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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...

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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Aug 07, 2014

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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Aug 02, 2014

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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Aug 02, 2014

Twig Trivet - put your hot pans on this

Make a Twig Trivet for your own hot pans, or for a gift; something made from your very own garden...

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Jul 26, 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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Jul 25, 2014

Eggporeum Spring Cleaning; dusting off the cobwebs

The Eggporeum got a good spring cleaning; refreshing the display and adding some new and interesting junk finds gives it a new look...

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Jul 24, 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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Jul 24, 2014

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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Jul 23, 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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Jul 23, 2014

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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Jul 22, 2014

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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Jul 19, 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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Jul 16, 2014

January Tomatoes ... in Vermont?

It really isn't that hard to grow a salad indoors during freezing, snowy months. Your neighbors won't care if you build a greenhouse on the south side

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Jul 15, 2014

Rustic Bird Houses - every garden needs at least one

Every garden needs Rustic Bird Houses, the more the merrier; whether they're functional or just fun...

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Jul 15, 2014

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 12, 2014

Faux Tin Tiles - pressed tin ceilings and backsplashes

DIY Faux Tin Tiles for ceilings and backsplashes; use your rustic skills to make unique rustic country decor...

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Jul 12, 2014

How to Cut T-Shirts into Strips - easy and quick method

Here's a super easy and quick way to Cut T-Shirts into Strips - learn how here...

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Jul 12, 2014

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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Jul 12, 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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Jul 11, 2014

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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Jul 08, 2014

Rustic Country Garden Decor - add charm & character with salvaged garden crafts

Add charm and character to your Rustic Country Garden Decor with garden crafts and rustic salvage...

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Jul 07, 2014

Vintage Junk Bicycle - the Russel About paper delivery bike in my garden

My Vintage Junk Bicycle is a fun garden folly; we call it the Russel About, because that's who gave it to us to display in the garden...

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Jul 07, 2014

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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Jul 07, 2014

Garden Faces; mysterious and intriguing, faces add a human dimension

Many gardens are decorated with funky junk and garden art, but there seems to be a common thread among gardeners; we like to have Garden Faces around us...

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Jul 07, 2014

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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Jul 06, 2014

Painting Clouds - it's easier than you would think

Painting Clouds isn't as hard as it looks; the painting techniques I use are really simple - try it!

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Jul 03, 2014

How to Make Cloud Shape Signs - garden signs

Tutorial on How to Make Cloud Shape Signs - give your garden something different...

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Jul 02, 2014

Upcycled Shelf Unit - thinking shabby and chippy here

This Upcycled Shelf Unit has been a long time coming; I've carted this thing around all over B.C. waiting for the right inspiration...

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Jun 30, 2014

Rustic Hardware for cupboards and drawers - use your imagination

Can't find the right drawer pulls and cupboard handles? Make your own Rustic Hardware...

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Jun 29, 2014

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 29, 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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Jun 28, 2014

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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Jun 23, 2014

Rustic Garden Gifts - homemade and DIY for the gardener you love

If you have a gardener on your list, or someone who loves rustic country decor, make or DIY something unique and special...

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Jun 22, 2014

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 22, 2014

Twig Fan Trellis; classic plant support with a rustic twist

Create a Twig Fan Trellis; a classic design, reinvented with a rustic twist for a unique and unusual garden focal point; create lots of these using the easy instructions...

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Jun 19, 2014

Knitted Rag Rug - the perfect rustic decor accent

Make your own Knitted Rag Rug; the perfect rustic accent for your home decor...

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Jun 06, 2014

Rustic Salvaged Trellis; take trash, transform into a wondrous garden accent

Transform a cast off piece of junk into a Rustic Salvaged Trellis to shelter a tender plant or to hide a view...

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Jun 03, 2014

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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May 30, 2014

Black Painted Door - special order door, with a twist

This Black Painted Door is a special order, custom painted for a friend; the purpose is to cover an access panel...

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May 26, 2014

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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May 24, 2014

Upcycled Day Bed - all dressed, ready for a guest

The Upcycled Day Bed is dressed, ready for a guest; this rustic recycled project is fresh, clean and mostly thrifted...

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May 21, 2014

Flying Annoying Pests - what to do about them

Flying Annoying Pests take all the fun out of sitting outdoors in your garden. If you're in a place with this issue, here's how to fix it...

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