I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with barnwood, barbed wire and blue jeans. Yes, it’s true. I can’t help but collect pairs of old warn out denim jeans, piles of discarded wire fencing and whatever pieces of gray, aged lumber I can get my hands on.
I’m sure my husband thinks I have lost my mind at times, especially when the ranch lady down the road brings me a big Rubbermaid tote full of old ripped and stained jeans or when I stare dreamily at old dilapidated sheds and barns as hundreds of uses dance through my mind.
One thing is certain, I live in the perfect place for such an obsession. Whitlash, Montana is a tiny community in North Central Montana only 5 miles from the Canadian border and right in the middle of the Sweet Grass Hills. When I say “tiny” I mean it. We boast a population of about 7 people in the actual town with a number of large cattle ranches spread out over miles in either direction.
Despite its size and remoteness, this has to be the most beautiful place I have ever lived. You can read a nice article about the Sweet Grass Hills .
My obsession perhaps began as a result of making due with what we have or maybe it’s simply the artist in me that is constantly seeing beauty in unlikely objects. Whatever the cause may be, I am so blessed to be able to have turned my obsession into a growing home business and hope you will also see the beauty and bit of history in my pieces.