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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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Apr 29, 2016

Sewing Machine Cabinet; another rustic paint project

This old sewing machine needs a Sewing Machine Cabinet; nothing available, so I upcycled a salvaged one into a spectacular piece of furniture

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Apr 28, 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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Apr 27, 2016

Hypertufa Leaf; make your own leaves for fountains, to plant in, or just enjoy

Create a Hypertufa Leaf (or two) and use them for fountains, to plant special little alpines or succulents in, or just as rustic garden decor

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Apr 23, 2016

Cold Porcelain Recipe - home made modeling clay

Make your own modeling clay with this Cold Porcelain Recipe...

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Apr 23, 2016

Kroy Socks Yarn by Patons - a review

Kroy Socks Yarn by Patons - a review of socks knitted with this yarn...

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Apr 22, 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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Apr 22, 2016

Hypertufa Toadstools - perfect accent for a fairy garden

These Hypertufa Toadstools are a little different from the run of the mill mushrooms that you might see...

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Apr 20, 2016

Mason Jar Storage - for small bits and pieces

Keep all your bits, pieces, nails and screws in one place with some Mason Jar Storage...

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Apr 20, 2016

Setting Up Your Hypertufa Studio - the right place to work

Setting up your hypertufa studio is not rocket science but there are few things to take into consideration...

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Apr 19, 2016

My New Breezeway Studio - finally, a place to work!

Finally, a place to work; my new Breezeway Studio...

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Apr 18, 2016

Hillbilly Clipart; rustic pictures, shacks & primitive art

Hillbilly Clipart; bringing the country life to your art work, blog or just for fun; gardening, rustic shacks, primitive art...

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Apr 17, 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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Apr 17, 2016

Earth Day - make your garden art recycled and reused

Earth Day is coming up; what will you do to help Mother Earth? How about making some garden art out of junk and trash?

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Apr 12, 2016

Latex Molds for Hypertufa - diy concrete garden crafts

Use these fabulous Latex Molds for Hypertufa diy concrete garden crafts; tutorial and lots of detail...

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Apr 11, 2016

Rustic Elephants - every garden needs a pachyderm or two

Every garden should have a pachyderm or two, and these Rustic Elephants sure fit the bill...

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Apr 09, 2016

Pot-Pourri - fragrant flowers, scented oils displayed in a rustic container

Make your own Pot-Pourri gifts for your rustic loving friends and relatives...

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Apr 06, 2016

Hand Painted Garden Signs - witty and whimsical

Make some Hand Painted Garden Signs with witty and whimsical sayings and quotes...

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Apr 05, 2016

Annealing Copper Wire - how to make copper wire flexible

Annealing Copper Wire is a really important skill; without it, copper wire doesn't bend to your will

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Apr 03, 2016

Faux Birds Nests - save the real thing for the birds

There are rules about not taking real birds nests for your crafts, so make some Faux Birds Nests instead...

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Apr 02, 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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Apr 02, 2016

Hypertufa Textures - use whatever you have to make rustic patterns

Making Textures in your Hypertufa crafts is simple - use whatever is to hand to give rustic patterns to your creations...

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Apr 01, 2016

Rurality Newsletter April 2016

Rurality Newsletter April 2016

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Mar 31, 2016

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

Build a Potting Bench with these free 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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Mar 31, 2016

Upcycled Potting Bench - finding a use for all those treasures

Find a use for all those treasures - make an Upcycled Potting Bench...

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Mar 28, 2016

Rustic Bird Cages - weathered and junky

Weathered and junky Rustic Bird Cages - with a twist...

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Mar 25, 2016

Rustic Crafts - recycling, salvaging & making unique garden art

Find your favorite Rustic Craft; salvaged, recycled and unique trash to treasure garden art; using twigs, driftwood and other natural materials for benches, twig furniture

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Mar 24, 2016

Garden Art For Sale - some of my creations

Looking for Garden Art for Sale? Here are some of my creations that I have available for sale...

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Mar 24, 2016

Twig Obelisk - delicate vine support for your garden

Build a Twig Obelisk for vines to grow on flanking steps, or for fairy lights on your porch; upcycling never felt so good...

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Mar 24, 2016

Strange Artifacts can be found all around us

What Strange Artifacts have you come across in your travels; whether they are found in basements, attics, old barns, ask about them here...

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Mar 22, 2016

Rustic Cake Tin Mirror - rusty wire and metal

This Rustic Cake Tin Mirror came about by accident; shopping in the dollar store. Who could have predicted the way certain things connect up in my mind?

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Mar 19, 2016

Junk Cactus Garden; protect those spiky cacti from harm; or is it vice versa?

My Junk Cactus Garden is a small and jewel like vignette with an old time western flavor; Boot Hill was never like this...

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Mar 19, 2016

Blue Vintage First Aid Tin - what is it about blue?

This is my latest present from hubby; the Blue Vintage First Aid Tin. It's not the usual kind of present, but it's my favorite...

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Mar 07, 2016

Wooden Fence Designs; garden fences come in all shapes, sizes & materials

Choose the perfect Wooden Fence Designs for your garden; sturdy and robust to grow aggressive vines on, or more delicate and ethereal?

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Mar 07, 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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Mar 07, 2016

Hypertufa Millstone - my largest garden feature yet

Making this Hypertufa Millstone took a bit of work, and two batches of my regular hypertufa mix to get enough to fill the mold...

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Mar 06, 2016

Rustic Blue Paint; evocative and primitive painting

Rustic Blue Paint evokes the old days, vintage, and antiques; learn how to mix the right color for your rustic crafts

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Mar 06, 2016

Elmers Glue Paint Crackling; how to paint rustic look

Elmers Glue Paint Crackling; my project on using this cheap (er, economical) method of creating that rustic look on everyday items for your home and garden

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Mar 06, 2016

Curing Hypertufa; a crucial step for increasing the life of your project

Curing Hypertufa correctly will give your project a better chance of surviving frost, rough handling and other abuse; learn some tips and techniques to properly cure your rustic project...

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Mar 06, 2016

Upcycled Day Bed - guest bed with a twist

When guests are planning to visit, you need extra beds - this Upcycled Day Bed does double duty as a bed and a couch...

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Mar 05, 2016

Faux Hypertufa Painted Styrofoam Troughs; for the lightweights

Are you a lightweight, scared of the real thing? Don't worry, you can make Faux Hypertufa Painted Styrofoam Troughs that look so much like the real thing, you'll be amazed...

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Mar 04, 2016

Hypertufa Molds; almost anything can be used to make a unique hypertufa creation

Hypertufa Molds can be as simple as a piece of drycleaners poly film, or as complex as a salvaged basket; each type of mold needs a different technique

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Mar 04, 2016

Favorite Hypertufa Molds - some inspiration

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

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Mar 03, 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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Mar 03, 2016

Junk Garden Sheds - every garden needs at least one rustic little shack

What's your favorite in this collection of Junk Garden Sheds? Whether your taste runs to Victorian style garden sheds, or something a little more rustic, you'll dream about these...

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Mar 03, 2016

The Eclectic Eggporeum - Bird Themed Vignette

If it's to do with birds, chickens or other farm type stuff, it belongs on the Eclectic Eggporeum; this started out as my chicken house, and has evolved to be much more...

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Mar 03, 2016

Barnboard and Twig Siding for a rustic garden shed

Barnboard and Twig Siding for a rustic garden shed...

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Mar 03, 2016

Fencepost Planter - don't discard those fence posts yet

Don't discard your old worn out fence posts yet; maybe you can use one as a Fencepost Planter, for hardy succulents, moss or other garden plants.

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Mar 03, 2016

My Favorite Thrift Store Finds - treasures in the rough

Here are some of my Favorite Thrift Store Finds - I love that feeling of glee when you spot something in the recycle center, knowing you can make it into a treasure...

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Mar 03, 2016

Mandala Coloring Pages - unique hand drawn designs for crafts

A collection of Mandala Coloring Pages for wood burning, embroidery and many more crafts

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