Easy Re-purposed Chair Leg Sign Hanger

Because we have prefinished steel siding, I have very limited outdoor decor hanging places.  I have one nail by the front door, one over the picket fence shelf under the covered patio and one on the front of the house.  All my seasonal decor, signs, stars, etc. have to work with the existing nail holes.  This keeps my husband happy, and I really don't want a lot of nail holes and dents in the siding either.  

I found two of these old ornate chair legs a couple months ago.  With just two instead of four, I really couldn't make a table or stool, but I thought one of the legs would make a great sign hanger.

Junk Gardening: You Either Get It or You Don't!

Horse Shoe Game in the Garden www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
What makes a crazy lady place an iron horse shoe game around succulents in a garden?

Updated 2014 Junk Container Gardens

Vintage Container Gardens www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
June 27, 2014

Vintage Container Gardens www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Here is a link my newly planted Junk Garden Vignette on May 22, 2014.

A June 25th Front Yard Flower Border Update

Here is my newly planted front yard flower border on May 25th.  If you would like to see this flower bed diagrammed at planting time, refer to my May 25th post here.

Here on June 9th, the flower bed had already begun filling in nicely.  Since May 25th, I switched out a terracotta pot of purple Calibrachoa with red on the stepladder.  I also had to change out the yellow pot of Calibrachoa with a brighter yellow Calibrachoa as it had died from root rot.

Sedum & Sempervivum Updates

Gears, Pulleys, Terra Cotta & Succulents www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
This junky contraption was part of a knife sharpening system that my Grandpa used to have in his garage.  Here it is with a pot of Angelina Sedum and two pulleys and a pot with Sempervivum.  More details here on my May blog post.

A Rustic & Patriotic Potting Bench

Earlier in June I picked up this second hand ice cream freezer bucket.  The bottom and liner are plastic and the sides are wood.  I don't think it's terribly old.  It was all ready spray painted this bright red.  I also picked up a red, white and blue Minnesota license plate from 1990.

The Prettiest Window Box in Town 2014

The last two summers I have treated you to the most beautiful window box in my town, and here it is again this year!  It is lovingly created and maintained by my sister in law at her office building.  

Trailing, Upright, Colorful Window Box Annuals www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Starting at the left you will see angel wing begonias, pansies, lobelia, variegated verbena, Marguerite daisies, sweet potato vines...

Barn Wood & Barbed Wire Flag Tutorial

It's hard to be a junker/repurposer when you have very limited storage space.  See the pile of barn wood to the left of the white ironing board.  That is a some scrap wood given to me by a good friend that makes signs.  Since the 4th of July is only two weeks away, I decided to make a rustic flag with some of it.

More Outdoor Junk

 Luckily my home and property are not in flood danger, but many properties along the Rainy River and Rainy Lake are flooding, and water levels are nearing records.   June is always a pretty rainy month in northern Minnesota but this June has been a washout!  Maybe our forefathers were onto something when they named the river and lake Rainy.

Finch Lithograph Arthur Kaplan Art Lamay www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Since there is nothing much too report on in my waterlogged, sun deprived gardens, I will share a few recent vintage and/or junk purchases.  This Arthur Kaplan (Artist Art Lamay) lithograph of a finch and tiger lily came home with me from the thrift shop for $2.  I just love to watch finches at our bird feeders.

Easy Re-purposed Rustic Cutting Board Flags

I picked up this old cutting board for $1 at an estate sale last summer.  It's a rainy day today (actually it's been a rainy week) so instead of enjoying my gardens, I am inside dreaming up 4th of July flag projects.

I am going to use these thrift shop butter knives in the project too.

More Garden Junk: I've Flipped My Lid!

Last year I purchased the most perfect chippy white barn door.  Here it is from a post in 2013, do you remember it?
I kept the whole vignette pretty calm and neutral, but not this year.  

For this year, I amassed a small collection of enamelware pot lids, a small rectangular crate, a square wood frame (not a picture frame, a part off of something), a rusty wire soap dish and rustic sign.
Now to put them on the door!

Galvanized Accents on My Potting Sink 2014

A Rustic Potting Bench www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The decor on my potting sink started with the barn wood and miniature zinc pots project, HERE.

Red Annuals & Perennials Are Always Garden Showstoppers



Source: Broyle's

Whenever I walk into a greenhouse in the spring, my eyes immediately go to the red blossoms.  Warm colors like red (and also orange and yellow)  advance to the eye, while cool and/or paler colors recede and seem to disappear in the distance.  

Outdoor This & That 18: More Cool Container Gardens and What's Blooming

Rusty Wire Cloche Over Pot of Gold Dust Mercardonia www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I found this rusty little chicken wire cloche with bird finial at a local occasional shop. I love its rustiness with my rusty milk cans

Vintage Gardening Container Vignette

Here's the summer vignette that I put together for the Red Wing crock table between the adirondack chairs on my covered patio.  I started with a most perfect wooden crate!

Covered Patio Vintage Summer Rustic Crate Vignette www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
What's in the wooden crate?  Vintage gardening books, a vintage geranium canister, a white ironstone pitcher with a live variegated ivy, a white bird finial, a vintage pansy print, peat pots, and vintage hand tools.