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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...

Dec 12, 2014

Simple Rustic Displays - natural and found objects in a vignette

Simple Rustic Displays are collections of your vintage treasures, gathered together in eclectic groupings...

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Dec 12, 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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Dec 06, 2014

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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Dec 06, 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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Dec 05, 2014

Coppice - specialized pruning technique for willows & shrubs

Pruning your shrubs in the Coppice method will promote lots of new whippy growth perfect for baskets and other twig crafts...

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Dec 03, 2014

Twig Basket Care - how to look after baskets made from natural materials

Twig Basket Care is simple and straightforward; as a natural material, twigs and other types of woody natural fibers need to be treated tenderly

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Dec 03, 2014

Kids Art Portfolio Epic Fail - the best laid plans

Sometimes things don't work out as planned, like in this Kids Art Portfolio Epic Fail...

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Nov 29, 2014

Make a Draft Stopping Doormouse from an old sweater

Take one old sweater, cut it up into pieces and make a Draft Stopping Doormouse; diy tutorial...

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Nov 29, 2014

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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Nov 29, 2014

Crackle Paint Technique - weathering, distressing & antiquing your crafts

Learn how to make your crafts look weathered and old with the Crackle Paint Technique; distressed, antiqued and shabby chic

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Nov 28, 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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Nov 27, 2014

Rurality Newsletter - what is new (and rustic)

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Nov 20, 2014

Wardian Case

I've been wanting to have a Wardian case for quite some time, but spending oodles of money on it is not an option. So, I've been looking into building

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Nov 19, 2014

Holiday Decorating Ideas - Country Rustic Christmas

Holiday Decorating Ideas; country rustic Christmas with primitive ornaments and accents...

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Nov 19, 2014

Primitive Heart Christmas Ornament - easy diy tutorial

Here's a simple Primitive Heart for your rustic Christmas decor - easy diy tutorial for a country craft...

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Nov 16, 2014

Prim Flour Scoop - country style DIY

Quick! I need some Christmas decor - here's a Prim Flour Scoop diy tutorial for ya...

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Oct 30, 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 29, 2014

Root Baskets; roots are a great natural material too

Making Root Baskets using the same techniques as for twig baskets gives a whole new meaning to rustic crafts; textural and twisted, roots are a great natural material

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Oct 28, 2014

Bent Twig Furniture - make your own rustic chairs and benches

Make your own Bent Twig Furniture; the most important thing is to choose the right twigs for your projects...

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Oct 26, 2014

Hypertufa How To; all about making hypertufa projects

Hypertufa How To; your quick guide to making rustic crafts with this versatile and unique material; learn the tips and tricks here

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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 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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Driftwood and Barnboards;

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Barnboards transformed into bird houses

Weathering & distressing adds character;

Weathering and Distressing Techniques...

Making metal look old:

Making Metal Look Old

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