Category: Gardenista

Outdoors: inexpensive fence decor

We live in a small rental home (“the dollhouse,” our landlord calls it), so there’s not much we are allowed to do in terms of permanent design or landscaping changes.

That doesn’t mean we can’t make changes, it just means they can’t be permanent. :)

For example, in the kitchen I wanted more of a farmhouse feel, so I removed the cabinet doors under the sink and replaced them with a fabric sink skirt.

Kitchen sink skirt | Hazel and Verdie's

The doors are safely stashed and will be reinstalled when we get ready to move.

Outside, carving out a cottage garden is not allowed but I did enlarge the one existing garden strip and will do a little more with that in the Spring . I’m able to indulge my “garden junk” fetish with a few simple things like this winter display along the garage.

Garage in winter | Hazel and Verdie's

 

And, this past summer I conceived and installed this whimsical junk-made fence display, which I absolutely love!

Junk Fence Project | Hazel and Verdie's

It’s made up of various automobile wheel covers rescued from roadsides, free-on-curb green garden hose, and small pieces of the corrugated tin we were offering in the booth.

Junk Fence Project | Hazel and Verdie's

Junk Fence Project | Hazel and Verdie's

Junk Fence Project | Hazel and Verdie's

Junk Fence Project | Hazel and Verdie's

Wheel covers and leaves were spray painted in bright colors, the hose was cut to length with utility scissors, and the whole thing was laid out and attached to the fence with easily removable screws.

Junk Fence Project | Hazel and Verdie's

Best part of this project? It looks bright and cheerful even on a gray Winter day!

Junk Fence Project | Hazel and Verdie's

Junk Fence Project | Hazel and Verdie's

Update 1: I’m linking my fun fence project to Donna’s DIY Salvaged Junk Projects link party! Click through for more fun junky projects!

Update 2: We had a minor ice storm here in Iowa today so I’m linking my fun summer project to Marty’s fun Inspire Me Tuesday party over at A Stroll Thru Life, just as a reminder that Spring is coming and the grass will be green again one day soon!

More soon,

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Autumn hydrangea love

I’m linking this happy post to Home & Garden Thursday over at Kathy’s sweet blog, A Delightsome Life, at Inspire Me Tuesday at Marty’s A Stroll Thru Life, Feathered Nest Friday at Courtney’s French Country Cottage, and Make It Pretty Monday at Kathryn’s The Dedicated House.

Lately I have been wishing that there was some way I could enjoy some big, beautiful hydrangea blooms this Fall – especially after seeing THIS POST from Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors. Alas, my little “dollhouse rental” is seriously lacking in hydrangeas.

Well this past weekend, one of the many fun activities I did was travel a short distance up to Ames, Iowa to spend part of “Mom’s Weekend” with my daughter and her Phi Beta Chi sorority sisters. The primary activity was a scavenger hunt, which included hunting down a few of the “Cy” sculptures that have been artistically decorated and placed around the city. Here are a few of them:

Mom's Weekend: Aerospace Cy in Ames, Iowa!

Mom's Weekend: Football Cy in Ames, Iowa!

Mom's Weekend: Sugarskull Cy in Ames, Iowa!

Mom's Weekend: Disco Cy in Ames, Iowa!

While we both were photographing “Disco Cy” on Main Street (shown above), I happened to spy something across the street that I really could not believe. Do you see them?

Mom's Weekend: Hydrangeas working the corner on Main Street
Yep – city planters full of freshly pruned hydrangeas, and garbage bags full of the blooms, ready to be hauled away! So what’s a girl to do who has been wishing for some Autumn hydrangeas?

Mom's Weekend: Hydrangeas free for the taking!
If you said, “strut shamelessly across the street and pick some of those big full blooms right out of the bags,” you’d be spot-on, as that is exactly what I did! (And yes, I did get the teensiest eye-roll from my daughter, but quite honestly I know she has come to expect this sort of thing from me.)

Shovin' those free hydrangeas right in the trunk, y'all!
Later, at home, I snipped and stripped those stems and plunked everything down into my thrifted sage-colored MSE pitcher for a touch of Autumn hydrangea love!

Free/found hydrangeas enjoying their new home.
All glammed up for Instagram!

Beauties enjoying their new home!
This was my favorite “curb find” for the week – have you had any experiences where you were hoping to find something special, and it sort of fell into your lap like this?

Hazel And Verdie: Autumn Hydrangea Love

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Hello, Dolly!

Just in time for Easter, today I’m sharing with you a big ol’ piece of rusty junk.

Assuming you’re still reading, here’s a picture to kick things off. See it, against the tree?

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What that is – is the remnants of a very old two-wheeled dolly. The kind used to cart things around a warehouse or to and from a delivery truck. I found it in the Fall of 2008, just a few weeks after we moved into our new house. It was down in the very large (and very overgrown) vegetable garden, covered with some kind of horrible invasive vine. I was actually really happy to find it – I love to use rusty junk as “art” in the garden. So, I rolled it up the hill to the perennial bed, where it has sat now for almost five years.

The wood supports are literally rotting away. It reminds me of an old hand plow.

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LOVE those rusty wheels!

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A lot of heft to those steel support pieces. I wonder where this handy “truck” was used? By a delivery person, a warehouse worker?

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Here’s the manufacturer’s tag – “Made by Lansing Company.”

 

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I just love the combination of decaying wood struts and these tough old wheels and supports.

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Not so useful for its intended purpose anymore, but looks great as garden art!

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My meanderings around the yard today also revealed big bunches of Surprise Lilies (a.k.a. “Naked Ladies”) popping up all over – and several inches high already…

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And tiny yellow crocuses (crocii?), just ready to bloom:

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This shot shows three neat things in the perennial bed: a cool reflection off the glass covering the camera lens on my iPhone, my favorite little bit of garden statuary perched on her usual log seat, and a volunteer redbud tree (cercis canadensis) seemingly arched over the statue and her seat.

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Here’s the statue – also a favorite piece of garden art!

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What’s coming up in your yard so far this Spring?

More soon,

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