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Passionately taking the old and worn to create fresh, new textiles for you and your home. We upcycle materials normally considered to be cast offs and create practical, everyday items that make your home a pleasant place to be.

 

Rag Rugs in Literature

The carpet was beautiful, just beautiful.  The many different colored strips of cloth all blended into the prettiest carpet they had ever seen. They could pick out pieces of faded red that had been cast-off flannel petticoats, and a dull blue that was Ma’s old wool wrapper, discarded when it finally fell all to pieces.  The carpet was thick and soft and bright and it covered the bare boards of the floor from corner to corner, with only a space left clear by the hearth, for fear of flying sparks.

~ Mist on the Mountain by Jane Flory


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This guy is the goofy to my serious, the whim to my plan, and the bold to my hesitant.
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He works hard every day at a job involving unpredictable animals.  He has been kicked, bitten, banged in the head, and knocked down.  He's had his tool box broken more times than I can recall, and he has come home with bruises, lumps, and even a broken nose.
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He is my husband, and he is a farrier.
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I missed posting this during National Farrier Week, but we shouldn't rely on noted holidays to to be mindful of, and show appreciation for, the ones in our lives who do #allthethings and give it all they've got.
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So this is a public Thank You to my man.  I love you and appreciate you, even on the days when you drive me nuts. 😂
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Who do you need to give some time and a thank you to today?  What are you waiting for?  There's no time like the present!
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#nationalfarriersweek #farrier #farrierlife #heworkshard #mompreneurs #mompreneurlife #wahm #wahmlife #ipreview @preview.appPlaying along with @kerrymay._.makes and her Junk Journal Challenge for August 2017.  Today we post a pic of our supplies, so here it is.  I'm looking forward to using this old Reader's Digest book for the cover. It's a lovely one!
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#kmmamjunkjournal #junkjournal #junkjournals #handmadejournals #handmadebooks #handmadegifts #journal #journallove #journalbook #journalcover #journaljunkie #journalgirl #makersgonnamake #handsandhustle #handmadebusiness #createeveryday #creativepreneur #handmadelife #handmadeshop #handmadeisbetter #handmadegift #reuse #repurpose #upcycle #mycreativebiz #creativebusiness #calledtobecreative #handmadejournal #handmadecraft #ipreview @preview.appWe are nearing the end of Camp Reset with @theresetgirl. It's been a wonderful time of building a foundation and collecting the resources to make self-care a habit.  As a mom, it's hard enough to balance the needs of your family with your own needs, but when you have a child who is mentally impaird, the challenges are even bigger.
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I want to give the biggest virtual hug that I can to Cori @theresetgirl, because this camp experience has been the best thing for me.  Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!  It just goes to show that even when you have all the know how, it sometimes takes a bit of a nudge to move ahead and just do it.
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Be sure to check out the #TRGCampRest to see all the good stuff that has happened this month and check out Cori's feed if you're feeling like you need to reset your life, or be in the midst of a tribe of happy, encouraging people.  She is definitely a planner girl that's #onetofollow.
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#plannergirl #plannercommunity #plannerfriends #plannergirls #plannerinspiration #plannerlove #plannermom #plannerobsessed #plannerpretties #plannerstuff #plannersupplies #plannerworld #selfcare #selfcarematters #selfcarechallenge #selfcareplan #selfcareeveryday #selfcareformoms #selfcaretime #selfcarejourney #ipreview @preview.appHave you ever looked back on a time or event in your life and wished you could remember it better?  Maybe even that you had journaled about it?
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Often times the things that seem mundane when they happen, can take on new, and very significant, meaning as our life journey progresses.  That's where journaling comes in.  Making it a habit means we've already got it covered!
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And what better way to track those life events than in this Plaid Rose handmade journal carefully crafted using repurposed and upcycled materials?
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You can check out a flip through of this video on my YouTube channel, and see the listing on Etsy.  Click the LinkTree in my profile for all the places.
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#junkjournal #reuse #repurpose #upcycle #papercraft #handmadejournal #rose #craftsposure #handsandhustle #makersgonnamake #createeveryday #creativepreneur #handmadecraft #handmadebusiness #handmadelife #handmadeisbetter #handmadegoods #handmadeshop #handmadegift #handmadegifts #ipreview @preview.appI received two lovely bouquets of roses for Mother's Day, this year.  They sat on the table for weeks.  Yes, weeks! because I couldn't bring myself to throw them out.
Then it came time to decorate the table for a Girl Little's birthday so I had to do something with them.
One of my older daughters cut off the nicest tops (they were already dried 🤗) and I thought that I would keep them in an apothecary jar.  I put them into this basket until I could find the right jar and now they have become one of my favorite items on my work table: a contant reminder of our family and the love we have for each other. (And a fave photo prop, too! 😉)
What do you do with your love-gifts-in-the-form-of-flowers when they start to fade? .
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 #momlifestyle #momlifeisthebestlife #joyfulmamas #mybeautifulmess #inbeautyandchaos #our_everyday_moments #roses #mymothersdayflowers #driedflowers #cottagestyle #keepingitreal #crochetlace #flowerlove #flowerbasket #wirebasket #wirebaskets #ipreview @preview.appHappy Fourth of July!! Hope everyone is having a fun and safe day.  And just maybe you all have had some yummy strawberry rhubarb lemonade with your holiday cookout.  No?  You really should try it!  It's fantastic!
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#happy4th #happy4thofjuly #happyfourth #happyfourthofjuly #communityovercompetition #ladyboss #mompreneur #wahm #womenwhohustle #solopreneur #womeninbiz #therisingtidesociety #handsandhustle #makersgonnamake #creativepreneur #handmadehome #handmadehomegoods #handmadehomedecor #handmadebusiness #handmadelife #handmadehome #handmadegoods #handmadeshop #ipreview @preview.appSometimes we make little rugs that fit on your table.  This small runner is one of my favorite rag weaves ever, so I think it's going to live with me, permenantly.
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#prettylittlething #pursuepretty #handwoven #woven #wovens #woventextiles #handwoventextiles #handmadehomegoods #handmadehomedecor #handmadegift #handmadegoods #handmadeshop #handmadehome #handmadeisbetter #handsandhustle #makersgonnamake #craftsposure#craftfinder #createeveryday #creativepreneur #cottagestyle #cottagestylehome #cottagestyledecor #cottagestyleliving #cottagestyleliving  #farmhousestyling #farmhousedecorating #farmhouselove #farmhousecharm #ipreview @preview.appIt's hot here!  I'm dreaming of a nice cool meadow and a comfy chair like this for some quiet reading time.  With no mosquitos around!! It's good to have dreams, right? 
My current evening read is a book on cougars that I bought at our library discard sale.  When the days are crazy busy with home life & biz tasks, some time to relax before bed is a necessity, even if I squeeze some learning in at the same time. 
Fact or fiction ~ what's on your nightstand for bedtime reading?
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#read #reading #reaadingislife #mycurrentread #wahm #womenwhohustle #mompreneur #solopreneur #womeninbiz #handsandhustle #makersgonnamake #createcultivate #therisingtidesociety #handmadebusiness #selfcarematters #selfcareeveryday #selfcaremovement #thejuggleisreal #ipreview @preview.appI have a special project that I've been working on.  And it doesn't have anything to do with Shepherd's Song Creations.  But it does have eveything to do with me!  Check out @lacebybethannedesigns to find out what it is.  #ipreview @preview.app

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