I Love Junk!!! (I think of them as antiques)

This past weekend I went up north thanks to my good girlfriend, for inviting me to an antique sale. The antique sale was in a storage unit and was full of all kinds of deals!!! We got so much stuff we had to constantly have one of us guarding our pile!! People kept trying to shop in our pile (because we got such cute things) so it kept us on our toes.

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My mom was the best at guarding the pile lets be honest

Once we payed we had to figure out how the heck we would fit it all in my truck. Which was quite the task! The bed and back seat were packed full. We all three had to cram in the front seat.

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The best part about buying new antiques is that I got to come home and redecorate!!! If you know me, you know how much I love decorating.

Here are some photos of my redecorated house.

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My favorite purchase is my cute green table! I love the color it brings to my house! I love it all though! Antiques are so fun to decorate with. I love the old rustic vintage look.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

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Things Are Getting Ranchy!

So bringing the cows home off of the mountain comes with all kinds of work. My hubby has been super busy. We are temporarily putting cows in our horse pasture. Therefore, we needed to get our rodeo horses out of the field to make it easier. Since Tait was busy he asked if I could help to get the horses caught and stalled up.

Normally this is no big deal. It’s really a simple task, but Tait has a heel horse that is absolutely a stinker. He does not like to be caught!

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I caught the first two horses right away. I kept shaking the grain bucket to get Rivvy (the heel horse) to come close enough I could catch him. Rivvy is no dummy! He made sure to stay just far enough so that I couldn’t catch him.

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So I decided to load the other two horses. I thought maybe he won’t want to be the only horse left in the field with all the cows and he’ll come to me.

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After an hour of trying to get Rivvy to come to me I realized he wasn’t going to so I initiated my problem solving skills. I knew that if I could trap him in a corner somewhere I may be able to catch him. However, there aren’t many corners in a huge wide open field. So I improvised. I backed my trailer and truck next to the ditch so that they formed a corner. I then put the grain right next to the trailer. I figured Rivvy would like to be by the other horses and it worked! After an hour and a half of chasing him I finally caught him. I made sure to give him kisses. I guess you could say we have a love-hate relationship.

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This is where the story gets better. On the ranch there are probably 7 stock trailers, but they were all being used and I wasn’t about to pull the living quarters down the muddy ranch road. Therefore, things got a little ranchy! Yes, I put 3 horses in the 2 horse bumper pull horse trailer. It was a little tight, but it was a short ride. IMG_1438 IMG_1440

All 3 horses were caught, hauled, unloaded, and stalled successfully and unharmed.

It was a success for me.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Texas’s Injury/ Barrel Racing Problems

So I ran Texas at the barrel race the first day in Heber City. He came out of our run lame which had me worried, but sometimes horses have a little stinger. So I rubbed his legs down, gave him some bute, and put him away for the night hoping that he wouldn’t be limping in the morning. However, when I got him out of his stall the next morning he was limping worse than before so I turned out of the race Sunday.

Thankfully I already had a vet appointment set for the following Monday to get Texas’s hocks and stiffles injected. The vet did a scan and found that Texas tore his tendon. Not all the way through thank goodness, but that still means he needed several months off.

The vet casted Texas’s leg and set me up with an appointment two weeks later. When I returned for that vet appointment the vet took off the cast and did another scan. His tendon does look a little better. However, he is still on stall arrest for at least 3 more months. He gave me some tendon tightener and mud that I am to use on his leg twice a week. In addition, I am supposed to ice it daily (I just use the cold water from the hose).

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Therefore, Texas has become a feedlot horse because out at the house he just paced his stall all day wanting to be with the other horses in the field. I think Texas absolutely hates his stall and desperately wants to return to his big, open green field. At the feedlot all the horses are in stalls so he doesn’t get as anxious. Texas is a trooper through it all though.

And look how cute he is…

Hopefully we will have a full, speedy recovery.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Table and Bench Makeover Tutorial/ My New Patio Furniture

So I’ve been wanting some cute patio furniture. However, I hadn’t found anything I liked all summer. So I decided I was going to make my own! I’m all about the DIY! Below is how I made an old table into the perfect patio table. I also painted a pallet bench to match.

Before and After

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I first choose my paint colors

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I painted the bottom of the table turquoise

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I then stained the top of the table and the bench, to make them darker, with the help of my cute nephew Oliver. (BTW gel stain doesn’t require you to sand off the current stain, saves tons of time

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The stain had to dry for 8 hours. The next day I painted the table and bench, but first I taped off sections for the different colors. I measured the length of the table and divided it by the number of colors I wanted to use in order to know the width of sections to tape off.

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I let the paint dry over night (actually a few nights because we got busy on the ranch, but that’s a whole different post) then I sanded them both to give them the distressed look.

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Once they were sanded I finished by using a finishing wax. i just applied it to the entire table and bench with a clean rag. I let it dry for 15 minutes and then went over it with a clean rag to remove the excess wax.

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The end result is my super cute new patio furniture.

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I hope you enjoyed!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

DIY Halloween Wreath

I’ve had numerous people ask me where I learned how to make these wreaths. My answer… I just looked at one in a store and thought I could make that. So I did. However, that hasn’t been helpful to everyone who wants to know how to make them… so this post is for all of you. Here are my step by step instructions to make a wreath. Since Halloween is coming up it seemed fitting to make a Halloween wreath for my instructions. Enjoy!

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First you need to buy:

-Deco Mesh (tulle)

– Wreath Ring (12 inch is the size I use)

-Chenille Stems (I like to call them fuzzy stick things)

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Depending on what type of wreath you are making will determine the colors you choose for tulle. Once you have your colors chosen cut them into about 4 inch wide pieces. On a 12 inch wreath ring there are 6 sections. I like to have 7 different tulle pieces per section. Then repeat those same 7 tulle pieces for the remaining sections. Therefore, you need 7 different colors of tulle for a wreath. Of those 7 tulle colors you need to cut 6 different 4 inch pieces (one for each section of the wreath ring).

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Once you have all your pieces cut take a piece and twist it (pictured below) then attach it to the wire ring with the fuzzy stick things.

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Cut off excess fuzzy stick to use for your next piece. Then repeat to finish the sections.

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After you have finished all sections of your wreath it is ready to go on display. However, I like to give it a little something extra so I try to find a sign and some sparkly things to attach. I have had a lot of luck finding signs at my local craft store.

Attach sign and sparkly things.

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Your wreath should now be ready to put on display.

Enjoy!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

DIY Jewelry Stand

I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to organize my necklaces! I have had them on hanging racks, but can’t see them all because they are buried beneath each other. So I decided to get crafty, I mean how hard could it be?

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First I bought four 2×2’s and one 2×4. They come 8ft in length.

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I then used a saw and cut the 2×2’s into 1 1/2 foot pieces (you need 3 pieces). I cut the 2×4 into a 1/2 foot long piece (used for the base).

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Once I had my pieces cut, I stained them all a dark brown.

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After the stain dried, I painted them with spray paint.

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Once the spray paint dried, I sanded them down to give them a distressed look.

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Once sanded I nailed the pieces together with a simple hammer and nails.

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I then put them to use!

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The best part is that they were super low cost and I now have some organization!

It was a win for me!

Enjoy!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Hunters turned Gatherers

When you’re hunting spike elk, but can’t find any you do what any normal rancher would do and start gathering your cattle.

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We got quite a few rounded up and headed down the mountain. By that night there were several down in the corral that we were able to load up and take back to the feed lot!

Even though we didn’t get a spike elk, I’d say it was still a successful day!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Hunting Adventures

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This Spring TG made me take hunter’s safety so that this year and years to follow I can actually hunt instead of just go along for the ride.

Since it is my first year hunting some ranch friends of ours gave me a cow elk tag for their private property. We have been hunting quite a few times, but haven’t seen much. As TG’s best friend Vance would say “That’s why it’s called hunting and not shooting!” However, we spotted a cow elk yesterday while, but I shot at it an missed. The worst part is that it literally stood there staring at us for 10 minutes. Five of which were spent by me trying to find the dang elk in my scope! It was like she was begging to be killed. Moments before we spotted her I told TG I don’t know why one can’t just walk out into an opening and say “shoot me Page.” Now I’m going to need one to walk out into an opening and say “Where’s my bullet going to go?”

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Working Hard

It is that busy time of year for a cattle rancher! Tait is constantly running around from all the different corrals hauling cattle back and forth as they come down the mountain. Feeding is becoming a bigger chore with more cattle in the feed lot! Therefore, our Friday night date night consisted of…. Yep, you guessed it… Feeding Cattle.

Who would complain when you get to spend it with this cutie though???

Not me! I love our ranch life and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

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Hope y’all have a great weekend!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife