Easy to Make Boot Cuffs – Inspired to Create

by Cindi Albright Before & After
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What inspires you? Several things come to mind when I get asked this question.  I am often inspired simply by the desire to make something for someone I love.  Other times I become inspired when I find something in my home that is worn out and needs to be tossed, yet there still seems to […]

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Frozen

by Cindi Albright Christmas
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Sorry, this isn’t a review of the movie, but the last four days we’ve kinda felt like we were living in the movie. Last Thursday the rain began, then came the cold front, then came the sleet, then the subfreezing temps. We woke up the next morning and found that we were wrapped in a […]

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A Trip to Home Depot and Lowes Completes My Mission

by Cindi Albright Decorating on a budget
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I am one blessed lady because I have the best of both worlds right about 3 miles from my drive way. For real!  We have a Home Depot on the south side of the road and just across the street on the north side of the same road, is Lowes! And you can bet that […]

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December Already?

by Cindi Albright random thoughts
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23 days until Christmas! Wow, when you type the words it really makes the month seem very short. To make it seem even shorter, I’ve decided to fly to California for a week to see these six little angels [photo by Autumn Beck] The added perk is that I will get to enjoy their parents […]

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A Thanksgiving Wish and Some of My Daily Faves

by Cindi Albright Cooking
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How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was blessed with lots of family, friends, food and fun. Our Thanksgiving menu was the traditional fare, roast turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole & rolls. Our daughter Riley made the green bean casserole and her favorite Thanksgiving dish, the “pink stuff”. […]

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Vintage Mantel Headboard Reveal and Garage Sale Mirror Steal

by Cindi Albright Designing/Creating
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It’s been two years since we found our vintage mantel.  I had always dreamed of having mantel for a headboard in our master bedroom and after years of patiently searching flea markets and salvage barns we finally found the perfect mantle for our room. This post has been in the making for a long time.  […]

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Salvaged Items Find New Purpose in Our Home

by Cindi Albright Designing/Creating
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Wow, that title reads like a news headline. If this were really newsworthy the headline might read like this; “Cookie Jar Shatters But Lid Miraculously Survives” and the story would go on to tell you how the lid was not thrown away but forgotten for years, left to gather dust under a cabinet out in […]

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Rustic Decor Accents with Neutral Textures

by Cindi Albright Before & After
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Nubby, Rough & Neutral this fall I’m in the mood for lots of texture and neutrals I’m also loving my newest hobbies….crochet and knitting I’ve always loved fiber, in fact I could spend more money on yarn than beads. Beads, wire and yarn…my stash overfloweth! For months this idea has been floating around in my […]

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leather furniture repair

by Cindi Albright Before & After
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  It’s a fact that furniture wears out and has to be replaced from time to time, usually when you don’t have the funds to buy something new. So how do you know when to let go? About two years ago our two couches had to go…one did actually go, but we keep the other […]

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pulling ideas for new office/library space

by Cindi Albright Decorating on a budget
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It’s official….we are now empty nesters! Baby girl moved into her own apartment in April…Baby boy is now a student at the University of Arkansas. So now we have three rooms in our home that are ours to do with as we please.  Wow!  talk about your blank canvas…we now have three blank canvases. One […]

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how I hide ugly with awesome rusty junk

by Cindi Albright gardening
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I’ll do just about anything to hide something I don’t like… In this case I didn’t enjoy looking at the electrical box and conduit climbing up the wall as a backdrop to my flowerbed. So, I tried to find away to hide it, at least make it melt into the scene so it didn’t stick […]

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50th Wedding Anniversary Cross

by Cindi Albright Designing/Creating
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Meet Russ and Mary…aren’t they adorable? They were married June 15, 1963. Remember your wedding day? Were you thinking about the day you and your beloved would celebrate 50 years of marriage? Not me.  I was just wrapped up in the moment of my wedding day. But I think about it now…More like I dream […]

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a rustic Valentine message for you & my excuse to decorate

by Cindi Albright Designing/Creating
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I’ll keep this short and sweet, because we all know that a picture is worth what? 1000 words? If this is true then I get off easy tonight by sharing some photos of my recent play day and a sweet little message. I don’t feel as if I need a reason to decorate but sometimes […]

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my dwindling cookie jar collection

by Cindi Albright antiques
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Never let it be said that you will keep something forever…you probably won’t.   I remember I said that I would “neeeeever ever ever” sell my collection of vintage cookie jars.  But four years ago I opened another Etsy shop just so I could do just that…sell them all.  Well except for a few that mean […]

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A Wintery Rustic Christmas Centerpiece

by Cindi Albright Christmas
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Baby it’s cold outside… We can finally say that here in Texas but I really thought it would never get here. It’s been a really warm December. Did the weather forget that it’s supposed to be cold at during the month of December? Because of the weather I have not been in the mood to […]

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Our Junk-filled Christmas Wreath

by Cindi Albright Christmas
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My husband and I took a trip to Indiana and Ohio last week. Just us! It was a pre-anniversary gift to each other. We celebrated 28 years of marriage last Sunday. We took this trip to get away from work and relax before the holiday rush set in. While we were there we stopped in […]

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a warm rug & some fall primping {home decor}

by Cindi Albright Home Decor
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it’s hard to shop for rugs. so many things to consider. the price, size, colors… then there’s the price, style, and material. you also need to consider the price, durability and the price. and i’m fickle, throw all that into the mix and rug buying turns out to be a real pain…for hubby that is. […]

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Bye-Bye Ugly 80′s Antiqued Brass Chandelier {Weekend Project}

by Cindi Albright Before & After
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I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since we completely renovated our entry, den and sun room. Where does the time go? Remember my ugly antique brass chandelier hanging right inside my front door.  I didn’t really pay much attention to it until we got things put back together and I began to stage […]

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The Charm of Old Windows

by Cindi Albright Salvage
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Saturdays in the fall are good for a lot of things like, cleaning house, laundry, yard work, washing cars… But every once and a while Jim and I ignore the chores, grab our coffee, jump in the car and go something fun. More often than not we end up in our favorite salvage place, Discount […]

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Blue & Yellow

by Cindi Albright beads
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Blueberry Quartz and a Yellow Flower on a copper wire cross frame Deep in the Heart of Texas there are Bluebonnets and Yellow Roses it’s the The Lone Star State with Canyons Plateaus Prairies Hills Coastline Dessert Piney Woods These are just some of the things that I thought about while making this cross It’s […]

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Thankful for Burnt Toast & Cold Coffee…A Blessed Life

by Cindi Albright Faith
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I used to set my alarm for 3:00pm everyday. Can you guess why? It was to remind me to stop what I was doing and go pick up my kids from school.  They now drive.  They are happy they don’t have to wait on me ever again. I’m not ashamed of my forgetfulness, I just […]

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Our North Carolina Road Trip [Day One]

by Cindi Albright road trip
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The day had arrived, the car was packed, maps where folded and ready for access when needed.  A full tank of gas and two girls ready for an adventure. Our plans to drive to North Carolina have been in the planning stages for months.  It was my 19 year old daughter’s dream to go to […]

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Purging the Garage

by Cindi Albright Organizing
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I could think of better things to do in the month of August than clean out my garage. This is normal.  Old timers might say; “awh heck! that ain’t noth’n, why back in…” For real the hottest summer in Texas was last year.  So this looks like a cool front! Back to my initial statement; […]

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Painted Kitchen Cabinets

by Cindi Albright Before & After
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The paint color is Annie Sloan’s Graphite. As far as I’m concerned it could be puke green and it would be better than what it was. However, I didn’t seem to mind living with the ugliness all those years. Maybe I was blind to it, maybe I had other things to do, maybe I just […]

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Take 25% OFF

by Cindi Albright SALE
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it’s that time again…time to clear it all out!     HERE’S YOUR BIG CHANCE TO SAVE SOME BUCKS!     GO SHOPPING IN MY ETSY SHOP FILL UP YOUR CART then before you check out be sure to add the coupon code USE COUPON CODE: JULY25  expires 8/4/12 HAPPY SHOPPING! peace.love.rust To get Rustique […]

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how we saved $3400 in one year

by Cindi Albright Budgeting
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So here’s the story… In May of 2011 my husband and I were on our way to see our grandson’s dedication. We were 4 hours into our typical 6 hour drive to the Texas Hill Country, when I realized something was different. My husband of  27 years was not acting as usual.  Something was missing, […]

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contrasts & compliments {home decor}

by Cindi Albright Den/Entry/Sunroom reno
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Rich dark colors draw me in.  Do you ever take those home decor “personality” tests? You know the ones where the website presents you with a couple of photos of room decor and style and you chose which one you like the best, then you move to the next set and do the same. In […]

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straddling the fence {rustic garden}

by Cindi Albright Curbside Shopping
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I believe his exact words were: “I found a ladder and brought it home for you” I can’t be sure though…he lost me at ladder as my mind begin to embrace this new addition to my little rustic garden My husband is my superhero! I’ve…we’ve been looking for old wooden ladders for years.  We see […]

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vintage galvanized tool box planter {rustic garden}

by Cindi Albright antiques
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We pulled into the parking lot knowing that my favorite eclectic junk shop was closed, but it was time for a stretch after hours on the road.  Besides there is always plenty of good junk to pick through outside the shop, no need to go inside….all the good junk is always outside. I saw what […]

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Patriotic Pick’n Americana Style

by Cindi Albright antiques
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Rustique Art salutes America and wishes her a Happy Independence Day Click on the photo and check out these wonderful Etsy shops…betcha can’t resist doing some pick’n!  peace.love.rust

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dirt rich and cash poor {making the most out of what you have}

by Cindi Albright flowers
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Since we’ve added a couple of flower beds around our pool, we have a lot of rich dirt just needing some plants, but unless you hit the sales, buying plants and flowers for large areas is a little pricey. Do you ever wish you could just go out and blow your whole budget in one […]

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