Sunday, December 30, 2012

Greenhouses Made With Salvaged Windows

What better way to recycle old salvaged windows than to build them into a unique garden greenhouse or potting shed?Old windows, doors, and other salvaged lumber - along with a little bit of thought and planning, can be turned into something fantastic for very little cost. 

Not only are these building projects environmentally friendly, they're also unique; each is one of a kind. Check out what some creative folks have crafted using reclaimed old salvaged windows and doors, and maybe you'll be inspired to create your own.

Where can you find these salvaged building supplies?

~ Ask friends and neighbors for castoffs they might have lying around in their attics or garage. You might be surprised at what folks stow away!

~ Check out Habitat For Humanity's ReStore

~ Keep an eye on the curb! But remember, never take any old castoffs from construction sites without asking first.

~  Use caution with doors or windows that have old peeling paint. Most old paint contains lead. Avoid using these doors in areas where there are children or food. Pick up a lead test at your local hardware store to test for lead paint. Never remove lead paint, but paint over it instead. 

Mini greenhouses by Linda at Bluegate

Another greenhouse example

Window greenhouses by North Peace 

Create a tabletop mini greenhouse from old picture frames via Country Living


What do you think?

I hope you have a great week! Laura

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Friday, December 28, 2012

My Holiday Baking: Seeing Stars

I'm a pretty traditional kind of girl, so when it comes to the holidays we have our
family customs just as any family does, and that, of course, includes Christmas 
baking. I seem to bake the same types of cookies every year, family favorites, 
things my mother baked every year that I now try to duplicate.  

Something funny happened this year though. After rolling out ball after ball of 
cut-out dough, I realized that ALL of the cut-outs I baked were stars. Every 
cookie cutter that I used was the same shape: a star!  Yay for stars!

Ready to go into the oven!

Ready to eat!

What did you bake this year?

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Beautiful Bohemian Christmas

Come, follow along...

A painted, framed chalkboard via BHG 
(Think about how easy this would be to do with an ornate thrift shop
 frame and some chalkboard paint)

 DIY Tree branch peace sign wreath

A colorful branch display. Fairy lights from Impressionen

I love these paper stars! via House & Garden

I would wear this all the time. 

Bohemian branch center piece with candle lanterns from Desire To Inspire

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

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