Gracies Spring Market

So excited to be a part of Gracie’s Outdoor Spring Market formally the Vintage Home Market) this Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 9am-3pm. Several other amazing vendors will be joining me and I will have the camper there as well. It’s going to be a beautiful day and I can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces!

Salvaged lath from a house built in 1840!

I was so excited when my friend invited me to come see the victorian farmhouse she is renovating, which was originally built in 1840! The renovation process was underway when I arrived and they had ripped out a ton of the lath from the plaster walls. My creative wheels immediately started to spin! She told me to take as much as I wanted so I loaded a bunch of it in the van and now I’m getting busy! I have already made some gates – these would be so cute just hanging or leaning on a wall. Or even on a mantle! Trash to treasure ya’ll!

I can’t wait to see how my friend transforms this beautiful house. If only those walls could talk!

Porch Project at the Hiner Farm

I spent a week at the Hiner Farm up in the Mountains for some much needed off-grid time! I sanded and re-painted the front porch while I was there – being the worker-bee that I am! It was a lot of work, but it felt good to be productive! That porch holds so many memories and I want to keep making great memories on it so I was so happy to fix it up!

Campfire Nachos

This is one of my go-to camping recipes! It’s easy, sharable and such a crowd pleaser!

  • Coconut Oil – this is perfect to use over an open fire because unlike olive oil, it has a higher smoke point and can be cooked at higher temperatures without the risk of burning your food!
  • Chips
  • Organic canned corn and black beans (rinsed) – remember to bring that can opener and the strainer!
  • Salsa or Pico de Galo – Love this as an easy alternative to chopping tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, etc
  • Shredded cheddar or Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Don’t forget the sour cream!
  • Add some Cilantro if you wish too.

65 cents richer

How much money needs to be laying on the ground to make you stop and pick it up?

I’m the girl that stops to pick up a penny! Today I found 65 cents in front of the Walgreens entrance. I immediately stopped and picked it up. And then I wondered… how many people saw it and just keep going? What makes me different from them? Is it my humble upbringing? My thrifty nature? My love for treasure hunting? My inner child? Maybe it’s all of the above…

All I know is that most of the time I feel like I am living in an entirely different world than everybody else. I call it Libbie La La Land. And I invite you all to visit.

Homework assignment – I encourage you all to find your inner child – I don’t care how fancy or important you are now. Because I bet you 65 cents you would have picked up those coins when you were 8 years old! Let’s all just stop for a second. Look around. Admire a beautiful flower or a full moon! I LOVE the moon! Dance. Jump in mud puddles. When did we become so busy and stressed out that we don’t even pick up FREE money on the ground?

All I know is that I am 65 cents richer today.

Nobody Cares, Work Harder

Are you guys ready to get inspired? Then go buy this book written by my talented friend, Emily Hubbard! Emily owns the cutest vintage/handmade boutique in town – called One Rose Decor. I just did a pop up shop at her Spring Open House and let me tell you – she has the best loyal customers! We had a blast and I was so excited to purchase her book. I didn’t even get to page 25 and I already wanted to quit my part-time job and just go full speed ahead with Rusticity!

The book has such a great title – Nobody Cares, Work Harder. Isn’t this the truth?! Everyone, including me, always talks about their dreams and goals and ends the conversation with any excuse to explain why they aren’t moving forward with them. Literally, nobody cares! And this book explains how “its time to stop listening to our doubtful self-sabotaging thoughts and start wiping the dust off our confidence.” She shares her own personal failures and successes as she walks you through her favorite 14 traits to unlocking your full potential. Her stories are so relatable and self-deprecating – you will feel like you know her and you will want to keep reading!

Just do yourself a favor and go to One Rose Decor to buy this book (and maybe a chippy salvaged mantle or handmade sign)! Tell her I sent ya 🙂

Kitchen Renovation

Our house was built in 1924 and we are only the second owners! Crazy right?! We have a small kitchen – literally the one thing we didn’t want when we were searching for a house to buy lol- One day we plan on opening it up and reconfiguring it a bit, but I am a very impatient person and I got tired of waiting for “one day.” Since the day we moved in I have absolutely hated the linoleum floor in the kitchen and hallway! I just knew there had to be original hardwood flooring underneath! And sure enough… there was! It blows my mind why anyone would want to cover that up! AND there were 3 LAYERS of it ya’ll! All of those layers popped up pretty easily, but the tar paper that was stuck to the wood was a nightmare! I had to do it by hand and keep it wet while scraping because I was worried there might be asbestos in the glue – so sanding was not an option as I couldn’t create any dust.

We also had a fake pressed wood countertop, which I replaced with real butcher block – so satisfied with that! I put up bead board paneling up around the entire kitchen, painted the walls, installed new cabinets, new sink and a new faucet! I know all of our appliances are old, but they still work great and they kind of fit into the “vintage vibe” I have going on lol! I did end up covering our dishwasher door with a piece of faux tile that I got from Lowes – instant update!

Everything looks so fresh and clean and it makes me smile every time I walk into the kitchen now! We cook A LOT and the kitchen is definitely the heart of our home – even though it’s small. Whenever we have people over, we always end up hanging out in the kitchen. Now I have one that I am proud of and happy to spend time in!

A walk in the woods

Hooked up the camper and took it out to my moms property in the country – where I grew up! This place will always be home and these woods hold so many memories! I woke up early and went on a walk and it was JUST what I needed. Nothing but peace, quite and fresh air! I feel so blessed to have this place to escape to!

The Mountains are calling!

Had to skip town for a few days so I hitched up the camper and drove up to our family mountain house near Monterey where my grandfather grew up. It was such a beautiful drive and the leaves were all turning! I set up camp and made a fire. I listened to music and made a little dinner. Woke up early and went on a hike and just took in all the beauty around me. It was just what the doctor ordered. I am such a introverted extrovert!

My family met me up there later the next day and we had the best time! Mostly just hiking, cooking and sitting around the bonfire! My sister and I even did a little photoshoot – there are endless places for photo ops! There is just something about this place and I am so blessed to be able to retreat here with family. Until next time!