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Everyone has a voice but do all voices deserve to be heard? I guess that would best be answered by the listeners themselves. Each of us ask ourselves (whether we realize it or not) if we want to listen to the voices we hear. We have many options to not listen and we exercise our options by tuning someone out, changing the channel, closing the book or door, leaving the room or choosing to not follow a blog.

That being said, why am I throwing my voice into the ring? Why start a blog? After all, there are already tons of blogs out there on every conceivable subject. Does the world really need one more? No, the world doesn’t really need more noise or another blog. (Careful here, Ange, you may talk yourself right out the door.) No, I am doing this! I am blogging because I have a voice, something to say, something to share. Hopefully, this isn’t an exercise in futility but I am working on letting go of my inner introvert, the one that says SSHHH!!!! inside my head when I start to speak in a group, stops me from sharing a suggestion or idea with a friend, or keeps me silent at the door.

Now that that is out there, what will you find when you visit The Rusty Shingle? Hopefully, there will be some good conversation, a tutorial here and there, a recipe or three. We will probably talk about the weather, nature,¬†school, our ministry, just life in general. I might mention what I am listening to, such as the really lovely music that I am listening to on OETA.TV as I write this. It is time for March Fest and the show is Transatlantic Sessions. If you have opportunity, please check it out. We might talk about birds and bees. No, seriously, birds and bees, as in chickens and beehives. I am also searching for the really perfect shade of robin’s egg blue. Suggestions are welcome. We shall discuss things like coffee or tea, herbs and essential oils, green cleaning supplies, budgets and schedules, thrifting and yard sales, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy and Ebay. There will more than likely be posts about vintage goodies and rustic patina. There might be a weekly or monthly post on favorites found on Pinterest and Etsy. We may talk about the books on my nightstand and phone. Oh, and I love tweaking CSS on my blog so it may have a different look when you stop by to visit. Really, I will probably enjoy the behind the scenes more than the posts. There speaks that Introvert again. SSHHH! Not!

I am working on ideas for a weekly post about our store. We have an online shop on Etsy and Instagram but are also in process of opening up a brick and mortar here in our little neck of the woods. Details to follow.

So many hours in the day, so many thoughts in my head. Thanks for listening.

Night, all!


Welcome to TRS!

Welcome to The Rusty Shingle, where vintage and rustic collide. Collide? Can that be a good thing? Check out our list of favorites, then tell us what you think.

  • Rusty Barn Tin
  • Linen & Lace
  • Old Trucks with Patina
  • Feedsack Fabric
  • Mason Jars
  • Chicken Wire
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Cake Stands
  • Patchwork
  • Beaded Ceilings
  • Metal Garden Gates
  • Burlap
  • Iron Bedsteads
  • Pyrex
  • Chambers Stoves
  • Calico Aprons
  • Windmills
  • Barkcloth Fabric
  • Chicken Coop Tables
  • Crochet Potholders
  • Yard Art
  • Turbine Lighting
  • Coffee Bean Sacks
  • Old Books
  • Detlefsen Paintings
  • Tin Roof Shingles

That last is how we got our name, The Rusty Shingle. Jim had been hired to tear down an old homestead and he came home with these lovely, rusty, dusty tin shingles. “What can we do with these?” he asked. We can build a business with them. And thus, The Rusty Shingle was born.

2013-12-22 00.19.09 Winter TRS


As our website grows, you will see tutorials of our processes along with ideas on how to implement vintage and rustic in your life. We look forward to you joining us on our journey.

Jim & Ange