Welcome to The Rustic Elk
Where We Create Life from Scratch
Hi! My name is Danielle and I am so happy you’re here!
I began The Rustic Elk in 2016 as a way to share my creativity and passions with others. What started as a simple way to document our modern homesteading adventures has morphed into what it is today. A place to inspire you to turn your house into a home and follow your passions.
Whether you’re looking to make delicious meals for your family, create a beautiful, inviting and cozy home you love on a budget, or start your own little garden or hobby farm. You can find all of the inspiration you need, right here.
I am a firm believer that our hoes should be inviting, cozy, beautiful spaces that we love. They shouldn’t overwhelm us with the sheer amount of stuff we’ve accumulated within their walls, but should bring us a sense of love and bring about fond memories.
I think creating delicious food to put on those beautiful farmhouse tables should be easy and not take up hours of your time (but it sure should taste like it did). While working in the kitchen and creating those kinds of memories with my children is a passion of mine it’s not the only thing we enjoy doing. I like to take the guess work out of things so you can create delicious food for your family without having to spend all day in the kitchen.
We have a little hobby farm here on our small acre property. I believe knowing your farmer is important, especially in today’s world. I love putting my hands in the dirt and running out to the coop to gather our own farm-fresh eggs.
And I think that everyone should have this kind of life. A life full of the extraordinary. Beautiful memories, small meaningful moments, a cozy home, delicious food, and a little farm/garden life to mix in. Just whatever brings you joy, because we could all use more of that.
So, grab a warm cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, and let’s create a beautiful home and delicious food with our families… together.
Born and raised a city girl with dreams of living in a big metropolitan area, that all changed the day I met my husband in 2004. When we purchased our first home in 2005, it was an 1895 fixer upper farmhouse on 3 acres. I discovered there my love for vintage style and decorating, renovating, and creating a life from scratch.
We now live on a 1 acre farmette in northern Indiana. Where we raise our 3 girls, a German shorthaired pointer, and a menagerie of farm fowl.
I never tried gardening or growing my own food until adulthood. And now, I can’t imagine life without gardening and a flock of chickens in the yard.
Although I took some photography in college, I am a self-taught photographer. I’ve been writing my entire life and I can’t go without writing for very long without going a little crazy.
One day, I want to travel around the US with my family in our truck/camper and see all of the beautiful sights. When we’re finished, I would love to buy an old Victorian style home and renovate it to its original glory.
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