Welcome to Back at the Ranch with Paula!


Back at the Ranch with Paula is a watering hole connecting art/architectural skills and handcrafted products with projects. Creativity starts with a sound idea. It also takes resources, relationships, a plan, and work to get the job done. Good people and a sense of humor help. This applies to managing a ranch, a creative art project, preserving a historic building or designing work on a home. In the cowboy world, it's called “neighboring” when people help each other with their work.

Somewhere between implantation and the calving chute is her blog, "coffee?" Everyone is an artist and the West is a state of mind, live it every day every place. And keep the boss happy, whoever happens to be the boss at the time. Please stop by and share.

The Tack Shop shows products and projects using these lasso skills.

Architectural Historian
Kansas Rural and Vernacular Architecture
Recording historic structures: drawings and photographs
Records research: censes, tax rolls, land tenure, maps and atlases
Visual data organization: mapping and tables
Family Place history: can include any of above and oral history

Architectural Design
Residential: renovation, period and contextual additions
Adaptive re-use: church-to-residence, historic outbuilding conversions
Interior architecture: custom casework, fireplaces, custom doors, stained glass
Schematic design and sketchup 3-d rendering, other services

Painting/Illustration
Dog portraits on panel
Handpainted cabinets
Illustration: Prairie Pug, France book, cards

Handcrafted items
Mosaic picture tiled miniature birdhouses
Mixed media mosaic picture tiled child's chairs
Neck and wristware: "17 charms" necklaces and byzantine bracelets
Crochet wire necklaces
Ribbon knit fringe scarves