Abandoned Train Car

This old, decaying train car has been seen around the house for over a decade, as it was one of my mother’s favorite painting subjects.

This beautiful piece of history is only improving with age, and sits high in the mountains of Colorado outside the mining town of Victor.

Ventures out into the mountain and rural life of farms and mining towns are always interesting.  You never know what you’ll find!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Boarded Up Farmhouse

Old Stone Barn

Beauty in Detail

Detail photography of natural textures.

The world gets bigger the closer we look at it.

Nature is full of beautiful details, textures, and colors.  It’s definitely worth taking the time to look closer, especially when it comes to our usual surroundings.  We’ll be shown a whole new world of beauty we hadn’t noticed before!

Let’s tune into the beautiful details of the world, and remember to take a closer look at the world around us.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Splinters dirt earth macro photography

Manitou Blue

Urban photography of a cozy home in Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs in Colorado is bursting at the seams with gorgeous homes and businesses alike.  Another historic town, it’s lined with cozy-looking old homes.

This particular building, possibly several homes, sports a beautifully chipped layer of light blue paint.  The sheer and tablecloth curtains are pulled back just enough to show off some thriving plants and some comfortable seating.

Urban photography of a blue home in Manitou Springs

Saturation was played with in editing, so this equally lovely window sports the same light blue as the rest of the home, though tiled and featuring a spattering of rust.

Whether we’re part of a throng of tourists, or exploring on our own during the colder months, let’s get out as much as possible and take in the gorgeous sights.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Exterior architecture photograph of the front of an old white home. Boarded Up Farmhouse

Reading List: Handmade Home – Living With Art and Craft

Stage Coach Desk

‘Handmade Home, Living With Art and Craft’ by Mark and Sally Bailey recently found itself on my pile of books from the library.

Not only is it wonderfully written, but the photographs by Debi Treloar are absolutely stunning and inspirational.

The book takes us around the homes of the writers, as well as of other artists and designers.  The homes are all unique, but share a common air of coziness, personal style, and the handpicked and handmade.

Definitely a wonderful book to go through.  It’s full of gorgeous ideas and inspiration that’ll give you a new appreciation for your antiques (like this old stagecoach desk), and have you searching for new finds at the local thrift shop.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Streep photograph of a chocolate shop Antique Freezer

Forest Stumps

Forest Stumps

Tree stumps photographed back on the edge of a forest in Pennsylvania.  Whether shrouded in fog or surrounded by a summer glow, they always made me think of fairytales.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Tree Stump Texture fog nature photography

DIY Button Necklace

Necklace featuring a wooden button

DIY Button Necklace

Very simple to make, this DIY necklace features a wooden button threaded onto braided embroidery floss with two hanging tassels, in the broadest sense of the word.

Hoping to make another in the future with more braids and real tassels, but easy is a good way to start!

This large wooden button was found on clearance, though any button that you fancy (whether thrifted, up-cycled, found, or bought new) will do.

Braid a length of whatever color embroidery thread will go with your button pendent.  This should be long enough to slip over your head when knotted.

Braid a shorter length that’ll serve as the ‘tassels’.

Tie off the ends of both pieces to hold the braids, and thread the longer length through the button.  Center the button in the middle of the necklace.  Before tying off to keep the button in place, center the second braid to form two even ‘tassels’.

Knot both the longer and shorter braids to keep the button and ‘tassels’ in place.

DIY Back Button Necklace

Knot the two ends of your longer braid to form the necklace, and you’re done!

Definitely going to keep my eyes open for other buttons that would serve as lovely pendants.  Perhaps some holiday and seasonal-inspired necklaces in the future?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Miniature Package and Letters Upcycled Wall Polka Dots

Twisted Bark

Nature photo of the texture of tree bark.

It’s such a wonderful thing to get out to enjoy fresh air and nature.

Saying it’s merely calming to walk about in nature would be an understatement.  It’s cleansing to take a natural path, and step through trees, flowers, and shrubbery.

Provided we don’t get lost.  That’s a little less relaxing.

Whether nature is available to use in the form of a yard, lot, city park, trail, or all around, let’s get out and enjoy the beauty and relaxing views that nature provides.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Splinters Tree Stump Texture