Rustic, Country, Pillar Candle Holders

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March 14, 2019

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If you know anything about me,

you know I like to create.

Upon seeing these candle pillars at a craft fair,

I decided to not buy them,

but to make my own.

I guess you can say that this is a form of flattery

and a compliment to the real creator.

My candle pillars are not an exact copy of the pillars that I saw,

but a spin off of the original.

 

Painted and distressed wooden candle pillars make beautiful accents

for a country display.

They are one of those decorative pieces that can be used in any room of the home.

I love the distressed look of these.

 

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They add texture, dimension, and color.

A bit of rustic home decor.

Use a 3 x 4 or a 4 x 4 jar candle

or a regular pillar candle.

Perfect for your country home decor.

 

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Use the pillars with candles to fill your room

with the warm glow of flickering light.

Each candle pillar is painted and distressed

by hand for the look of a salvaged architectural piece.

 

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Presented in several colors.

They will coordinate into most decor

and work well into your seasonal decor.

 

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The white work well with the softer theme of Spring.

 

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While the red work with the vibrant side of the Spring Season.

 

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Use the pillars to give small plants,

candles and other objects a stylish lift.

Made of wood, each pillar will add a rustic touch

and dimension to your room.

Use them separately or together for more display options.

Add height to any display

and

change the look of any room instantly by decorating with

these candle pillars.

The black were incorporated into my Halloween decor

and add a more dramatic effect.

 

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Shown below they are displayed on a country hutch.

 

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Here’s to the month of March half way over!

 

 

A Shabby Little Footstool – DIY

March 3, 2019

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I think I told you how junkin’ is my game.

I like hunting through antique stores, thrift stores, and junk shops.

If I’m lucky, road-side finds are a score.

On one of these trips to an antique store, I found a shabby little footstool.

This petite little footstool,

just a bit small,

caught my eye even though it was wearing it’s shabby attire.

 

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The minute I saw it, I knew how I wanted it to look.

With delicate little carvings and short stubby legs…I knew.

I paid the $10 and took it home.

I cleaned up the wood, stripped off it’s shabby covering,

and went shopping for the perfect fabric.

 

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At last, and with some time passing (six months or more),

I found some faux fur leopard print.

Because you know… I never met a leopard that I didn’t like!

With the faux leopard print fabric and a bit of gold braid trim,

I began the makeover.

Adding the rustic charm – not too much, not too little,

not too fancy, not too plain.

The make-over ended like this.

 

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They say that leopard print is a neutral and can go with everything.

I think I agree!;)

Maybe adding a little rustic romanticism –

 

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I think I want to express myself with this little footstool

wearing some faux animal print.

 

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Love leopard print. So fun to add to a room.

 

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I like cozy and comfortable rooms and leopard print helps add to that.

Even in black and white, leopard is fun.

 

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Tucking it next to a favorite red chair…

 

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it looks good holding a few old books.

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Happy Sunday!

A Few of My Favorite Things!

 

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

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It is the first weekend in February.

Hard to believe!

One of my favorite things is a lazy day Sunday!

Bar none,

it has to be one of my favorites.

When my house is clean,

laundry finished,

and I can curl up and watch a favorite movie or just do what

 inspires me.

Makes me happy.

Today was that day!

Without a doubt there are also other things that make me happy as well,

but

this was a day to do what inspired me.

Weekend musings.

Because it was snow, all snow again!

At times, blowing snow sideways, snow.

 

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My view from the front porch.

 

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The cold temperatures outside have me longing for warmer weather,

brighter days,

and flowers.

And…

Flowers in a different container.

 

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A container with a wood look.

A rustic-looking find from Marshalls.

In the sale isle for $6.00.

That will make a girl happy!

 

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These flowers with their different container

are full of pretty color and sweet style that

 will have you feeling like spring in no time!

Or, Romance!

 

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Add flowers with a few votive candles for charm.

 

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This gets me every time.

 

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Sometimes all you need to make a beautiful impact statement

is a humble bunch of flowers

 

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in a different container.

Add a dose of sunshine to your space with pink blooms.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

 

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Projects, Projects.

Flowers added with a project.

White candle stands to add a spring touch to the hutch.

 

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Adding in a rustic-country look

are my hand-made candle stands.

 

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Just sharing a few of my favorite things.

 

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With equal parts rustic and pretty…

these are a few of my favorite things!

 

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Happy Sunday!

DIY Dried Fruit Potpourri

January 21, 2019

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What’s a girl to do on a snowy day?

Woke up to a bit of snow!

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On the weekends, I like to open a window and let the fresh air in.

I’m kind of a ‘Fresh-air kind of girl.’

With new snow on the ground and covering everything,

the air was a bit too crisp for open windows.

So I found a Scent-sational idea.

 

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Since I like my home to smell fresh, I discovered the idea of making

homemade potpourri.

I like the kind of potpourri that sits around in a bowl,

looking pretty, and letting off its wonderful sent.

Homemade potpourri costs less than buying it at the store,

and you get to customize it yourself.

 

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Finding a bit of fruit that was beginning to look past it’s prime;

oranges, lemons, and an apple, I sliced each fruit into 1/8″ to 1/4″ slices.

 

Apple Slices

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Orange slices

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Orange and Lemon slices

 

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I Set the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

I used a cookie sheet and lined the cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Laying apple slices on one baking sheet and the citrus slices on another.

The apples bake up  and dry much quicker than the citrus fruit.

The apples will turn a tan color and will feel a bit leathery.

 

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I baked the citrus fruit for about 1 hour longer.

Bake the fruit for 1/2 hour, and turn each slice.

Continue this process until you get the look and feel you like.

The citrus take longer.

I continued to turn the fruit every 1/2 hour.

The rinds will harden and the center of the fruit becomes somewhat translucent.

After drying the fruit slices, you can mix up your ingredients…

making your potpourri.

 

Layering in apples and oranges.

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Added cinnamon sticks

2 – 4 cinnamon sticks, breaking them in half.

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Added whole cloves

I didn’t measure the amount of cloves.

Just poured in a healthy amount to my liking.

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Last, added Bay Leaves

4 – 10 bay leaves.

This too, was to my preference.

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Mixing it altogether, I placed it in one bowl for a larger impact.

Looks great, smells great!

Smells great while you are baking the fruit!

Alternative Stovetop Potpourri

In a small sauce-pan, add orange slices, lemons, 1-2 tablespoons of whole cloves,

a couple of bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks.

Fill your pan about half way with water

and simmer on the stove.

You will have to keep adding water to the mixture

for as long as you like simmering.

 

…a little wild west stylin’ for Wild West living.

 

  “Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”

― Anna Wintour

 

 

 

 

Upon A Winter’s Day

January 13, 2019

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Winter has me feeling a bit uninspired…

It’s January.

The days are shorter and cold.

What do you do upon a winter’s Sunday

when Old Man Winter has laid a blanket of pogonip upon your world?

 

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Well,

venture out into the cold

and snap a few pictures of course!

 

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Driven out into the cold with curiosity

and

by the dusting of ice needles in the frosted world.

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As the world lies in frozen fog…

all feels heavy and quiet in contemplation.

 

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What will I see, what will I hear?

 

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Will I see Jack Frost nipping at my nose?

or

Silence?

 

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I feel like I should be in a poem written by Robert Frost.

 

As the day comes quietly to a close…

 

The bulls feed quietly in the fading evening light.

 

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I will venture back inside to the warmth and light.

 

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And…

Dream of days …

of

Sunshine and roses!

 

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Happy Sunday!

~Rustic and Refound

My mission in life

is not merely

to survive,

but to thrive;

And to do so with some passion,

some compassion, some humor

and some style

-Maya Angelou

Trickin’ Out My Retreat

October 30, 2018

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My Whimsical Halloween

This is just a post about my Halloween decor indoor and outdoor.

Halloween isn’t truly a holiday, but it is one of my favorite celebrations to decorate.

I don’t have a lot of decor in my house right now.

We have packed up and put most everything in storage for our adventure in building a new home.

This made my Halloween decorating a bit more fun.

A bit less complicated.

I put a little Halloween Whimsy here and there.

 

 Decor on the Hutch

October hutch

 

Decor on the buffet.

Old Encyclopedias with gilded pages were used for staging.

I love using old books in my decor. Especially those with great character.

Added a haunted house and a spook or two.

 

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Bats hover eerily over the vignette.

(I created my own bat cut-outs.)

 

Buffet Boo

 

A pumpkin-shaped cloche with twinkling lights adds seasonal flair along with the candlelight.

 

Skeletons 2018 Halloween

 

A Trio of skulls for spooky effects.

 Glass pumpkins, candles flickering, twinkling string lights add lots of ambiance in the house.

A little Elegant Halloween here and there.

 

Buffet Halloween

 

For a bit on the Spooky Halloween side – a bony hand tucked into the vignette.

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This setting is full of ‘halloween’ ambiance.

 

More Spooky Halloween Outdoors

On Halloween, welcome trick-or-treaters in hair raising style by adding a ghoul…

 

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And …

 

Creep it real mat

 

Pumpkins, mums, and more twinkling lights add to the Halloween theme.

 

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Lanterns and candlelight keep it moody.

 

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Added a bit of rustic charm with my Junkin’ Jack.

 

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Candle light gives Junkin’ Jack a more rustic glow.

A little Rustic and Refound.

 

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Welcome to my porch.

 

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

Happy Halloween!!!

 

It’s A Galvanized Thing!

August 10, 2018

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I’m a junker and love junking.

I love the thrill of the hunt, at finding that perfect piece of junk,

as much as finding that perfect something you can’t leave without!

This would have been one of those times I went junking that I looked at this galvanized something and decided that I needed it.

I love galvanized anything!

I love galvanize buckets!

Galvanized buckets are so darn cute

and

filled with so much rustic charm!

 

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I love finding that perfect vintage treasure.

It seems, I always envision galvanized buckets with flowers.

The perfect combination!

A little something rustic and a little something pretty.

Maybe it’s a floral affair;)

 

Vintage Milk Coolers and Flowers

 

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On one of my junking expeditions, I came across this vintage something.

It looked a bit like a galvanized garbage can.

I was told by the seller of this vintage treasure that it was an old milk cooler.

The inside is lined with styrofoam.

Milk coolers were used on the stoops or front porches and when the milk man arrived, he left the bottles of milk in coolers to keep the milk cool.

This is what I was told.

 

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Even with the splattering of paint on the front…

I took it home.

It has been left as is, not to destroy it’s rustic character.

 

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I’m kind of just loving it as is!

What do you think?

I think I might put flowers in anything.

 

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Used as a vase for fresh cut flowers in my dining room

and

stacking it on an old pink bench…

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I think it looks a bit cute.

 

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A little Rustic and Refound!

I have a multitude of things that it will be used for when not holding a jar full of flowers.

A little wild west stylin’ for wild west livin’!

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Happy Friday!

 

 

Oh Hey August…

August 6, 2018

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I have been MIA for a bit.

Missing… Maybe because the summer heat has had me preoccupied with keeping things wet around my yard and escaping to the air-conditioned house.

Missing…  I took a little break and just rode my horse and roped in my backyard.

Missing … I traveled to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a team roping with my hubby and a bit of rodeo funsies.

After being away for a few days, I returned refreshed and ready to tackle new projects and the unfinished  projects at home like this little chair.

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You know when something speaks to you? When it tells you to do something fun?

This little something demanded some attention.

Attention in the name of vibrant colors, fun pattern, something bold even for it’s size.

It wasn’t just this naked chair frame when I found it.

It was laying outside on the ground in the frozen dirt, quiet forgotten, wearing old shabby fabric attire.

This little something was just waiting for someone to see the potential.

The yellow finish was worn away in spots and peeling in others.

If you don’t know me, I kind of have this thing for chairs… maybe an obsession;)

I loved the shape of the frame and the curve of the leg with it’s great bones…

and… It was free.

I fell in love! It was mine, all mine! If I would just take it home and get it out of the yard.

 

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With an idea in mind, I set to work on this little number.

I stripped away her stained and tattered fabric,

pulled out the million and one staples holding it all together

until she sat all naked and afraid and without a lot of detail.

 

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With a quart of bold turquoise paint, I transformed the frame from soft spoken, from maybe a whisper to something shouting.

Something loud and and proud!

 

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There was a great deal of tinkering.

Mixing the paint, painting, and sanding the bones to distress the newly painted surface.

I distressed the painted bones here and there.

Gave the distressed areas and the rest

of the frame a bit of gel stain to tone down the “in-your-face” turquoise.

The fabric I chose was this authentic Mexican serape blanket.

 

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I wanted this to be a happy piece of something.

The Mexican culture has inspired our desire for bright colors and a fiesta attitude.

With a $20 serape blanket stapled to the frame and a can of turquoise paint, I put a little

fun and fiesta attitude into this chair.

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Now…

Perfect as an accent chair to add a pop of color to any room.

Maybe I will serape everything;)

 

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With abounding color…

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and a jar full of flowers…

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What can I say about this chair other than where’s my margarita?!!

It’s bright, fun and loaded with personality.

This vintage arm chair has received the makeover needed.

Like a little wild west stylin’ for a little wild west living.

A little rustic and refound.

 

    “Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”

― Anna Wintour

Happy Monday!

Lilac Season to Branding Season

June 21, 2018

Just a month ago the lilacs were blooming and my corriente cows were calving.

If the blooming of lilacs and branding calves were a season,

I’m pretty sure they would be one of my favorite!

With that said…

I love the Spring and Summer seasons.

 

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Did you know that lilacs are just small florets,

or tiny flowers that make up the larger lilac flower head?

This particular variety shown is a double lilac.

This lilac has a heavy intoxicating scent with

variegated lavenders and varying shades of purple.

Love!

The love of lilacs was passed down from my grandmother to my sweet momma,

 both grew beautiful flowers and lots of lilac bushes.

My mother had a small grove of lilac bushes.

When I moved and got my own home, I dug up a small root from her lilac bush and planted it.

Now after about 20 years, from that small clipping, I have my own lilac bush.

 

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I have several types planted in my yard. Including white.

Every Spring the lilacs bloom and fill the yard with their delicate scent.

Just cutting a few of these beauties…

 

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and… so, snapping a few photos was in order.

 

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If the scent from the lilacs wasn’t enough,

the flowering plum trees had begun to drop their flower petals.

 

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The sight and scent from both was amazing.

 

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By the way… this chair is getting a face lift;)

In other words a much needed paint job.

 

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But…

I took a few more pictures of these blooming beauties with THAT chair.

 

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A simple bucket of blooms:)

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And…

Lilacs in the sink getting a drink:)

 

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From lilacs to branding time/season.

 

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Remember I talked about branding season?

From gardening to raising corriente cows.

Just sharing my hobbies.

Just a few pics of calves who will get a brand this season.

These little guys are so fun to watch.

 

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They love stretching their legs for a good run.

#Ropingcattle #Corriente 

Their built for speed.

 

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This little guy has a ‘milk nose.’

Black calf 2018

 

Mammas And Their Babies.

 

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To me, there’s nothing like a mother’s love or touch.

 

 

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Sharing some random thoughts and profound living from Rustic and Refound.

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Just Some Random Thoughts and Things!

March 13, 2018

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“A gracious woman attains honor…”

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“Ladies, your strength lies not in being equal with the men – but in being unique. Feminine but strong. Smart, but discreet. Gracious, gentle, classy. Take care of your skin. Ride hard and speak soft, and never be ashamed of your femininity. God created you perfectly.”

                                                                                                 ~author unknown

Loved these words. Thought they celebrated women everywhere!

 

Dedicating this post to this black horse, “Blackie.”

 

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A day of randomness…

Not saying a lot.

Reflection and inspiration.

 In need of courage.

This message is something I felt that I needed to share.

I was given this message from a beautiful former student as a gift of kindness.

She had remarked that this was how she saw me.

 

Courage

 

This has become such an inspiration to me, that I have kept it with a book of Scriptures I read regularly and think of her kind nature.

We can never run out of kindness.

It’s an easy gift and one that changes all!

 

Sharing some Rustic and Refound, A Different Container for Flowers,

and

Sight Lines.

You might know that I have a slight obsession with flowers.

It may not be much of a surprise.

But when you get tulips for Valentines Day and you have no container that fits the bill… you start looking for the unexpected.

Tulips are long stemmed making it difficult to find the perfect fit.

Here’s to teapots with broken lids.

Teapot + Water = Tulips:)

 

A Different Container for Flowers

 

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Then you begin to play.

“More is more and less is a bore!”     

                       Iris Apfel

And the play just keeps going.:)

And, I’ll add…

My coffee in one of my favorite blue and white cups.

Because who doesn’t love blue and white dishes with pink???

 

 

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Rustic and Refound

I love old books!

They make the best display stands!

They are my rustic and refound!

 

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Old books look good anywhere you put them.

They are kind-of-like an old friend.

Good anywhere they are found.

I like to collect old books.

Books with great color, and great titles.

Even tattered and torn!

 

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More Rustic and Refound

Trash to treasure.

 

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While out riding in the hills sometime ago, checking my cows,

I found this piece of rusted out metal. My first guess that it was an old rusted out enameled pot.

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Still not sure of it’s former life, but saw this piece as a frame for a mirror.

This is one of my rusty, crusty, treasures a true Rustic and Refound.

Sight Lines

Just what you want to see when you come through the door.

More flowers;)

Flowers are so inviting!

 

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My sight lines are small.

Things that draw you in!

An unexpected flower container.

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Not a design principal, but a display.

Imagery says it all.

 

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Happy Tuesday y’all!