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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...


Apr 26, 2015

Country Store Signs; vintage advertising to brighten up your decor

Country Store Signs are typically bright, colorful, and pricey; rustic tin signs advertise pop, soap and other products in eyecatching splendor...

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Apr 26, 2015

Antique Glass Bottles - vintage collectible glass

Antique Glass Bottles; vintage and collectible add sparkle to shady dark corners in your garden, brightening and reflecting the sunshine...

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Apr 26, 2015

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 26, 2015

Rustic Garden Signs - funny quotes, whimsical sayings to embellish your garden

Paint your Rustic Garden Signs with funny quotes and whimsical sayings to embellish your rustic garden...

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Apr 26, 2015

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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Apr 26, 2015

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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Apr 26, 2015

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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Apr 26, 2015

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

Use some broken pots to 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 26, 2015

Pergola Designs; get ideas; combine with twigs and rustic; create

Pergola Designs; get ideas; combine with twigs and rustic; create. Your perfect pergola awaits; build it with twigs, add some rustic flavor, charm and character

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Apr 26, 2015

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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Apr 26, 2015

Rain Chains; lovely garden accents for your rainwater harvesting system

Rain Chains make a statement about your garden; show you care about every aspect of your landscape by beautifying your rainwater harvesting system too...

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Apr 26, 2015

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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Apr 26, 2015

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 26, 2015

Antique Glass Insulators - collectible, vintage glass

Collectible Antique Glass Insulators have been around for ages; they grow in value every year

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Apr 25, 2015

Verdigris on Copper and Brass; the most valuable patina

Verdigris is the lovely pale green or blue color that copper and brass turn; age and weathering of copper roofs, brass statues and other metals gives them a valuable patina

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Apr 24, 2015

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 24, 2015

how do you make a concrete hand planter/seed holder?

I saw this on Pinterest and referenced your web site. But I can't find it on your site, guess I don't know exactly how to describe it. Hope you can help.

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Apr 24, 2015

What is the correct curing time for hypertufa pots and statues?

I have heard any where from 1 week to months. My husband and I just started doing projects with hypertufa. We really enjoy playing in the mud creating

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Apr 24, 2015

I am the 4-H leader of our homeschool group of kids in West Virginia.

We are the hillbilly homeschoolers 4-H club. We need a logo and a banner and I have been a big fan of yours for a while. I would LOVE for you to help

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Apr 24, 2015

Splitting Twigs

I've been making some trellises for my garden, but I'm having problems with the twigs splitting when I try to nail them. What am I doing wrong? I'm using

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Apr 24, 2015

Driftwood weathering

Can you tell me about collecting and using roots? I am originally from Vancouver and am now living in Montreal I would like to create an art show with

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Apr 24, 2015

Ask the Artisan - The Woman of Many Sticks is in

Ask the Artisan any questions about your rustic crafts

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Apr 24, 2015

Mandala Designs; complicated kaleidescope pictures

Mandala Designs use simple patterns repeated over again to make a complicated kaleidescope picture; use these for embroidery, coloring or for meditation

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Apr 23, 2015

Vintage Wood Stove; rustic vignettes and cookstove junk

See the Vintage Wood Stove in all her glory - it's amazing how many of my vignettes all mesh and combine; this one is all about the old wood cookstove...

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Apr 23, 2015

Fruit Wood Twigs; a waste material made into treasure

Fruit Wood Twigs are one of those things that just keeps on giving; apple, pear and peach trees need pruning every year; take those twigs and make them into crafts

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Apr 23, 2015

Hypertufa Orb; made to look like eggs from a prehistoric monster

Decorate your garden with a Hypertufa Orb or two, or a whole cluster like a nest of dinosaur eggs; humor can be all around and yet still be subtle

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Apr 23, 2015

Hypertufa Wall Pocket; a hanging weed pot for succulents

Create a Hypertufa Wall Pocket; an ideal little hanging weed pot for succulents; unique focal point to display beside a door or gate, filled with tiny hardy succulents

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Apr 23, 2015

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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Apr 23, 2015

Twig Balls; unique and interesting garden focal point

Build Twig Balls from twigs that you prune from garden plants like willow shrubs, glean from orchard prunings or wildcrafting expeditions

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Apr 23, 2015

Twig Walking Stick; your customized staff, pole or cane from a twig

Make your own Twig Walking Stick from twigs or branches right from your own garden, salvaged from tree pruning crews, or even wildcrafting expeditions; your very own customized cane

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Apr 23, 2015

Diamond Willow; unusual growth makes for a unique craft material

Diamond Willow is not just another twig; it's got some unique properties, and is sought after for a craft supply all over North America and other parts of the world

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Apr 23, 2015

Harvesting Twigs for Crafts; what are the most important things to know?

Learn the most important things about Harvesting Twigs for Crafts; the how to primer for collecting twigs efficiently and safely

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Apr 23, 2015

Fruit Wood Tool Handles; the apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Fruit Wood Tool Handles; a gift from my forebears, and a link to my past; rustic crafts, wood carving and carpentry are melded together into a unique and interesting creative life

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Apr 23, 2015

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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Apr 23, 2015

Grapevines for Crafts; one of the most useful natural materials

Grapevines have been used for rustic crafts for centuries; when you have a vinyard where the grapes need to be pruned every year, you get a lot of natural supplies to make into baskets

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Apr 23, 2015

Salix Twigs; the incomparable Willow for crafts

Salix Twigs have been used for centuries for making willow fencing, garden beds, archways and baskets; easy to grow and use, this is the prima donna of all craft twigs

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Apr 22, 2015

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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Apr 22, 2015

Twig Picket Fence - vertical uprights for a domesticated version of the palisade

Surround your garden with a Twig Picket Fence; be a pioneer and create a classic design with a rustic twist for something totally unique

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Apr 22, 2015

Twig Palisade Fence - sturdy upright twigs for a vertical accent

Create a Twig Palisade Fence for a vertical accent in your garden; these are a great way to add depth and height to a smaller garden, and the result is the feeling of being in a forest

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Apr 22, 2015

Rustic Twig Fences; build your own primitive & charming fence

Rustic Twig Fences add so much charm and character to your garden; create yours out of branches and twigs...

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Apr 22, 2015

Rustic Garden Fence Designs; choose your favorite style

Choose the perfect Rustic Garden Fence Designs to protect and beautify your garden; whether it's a classic style, reinvented in twigs, or more in the country style, there are many to choose from

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Apr 22, 2015

Twig Firewood Tote; simple & easy project for carrying firewood

Create a Twig Firewood Tote for carrying firewood from the woodshed; if your lifestyle is rustic, you need one of these.

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Apr 22, 2015

Spiral Plant Support; a unique twiggy project for vines and scramblers

This unique and different Spiral Plant Support offers your vines and scrambling plants a way to reach for the sky; using only a few twigs and simple tools, this is a great rustic project

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Apr 22, 2015

9 Favorite Hypertufa Projects; memorable, appealing & unique

Here are my 9 Favorite Hypertufa Projects; some are tiny and quick to do, others are more detailed and finicky. All have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams...

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Apr 22, 2015

Rustic Garden Chair; a romantic & intriguing seat for your garden

Every garden needs a Rustic Garden Chair or two; seating areas to overlook a pond or in a quiet corner for reading, or just to listen to the wind in the trees, windchimes, birds singing; how blissful!

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Apr 22, 2015

Willow Rod Obelisk; rustic plant support diy

Make a Willow Rod Obelisk for training vines around to help them reach for the sky; sweet peas, morning glories and canary bird vine are perfect candidates.

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Apr 22, 2015

Twig Tuteur; a strong and sturdy plant support

Garden tuteurs are a common way to add height to your garden; graced with vines scrambling up them, they are classic; why not give your garden a Twig Tuteur instead, for a rustic twist?

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Apr 22, 2015

Window Crafts - recycle, repurpose your vintage windows

Window Crafts; recycling, repurposing and reusing Vintage Windows

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Apr 22, 2015

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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