Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Brick By Brick: Clever & Creative Ways To Reuse Old Bricks!

Don't let those old leftover bricks from your last landscaping project go to waste! There are a myriad of things you can do with them to create something great for home or garden.

Whether it be a bench, birdbath, firepit or more artistic endeavor, put those old bricks to work for you! 

Sometimes all you need is a spark of inspiration...

Create a garden pedestal for a birdbath like this one by Robin's Nesting Place



Use old bricks as garden edging like this one found on Pinterest


Create a recycled brick bookcase like this one 



Use leftover bricks to create a garden greenhouse

DIY upcycled brick planter box from The Project Pile has step by step instructions

Bricks with holes can be used as planters for succulents or other small plants. via



Create a recycled brick bench for your outdoor landscape 


Create a recycled brick garden bench and add paint for a clean, 
bright look like this one from houzz


Create an easy to make garden bench with leftover landscaping bricksa


Feeling artistic? All you need is a little bit of paint to create garden brick books like these from Salvage & Selvage 



A fire pit is the perfect thing to make with leftover bricks!


Create an informal paved path like this one from Home-Dzine...



...Or this one from DBMLandscapes


Painted salvaged bricks can add a pop of color to your garden landscape

Now you never have to wonder what to do with leftover bricks! Which is your favorite?


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Sunday, July 25, 2021

How To Use A Bead Board (With Video Talk About Beads)

If you are new to jewelry making you probably have seen bead boards (aka beading boards aka bead design boards) at your local craft store or maybe you've seen them in bead catalogs while shopping for beads and other jewelry supplies. 

When I first started jewelry making and would visit my bead shop I would see these beading boards, but I would always ignore them–probably because they have numbers on them and I a have a pretty strong aversion to math!

A necklace I constructed using my beading board

But once I got past learning the most basic of jewelry making techniques–mastering my wrapped loops and collecting all the tools I would need–I eventually sat down to create my first "big" project, a long, hand-beaded necklace, and learned very quickly that I would need to work on a towel or other cloth so that my beads did not roll off of my table and into oblivion! 

It was then that I realized, hey, that bead board may not be too bad of an idea!  And so I purchased my first one, for approximately $5.00 USD at my local Michael's craft store. 


A necklace I constructed using my beading board

But although it seemed pretty straight forward, I wasn't 100 percent sure exactly how to use it, and I was also still in my early days of understanding color and different types of beads whether they were stone or glass. It seemed like there was so much to learn.

Now, years later, I have put together a short YouTube video showing you how I use my bead board along with a few useful tips to help you along your jewelry making journey.

A necklace I constructed using my beading board

So head on over to my YouTube channel and check it out, and while you are there, be sure to take a peek at what else is new...

Also in case you haven't heard:

Recently I created a video workshop for how to create stamped molten solder components that you can find here, and afterwards I created another 2-part video workshop to go along with it where I show you how to turn these unique findings into jewelry. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 on my YouTube channel as well. Be sure to check them out and while you're there, don't forget to subscribe! 

And be sure to check back again soon - I have some great videos coming up!


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Saturday, July 24, 2021

New Video Workshop: (Part 2) Turning Stamped Soldered Components Into Jewelry


In my first stamped soldering workshop I showed you how to create beautiful components and frames using wire and solder, and I also promised another workshop to teach you how to transform these unique pieces into jewelry. 

Because this new workshop is so long, I broke it into two separate videos, and Part 1 was recently released on my YouTube channel and now Part 2 is available!

Be sure to check it out and while you're there, don't forget to subscribe. 

So gather your tools and materials and come and learn something new!

And by the way, if you missed the first video where I teach the basics of this technique, you can watch that here!

And be sure to check back again soon - I have some great videos coming up!


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Friday, July 23, 2021

New Video Workshop: Turning Stamped Soldered Components Into Jewelry (Part 1)


In my last soldering workshop I showed you how to create beautiful components and frames using wire and solder, and I also promised another workshop to teach you how to transform these unique pieces into jewelry.

Because this new workshop is so long, I broke it into two separate videos, and Part 1 is now available on my YouTube channel! 

Be sure to check it out and while you're there, don't forget to subscribe. Part 2 will be released in 48 hours! So gather your tools and materials and come and learn something new!

And by the way, if you missed the first video where I teach the basics of this technique, you can watch that here!


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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Upcycled Garden Volume 15: Using Recycled & Salvaged Materials In Your Garden

Hi friends! I hope you are all staying cool in this summer heatwave. It's hard to believe that it's already July. I'm usually late with my Upcycled Garden blog post, but as they say, better late than never! 

As I said last year, it's obvious that with Covid19 so many people have picked up new hobbies and the skills that go along with them while they learn how to make all different types of DIY projects, crafts, and home improvement projects. I think that's great! Especially when I see more people embracing the use of recycled and salvaged materials. 

Whether you are a new reader to my blog or a returning fan, this is my 10th year of doing my Upcycled Garden blog posts (!!) and with each one I chose some of my very favorite Upcycled Garden inspiration. I hope you enjoy this collection and be sure to check back for more. 

Be sure to leave a comment below and let us know which is your favorite, and I want to know, what have you been working on lately?

Mix and match a rainbow of different colored lawn chairs to add color to your garden (image via Pinterest, unknown source)


Orange VW with succulents from Ideiasdiferentes

Use wire to attach glass gems to a chain link fence for a glimmer of color

Incorporating the old with the new (unknown source, image via Pinterest)

Use an old lantern as a small hanging planter

Beautiful tree stump mosaic by Muni's Mosaics

Attach an old rake to a fencepost with wire and use as a trellis for vine growing plants

What a great way to use up extra landscape stones!

The end of an old garden hoe or trowel + wire + an old glass jar + baubles = cute bud vase

Metal colanders are plentiful at thrift stores and make cute hanging planters. Use enamel spray paint to give yours a pop of color, and use chain or durable twine to hang. 

Old spoons and forks, fishing line, wire and driftwood make this unique garden mobile

An old ladder can add height and interest to your garden

Don't throw out those rusty old garden tools! They make great succulent planters like these from Vickies Intrigues via Rancho Reubidoux

An old lidded pot makes a creative birdfeeder, and the lid helps keep the elements out.



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