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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 12, 2014

Rurality Newsletter - what is new (and rustic)

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Apr 12, 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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Apr 10, 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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Apr 09, 2014

Rustic, Twiggy and Barnboard Bliss

Apr 07, 2014

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 05, 2014

Solid Brass Whatzit?

I have had this for close to 20 years or so now, but I have never known what it is or what its purpose was. Its made of solid brass, appears to have

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Apr 04, 2014

Junk Bird Cages; accessories and accents for a rustic garden

Junk Bird Cages can hold a few succulents, or a salvaged birds nest or any number of special finds in a vignette for your rustic garden...

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Apr 04, 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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Apr 02, 2014

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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Apr 02, 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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Mar 30, 2014

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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Mar 29, 2014

Garden Totems - using your thrift store finds to make garden art

Make your Garden Totems out of recycled thrift store finds; use those lovely glass and ceramic pieces that appeal to you; don't feel guilty about giving them yet another life in your garden...

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Mar 29, 2014

Rustic Bench - how to build your perfect twig and barnboard seat

A Rustic Bench in just the right spot will be a regular stopping point in your garden; enjoy the songs of birds, buzzing bees and flitting butterflies from your twig and barnboard seat...

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Mar 28, 2014

Mandala Coloring Pages - unique hand drawn designs for crafts

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

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Mar 28, 2014

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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Mar 27, 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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Mar 27, 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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Mar 26, 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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Mar 26, 2014

Twig Archway; a rustic tunnel or arch for your garden vines

Create a Twig Archway; an easy and eyecatching rustic craft for your garden; train vines around it for even more impact...

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Mar 26, 2014

Hypertufa Hands

Well, these are a funny little project - hypertufa hands made from (what else?) surgical gloves and your favorite hypertufa or soil cement mix. I tried

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Mar 26, 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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Mar 26, 2014

Driftwood Dining Table; use your driftwood to make a rustic table

A Driftwood Dining Table for your alfresco meals ads a rustic ambiance to your garden or porch; imagine the silvery patina of the weathered wood...

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Mar 23, 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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Mar 22, 2014

The Eclectic Eggporeum - everything to do with birds

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 14, 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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Mar 12, 2014

Vintage Watering Cans; galvanized zinc for my junk garden

Collect Vintage Watering Cans to display in your junk garden; these are one of the most often coveted thrift store finds...

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Mar 07, 2014

Rustic Painted Door - see how to make an outstanding entry way

Find out here how I designed and built this Rustic Painted Door with a salvaged door, and a double paned window and made it a unique entry way for my cabin in the woods...

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Mar 03, 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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Feb 28, 2014

Red and Rustic - I seem to have a theme going here

Red and Rustic seems to be my theme; starting on building a little cottage can do that to a person; somehow I find myself surrounded by rustic stuff, in red tones...

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Feb 28, 2014

Seed Crafts - seed pods, capsules, acorns and nuts for crafts

Seed Crafts take common natural materials and transform them into beautiful decorations or accents; learn about using these interesting and textural pods, nuts and seeds for rustic crafts...

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Feb 28, 2014

Hillbilly Dresses

For survival in the old days, every scrap of fabric was turned, remade, cut into patches for quilts, and finally, made into rags for stuffing into cracks,

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Feb 27, 2014

How to Make a Hillbilly Dress; recycling and re-using

How to Make a Hillbilly Dress; recycling and making patchwork dresses out of pre-loved t-shirts...

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Feb 20, 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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Feb 17, 2014

head statue?

My friend found this in her yard in Creston Iowa. Its like a statue. Oh, boy. That's very crudely constructed, and looks to be someone just starting

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Feb 04, 2014

How to Build a Twig Fence - use those branches and twigs

How to Build a Twig Fence; learn how to make a rustic garden fence out of branches and twigs, to add charm and character...

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Feb 03, 2014

Survey - what's on your mind...

Fill out this quick survey, and let me know what you want more of on Blue Fox Farm...

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Feb 03, 2014

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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Jan 31, 2014

Treenware - primitive kitchen utensils & tableware

Treenware made from poplar trees is a way to add a primitive atmosphere to your kitchen and dining room; rustic kitchen utensils and tableware...

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Jan 31, 2014

Root Crafts - art made from natures bounty

Root Crafts are made from the most unique and underused material; trees and other plants produce roots in abundance; never seen, they are a textural treat...

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Jan 31, 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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Jan 31, 2014

Willow Root People; strange and primitive beings in my garden

Willow Root People are not something that you usually see in any garden, but they appear in mine; tucked up against a root fence, they look fierce and dangerous...

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Jan 28, 2014

Pine Cone Crafts - using conifer cones and seed pods for rustic crafts

Pine Cone Crafts take seed pods and cones to a whole new level; make some interesting and unique rustic crafts from a natural material...

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Jan 24, 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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Jan 23, 2014

Upcycled Armoire - or, how to build something cool out of junk

Making a really cool Upcycled Armoire isn't as difficult as it may seem; contrary to popular belief, you don't need a ton of tools and experience to refurbish and recombine...

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Jan 16, 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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Jan 12, 2014

Wood Burning Patterns - mandala designs

Wood Burning Patterns; use the mandala coloring pages for the basis for this intriguing craft; pyrography...

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Jan 12, 2014

Hypertufa Fissures; crags, crevices and cracks

Creating Hypertufa Fissures to plant hardy succulents into is a fun way to copy the cracks, crevices and craggs of a rugged mountainside; a home for hardy alpine plants...

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Jan 08, 2014

How to Make Hypertufa Look Old; weathering and aging techniques

How to Make Hypertufa Look Old; join in the fun and learn how to make this unique garden craft look aged and weathered...

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Jan 08, 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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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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