Three Pairs of Art Worthy Lucchese Classics

 

3 Pairs of Lucchese Classics that have us drooling! 

 
Three Art Worthy Pairs of Lucchese Classics

Cowboy boots or art? Have you ever had a pair of boots that were almost too pretty to wear out? The key word here is almost, the boots are almost too pretty to be worn out and would definitely be reserved for special occasions. These three pairs of Lucchese Classics will have you swooning, wear them and put them on display. All three pairs of boots are made in Texas with superior craftsmanship and attention to detail.

 

Lucchese Classics with Silver Wingtips

The Lucchese Classics with silver metallic wingtips and hair on hide feature plenty of beautiful details and silver metallic acid wash throughout the boot. They retail for $1,195 and can be ordered online through an authorized Lucchese dealer.

Lucchese Classics with Hobby HorseVintage lovers will love these hand tooled Lucchese Classics featuring a hobby horse and pin up cowgirl. They almost have a Roy Rogers cowboy boot vibe to them. The boots retail for $2,750 and can be purchased through an authorized Lucchese dealer with a special order.

Lucchese Classics with Rose InlaysRoses are red, violets are blue, if you buy me cowboy boots, I promise to love you! These Lucchese Classics feature a rose inlay and collar. The boots retail at $1,150 and can be purchased through an authorized Lucchese dealer.

 

Stylish Saddle Home Decor: 10 Ways

 

10 stylish spaces decorated with english and western saddles. 

 
Western saddle bar stools

Looking to make a western or equestrian statement in your home? Add a saddle or two to an unexpected place and personalize your home with these unique pieces. Last week on Facebook I shared a photo of some english bar stools and the response was so positive that I decided to create this post to inspire you. If you have horses, you probably have an old saddle you are considering selling or one that isn’t being used anymore – repurpose it!

Above, bar stools are a classic and western saddles like this are perfectly repurposed. You can visit this bar in Montana if you head to The Ranch at Rock Creek. This luxury ranch will absolutely inspire you.

English saddles hanging from beams in a library room

If your home has a beautiful set of beams in any of the rooms you must take advantage! Hang a saddle or two from the top like in this beautiful reading room. The original photo source is unknown, sorry no details about this room.

Western saddle hanging from a beam

This is another great example of beams done right, a western saddle hangs from the beam with a bridle close by. You can see more photos of this dreamy space on the Swedish site Lantliv.

Vintage english saddle bar stools

This is the photo of english bar stools I shared on Facebook originally. I don’t know the original source, but if you do let me know!

Vintage Western Saddle

Put a vintage saddle in a corner and hang a couple of photos over it, photo source unknown.

English saddles in the entryway

A couple of english saddles near an entryway could be decor or even just a place to store their saddles when not in use. Photo from Tasmanian Home Renovation.

Western saddle hanging on the wall

I love how this space mixes metal with wood and a variety of textures. Photo found on the design traveller.

English and western saddle in the living room

This well curated home has an english and western saddle in this space styled by Kathryn M. Ireland and shared by Veranda. Ps. the rest of the photos are dreamy, so check them out!

Western saddle at the foot of the bed

A well placed saddle sits on top of a trunk in this bedroom, it’s very rustic. Photo found on Partey House with plenty of other rustic bedrooms.

English saddle bar stools

This modern apartment in London has two english saddle bar stools in the kitchen. Check out the rest of the apartment on Houzz.

Looking for more equestrian inspiration at home? Read these:

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Summer Turkey Sandwiches with Vegetable Pho

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This not so basic turkey sandwich recipe and blog post are sponsored by Foster Farms, learn more about Foster Farms and read on for this delicious recipe.

 

Summer Turkey Sandwich with a Dill Spread and Vegetable Pho

A few months ago I had the most amazing sandwich at a cute French Restaurant in Santa Monica. It was a turkey sandwich with a dill spread that was out of this world served with a cup of pho for dipping. My summer go-to herbs usually consist of basil and mint and this reminded me to pay attention to dill again. The sandwich was anything but basic and inspired the recipe for my own turkey sandwiches with vegetable pho.

Speaking of basic, Foster Farms is hosting a “Don’t Call Me Basic” Sandwich Contest to show that sandwiches made with its new line of Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey are anything by basic. Entering is easy; create a turkey sandwich and post a photo of it to Instagram, tag @FosterFarms and use hashtag #DontCallMeBasic. The grand prize winner receives a luxury weekend trip to the Napa Valley or $4,000 in cash. You can also win a high-end panini press or gourmet picnic basket set simply by entering!

Be sure to include the ingredients in your caption and make sure your Instagram profile is public. The winner will be announced in early September. Entries may also be emailed to dontcallmebasic@fosterfarms.com.

See the official contest rules and regulations at FosterFarms.com/dontcallmebasic.pdf

 

Don't Call Me Basic Foster Farms Instagram Contest

I love Foster Farms. As a California newbie, I was introduced to their chicken last month and made these Grilled Bruschetta Chicken Sandwiches. Foster Farms products are in abundance in our local grocery stores. Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey is of course all natural with no chemicals or preservatives and is 98% fat free. It comes in Oven Roasted flavor or Honey Roasted & Smoked flavor.

 

Garden Fresh vegetables, turkey and a side of Pho

My sandwiches feature Foster Farms All Natural Oven Roasted Sliced Turkey, fresh bakery bread, spring mix, thin sliced carrots, and provolone cheese topped with a fresh dill cream cheese. Serve this up with a side of vegetable pho with a hint of lime and you have a winning combination.Garden Fresh vegetables, turkey and a side of Pho

Summer Turkey Sandwiches with Vegetable Pho

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

A flavorful turkey sandwich with a fresh dill cream cheese spread and vegetable pho for dipping.

Ingredients

  1. Bakery rolls or bread, long buns work the best for dipping.
  2. 2 slices oven roasted turkey per sandwich
  3. 1 slice provolone cheese per sandwich
  4. A handful of spring mix
  5. Thinly sliced carrots (use a peeler to achieve long strips).
  6. Fresh Dill Cream Cheese Spread:
  7. 4 ounces plain cream cheese, softened
  8. 2 ½ tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  9. 1 teaspoon water
  10. 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  11. Vegetable Pho:
  12. 2 cups vegetable broth
  13. The juice of half a lime
  14. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  15. 1 heaping tablespoon sliced scallions

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetable pho and pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add vegetable broth, lime juice, soy sauce and scallions to a small pot and allow to simmer while you prep the sandwiches.
  3. Place the buns in the oven to toast them (optional but highly recommended).
  4. Make the dill cream cheese.
  5. Add cream cheese, dill, water and oil to a small bowl and mix well, set aside.
  6. Prepare the sandwiches:
  7. Remove the buns from the oven and spread the dill cream cheese over the top and bottom of the bun.
  8. Add on turkey, provolone, sliced carrots and spring mix.
  9. Serve with a small cup of vegetable pho for dipping and enjoy!
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Garden Fresh vegetables, turkey and a side of Pho Save a dollar now on All Natural Sliced Turkey lunchmeat from Foster Farms by downloading this coupon. Don’t forget to enter the Don’t Call Me Basic sandwich contest today for a chance to win $4,000 cash or a trip to Napa Valley for a lavish weekend.Garden Fresh vegetables, turkey and a side of Pho

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey.

 

5 Favorite DIY Projects

 

5 Favorite DIY projects created in 2015! 

 5 Favorite DIY Projects
 
I’ve been living in California for seven months and I can’t believe how fast the time is going. I was going through the archives and though I would share my five favorite DIY projects since moving here. I love the projects I have completed and I have so many more ideas and DIYs to work on.

DIY Faux Paper Mache Cow Skull and Ceramic Cow SkullA DIY paper mache cow skull was a challenging DIY project but it turned out really cool.

DIY Unicorn Ring Dish and Jewelry Holder | Horses & HeelsThis unicorn jewelry holder DIY project was easy and fun, I keep it on my desk.

Arch floor lamp with a DIY cowhide lampshadeMy absolute favorite is this DIY cowhide lampshade! It provided many challenges but a stunning result. DIY Doubled-Side Fabric Dog BedMango absolutely approves of her custom fabric dog bed DIY project!
Stylish DIY Faux Marble IKEA TrayAnd because I love a good IKEA hack… this faux marble tray is also another easy DIY project that requires minimal effort.

 

Designer Spotlight: Breathe Deep Designs

 

Semi-precious handmade jewelry made locally in Dallas, Texas.

 
Precious Stones and Arrowheads from Breathe Deep Designs
 
Looking for some new jewelry this fall? Breathe Deep Designs should be on your radar, it’s locally made in Texas with plenty of love by founder Deepa Lal. Get to know Deepa, the woman behind the brand and more about her beautiful collections. Necklaces from Breathe Deep Designs

 

Q. Tell us how it all started, your career background was in IT, what made you decide to take on a new and creative path?

Deepa – I was always an artist at heart. I drew, painted, and worked with mixed media even in high school. My love for jewelry ran even deeper. I remember watching my mom get dressed up for dinner parties and she would let me pick through her beautiful jewelry to decide what she would wear. She would tell me stories of who gave her the jewelry (mostly my dad) for what occasion, tell me tales of India, my grandmother and me when I was little during the time I lived there. I loved detailed work on bangles, rings, earrings and necklaces. I knew all the gemstones even as a really young child.

After college where I minored in art and even took a side gig as a graphic designer designing T-Shirts, I went to business school and got my BBA and a double degree. I moved to Dallas and found myself in the growing world of Technology, Consulting and Project Management. You could say the dork in me loved the order and process of working efficiently and thoughtfully. I thrived in that environment for nearly 20 years working with changing Technology and bright engineers, but my heart craved art. Having an amazing consulting career afforded me the luxury of travel all over the world; something that my family valued and did often. I found artistic inspiration in far away places where languages, food, textiles, art and architecture impacted how I see the world. When I was laid off, I had to rethink what to do with my in-between work time, so I immediately joined an artists’ guild. I started my training learning fabrication, soldering, hand knotting and many other skills. I LOVED it. I kept up some of it, while I could for a few years selling designs only in small home shows as I got back to Tech work. But as my career grew, so did the time I spent working in IT. A few years ago I pitched and started selling into my first high end boutique and then immediately afterwards a huge Asian Art Museum, then another nationally known art museum. So I knew it was time to transition from my day job in Technology to my love job –designing, and re-launched Breathe Deep Designs.

 Fringe and bone jewelry pieces

Q. Try to describe a typical day of work (if such thing exists) or your routine at Breathe Deep Designs.

Deepa – I have to say, my training in setting up project management offices and building efficiency in running large-scale projects helps. Here’s how I break down a week: I spend Mondays and Tuesday only on Technology- reading business blogs, working on my website (that I built) learning about tech trends to market my products, prepping social media for the week etc.

I also meet with clients who I consult with because I just cannot seem to stop helping people and want more inspired businesses out there!

The rest of the week, I do customer drop offs, meet with clients, partners, and manage inventory at the stores I work with and photography. And yes, I design and make my jewelry too. I have a few rules now that keep me focused:

– I never design at night. Morning light is the best to work though inspirations!

– I only do my photography during the day. My perspective is better and I capture the right shot much faster.

Evenings are best for photo editing and updating and posting to my websites.

And this one is very important: I get in as much yoga as I can- It helps keep me grounded & inspired. It keeps me physically well and challenges me to keep stepping outside my box, as an entrepreneur and business owner, I need to keep doing that!

 The Tejas Collection

Q. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Deepa – I guess its two part for me- traveling the globe and home. I have always been the girl who picks up trinkets from street markets. I finally figured out what to do with all of them when I started designing. One of my favorite designs was when I traveled to Egypt and in a small market I found part of an antique dancers belt. Another traveler was buying most of it to place in a frame as a memento. It was hundreds of years old and I took apart pieces to make them into several pairs of earrings. That pair got me audience with a huge museum…I love taking something old, knowing the history and creating another vision for it. It breathes new life! The other part of travel is appreciating coming home. We were always an outdoors family so I love hiking, nature, gardening and quiet open spaces. Growing up in Texas does that to a girl. I can even find inspiration driving on our long highways, which are proudly strewn with beautiful flowers, as I drive home to see my family.

Q. What is your favorite thing about designing jewelry?

Deepa – I love the story of jewelry. It’s a love story. Indian women buy gemstone jewelry for major turning points in their lives. Often they are given jewelry from fathers, husbands, grandparents to celebrate important moments or decisions such as going to school, getting married, having children, anniversaries or because they chose a path that they are excited about pursuing.

Today, when I meet a customer who is excited about my work, I love hearing why a design appeals to them. Often, I get a delicious personal story of why they are drawn to one design over another. Jewelry holds your story, especially the ones you pass down. I’m hoping I’m making pieces that people collect to pass to their daughters with an intimate story of love and intention!Breathe Deep Designs Jewelry

Q. Running a business can be one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs, if you could go back five years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

Deepa – Take more chances. I was playing it safe more than I should have! You can’t grow unless you’re constantly doing things that scare you, challenge you and even feel like they fail you. Failing at something is a learning experience! I was the first local artist to get into a museum who had only partnered with artists from out of state. I pitched a huge western store with a whole new line and even went after a gorgeous resort in CA who had never carried jewelry. These were all improbable efforts, or as I saw it, opportunities. It pays to shoot for the improbable. I love hearing “we’ve never…” because in my mind, I insert ‘yet.’

Q. You currently have four collections in the Breathe Deep Designs family, are you working on any new collections? Do you have a favorite collection and why?

Deepa – I do have a new one available this fall. The four I have right now are all semiprecious:

The Breathe Deep Collection – the original collection the museums love that has a world travelers’ wandering soul spirit to it.

The Exhale Collection – a simple yoga inspired collection of malas, prayer necklaces, and other icons of lotuses, Om’s etc.

The Tejas Collection – western inspired designs. The pieces in this collection have semi precious and precious gemstones like Indian Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires. They are designed and inspired by my growing up and living in Texas. Tejas means Texas and it also means ‘radiant energy’ in Sanskrit. So it is Texan and Indian – like me.

The Bhakti Collection – (the devotion collection) of high end gemstones that contain icons of faith and devotion such as Hand of God, Prayers, Mantras, Tree of Life, Ganeshas, Buddhas and Coptic crosses.

I have been working on a new precious collection of pave diamonds. They are simple, elegant and dark.  I will be starting with a dark arrow ring reminding one to be true to their path. The new Devi Collection is named after my grandmother. Devi means ‘Goddess’ in Sanskrit, which is perfect since each collection has a meaning that combines my mix of cultures. I have to say I’m really proud of this collection and cannot wait to present it. As for a favorite, I still love all them all and adore putting my unique signature on each of them.The Devi Collection

Q. And just for fun, what is your favorite brand of cowboy boots?

Deepa – Working with a high-end partner like Pinto Ranch has given me opportunities to oogle over so many lovely brands but I have yet to pick a favorite. I’m still holding out. I love the laid-back look and colors of Old Gringo so far. But every time I go in to do a trunk show at Pinto Ranch, I have a new favorite!

Visit Breathe Deep Designs online to purchase or inquire about any of the pieces you see here, you can also find Deepa’s pieces at Pinto Ranch.

Photos provided c/o Breathe Deep Designs

 

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