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.




The Act of Kindness


Friday, January 17, 2020


“Kindness: A simple idea with significant impact.”




Open The Gate and Come On In…


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Today I want to talk about the topic of being kind.

We always hear and see the quote, ‘kindness is free so spread it around.’

In fact that is pretty true.

To me, kindness is something that this world could certainly use more of.



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However, I feel that some people are a bit confused

about what being kind is and what being kind includes.

To me, the act of being kind is associated with being friendly,

generous, and considerate.

All of these are characteristics which are associated with being kind

can be linked to respect.

Am I right?



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I recently read this statement by Maya Angelou

and feel that it fits into my philosophy.

“The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving

with passion and compassion and humor

and style and generosity and kindness.”



What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?

Was it a gift, an action, an encouraging word spoken just at the right time?

Kindness is often best expressed with thoughtful intentions.

Being kind can be shown through respect and following through with simple promises.

Promises made, promises kept.

Kindness is not always what we know, it’s what we show.

Actions prove who someone is, words just prove who they pretend to be.

People feel the act of kindness when an overt action

touches them in a deep and personal way.

What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?

Was it something from a family member, friend? Or by a total stranger?

                “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”                                                                                                                               source unknown
Kindness is in our power.

Don’t just speak it, do it!


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Thanks for visiting my blog.

OOXXs ~ Tammy


A Floral Note

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


roses upclose

Is your husband a welder?

If not, do you know one?

Well my husband is a welder by trade, so

what I’m going to show you won’t surprise you.


Roses in can

When arranging flowers,

I like to add the quirky and different

on containers.

I’m always looking for a sensible, cost effective solution.

So sticking with my rustic and refound sensibility…

and while out scouring in the shop/barn

I ran across this mostly empty

welding rod container.

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Well, in all of it’s rusty goodness, I saw potential.

Into the house it went to get a bit of cleaning up

with a soft cloth and a bit of soap and water.

Having these pretty pink roses from the market,

I decided to make a statement on an old rusty container.

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To my husband’s dismay the rusty container

not only held the pretty pink blooms,

but it was in. the. house!


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I simply added to the inside of the metal can

a tall cylinder vase to contain the water and roses.

I then staged it all with candles and old encyclopedias on my buffet.

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I hope you like my post on using the rustic and refound.

“I don’t exist to impress the world.

I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.”

I think my rusty can adds a bit of ‘wild west styling for a bit of wild west living.’

Thanks for checking in on my blog and story.



Perspectives, Point of View, and Gratitude

January 9, 2020

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The first month of the new year.

Maybe a time for renewal.

A time for reflection,

and a time to look at things in a different way,

with a new point of view.

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2019 brought some good significant changes in my life,

beginning with my career.

I officially retired.

I retired from education,

and now I’m looking to the horizons for something new.


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we officially began the build of our new home.

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Since we are over a week into the new year and

after much thought about filling the pages

of my new year book of 2020.


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I think of the pages filling with new projects, new adventures,

and fresh ideas as I look ahead

with a new perspective.


with much gratitude.

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I am so grateful for all the good things that occurred in 2019.

While reflecting on what has transpired in my life,

I think about setting new personal goals.


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A new goal maybe in one word, ‘intentional.’

My word of the year.

Intention; intentional!

I want to live more intentionally.

I want to be intentional in all my efforts.

I want to intentionally get more exercise.

Do things on purpose, being deliberate.

I want to intentionally become a better me.

I intentionally want to enjoy life!

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I love to really look at things in a different way;

from a whole new point of view.

I want to be intentional in all of my creations.

Maybe that is why I love the rustic and refound.


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I don’t know why I do this other than loving the challenge,

and feeling that inner excitement when I’ve discovered a new combination

or creation – I guess you could say it’s what makes me tick.

Yes, I want to live less out of habit and more out of intent.

I want to turn my cant’s into cans and my dreams into plans.

Think intentional about what inspires me and fuels me.

“The new year stands before me like a chapter in a book waiting to be written.”

What will you see this year with a new set of eyes and a whole new point of view?

What is your word of the year?

Thank you for visiting my blog.




‘All things are working (all things are working for my good)
‘Cause He’s intentional (He’s intentional)
Hey and He’s never failing (never failing)
All things are working for my good (all things are working for my good)
He’s intentional (He’s intentional)
Never failing (never failing)’   Lyrics ~Travis Greene


A Little Christmas of Past

Thursday, December 27, 2019

Even though Christmas has come and gone…

 While digging through some old photos I ran across some past Christmas décor.


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I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and

rejoiced in the reason for the season.


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Every year I deck the house out in its holiday best

and try to create a country Christmas.


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For me, the Christmas spirit is a culmination of things.

With warm scents brewing in the kitchen,

 while an eclectic Holiday playlist launches our Christmas spirits

with everything from my favorite Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’,

Dean Martin, and Mariah Carey singing ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.’


Christmas creche

But most importantly, family and dear friends are key

in making the holiday celebrations more lively and meaningful.

I love listening to the chatter and laughter

that truly sums up the joy we feel during the season.


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And today, I am sharing a few of my favorite pictures from Christmas past

that sums up some of what I feel every year.


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The memories, the smiles, the tears.

All the moments wrapped up

from the years.


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Maybe missing some family to go along with the season.


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Loving some snow covered pine cones in a dough bowl.


glittered house xmas 2017

Glittered houses are some of my favorite décor.

A favorite Christmas teacup that once belonged to my sweet mom.


Christmas cup

My Christmas tree decked out in a winter wonderland.


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Thank you for visiting my blog.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas décor.

Wishing everyone a very blessed New Year!



An Instant Mood Setter

Monday, November 4, 2019

I don’t know about you, but daylight savings time

seems to be a catalyst for a new game changer for all things around my house.

We end the day earlier heading inside for food and warmth.


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As the day draws to a close, I like to add warmth to my room with candlelight.

There’s something about candlelight that makes everything more special.

Candles seem to add coziness to room warding off the chill

that the autumn weather brings.

I like to distribute candles around the room and into other rooms, avoiding jarring light.

I use tapers, votives, pillars, and tea lights so I can create a softly lit environment no matter what the occasion is just to add a bit of ambiance to a quiet room or a room filled with conversation and laughter.


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I place a few votives on the table to make it special.


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I love the reflection of the candlelight as it highlights spaces and objects in a room.

Candlelight seems to add a bit of magic to your space and sets a mood and tone.


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There’s just something about candlelight that makes everything a bit more special.

I would like to believe that the soft glow of candlelight

makes my efforts look just a little better!;)

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I love using tapered candles in décor.

They are the perfect thing to add to a vignette or centerpiece.


So, as you set your table for a meal,

wind down the day,

or cozy up by the fire…

light a candle!

It doesn’t need to be a scented candle.

When guests are to arrive, I like to light a scented candle in the guest powder room.

So tonight light a candle or two and turn off the lights.

You may find a more soothing environment and a whole new focus.


Thank you for visiting my blog.







Just Jacks – A Rustic Display

Saturday, October 26, 2019

“This is the season she will make beautiful things. Not perfect things but honest things that speak to who she is and who she is called to be.” 

~Morgan Harper Nichols


jacks with rusty bucket and twigs


With all the craziness of “The great move” lately

I’ve needed some distractions to

keep my mind off of packing, organizing, and the cleaning.


How about some cute?

How about some fun?


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I started some fall decor super early because I knew at some point

all of this was going to disappear to boxes and storage.

I wanted to share my “Just Jacks” (Jack-O-Lanterns) made from posts.


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Hopefully, some fall inspiration to inspire you in some small way

to decorate for Halloween.

Did I mention that Halloween was one of my favorite seasons to decorate?

I know… Halloween is not a season, but I start pretty early

with Halloween décor planning.

Maybe August.

So, I would say that it’s a season around here!

 I started on the buffet in the  living room….


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This buffet decor was super easy.

Using a rusty bucket (rusty metal added for another look)

with some dried branches from my yard,

rescued encyclopedias, silver creamers, a sugar bowl

and copper votives, I set up my display.


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Added my primitive post pumpkins…


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Wood slices and silver creamers with candles…

extra copper votives…

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and a stenciled pallet wood plank.


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Candles add the warmth and ambiance.

Maybe a bit of spooky ambiance?


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Something about fall makes me want to decorate all the things

and try a bunch of new looks.

Is it like that for everyone?

  Either way, I’m kind of obsessed with Halloween decor.

I think this Halloween styling  is here to stay for a little while.


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This is how I home!


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Something about all the color and texture is making me obsessed with it.

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting your thoughts.

Find me on Instagram, and chat with me.

As always THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart

for stopping by my little blog today.

It brings so much joy to be able to share my Rustic and Refound creations

and hopefully some inspiration with you.

Thanks for letting me do that.


My Simple Autumn Styling – 2 Ways

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A simple Autumn styling with the rustic and refound.

A simple autumn vignette on the buffet.


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Lets talk about fall.

Fall is colorful falling leaves, crisp fresh air and pumpkins.

I’m tackling all kinds of projects this week,

making my primitive wood pumpkins,

packing up my house,

and maybe decorating my front porch for the last time.




Still loving those bright, bold colors of orange

and copper for my autumn décor.

Today, I combined my blush pink roses from my birthday

and fresh clippings from the yard

all in a rusty bucket.

My rustic and refound wood pumpkins,

candles, vintage silver,

and a quick and easy stenciled sign on the buffet

were included to create an autumn vignette.



An Autumn Vignette Styled 2 Ways


Simple Autumn buffet w-chair

Wood pumpkins, stenciled sign, copper votives, and vintage silver…

Some of my favorite things.

Can’t forgot those blush pink roses in that rusty bucket!


Rusty Bucket with rustic pumpkin


Using my primitive pumpkins from my Rustic and Refound collection.


Side view of rustic buffet

A Stenciled sign...Punkin’ Patch.

I had a little fun mixing up the bold tones and patterns

as well as the texture from the wood

to the soft blush pink roses.

Rustic pumpkins on buffet

I’m loving the warm, rich tones of the season.

Loving these bold oranges of the primitive pumpkins,

the copper votives,


the shine in the vintage silver and rusty bucket.


Rusty Bucket with rustic pumpkin

And candles!

Did I mention candles?

The warmth of the candles add to the autumn ambiance.


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A Primitive Display


Close up of Rustic pumkin

I refer to my wood pumpkins as primitive

because of their rough and simple look.


pumpkin patch buffet

Using the primitive pumpkins mixed with candles

give the vignette a warm and soft feeling to autumn.

Rustic pumpkins


Autumn Vignette Style 2

An autumn vignette with a fresher, softer feel with white pumpkins.




This autumn style tends to be soft,

mixed with a bit of bold in my everyday palette.

rusty bucket and white pumpkin

A couple of white pumpkins and white candles

mixed with the bold and primitive.

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A Rustic and Refound styling.


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Loving the mix of the traditional fall colors with the blush pink roses and

soft elegance of the white pumpkins.

Using most of the same elements from the first vignette,

but giving this vignette a different look.

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I love playing with the bold colors for a bit more pizazz. More oomph.

I definitely walk on the wild side of a more traditional side of autumn.

Not having a fire place mantle, my buffet takes all the heat

when it comes to seasonal decorating.


Autumn chair


This plaid throw is ablaze in color and is

ready to cozy up with on those frosty mornings

and chilly evenings.

Happy October Folks!



Close up of Rustic pumkin

Take A Hike

August 8, 2019

How To Beat the Summer Heat and Boredom

So I took a hike to a glacial tarn (a mountain lake) in the northern part of the

Eastern Humboldt Range.

Where? Elko County

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This past summer I’ve felt like I have been under house arrest.

I have worked on my yard and have photographed my flowers

and have been a little bored to say the least!

The best solution for that…summer boredom…

A small road trip for a bit of adventure!

I have been way overdue for an adventure.

So after consecutive days being cooped up…

(with the exception of walking down to the roping arena

for some team roping practice),

I conned my hubby, Mr. M, into taking the trip to Angel Lake.


Pat @ Angel Lake

While at the lake we hiked around and sat to admire it’s splendid beauty.

It seems like everybody had the same idea today.

With tons of campers to day trippers

fishing, kayaking, picnickers, swimmers, and hikers

we all had to get outdoors.

Others had to get into the water.


angel lake diving

The mountains are huge and majestic,

at 8,378′.

The lake is approximately 13 acres and a depth of 29 or so feet

(depending on the run-off).

(I had to look that up.)


Mountain @Angel Lake


The hike and change of scenery rejuvenated me.


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Not just my energy level,

but also my mind.


Moutain around Angel Lake

It kick-started my creative juices into gear…and

I couldn’t wait to get back and start up that laptop again.

Go figure!

Wishing you a great one!

Now that I’m retired… maybe you’ll find me…

where the wild things are.