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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...

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 17, 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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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 30, 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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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

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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Driftwood and Barnboards;

The silvery patina of age:

Barnboards transformed into bird houses

Weathering & distressing adds character;

Weathering and Distressing Techniques...

Making metal look old:

Making Metal Look Old

Funny Garden Sayings:

Garden Sign Sayings...

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for Rustic Garden Signs

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