Friday, July 18, 2014

Door Bookshelf, Jars & Bats

I love Pinterest. 
It inspires me and provides a paperless
place to stash (almost all) my ideas.
This is my version of the blue canning jar
flower vase set. It's one of many uses for these
amazing old colored jars.  It's fresh cut flower
season here in my yard!  I love the constant
glow of many bright & delightful colors.
Please follow me on Pinterest,
or just my "jars" pins.  I'm a
heavy pinner, so you'll find
plenty to sift through on rainy
days or quiet evenings!!!
Another fun Page is my collection of "old doors" pins.
Here is a door bookshelf I made.  One thing no one
ever tells you online is that doors are always worn
down from swinging for years & need a fresh
straight cut on the bottom or it will end up sitting
crooked.  Also, they are hard high quality wood,
which requires a good saw & sharp blade.
When you make a bookshelf like this,
it is gonna be darn heavy.  It must be Oak.


These doors were in great chippy crackle condition.
I have not paid more than $5 for an old door.
They are fairly abundant at garage sales.

One last addition to his post today...
I've listed some cute old baseball bats on my
Etsy site.  The wooden bats are getting hard to
find, so I love making them available to crafters
and collectors. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014


Hi folk. I'm sure you're all busy busy, just like me.
I'll keep the post short, since I need to pack for
a cabin trip, go to the post office, and rush off to
swimming lessons for the little guy & then work.
I've finally put to use the random
old plates from garage sales.
This one made a good backdrop
to highlight my little gnome.
That old tea cup was missing the bottom,
so I planted that hen-n-chick in it.

Here is a blue willow plate with Thyme planted in front.

Have a great weekend.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Window Shelter

We all love old windows.
There are so many fabulous craft projects and uses!
I made a victorian style window "house" for my garden.
These windows are out of Richard Dean Anderson's
cabin in northern Minnesota.
Yes, I'm talking about Macgyver.
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Only a certain age group will remember him &
his exciting show with great ingenuity!
  His historic log home was being updated by
the new owner and I found the windows for
sale on craigslist. I purchased a good stack too!


The ridge cap is rusty old decorative tin.
It came out of a junk pile,
and I was thrilled to find a use for it!

Back in victorian days, these window houses
would protect their most precious plants.
In my mind, they were meant to keep
 the dogs from digging them
 up or laying on them! ha!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

High Heels

Sorry for the blog absence.
I've been in a funk & busy with life.
There are a few garden junk ideas that I've
tried myself after seeing them on Pinterest or
in magazines.  The first one I'll share is planting
in a shoe.  You've seen the old work boots with
succulents.  My project is a little more classy!
It took a while to find just the right high heel set
at a garage sale.  The thrift store wasn't working for me.
When I found these mary jane style chunky heel shoes,
I knew they would be ideal.
That crazy plant is called Scoparia.
It's very crawly & spreads well.
It also starts well from cuttings.

I added the shoe pins for my photographs.
I'm just not sure how they'd handle the weather.
The shoes are holding up GREAT to
watering & rain. I did drill a hole in the bottoms.
Project SHABBY GARDEN SHOES was a great success!

Tell me what you think!
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Free Enamelware

I stumbled upon an old enamelware pot last week
while wandering through the woods.  More often
than not, the best finds outdoors are when you get
off the beaten trail!
Lucky for me, it has one perfect little rust hole.
My new-old planter would have perfect drainage!

I bought some potted daffodils from a tiny
greenhouse and gently transferred them out of
their ugly pot into the quaint planter.
This turned out to be an $8 project.
Here is where the planter sits now, on my entry
deck.  Such a cheerful burst of color.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Darling Grey Table

I love a good soft grey.
For this darling old half table,
it worked out great with
two tones of dry brushing
over it for distress.
I put a good portion of time into sanding off the old
gold spray paint that covered this dainty table.
It became a labor of love, and to think it only
cost me $1 at a yard sale!


The legs on this old table and sassy curves are
what sets it apart from the other three half tables
I've owned.  It really is unique.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bottle Top Sign

I wanted a unique sign for my booth display this spring.
This was good practice using my new jigsaw!
I traced & cut out the shape of Minnesota from plywood.
Then I sanded the splinters off edges & painted it.
The next step was so hard on my hands.
I should not have done it all in one day.
I used pliers to flatten out bottle tops.
Then my son helped me punch holes & nail them on.
About 135 tops went on this sign!

Here is how it turned out...
truly one-of-a-kind!
The wood was reclaimed from a house being torn down.
I painted over some vinyl adhesive letters cut on my Cricut &
after the paint dried, peeled them off to reveal the wood.
The bottle tops were punched with my new favorite tool,
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