, 2021

Can you guess that my cake pedestals are dollar store creations???

I might be a bit obsessed with all things cake pedestal right now. Sooo, I have noticed around that you can make your own. When I saw this at https://www.lizmarieblog.com/2021/02/diy-affordable-glass-pedestals/ I couldn’t help but try my own DIY pedestals. Her pedestals turned out so beautifully. Liz Marie gave several options to create DIY pedestals using a glass cup for the base. When I went in to the dollar store, the glass cups available were covered with words and wouldn’t look good turned upside down.

So my options were small bowls(cereal bowls). I flipped the bowls over. I purchased a glass plate for the top portion. Size does not matter and the more unique the better. You could get quite creative and play with the shape of your pedestal. I purchased my plates and bowls from the dollar store. Affordable and the easiest option! The thrift store would also be another great place to shop.

What You Need:

*Glass plate

*bowl

*E 6000 Glue

Step 1: I cleaned all the stickers from the bowls and plates. I prepped the dishes by washing and drying them. I turned the bowl over to create the base for my plate.

Step 2: Using the E 6000 glue I placed a bead of glue on the base of the bowl and placed my plate on top. I basically “eye-balled” the center of the plate to the base of the bowl.

Step 3: Tip – I placed a heavy object in the bowl to help secure the bowl and plate. I waited 24 hours for the glue to become dry.

Step 4: After the glue is dry, turn your plate upright and you have a custom pedestal to use as cake stand, to display desserts, fruit, use in your decor, as a centerpiece on your table to display a pretty candle, for a party, & more.

Brunch for my Valentine

Since my pedestals will look great for any season, I chose to use these for a breakfast-brunch display for my Valentine.

I hope you enjoyed my DIY pedestals and you are inspired to create some of your own. Thanks for checking out my rustic and refound DIY project today. Always sharing my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

Weekend Roundup: A Valentine Bouquet & A Dessert Table

Saturday, February 6, 2021

These simple grocery store roses have been a guaranteed head-turner and too pretty to not style again and again.

Setting the table for guests or just for two, this was an all of 5 minutes and some $9.00 roses from the grocery store. A dessert table in the making. Now all I need is the dessert.

With some candles and valentine decor, your dessert table is a go!

Okay- it was probably more like 10 or 15 minutes after finding all the elements for everything.
But basically, it was a quick job either way. And since I am running around like a wild woman, sipping on extra coffee and juggling dishes – I’m trying to bring you a little 5 minute decorating tips done on a dime – so to speak.

 You know, maybe when your friend texts and says she is randomly in the area and is coming by with coffee & a chat.

Dish Towels, Votives, & Simple White dishes

Yes, a white & red plaid dish towel became my “table runner,” copper votives, a pitcher of roses, & wooden block that I painted with a red heart became the centerpiece for a valentine desert table. I stacked my dishes and layered on the cloth napkins – done!  This is something you can incorporate in a snap. 

For a little extra luck & a run for the roses table scape, I threw in the dish towel with a horse shoe and a vibrant red rose. ‘More on the western romance.

Seriously though- decorating your table for guests or a theme doesn’t have to be involved or take a ton of time to do. Just a few elements you may have around the house add that special sprinkle of love.

Need an invite?

No problem!

Next time I’ll be sure to bring the dessert;)

Happy Saturday everyone! XXOOs

I hope you enjoyed my sweetheart tablescape. Love sharing my tips from my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’.