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Twigs, rustic salvage and found objects made into garden art - sound like something you like, too?

If it's rusty or rustic, weathered treasures gleaned from thrift stores and garage sales, or hand made crafts from natural materials in the hedgerows and roadsides; these are things that appeal to me - find out what is next...

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Jul 24, 2016

Garden Love - or, I 'heart' my garden

Garden Love is best shown by displaying your heart, whether that's a rustic twiggy one or paving stones or rocks in the shape of a heart...

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Jul 23, 2016

Rustic Crafts E-Course - learn how to make your own garden art

Immerse yourself in my Rustic Crafts E-Course, and learn how to make unique and unusual garden art and upcycle found objects to create funky accents...

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Jul 21, 2016

3 More Hypertufa Millstones - sometimes I don't know when to stop

Here are 3 More Hypertufa Millstones - I had so much fun making the original three that I had to make more...

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Jul 17, 2016

Hypertufa Birdbath; attracting birds to your garden with a water feature

Create a Hypertufa Birdbath, and attract birds to your garden; a rustic water feature is always good, and one made out of hypertufa is the crowning glory

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Jul 08, 2016

9 Summer Projects - time marches on

9 Summer Projects - Time Marches On...

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Jul 03, 2016

Hypertufa Grots; protect your garden from weeds with these droll trolls

Hypertufa Grots are amusing funny faces that, legend has, will protect your garden from weeds; we all need a few of these around...

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Jul 03, 2016

Hypertufa Plant Pot Faces; another charming and appealing garden craft

Looking for funny and charming garden crafts? Make a couple of Hypertufa Plant Pot Faces to fill with hardy succulents to drape over the edges or hens and chicks for a totally outrageous hairdo

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Jul 01, 2016

Rustic Salvage; is it junque, or treasure?

Rustic Salvage; making trash into treasures for your garden; learn all about transforming found objects into art...

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Jul 01, 2016

Oil Can Planter - upcycling and reusing

Here's a funky bit of garden art diy, making an Oil Can Planter from a recycled tin can...

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Jul 01, 2016

Antler Buttons - using Nature's bounty to make unique sweater closings

Antler Buttons do more than just hold your sweater closed; they are beautiful in their own right

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Jul 01, 2016

Rurality Newsletter July 2016

Rurality Newsletter July 2016

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Jun 30, 2016

Rustic Garden Signs Gallery - get your favorite garden sign ideas here

Rustic Garden Signs add so much humor and interest to your garden, and really put your special stamp on it; this Rustic Garden Sign Gallery has lots to choose from...

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Jun 30, 2016

Twig Handles; use a wiggly twig or root to make handles for baskets

Twig Handles on totes, baskets, creels and boxes add so much charm and character; collect them from orchard prunings, landscape and garden plants, or find them wildcrafting in the woods...

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Jun 30, 2016

Rustic Wooden Boxes; barnboard, driftwood and twigs

Rustic Wooden Boxes range from something salvaged, refurbished and embellished, to your own constructions made from barnboards or driftwood...

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Jun 30, 2016

Pollards - street tree pruning system

Pollards are a system of pruning street trees with the aim of keeping them the same size for decades...

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Jun 28, 2016

Faux Birds Nest in a Terracotta Pot - those birds will make a nest anywhere

Those birds will nest anywhere, even in a rustic Terracotta Pot...

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Jun 28, 2016

Terracotta Clay Pots - old fashioned, yet new again

Terracotta Clay Pots - the uses are endless...

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Jun 25, 2016

Heart Shaped Topiary - ivy, terracotta pots, and wire

Ivy, Terracotta Pots, and Wire - what do these spell? Heart Shaped Topiary of course...

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Jun 24, 2016

How to Make a Styrofoam Planter - DIY tutorial

How to Make a Styrofoam Planter - a DIY Tutorial...

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Jun 24, 2016

Do you have a thing for Vintage Wheelbarrows? Me too!

Vintage Wheelbarrows have generally seen a lot of use; you're lucky if they don't fall apart when you go to move them...

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Jun 23, 2016

Twig Clipart; hand drawn dividers to decorate your blog or books

You need some Twig Clipart for decorating your blog or books, as dividers, accents and much more; free to download here...

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Jun 20, 2016

Rustic Garden Sheds - from the funky to the sublime

Rustic Garden Sheds are the perfect accessory to your garden; not only a functional place to keep your tools, but a well appointed sanctuary for the gardener...

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Jun 17, 2016

Terracotta Fairy Garden; don't throw out your broken pots; create some fun

Got broken terra cotta pots? Make a Terracotta Fairy Garden; it's not such a disaster after all, when you drop a clay pot - you can use them to create some fun...

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Jun 17, 2016

How to Break a Clay Pot for a Fairy Garden - diy tips

How to Break a Clay Pot for a Fairy Garden - DIY Tips

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Jun 14, 2016

Junk Gardening - who knew that junk would be so much fun?

Have you been Junk Gardening long? Or just started? You'll be astonished at what kinds of things you can use to decorate your garden whimsically and cheaply...

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Jun 12, 2016

Garden Sign Sayings - funny quotes, whimsical sayings

Here's where you can find Garden Sign Sayings for your rustic garden signs; contribute your own to the growing list...

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Jun 10, 2016

Solstice Projects - while the energy is high, make something crafty and rustic

While the energy is high, I've had some fun with these Solstice Projects for my garden; twiggy and rustic crafts...

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Jun 08, 2016

Storing Twigs for Crafts; okay, harvesting and collecting is done, now what?

Storing Twigs for Crafts is one of the most important skills; if you don't know how to store them properly, they could rot or be unusable when you go to make your rustic craft

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Jun 08, 2016

Making Metal Look Old - patina, tarnish and rust

Making Metal Look Old; techniques and tips for artificially aging metal for rustic garden crafts; learn about patina, verdigris and how to make tin look aged

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Jun 07, 2016

How to Make a Mini Twig Trellis

How to Make a Mini Twig Trellis - perfect for a spring planter to get in the groove...

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Jun 06, 2016

Build a Potting Bench - find out how here, and get plans

Build a Potting Bench with these plans and enjoy your rustic work area; barnboard, twigs and some easy techniques will get you started; where you take it from there is up to you...

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Jun 04, 2016

How to Make a Primitive Angel - diy tutorial

How to Make a Primitive Angel to display as garden or porch decor - all you need are a few scraps and thrift store finds...

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Jun 04, 2016

The Rustic Lifestyle - Frugality, Country Wisdom, Rustic Skills

The Rustic Lifestyle is more than just a dream; even in urban centers you can have the mindset of a simpler life

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Jun 04, 2016

Wire Techniques for Crafts; the basics for attaching pieces together with wire

Learn about some easy Wire Techniques for Crafts; find out the basics for attaching pieces together, the best kinds of wire to use and how to actually do it...

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Jun 01, 2016

Bark Crafts - using wild materials for primitive rustic crafts

Bark Crafts made with some of natures most versatile materials add a rustic charm and primitive character...

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Jun 01, 2016

Simple Rustic Displays - natural and found objects in a vignette

Simple Rustic Displays are collections of your vintage treasures, gathered together in eclectic groupings...

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May 31, 2016

How to Twist Wire - a DIY Tutorial

How to Twist Wire - make your own gauge for crafts...

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May 30, 2016

Rustic Paint Techniques - for aged and weatherbeaten charm

Rustic Paint Techniques to age and weather your rustic crafts for a weatherbeaten appearance

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May 29, 2016

Top Ten Myths about Rustic Crafts; easy? or difficult?

The Top Ten Myths about Rustic Crafts; get the real goods here on the lies that people will tell you about our favorite crafts and pastimes

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May 28, 2016

Rustic Garden Projects - add a ton of character and charm

Build some Rustic Garden Projects and add charm and character to your garden

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May 27, 2016

Weathered Red Barn Paint - make your rustic crafts vintage

Use this vintage paint technique for Weathered Red Barn Paint...

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May 26, 2016

Max - Mastiff, Alsatian Cross M.A.X.

Max - Mastiff Alsatian X

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May 24, 2016

Weathering Wood with Vinegar and Steel Wool

Weathering Wood with Vinegar and Steel Wool - it's amazing...

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May 23, 2016

Short Garden Sayings - sometimes, shorter is better

Sometimes, shorter is better - here are some Short Garden Sayings...

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May 18, 2016

Favorite Hypertufa Molds - some inspiration

Here are some of my Favorite Hypertufa Molds - they're all around us...

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May 18, 2016

Hypertufa Duds - Booboos, Blunders and Bloopers

It's not all smooth sailing with Hypertufa; checkout my booboos, blunders and bloopers...

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May 15, 2016

Hypertufa How-To Manual - get started now

Got a yearning to start Hypertufa Gardening, but don't know where to start? Get the Hypertufa How-To Manual here...

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May 15, 2016

Hypertufa Projects - playing with mud

Building Hypertufa Projects is a great way to fill your garden with unique rustic garden crafts...

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May 10, 2016

Life In Miniature - tiny landscapes, fairy gardens

What's Life in Miniature really like? Ask the fairies - they know...

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