Flowers EVERYWHERE Directional Garden Sign

Flowers Everywhere Directional Sign
I just finished stenciling the second directional sign I purchased last weekend at the local occasional shop sale.

A Funky Junk - Old Sign Stencils Copycat "Lunch" Window Project

A $5 old window, craft paint, a foam roller, jute, eye screws, black wood screws, old enamelware pans, and of course a stencil from Funky Junk Interiors/Old Sign Stencils are the materials needed to complete this project.

ORGANIZED CLUTTER'S Junk Garden Tour 2016

Junk Garden Tour 2016
Welcome to my 2016 junk garden tour!

Since my house faces north, I have shade lovers like hosta, Solomon's Seal and impatiens planted under my bay window.


Yard of Flowers Tour 2016
Today I'm sharing my annual blog tour of my sister in law Kris's  YARD OF FLOWERS.  The tour is always a delightful mix of colorful annuals, perennials and whimsical and rusty junk!

This photo, of a fun raised window frame with bird bath pedestal and galvanized boiler full of geraniums, is in the front yard.


LAKE Directional Sign with Old Sign Stencils

When you are out and about garage sale-ing, thrifting, and browsing consignment and occasional shops too, you just never know what you will find.  I am the queen of cheater building, but this was the start to a couple of really easy projects, even for me.  I ran across these two directional signs at Morgan's Mercantile & General Store, a local occasional shop and Etsy store too.  The owner confessed  that she can't stencil and the signs weren't selling as is.  I used to feel that way too about stenciling, but with practice and a really dry stencil brush, I think everybody can get the hang of it.

$4 Thrift Shop Bookshelf To Stylish Bathroom Storage Piece

I purchased this small bookshelf a few months ago at a local thrift shop for $4.  The ends were wood but shelves were veneered particleboard.  

When my daughter needed a storage piece above the toilet in her apartment, I set out to restyle this piece.  First the bottoms each side were sawed off to make the shelf appear more like a wall shelf instead of a floor shelf.

Next I painted the shelf with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.  I distressed the shelf and stenciled on a "doily" on two of the shelves using ivory craft paint and a 10" x 10" Decoart stencil called Mandala.  The stencil was a little to wide but still worked out very well.

Farmhouse Kitchen Plate Rack Makeover

 My new project begins with this circa 1970's wood shelf with plate groove that I purchased at a garage sale this summer.  I think it may be a Home Interiors shelf.

Shovel Head Art for the Garden

I recently purchased this old rusty shovel with a broken handle for 50 cents at a garage sale.


Remember Liquid Fence for Deer!

I live across the street from the Rainy River in northern Minnesota, and once in a while a deer family, (doe and one fawn or two fawns) takes up residence night after night feeding on our bird feeders and some of my flowers.

This year I really haven't seen deer in my yard, so I was lulled into a false sense of security.  

But, as I prepare for my online, virtual junk garden tour for 2016, and have been deadheading daily, I ran across some evidence of deer.

First, I noticed the buds from the Black Eyed Susan Perennials were chewed off.  I was mildly upset but I thought they are later bloomers and may have time to form new buds.

Garden Tour Sneak Preview

2016 Junk Garden Tour Preview

Take A Second Look At Some Underused Annuals!

Move Over Petunias, Give Under-Used Annuals a Second Look
In garden centers jam packed with sun loving petunias, geraniums, calibrachoas, verbenas, and lobelias, shade loving impatiens and fuchsias, and sun to partial shade geraniums and coleus, I like to search out the underused and under-loved annuals.  The annuals that seem to be getting harder to find.

Early July Garden Updates

Coffeepot Junk Garden Planters
Here are my coffeepot planters from a May 23rd post.  Flowers were newly planted. The sign is stenciled with an Old Sign Stencils product.