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Welcome to our place for videos and projects restoring a very old house and creating a fairy tale, cottage garden.
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New!Bird Art Pillow, Song Sparrows and Hydrangea

New bird art pillow by Stephie McCarthy

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Pool Noodle Garden Arch

Check out this easy pool noodle project ... it's a garden arch that's both waterproof and durable.

Pool noodle garden arch

It looks rustic and romantic, but best of all, it's low maintenance compared to an arch made of wood.

Easy pool noodle project

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How we Find Free Japanese Maples for Our Garden

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Foraging for Japanese Maples

Japanese maples make eye-catching garden focal points, and ours was free.

Japanese Maple Trees for the Garden

We found this beautiful tree in a parking lot, just three inches tall, and rescued it in a paper cup.

Finding free trees

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Painting Decorative Thrifted Glass, for Beginners

This is as easy as a working on a coloring book when you used thrifted pressed glass!

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These painted pieces can be used on tables or to make stained glass windows. Read more about it here.

How to Paint Stained Glass Effects

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watch how to paint thrifted pressed glass here

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Easy Stained Glass Plate Racks and Painted Vintage Glass

We love stained glass and here's our way to get the look easily using thrifted plate racks and colorful dishes.

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How to make faux stained glass

Photos can't do these dazzling plates justice. This is vintage Indiana Glass painted with Pébéo Vitrail, a premium glass paint product.

Painting Vintage Glass

Painted vintage glassware was so much fun, we're going to do a tutorial showing lots of tips and tricks. But, getting back to the plate racks ...

How to make faux stained glass

… we're super pleased with the results in this bay window. Check out the tutorial here.

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Cement Paint Recipe

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watch the video on how to make cement paint

Fixing a statue with cement paint

How to fix your steps with cement paint

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Coloring Keepsakes with Soft Pastels on Plaster, Stoneware, and Bisque

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How to color ceramics with chalk or pastels

We've been using soft pastels on thrif shop bisque and stoneware and love the results. Read more about it here.

How to color ceramics with chalk

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This was a lot easier than paint, but looks amazing.

Make your own Beatrix Potter bunnies

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Chalkware Easter Bunnies from Candy Molds

Making Peter Rabbit and Other Beatrix Potter Type Figurines from Plaster

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How to make chalkware Easter bunnies

Make a Peter Rabbit figure

Make a Foil Bunny

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How to make a foil Easter bunny

We searched high and low for instructions to make foil bunnies. Finding NONE, we filled the void with our own.

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Make Lamp Shades into Flower Pots
(with RapidSet CementAll®)

We coated elegant lampshades with a cement slurry …

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How to make a lamp shade flower pot

… to make strong and durable, faux terracotta pots.

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Make Your Own Cement Flower Pots

See how to make these here!

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Make a Pendant Light from a Table Lamp

You may never look at a table lamp the same way again.

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Imagine a table lamp upside down as a pendant light.

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It's lovely and clever, and it cost less than $20! Click here to read more.

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No-Dig, No-Mess,

LampPosts for a Bridge Garden

Solar Light Bridge

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Easy DIY Leaded Glass Mirror with Metal Tape

We've added a mirror over the window on the stone porch. We used the same Pebeo Vitrail lead tape used on the window below, and it was easy!

The final look was beyond everything we hoped. Super pretty!

Check out our photos and a step-by-step of how we made this mirror project, here.

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Make an Indoor-Outdoor Window Hutch

As we worked on this window, adding lead strips, shelves, and styling inside and out, we realized how well it would work as an outside hutch … and how hutches could be made back-to-back … inside AND out! Read the post here

Now we are searching for the perfect base that will allow us to see the stone wall, if possible. Something like this:

For lots of tips on making an indoor/outdoor window hutch, see our video here:

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Easy Leaded Glass with Metal Tape!

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Birdbath and Garden Ornaments with Real Lace

As sweet as icing sugar, this birdbath is tough enough to stay out in the garden!

We used real crochet cotton lace and our own tinted wax formula to make it.

We hope you'll click the thumb icon on our YouTube channel. You don't want to miss the gnome's upcoming makeover!

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Shortcut to a Fairy Tale Bridge

We've started a bridge garden and here's how it look so far …

Eight feet long and raised on a sturdy bed of cement pavers, it's hard to believe the bridge project began as a cast-off futon!

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Make Gingerbread Trim from Kid's Blocks!

This project was child's play with toy blocks, brackets, and a finial that looks like a juice extractor. See how we made this entry into a beautiful part of our stone porch, here.

How to Make Victorian Style Gingerbread Trim

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DIY Victorian Gingerbread

Victorian Gingerbread Project

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How to make Victorian-Style Gingerbread Fretwork, from New Materials

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DIY Victorian house trim

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