Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rural Women Rock Jewelry Giveaway Today!

It’s official- a Rural Women Rock jewelry giveaway. In celebration of passing the 1000 likes mark on facebook, we’re going to give a RWR necklace away.  We will be giving one necklace away per week over the next three weeks.   A big Thanks to my girlfriends from Harley and Maude.  Go check them out!

The Rules:

You must like us on facebook.

You must be a member of this blog.

Both can easily be done in a snap.

We’d love for you to follow us on twitter @RuralWomenRock,
but it won’t be required.

Leave me a comment either on FB or in the comment section here: Answer “ONE” or more if you’d like, of these questions.

“What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned off RWR”
“What is your favorite feature or post”
“What types of features would you like to see take place that haven’t
If you have something else of value to say, I’ll count it as an entry.

We will run this first Giveaway till 10pm this Sunday evening.  The winner will be announced on our Monday morning post.

One entry per day.

All the names will go in a drawing.
One will be picked.

You must re-enter for each jewelry giveaway. 

Did I miss anything?

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I apologize

I apologize ladies, but our post today had a death in the family. I’ve got a hair appointment and a floral consultation today, so I’m in too big a rush for a personal post. I’ve been thinking I need to have some things ready just in case. I’ll be better prepared next time. I am hoping the jewelry has arrived today. Check back in after 3pm. If it comes, I’ll post and begin the give away later today. Don’t hold your breath.

Have a great day Kasse D.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rag and Stone Jewelry

I think sometimes we forget we are not in a dress rehearsal - this is it. Today is our life. I love an adventurous woman. It’s fresh to see women so alive, living, dreaming, and following paths that are different- there own. You women are like that. Erin, I have really enjoyed your post. For some reason I feel a little younger J . It makes me want to go outside and hike the back 40- why not? I love the music on Erin’s site too. It doesn’t come across over here on RWR. You’ll have to go pay a visit. It just rounds her out and makes you feel like you know her just a little better. I know you ladies will be inspired and learn something from Erin. Pay attention you might miss it.  - Kasse D.
Well maybe you won't!
Hi! My Name is Erin

Isn't it funny how,


you have to slow down to realize you are..... right where you want to be?

For a long time, I didn't believe these words. I moved pretty much all the time, all over the country, since I was young enough to have left the house....in search of....who knows! At one point I had such itchy feet, I couldn't stay ANYWHERE for more than 3 months.... I thought that where I always was, there would be something better around the corner....A better place, a better town, better people....

and then one day, I found where I was living at the time,

was right where I wanted to be.

I live in Northwestern Montana in a great little town, Whitefish. There's a Ski Resort just up the road, Glacier National Park around the corner, and I am surrounded by some of the most gorgeous wilderness areas in the country. BUT I definitely wouldn't consider Whitefish *Rural* Montana. My town is small, yes, just over 8,000 people year round....but that doesn't include the silly influx of tourism during the ski season, or in the summer when Glacier Park opens up. There's a great martini bar in town that bacon-infuses their vodka (yup) and a brewery that makes huckleberry beer, I can get a fair-trade cup espresso any hour of the day, and there's even SUSHI...but for me, it's not the things you can get here that make this place special.

There's no Wal-Mart here, no box stores at all really. 5 minutes out of town is just that. OUT of town. The post office folks know me by name. If you're at the grocery store, you are guaranteed to run into someone you know. Montanans are some of the friendliest folks I've ever met...My bank teller gave me a jar of homemade applesauce for christmas, through the drive thru! I like that, in a small town, there is no anonymity. If you've done something wrong, cheated someone or worse, it usually comes back to bite you harder than you were bit. And everyone knows it. I feel like it keeps us all honest, and a little bit more respectful. Good reputations are easy to ruin, and hard to maintain. You have to earn it here. And I like that.

The seasons in between our crazy tourism influx is my favorite, when the town empties and the world starts to slow down a little.

*mud season*

Its a great time to catch up on a good book, go for an awesome hike, and for me, to bury myself in my studio.

Who am I? Well, I am 27 years old. I grew up in the suburbs of the front range in Colorado. From a pretty early age, I loved outside more than inside. I am one of those girls who is usually happier dirty, and usually IS dirty! I love wide open spaces and warm faces in the country, round bails of hay and the smell of burning ditches. I love my mama, and there is not a cuss word I didn't learn from her! I love canning my own tomatoes and starting campfires. I love my rubber garden boots. Baking is usually some form of stress relief, and I still don't understand why my family loves sauerkraut on their pizza. *ick* I can't stand bickering and have no patience for people who believe they "can't". I'm a sucker for thrift store dishes, red wine, and the vintage whites market. I love to skate-ski in the winters out on the lake near our house, and November hunting season in my house means quiet time to myself, until the boys are back *hopefully* with some meat for the freezer, and some Ivory for me! I have been in the process of learning the world of metal at the community college here in Kalispell, and am proud (and scared shitless!) to have quit my day-job to pursue metalsmithing full time. I will graduate this spring with a degree in Goldsmithing and Jewelry Arts.

I left Colorado 6 years ago, looking for a sense of place in the mountains....

and have fallen madly in love with the state of Montana. and my native-montana man, Jesse.

We met 5 years ago,

and we both crave outside adventure. fuel for your fire.

which for both of us, is usually lit with a very thick, black, cup of joe in the mornings.

in alaska this spring....glaciers are amazing!
on the river in the summer....

and usually with Tex, this handsome dude.

I love that nature has been so intricately entwined into my life, part of my backyard, part of my identity. I have never felt so more at home than here in the great northwest.

I consider myself to be a very lucky girl, and am blessed for the friends I have, the beautiful country i am surrounded by, and the adventures I have been on....

The beach and the garden are two of my happy places.

although, in landlocked Montana, I get a lot of the latter.

and that's just fine with me.

But my REAL happy place, the place I can center my head and slow down....
My Studio.

and lately that's been in fifty million places.

the name of the game in 2011 for Jesse and I was MOVING. *ick*

carting around heavy metalsmithing equipment is not exactly my idea of fun.

currently my work space is chaos...but it works.

One day

it will be all in here.

in this little space.

and it will be a sanctuary for creative juice.

My little business, Rag and Stone, will have a home.

The bungalito, the name for my little building was all Jesse's idea.

What girl WOULDN'T love their own building???

I love to create out of metal.

I have always loved creating, but this medium...

I don't know if it's the fire,

or the silver,

or just the shiny stones.


I love creating pieces for strong women. for strength.


we ARE strong.

we build ourselves every day.

and yes......

we ROCK!

Monday, January 23, 2012

1000+ LIKES? I Feel A Rural Women Rock Jewelry Giveaway Comin' On

Good Monday morning Ladies! I know I had your attention at Jewelry, but stay with me for a minute. Hope you had a terrific weekend. I feel another good week coming on. January is my most favorite month- all wrapped up in its newness. I’ve been making some lists, goals, and to do’s. Starting new things and trying new things. Working on that winter blubber, and clearing cobwebs from my mind. I’m hoping the current momentum will push me until March- my Birthday month. That should be just enough boost to carry me until spring arrives. Once my toes are free, there will be no turning back. 

Would love to know if you ladies make resolutions?  I know Jan. 1st is up and gone, but I always feel like I have the month to get things sorted out for the year, so I’m still working on it. Might just give you a peak when I get done- that’s motivation. If you do make resolutions and blog about them, facebook the links to the RWR page, I'm sure we could all use the inspiration.

I’ve been a bit curious how you ladies are feeling about the two posts a week verses the five. Are you having more time to visit the sites, and relish in the posts? Are we wanting more or is this just right? Please comment here or tell me on facebook.

That reminds me. What you've been waiting for- we have passed the 1000 mark on face book.  Not bad for a few months in the making. I’m a bit new to this, but have been told that warrants a giveaway. I had some custom Rural Women Rock jewelry made.  Two of my old junkin’ girlfriends have become something of a “big deal”, and make the cutest things.  I just told them to do whatever they wanted to do, so I’m so excited to see what they came up with. Just got a message that the jewely will be in the mail today. I’m not going to start the giveaway until the jewelry is in hand. (things just have a way of going wrong when I get ahead of myself) but here are a few pictures of their work. I'm not sure what ours will look like, but I'm betting super cute. I’ll post photos of the RWR jewelry as soon as it arrives, and we’ll begin the giveaway. So check back soon. It’s going to be another easy peasy entry, so no worries.

We are still working on the new site. Slow, I know. We have decided to keep the blog too and just do some cross linking to the new site. I’m getting attached to this site, but we need the other for better searching (RWR yellow pages), and to allow you ladies to better communicate if you’d like. We picked a Druple platform because it was the most powerful platform we could find- we’re dreaming big over hereJ However, we have found that it has its share of quirks and loops. We have found not a soul in Northwest Oklahoma who knows a thing about it. We’ve even visited two of our local technical schools. I think the wiz- Janie has jumped through most of the hoops and loops, and we are beginning the design work, so it shouldn’t be long. I don’t want to say when- it will just have to be a surprise.

We have another couple of great features planned for the week, so check back. If you’ve been out there watching and want to step forward, we’d love to feature you. We are working on February and March. I’m looking for some gardener bloggers to get spring going. They won’t all be gardeners, but would love for some to step forward. Don’t be shy!

Have a great week!

Kasse D.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The girls @ Rusted Gingham

I feel like I just keep gushing about how exciting and inspiring all you ladies are, and I’m not a gusher, but I do think each feature has just been exceptional. Every time I read a new feature, I just have to say WOW to myself. I love that these ladies are family, live apart, and are quite different, but manage to work together, and so well. Love this blog, and do want to take a road trip to their show. We should all meet there next year. Wouldn’t that be fun! Meet the ladies from Rusted Gingham- you won’t be sorry!  Kasse-


Howdy to everyone in the Rural Women Rock community! Thanks, Kasse, for this great way to meet more women and be inspired by their lives.

We’re Suzanne and Tracy, the girls @ Rusted Gingham. We are birds of a feather (sisters-in-law), we stick together (friends), and one of us wishes she was as tall as the other.

We host the annual barn sale the first Saturday of November, in Gonzales, Texas. Barn sale is the place to find vintage, antique, unique, handmade, remade, or otherwise made stuff. It’s become a wildly successful event that is loads of fun and always delivers the goods.


Our desire to spend time doing things we love, find ways to spend time with family, and honor God in all we do fueled Suzanne’s enthusiasm for hosting the first barn sale at her place outside Gonzales, Texas. Suzanne loves to be with a crowd and is so gifted at pulling one together and making everyone feel at home. That’s what happened in November 2008 at the first barn sale. She invited friends and family to her barn, and it has become an annual event ever since.

  Barn Sale  
One of the joys in hosting this sale is meeting lots of other women (and a few men) who are so talented, adventuresome, and eager to encourage the creativity in others. We are always amazed at how someone can take an idea and create something totally new from it. We share inspiration, little crafty secrets, and lots of positive encouragement with all our vendors and customers. They bring amazing goods to the sale. Just look!

Every year we find more awesome ladies we want to invite to the sale. After three years we outgrew the barn at Suzanne’s and moved to a huge show barn in Gonzales. Lots more space, lots more vendors, LOTS more customers! Over 1000 folks shopped the sale this year. We couldn’t believe it! It was a dream come true for two girls who worked all year long to try and pull it off!


We believe in dreams, hard work, and partnering up with great people. We’ve met tons of women who are either making a living doing this or are enjoying it as a hobby in free time. It’s so great to share the fun of life with other like-minded people. (go meet our 2011 vendors here)

Suzanne is at home in the small rural community of Cost, Texas. She loves the opportunity she takes to be home with her two kids and fund her addiction to all things vintage with her own personal business income.

special order cakeswedding cakes

Suzanne Sexton Designs makes it possible for her to home school her kids and do a little playing without breaking the budget! She regularly takes orders for her famous sugar cookies and fabulous cakes. Along with that comes lots of event catering and home decorating. She is so at home in the kitchen!




Suzanne married a full-time county extension agent whose passion is breeding quality Hereford and Angus cattle and, not surprisingly, firing up the grill! As a family, they love to tube down the Frio River and go to as many rodeos as possible.


Suzanne’s home is seldom quiet as it is usually filled with people. Always decorated appropriate to the season, you’ll find her home warmly welcomes everyone. And depending on the day of the week, you might have to squeeze in next to a few layers of fresh baked cakes or clear the counter of cookies in order to make room for your iced tea. (this is never a burden)

Tracy’s home is nestled in the oak trees of a small community east of San Antonio, Texas. She’s mostly a city girl who has found herself enjoying the quiet, peaceful life the country affords. She is home schooling her two girls for the first time this year and is surprised at how fulfilling teaching at home has become.

Tracy met her husband while at Dallas Theological Seminary and joined with him in the desire to be available for full-time ministry. Her husband currently teaches junior high and pastors a local church. Ministry has taken many forms over the past 20 years, and now, for Tracy, she finds God leading her to focus on her family at home.

Glow Copy

Tracy spends lots of her creative energy designing stuff with one of her best friends, her computer! She is the life line to all our graphic designs, advertising, blogging, and technology stuff. With no formal training, she learned the little picky details of blogging, photoshopping, facebook, and loves to use her creativity this way. Her contribution to Rusted Gingham has made it possible for us to communicate with thousands of people without costing an arm and a leg! (just an occasional chocolate cake keeps her happy).

 Family Life 
We girls decided, independently of each other, that we wanted to make the necessary financial and personal sacrifices in order to be available to our kids as they grew up. This has meant leaving full-time careers and taking up space with our kids at home. We planned, and God has provided for our families and given us more than we need at the end of each day.


We use our hands and our hearts to fulfill our God-given talents and gifts, and we see Him return the blessings. Our kids join in on our annual barn sale, and they have become our biggest fans! They might be among the youngest vendors, but they hold their own at the barn!

Youngest Vendors

We love to teach them the real stuff of life while it’s happening. They soak it all up and keep growing up right before our eyes. Four little cousins, enjoying running in wide open spaces, getting the best of their moms, and loving every chance they get to play together. That’s great family life!


 Us Girls 
We met 13 years ago when Tracy married Suzanne’s brother. Six months later, Suzanne was married and we’ve been sisters ever since. We both love sweet tea, aprons, shopping in Warrenton, Texas, and making sweet memories. Both of us are strong women, a little bossy sometimes, quick to tear up in tender moments, and thankful for our patient, soft-spoken husbands! We are compatible, but we aren’t totally alike. Take a look.

We never know what tomorrow holds, but we know we can purpose to follow Christ and He will lead us. So we keep making the time that matters most. We dream and we plan and we hold it all loosely. And we pick up a few pieces of vintage goodness along the way!

We'd love to meet you and get to know all you other rural women! Your stories inspire us and we hope you might be inspired by ours. Follow us on facebook, sign up to receive emails, or just stop by the blog anytime. We'll be there, sharing recipes, stories, projects, pictures, and whatever seems to fit at the time.
Suzanne and Tracy

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Teachers Blog? Yes They Do! Teaching Blog Addict

Teachers blog too?  Yes they do, and in a very big way.  Morning Ladies, Teaching Blog Addict (TBA), is the largest teaching blog on the web and is ranked 13,000 in the US out of all the blogs and websites. TBA has 80 contributing teachers, and is a wealth of information for mothers and educators. Today I am excited and honored to be introducing you to it’s founder, yet another amazing rural women making her way online. I know you ladies are going to love this one. I hope she inspires you to join the rank of bloggers or do something amazing.  Give a big Rural Women Rock welcome to Tamara Chilver. Blogging from Teaching Blog Addict.  Check out her links and sites below.
  Hi everyone! I am thrilled to be able to share my story and vision on this inspirational blog. Here are a few things about me and my passion for teaching:
I am a former elementary teacher and now a homeschool mom of five children- 4 boys and a girl. My youngest is one year old and my oldest will graduate high school this year. I absolutely love teaching and want my children to love learning. Here is the Chilver gang.
I recognized the void in teaching resources for parents so I have written the first how-to-teach books for parents- Tutoring Your Elementary Child with TLC and  Homeschooling with TLC in the Elementary Grades.
I enjoy providing parent workshops. Here's a short segment on how traditional board games teach children academic skills. I just love making teaching fun!

Learning with games
I have been blogging for over four years at www.TeachingwithTLC.com and I enjoy sharing creative teaching tips with parents and educators. 

I'm so addicted to teaching blogs that I created www.teachingblogaddict.com, which is an international community of teachers who share teaching tips with each other and encourage one another daily. These bloggers are phenomenal! I must forewarn you before you hop on by, this site is very addicting.
My newest venture is www.virtualteachingexpo.com.  I recently became aware of an incredible need for professional development courses for educators. With drastic budget cuts and job losses, most conferences have been eliminated or teachers are having to spend their own money to attend. Most teachers simply cannot afford the costs with high ticket prices, traveling, hotels, and all the other expenses with attending, especially after their income decreasing. Therefore, my team and I created the first virtual expo for teachers where educators can now attend professional development classes on-line from the comfort of their own homes.  Our goal is to be able to provide these expos at no cost to all educators and parents in the near future. We are super excited about this new concept!

Thank you for allowing me to share my vision of education with you all. I encourage you to follow the dreams that God has placed in your heart. Your dreams can impact people abundantly more than you can ever imagine. Never let fear stand in your way. I had plenty of fears and I still have some. Writing is my least favorite subject, public speaking makes me incredibly nervous to where I can't sleep or eat, and I am not a techy person at all- in fact I just learned how to text last year! But I keep reminding myself that God does not call the equipped but He equips the called. Many blessings!

Successful teaching is not head-to-head; 
it is heart-to-heart.