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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 happens next...

Oct 23, 2014

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

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

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Oct 23, 2014

Wildcrafting Calender; the best times in your area to glean, collect & harvest

Use this Wildcrafting Calender as your guide to the best times to look for plants to collect, cones and seedpods to glean and nuts and berries to harvest

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Oct 23, 2014

Pyrography - wood burning arts and crafts

Pyrography uses simple patterns to create some marvelous designs; mandalas are a perfect way to start

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Oct 23, 2014

Antler Crafts - using natural materials for beautiful handcrafted decorations

Antler Crafts take a cast off product, and reuse and recycle it into useful decorations; the deer no longer need them, so this sustainable material is free for the taking

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Oct 21, 2014

Hypertufa Finials - topping it all off

Hypertufa Finials are simple to make - the toughest part is getting your nerve up to smash the mold - a glass lamp globe...

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Oct 20, 2014

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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Oct 15, 2014

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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Oct 11, 2014

The Eggporeum Autumn Display - harvest time is upon us

The Eggporeum Autumn Display; vintage harvest time, with a rustic twist...

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Oct 10, 2014

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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Oct 08, 2014

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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Oct 06, 2014

Hypertufa Millstone - 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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Oct 06, 2014

Hypertufa Duds - Booboos, Blunders and Bloopers

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

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Oct 04, 2014

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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Oct 04, 2014

Rurality Newsletter - rustic and vintage Autumn

Rurality Issue #14 - rustic crafts and garden art in the Autumn of 2014

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Oct 02, 2014

Garden Crafts - embellish your rustic garden with whimsy, charm & character

Garden Crafts made from trash recycled into treasure, thrift store finds and rustic art embellish your rustic garden with whimsy, charm and character

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Oct 02, 2014

Easy Rustic Projects - crafts for the less crafty

Easy Rustic Projects for the less crafty; you will not need special tools, intense training or expensive materials for these rustic garden crafts

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Oct 02, 2014

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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Oct 02, 2014

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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Oct 01, 2014

Mason Bee Houses; a simple way to attract these pollinators to your garden

Building Mason Bee Houses is fun and easy, and gives these busy little pollinators a safe place to raise their families while they pollinate your fruit trees and other garden plants...

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Oct 01, 2014

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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Sep 30, 2014

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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Sep 30, 2014

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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Sep 26, 2014

Faux Wood Hypertufa Pot - looks like wood, acts like concrete

This Faux Wood Hypertufa Pot sounds classier than it is; in reality it's just one more fun project, using some simple supplies...

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Sep 26, 2014

Stacked Rocks - pebble towers for a garden accent

Build some Stacked Rocks for accents in your rustic garden; use your imagination to make some easy garden art...

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Sep 25, 2014

Hypertufa Hand Grasping a Sempervivum Bouquet

The Hypertufa Hand Grasping a Sempervivum bouquet reminds me of a little kid, with a handful of dandelions - Here, Mommy, these are for you!

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Sep 25, 2014

Faux Driftwood Planter made from Hypertufa

Build a Faux Driftwood Planter from Hypertufa that resembles a piece of weathered wood that you would find on the beach...

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Sep 18, 2014

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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Sep 17, 2014

Old Window Vignette - they don't need to work to be beautiful

This Old Window Vignette shows off some of my collection of vintage bottles and some driftwood - can you spot the faux driftwood?

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Sep 13, 2014

Mushroom Solar Lights; use your crystal and glass dishes and vases

Make your own Mushroom Solar Lights with a few basic ingredients; salvaged glass or crystal dishes from the thrift store and a recycled solar light and you have a unique accent

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Sep 12, 2014

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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Sep 12, 2014

Vintage Tins - old and weathered, or in prime condition

Vintage Tins come in all shapes and sizes, and in every condition imaginable; some are rusted and dented, showing their age, others are pristine...

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Sep 10, 2014

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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Sep 04, 2014

Weathering and Distressing Techniques - make wood look old

Use the Weathering and Distressing Techniques to age and weather your wood garden crafts; make wood look old by special painting methods; the patina of aged wood is hard to fake...

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Sep 04, 2014

Weathering Wood with Vinegar and Steel Wool

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

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Sep 04, 2014

Rustic Home Decor - shabby, chippy and full of character

Rustic Home Decor - whether it's shabby chic, or chippy, or salvaged from the thrift store and given a coat of paint and some new rustic hardware...

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Sep 04, 2014

Coat Hanger Heart - simple and easy primitive craft

Make this simple Coat Hanger Heart for a country primitive look; supplies are easily found in your home right now...

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Sep 04, 2014

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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Sep 03, 2014

Hypertufa Troughs; a tiny mountain side in miniature

Hypertufa Troughs are a rustic and rugged way to make a mountainside garden in miniature; alpine plants, succulents and tiny trees all thrive in the microcosm

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Sep 01, 2014

Best Twigs for Crafts - choose the right species of tree for your crafts

Choose the Best Twigs for Crafts from the many different kinds of tree species in your landscape, garden or in your neighborhood; learn how to recognize them

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Aug 30, 2014

Twig Trellis - build a dramatic focal point to decorate with vines

Build a Twig Trellis for your vines to grow on; create your own beauty from prunings and branches right from your own garden...

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Aug 30, 2014

Twig Wreath - using twigs for decorations

Make a Twig Wreath for decorating a door or your porch; easy crafts using garden materials for a spectacular country accent...

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Aug 25, 2014

Patio Blocks - make your own soil cement diy pavers

Make your own Patio Blocks out of soil cement using this innovative method; create a unique garden focal point to add character to your landscape

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Aug 17, 2014

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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Aug 17, 2014

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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Aug 17, 2014

Hypertufa Thumb Pots - unique little wedding favors

Looking for something totally unique for wedding favors? How about some Hypertufa Thumb Pots planted with a tiny Sempervivum or two?

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Aug 17, 2014

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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Aug 16, 2014

Tin Can Lanterns; upcycling and repurposing with trash

Tin Can Lanterns are a great little craft that gives a lot of impact; take your trash literally, and make it into treasure; your unique garden craft will charm

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Aug 09, 2014

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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Aug 07, 2014

2013 Favorites - 12 popular pages

Your 2013 Favorites; popular pages to share and promote with friends; make these rustic crafts projects...

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Driftwood and Barnboards;

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Barnboards transformed into bird houses

Weathering & distressing adds character;

Weathering and Distressing Techniques...

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Making Metal Look Old

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