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?


post jacks


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.


2 jacks w-candles


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….


jack o lantern and more the star

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.


jack o lantern decor and more

Added my primitive post pumpkins…


post jacks

Wood slices and silver creamers with candles…

extra copper votives…

post jacks 3


and a stenciled pallet wood plank.


post jacks 2

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.


2 jacks w-candles


This is how I home!


jacks 6 w-rusty bucket

jacks 5 and more


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.


Punkin Patch1

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.


buffet styling 2

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.

autumn style w-white pumkins

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

angel Lake1


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.


Mountain @ Angel Lake2


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.

A Simple Charming Table Setting

July 18, 2019


A table setting for a gathering of friends

I’m a huge fan of pretty table settings.


number 1 image of table setting


Table settings that include fresh flowers and

candles parading down the center,

pretty dishes, and fine stemware.

On The Table

A simple centerpiece…

Flowers from the garden. Peonies to be exact!

Peonies with their ruffled edges that speak feminine frills.

Laying the foundation with a rustic, weathered board…


board with candles


next came trimmed lilac branches for the greenery

and copper votive candles.

Candles a plenty!

Tucking copper votives here and there.

Using found vintage silver sugar bowls and creamers

for the flowers and votive candles.


Close image with blurred background


Dried roses were added for an additional pop of color.


Center piece 2

Even peonies dropping their petals are pretty.

Falling petals from peonies

Not an expensive center piece with candles look perfect!

Maybe… perfectly imperfect!


side view of center piece


A Mix and Mingle


Side view of table

A mix and mingle of flatware and plates.

The vintage plates with their pretty and delicate blue and gold trim

and the new cabbage salad plates –

all a mix and a mingle.


place setting 2


Tied together with chambray blue napkins.

A fun, pretty place setting for a casual luncheon.


Table setting from the end2

Fun stemware; clear with green dots.


close view of plates and glasses


Candles in various sizes glowing away provide the needed ambiance.


Center piece 2

No matter how you set your table,

A pretty centerpiece…perfectly imperfect,

good food, good friends…

It’s all about creating special moments,

making memories where conversations and laughs

that will linger a bit longer.


number 1 image of table setting


Enjoying a happy summer day!


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou



My Salvage Style

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


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I have a great love for old things because they bring so much life

and interest to a home.

With dents and all!

Old things have a history and a story to tell.


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I like to think about the hands that have touched the object,

where it was and how it was used in its past life.


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I especially love using salvage finds to decorate with.

A worn piece of galvanized metal,

or repurposed and vintage items like old rusty buckets.

To me this is totally charming and adds warmth to a room.


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Think Outside the Box

On a treasure hunting trip, I picked up this vintage bucket

with a great rustic patina –

with all its metal goodness and sweet wire and wooden handle.


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When I see things that catch my eye,

I immediately think, “How can I use it in my home?”

Well, with flowers of course!


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Because I didn’t get enough of my lilacs when they were in their prime,

I couldn’t resist cutting more as they begin to fade

and go out of season-pairing them with my salvaged treasure.



lilacs on table 6-18-19


Regardless of their fading, rustic appearance they still smell amazing!

What do you think of the mingling of fading lilacs and a chippy bucket?


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Chippy bucket, fading lilacs, and flickering candles…

to me, pretty much a total win!


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Anyone else love flickering candles?

Candles are always a good idea.


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My salvage style is a mix of vintage goods.

Maybe a mismatched curation

and a little DIY,

like my horseshoe candle holders.

Happy Tuesday!

Lovely Lilacs – The Color of Spring

Thursday, June 13, 2019


A bouquet of fresh cut lilacs…

They are absolutely charming and beautiful anywhere!


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Their delicate pale violet and vibrant purple blooms are covered

with dainty star shaped blooms

and have quite the most intoxicating scent.


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These lilacs have double blossoms and are as beautiful

as they are fragrant!



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Lilacs are one of my favorite blooms.

Their delicious scent invites you to cut them and bring them into the house.


lilacs in dining room 3


Lilacs are special, as they remind me of my mom.

She loved lilacs as well and had many bushes around her property and yard.


cabinet image


My lilacs were grafted from my mother’s yard so many years ago.


6-13-19 dining rm hutch


In the dining room a simple gallon jar filled with lilac goodness.

Shimmery candle light in votive holders from PB.


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Just pretty purple blooms.


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Every year when the lilacs bloom they fill the yard with the most amazing scent.


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I have both the purple Lilacs and the white ones in my yard.




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My lilacs are a bit behind this year due to all the cold, wet,

rainy weather we had this spring.

Gorgeous by themselves.

Just a garden favorite!

The Chairs Have It!


May 21, 2019

Are You A Collector of Odd Things?


I have mentioned a few of my favorite things to collect.;)

I think…

I also have mentioned that I like to collect chairs…

vintage , antique, and new.

Chairs may be in the running for one of my favorite things.


wooden chair seat w-flowers


I’m not sure how many chairs I have fell in love with,

but it has been a few.

Maybe. A. Lot.

I like soft and cushy chairs covered in brown velvet.


brown chair


At one point collecting chairs may have become an obsession.

Yes, I was obsessed with chairs one time;)


brown chair-pink roses


French inspired.

I have rescued some,


chair 2


been given some

and purchased a few!


Red Chair


I like wooden chairs that I painted a bold red

and stenciled cowboys and bucking horses.



Red chair with books


I like red chairs with books and roses.

I like chairs to hold blankets for a casual feel.


black chair with blankets


With chairs, I like to get creative and show off…

for a little fun.


Sarape Chair


I like to show them off with flowers.


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With flowers and pumpkins too!


chair bones


I think I might have about a dozen random different styles

and size chairs tucked away in a storage container.

Some are upholstered,

green chair

some are wooden with fabric seats,

and others are plain wood.


Wooden chair with yellow roses


Some are are wooden with tired paint.


old red chair


I like chairs!


wooden chair w-yellow candle holders


I like chairs that hold yellow posies

and those covered with cowhide and hair.


Cowhide chair


Turquoise chairs.


turquoise chairs


Found chairs


ice cream chair


Wicker chairs too.


wicker chair


When you think about what to collect,

your mind probably jumps to something small or easy to fit on a shelf.

If you’re thinking about starting a collection,

you may not know what the best things to collect are.

The good news is that almost anything can be turned into a collection.

Just ask yourself what you’re interested in…

What fits your style?

and just start collecting!


cowhide chair with a bucket of roses


Happy collecting!

Happy Mother’s Day!


May 10, 2019

May showers bring May flowers and Mother’s Day!




May brings beautiful things along with the beautiful thoughts of my mother,

my mother-in-law, grandmothers,

and all other incredible mother figures in my life.

Although, not being a mother myself,

I learned from my mother that it was the sweetest job

that any woman may receive the calling to do.

Not being fortunate enough to have my own children due

to the extreme illness for me,

I craved this position in life horribly.


Drooping roses


I think God knew from the start that I would not have my own children,

and He took me away from my desire to become a veterinarian

and put me into education so that I could work with kids.

HE probably figured that this would ease the pain of being a childless woman.

Sometimes being a teacher helped fill the anguish in my heart and most days it did not.


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My husband and I wanted a child and did not give up on the wish

of becoming parents until the bitter end.

After seeing doctors, seeking medical advice, the tears,

and praying. a. lot.

I eventually gave up on the thoughts of having my own

and just loved the ones that I borrowed throughout the day.

I have gotten to spend time with many friends’ children

and experience childbirth through a beautiful friend and daughter-like woman.

My point is not to have self-pity of my own situation,

but it is to say…


Roses in welding can


No matter who that mother figure is for you in your life –

your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend or someone

entirely different-

they are treasures!


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These women have had a great influence on me.

I think that many of my traits, habits, likes and dislikes

 can be attributed to those wonderful mom and grandmother influences.

My sense of humor, my sense of motherhood, my love of animals, horses, roping,

my love of my home, decorating,

and so much more come from the influences


traditions that I have been apart of.

Thank you to my mother for all of her Love,

wise and careful instruction.

Wishing she was here to celebrate Mother’s Day!




thank you to all the other mother influences that have helped me

become who I am.

Happy Mother’s Day to All mothers.


Simple Stirrup Napkin Holder

April 18, 2019

Here comes Peter Cottontail…

Wow, it’s almost Easter.

Easter is this Sunday.

It reminds me of the days of Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies,

yellow and pink peeps, and picnics with family.

That is Easter to me.

When I was little, we always went up to the mountain meadows

to have a picnic dinner.

We would do an egg hunt out in the sage brush and look

to discover what the Easter Bunny had left for us.

Hiding Easter eggs in the sagebrush. What we like to do.

When at home with family and friends over for dinner

it’s always nice to make things in the house as convenient

and quaint as possible.

Since I like the rustic and refound,

I like to repurpose or up-cycle items.

In this case I like a little creative reuse of old stirrups.

Yep. I brought them in the house!

Stirrups are part of my Easter table setting.

Instead of throwing old stirrups out, repurpose or up-cycle them!

This is just a simple project.

Everyone is familiar with the less is more concept.

I also like things uncomplicated.

I like simple projects that take a few minutes

and achieves such a personal touch.

I like to decorate my home with unique and personal pieces.

This is a fun way to use the rustic and refound.

Give your house some rustic western charm that makes your house,

your home.

Since stirrups get replaced from time to time,

instead of throwing them out,

why not repurpose them!

You may already own a discarded set of stirrups from your own saddle

or maybe you can borrow from an ole’ cowboy (like the hubby).

I would definitely suggest cleaning them up before use.

You can shop your home, your family’s tack-room,

favorite western stores, antique stores,

garage sales or whatever floats your boat!

Ultimately you are in charge.

It is that simple.

Besides being classically aesthetic and simple,

it’s a fun way to add western décor in your home.

Having them hang out on the counter or on the dinner table…

napkins that are in a holder in a pile,

in plain sight, for everyone to use makes life a little bit easier.

These stirrups came with their vintage patina on the metal.

Like vintage zinc goodness with a layer of oxidation.

They are old, washed and faded.

The old wood on the inside has it’s own patina and special charm.

Keep junkin’.

Just keepin’ it easy.

Happy Easter!

Rustic and Refound

Spring Is Here!

Happy Friday!

March 29, 2019

The Garden Comes Inside

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Adding a pop of color!

Bring the season into your home by using potted flowering plants.

Sprinkling some color and warmth of spring around with pink flowers.

Spring brings in more than warm sunshine,

fresh air and pretty little blooms.

I added a 5 minute touch of spring by adding pink blooms in an old white enamel bucket.

Pretty much obsessed with flowers inside!

Adding flowers is one of the easy ways to add Spring and charm.

Horseshoe candle holders and pink flowers add a fresh look to my space.

Heading into the weekend!

Happy Spring!