The strong desire to be sustainable has led to an increase in the use of recycled materials in landscape design. Salvaging items and using them as part of your landscaping is a great way to lesson your impact on the environment.
Recycled ceiling tins and scrap corrugated metal were used to create this unique fence.
A salvaged window finds new life as a garden mirror.
Vintage ceiling tins were used to create the planters along the wall, while a reclaimed shipping pallet was used to fashion the tree box.
One of the easiest, and perhaps most fun, forms of upcycling for the garden is turning found items into plant containers. This can be as simple as taking an old wheelbarrow or wagon and adding some soil and plants. Other items that can be repurposed into unique landscape planters include coffee cans, toy dump trucks, antique watering cans, old tires, a free-standing bath tub, a drum, or rain gutters.
Stock tanks come in a variety of sizes and shapes. This one was used to create a pond full of thriving aquatic plants. Stock tanks can be found on Craigslist, at farm sales, in your local classifieds or at feed stores.
This funky outdoor bar was created using salvaged corrugated steel.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
I want to display the number "35" in Vintage no. 35's booth at Junk Jubilee and I just love the moss covered items that I see in boutiques. So I decided that I could cover numbers with moss and save so much money by doing it myself. I started out by cutting large numbers out of a cardboard box.
I found this moss roll at Michael's for $12.99 but if you use your 40% off coupon it is a great deal!
I laid my cut-out numbers on the moss and cut the moss just outside the perimeter so it gave me enough room to fold it up over the edges and glue the moss onto the cardboard.
Here is how the "5" turned out! I am going to hang the numbers with some ribbon. This was such an inexpensive project that had the "wow" effect and it so much fun for spring. You will have to see the finishing touches at Junk Jubilee!
Friday, March 25, 2011
I just had to show everyone these cute bunnies that my mom has made for an upcoming show. She has been very busy! She hand stitches each one using fleece and vintage inspired material. Each of them have a special name and were named by my daughter.
The bunnies just keep multiplying!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Who does not have a plain white, black or cream metal filing cabinet in their home or office? I have an ugly cream cabinet and I am looking forward to painting it this spring and jazzing it up. I have seen filing cabinets at garage sales, flea markets and even on the curb. Look at how some people have repurposed the use of a filing cabinet. So think twice before you pass one up at a sale!
An old door is used as the desktop with glass lining the top.
Do you see it? Used as a table!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I had a great girl's weekend in Kansas City and went to a store that is a must to check out if you are in that area. Nell's Hill is now one of my favorite stores for several reasons such as great customer service, friendly staff, wonderful home accent pieces and awesome displays.
I took this picture to show you how great turning books backwards to show the white of the pages. It looks great doesn't it!
I also liked how they used vintage cake plate stands to decorate the table. The store had such great vintage and new items!
Who doesn't like Anthropology's store fronts? It was so cool how they used hangers for the background and to make a dress for their dress forms. I just had to take a picture to show you.
Friday, March 18, 2011
I went to my first garage sale yesterday. When I saw that sign "Garage Sale" and quickly went to the bank to get a few dollars to do a little shopping. I was thrilled with what I picked up.
The picture is horrid but I could not pass up the great frame. With a little white paint this will look great hanging up by itself or I might put some wire on it and use it to hang my jewelry.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Go over to Junkologie's Blog and watch for their upcoming giveaway of 2 tickets to Junk Jubilee event in Des Moines, Iowa.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Here are some great ideas for using non-kitchen items for storage and furniture in your kitchen. Who knew dressers, library card catalog drawers and flower pots could look so cool in a kitchen?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I found my 2nd dress form on Craigslist for $25 and was so excited to get her. However, she was missing a stand and therefore she had been laying on the front porch swing for awhile until I took her to a blacksmith shop to get a stand.
This buffet was my grandparent's and it had peeling paint (oil based paint) when I got it several years ago. This past Fall I sanded it down to get the oil based paint off of it and then added a primer. The last thing was to paint the buffet and spray paint the handles black. Just love this piece!