Rusty ReDeux

My “Studio”

Who doesn’t love to ooh & ahh over other people’s homes?  Get ideas from their designs?  Hello?  Pintrest?!  With the launch of my ‘mini’ businesses (not to mention farm life but La Ferme soy candles & my crafty event planning like Rusty ReDeux & The Gathering)  I’ve been looking for inspiration for my workspaces.  Not just organization (yes ma’am I need that!!!) but it has to look pretty. My Desert Cottage hosts an amazing event each year called Where Bloggers Create!  You can go here and see all of the participants lovely workspaces.  I can hardly wait to see this years, in which I have decided to join in the fun.  No, it’s not because I have a fabulous space.  In fact space is something I’m lacking.  But part of my passion behind anything I do is to ENCOURAGE women.  And honey if I can run a business from my kitchen table then you can too!!!  I do my best business planning while ironing hubby’s shirts (gotta have something to make it less of a chore).  I dream up new packaging while milking the goat.  Building Lincoln Log towers?  Yep….working!!!  I might not have much space to store all the goodies I need but my mind is brimming with ideas; which is why I love what Karen from My Dessert Cottage has done so I can get ideas for my “studio” all the while being inspired.


You know that I’m a farmer so I have several “headquarters” in the barnyard.  The Chateau Poulet is a spot I visit daily.


Now this is a place where some serious work gets done!!!  I’m a planner and a creative soul & it all starts with a beautiful view.  When I’m planning a class for Rusty ReDeux or dreaming up booth displays a shady tree is perfect for me.

I store paint and shovels, seeds & feed, bubbles & baseball bats; all in here.


Inside the house I do a lot of work on the computer.  Yes honey Facebook can be considered working!!!  I also make my soy candles in the house.  I store all of my notebooks, scraps of lace, fragrance oils, wax, lids, twine, clay, etc, etc in a small room off my kitchen.  I’m not sure what purpose the room was intended for, maybe a pantry of sorts, but I fit two pieces of furniture in there.  A small rolltop and an old changing table with a burlap skirt.

Every girl needs a tape measurer.


Using precious vertical space for past & future class projects.


Ribbons & baubles


Stacked Storage

What I love most about the Where Bloggers Create ‘challenge’ is that next year I can look back and see where I was just 7 short months after launching 2 businesses at once!  And seeing how far I’ve come.  Hopefully no matter how much space I might physically have I will be overflowing with dreams & the joy I get from creating.



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My Rusty ReDeux

Blue Luna Designs taught our Stamped Jewelry class last night

Here’s a quick peek at last night’s Stamped Jewelry Class.  I love my biz Rusty ReDeux!  It is so fun to meet with other ladies and get crafty!!!  Every class is a completely different subject.  I love to support local businesses and artists by showcasing them each month.  It is always a good time!!!  I’d love to hear in the comments below of any classes you’d like to take.

The class schedule is listed on our Facebook page under Rusty ReDeux and then under Events.  Each class fee includes supplies, refreshments and a party favor.  Plus a good time!!!  The classes are held upstairs at the Rusty Chandelier so there is also great shopping available!!

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Creative Endeavors

keeping the farm fancy


I love crafty homemade things.  And I love nothing more than to create them myself.  However, with a busy household it’s not quite so easy to sit down and make room to drag out all the supplies; let alone make time to create.  But I’ve found I NEED that time and I am happier when I’ve made time for myself to do so.

I believe that God instilled in us women the desire to be creative.  Whether it’s in choosing our family’s clothing or home decor or using our creative endeavors to launch a business to supplement the family income.  In Proverbs 31 the Bible states how this model women creates clothing and wares to sell from her hands.

I have long noticed the quality of women artisans in our area, which is one reason why I chose to start my Rusty ReDeux business.  I bring in amazing teachers and entrepreneurs to showcase their talents and provide the rest of us opportunities and skills to inspire our own creative spirits.

This summer among many goals I have, one is to make time each week to explore my creative side.  I purchased a book called The Artistic Mother which gives assignments of sorts.  Also I am participating in a craft swap on one of my favorite blogs.  All of this will lead up to a swap of my own and finally The Gathering event that I am so very excited for.  A day full of incredible workshops to participate in, fabulous food, demonstrations, giveaways and inspiring shopping.  Won’t you join me?


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Frazzled Frenzied Fun

I know I’ve said this before but if I had someone following me around with a camera for a reality show it would be a hoot.  My mama always told me to act like you are confident even when you aren’t.  And over the years I have really learned to just be myself.  But myself ain’t always pretty.

Last week was a crazy & amazing week.  I was planning to go out of town for ‘the launch,’ getting ready for my first Ladies Night Out class for my Rusty ReDeux biz & preparing frantically for kidding season to begin with purchase of future mac daddy on our dairy goat farm who was arriving Monday (today).  (sigh).  Lots of prep here people.  I’m talking dresses & jewelry, goody bags & craft supplies, hundreds of dollars worth of medicine & loads of manual labor.  Yes I loved it but honestly I would have spread the love out a bit if I had been thinking straight.  It was C-R-A-Z-Y.  I even went grocery shopping at 9 pm one night!  So not this morning girl’s thing!

The week was eerie.  I’ve got this Blue Moon thing going on the past two weeks where everywhere I turn I see the words Blue Moon.  In movies, on jewelry beads, weird places.  Plus I’m excited and nervous all at the same time for each event.  And even a little sad to leave my babies for the weekend.  It seemed like life kept slapping us in the face all week like a giant wave that just kept washing over us every time we’d come up for air.  Our debit card info got stolen, keys were locked in cars, it was 90 and my husband works in HVAC.  You get the picture.

So on the big day, Friday, I have everything prepared & packed even though the house was UPSIDE down (still is mind you) and we’d eaten out more this week than we had in our whole ORGANIC RESLOLUTION LIFE CHANGE. I picked the boys up early from school so we could snuggle on the couch & play outside together before we left.  Instead life happened.  I had just gotten out of the bath and was hoping to take 2 hours to get ready (which is my favorite way to get ready) when the phone rang as I’m looking out my bedroom window.  It’s hubby saying Honey you’re gonna have to find someone to watch the kids tonight I have to work late again (ok I had stuff every night this past week and had left the kids with everyone I knew cuz hubby had to work late every night AND we were gonna be gone all weekend).  As I’m seething I notice the baby chicks are running all around the yard.  They are supposed to be in there special cage under the heat lamp.  I hang up, wrap a towel around my head & tighten my robe belt & yell for the kids to come help me.  As I’m chasing the chicks around the yard the mailman pulls up to deliver the mail.  Whew.  That was painful to relive.

The weekend ended great though.  My lovely sister in love watched the boys and the class was a blast.  The party & time alone with hubby was bliss.  And this little goat is adorable even if I am covered in milk from bottle feeding him.  The good & the bad are what makes life worth living. 

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