January 31, 2009 on 2:06 am
The southwestern theme room my husband and I are creating for our grandson’s summer stay with us, is coming right along. With less than two months to go, we had the walls in our guest room painted and the unique log furniture purchased. Now was the fun time of collecting and adding western touches. We browsed antique stores, second hand stores and went to rummage sales looking for any odds and ends that we could use to decorate.
At a rummage sale, we bought a pair of cowboy boots for a dollar. Grandpa decided these would make great and unusual bookends for Rusty’s new collection of summer reading materials. We would fill them with plaster and use them on the bookcase. We had found numerous Louis L’Amour paperback books at a second hand store as well as a few coffee table Indian chiefs, hardback books about the wild wild west and famous Indian chiefs.
We used an old cowboy lariat and a bull whip as focal points above the two nightstands. A friend of ours is an awesome mural painter so he offered his services and painted one wall with an incredible cattle drive scene. The southwestern look was beginning to take shape. As the days went by, we grew more and more excited, not only because Rusty was coming to visit but because our special project was rapidly advancing.
January 30, 2009 on 6:15 pm
Cast iron bells have been used for calling, dinner time, even for warnings. Some people now days use them as southwestern decor or an antique accent to their beautiful garden. They can also be used as a door bell especially for those country homes out in the woods. Being heavy and durable, you can wall mount them anywhere around your door or on the barn. These really make perfect entry bells for any home that wants a little architectural history from the old days.
I can still remember the stories that my grandpa used to tell me about his daddy from way back in day on the ranch. The kids were always called back home for supper or more chores with a cast iron dinner bell. Summertime was the best time, though. They would love to go down to the fishing hole after chores. May not catch much, but hearing the water trickle over the rocks and onto their toes was lots of fun. Time always seem to fly by when they were having fun! Before they knew it, it was supper time. That cast iron ring could be heard for miles around.
January 30, 2009 on 3:58 am
Our grandson loves to visit his Grandpa and I here in Texas. With all our own children grown, my husband and I have the time and money we need to make Rusty feel special. What fun! We decided since Rusty loves going to western musicals, watch old western movies on Turner Classic and visit museums that teach about the lives of cowboys and Indians that roamed the western plains, we would decorate our guest room before he arrives to spend the summer with us, with a western theme.
As we began this exciting project, we looked for anything that could be used to charm a fourteen year old boy. For starters, we decided to paint the walls of the bedroom a spicy paprika color. With results that delighted us, our next step was to purchase new furniture for the room. We chose rustic log furniture made from roughly hewned pine logs knowing it would last a lifetime. The chunky wood bed, night stand and dresser looked so masculine. We chose to leave it a natural color pine. The last piece we purchased was a matching bookcase. Rusty loves to read.
We were off to a good start and each night as we rested in bed, my husband and I talked over plans we had to make our special “cowboy” feel at home. We still had two months to go till our grandson arrived so we poured over southwest decor magazines to get fresh and exciting ideas.
January 29, 2009 on 10:13 pm
Mini rawhide drum keychains are perfect for gifts, a part of your western decor or used as gift wrapping. These mini key chains are so small and cute. They are made with real genuine rawhide with a small drum beater attached to the side for decoration. You may give these cute drum key chains as group gifts for your friends and/or family. Although, you may like to hang them as ornaments on your Christmas tree.
You may even be more creative. I gave a friend of mine a housewarming gift using the mini drum keychains as a part of my gift wrapping. All you need is some wadded up brown paper to give that crinkled look, some red yarn and brown twine twisted together. With the twisted string, you would wrap from bottom to top like you would a present with ribbon. On the top, instead of an ordinary bow, just arrange a few of the mini rawhide drum keychains into a unique design. You now have a unique wrapped gift.
January 29, 2009 on 4:42 am
When searching for that perfect piece of rustic home lighting, you will be impressed how a wrought iron lamp will tie in all of your room’s elements with a southwest theme. You will be pleased with any design of these lamps for your western home decor. The variety of designs and styles may go for that relaxed country look, however; you may choose to achieve more of an elegant rustic interior for your place.
No matter your taste in western or rustic decor, you will love how these hand crafted wrought iron lamps will fit right at home in your country or western home. One feature that I benefit from is that not only are the lamps perfect for my rustic themed home, but they also give my home a modern look with a southwestern taste.
A wrought iron lamp is an ideal piece of hand crafted art for your rustic or southwestern themed home. Each one is truly unique and everlasting. Many people have moved these along with them where ever they go. Once they have become a part of your rustic decor, you will carry them through out the years. The western styles of the lamps are great for any place in your home. Be creative. You may find that besides your living room and bedroom, that on your counter in the kitchen is a perfect place as well.
January 29, 2009 on 1:33 am
I am thrilled I came across Tigua Indian pottery in my travels. On a trip thru Texas, I purchased items in the El Paso area at the Ysleta Del Sur Tigua Pueblo. This beautiful pottery is made by hand and then painted with traditional Tigua designs, Each piece is signed so they make great pieces for a collector. In the El Paso area, there are only two remaining Tigua potters. If this art is not taught and passed down to the up and coming generations, this pottery will become extinct. Tigua pottery will be lost if not preserved and what a sad thought that is!
In my Tucson home, I chose to decorate using the typical pastel turquoise and peach colors which compliment southwestern decor. During the Christmas season, I purchased painted Tigua ornaments which looked stunning on my tall white feather tree. All my guests commented on the fantastic look I had created. In the past few weeks, I have added a few more unique pieces and placed them in my lit curio cabinet in my home’s entry way. Along with the western art I have hanging in the same area, the pieces look stunning! There they can be seen by my family and friends as they enter my home. I also placed a small bird in my kitchen window which looks incredible with my turquoise placemats and table runner adorning my dinning table.
So if you are like me and love the unusual, consider adding Tigua pottery to your southwest home’s cherished items and help in the preservation of Tigua Indian pottery.