Friday, June 13, 2014

Mom's shop is coming together.

We have been busy working on a renovation of one of our shops.  It was originally at 6ft x 10ft shed with a gravel floor.  We added a floor last year and moved stuff in.  We have been busy on lots of other projects and buildings and just recently were able to get back into our tiny wood shop.  With some great buys at our local ReStore we were able to purchase some used cabinets and sets of heavy duty drawers.  We got those installed and along with a new window and now Mom is moving in with all her tools.  Here she is working her newest project.
She is busy making tiny little fairy houses to place all over the yard.  She is using cheap bird houses from the local dollar store and left over branches from yard trimming.  We also have been stripping Alders so she is using the bark from that project too.
This is just the beginning of what is to come with these houses.  The one on the left is a finished one and the one on the right is in progress.  

Upcycle Basket Projects at our House

A friend of mine had a yard sale and ended up with some basket leftovers that he thought maybe I could use.  Well he was right.  I knew the instant I saw this one I could make something free and fabulous.  Here is the basket before its makeover
I decided it needed some plants.  I collected moss, branches, bark, dirt and some left over sedum plants that hadn't found a home in the yard yet.
I lined the bottom of the heart with a piece of bark so the dirt would stay in.  I then stuffed branches across the hearts back and forth so the plants would stay in.  I put a layer of moss and the dirt in each heart.  I spent some figuring out which plants should go where and then stuffed them in with dirt.  I surrounded all empty spots with moss from the yard to make sure nothing would fall out.  After I had everything in place I put some more branches across so the front so when I hang it up everything will stay in place.
I love how this project turned out.  It didn't cost me a thing which makes it even better.  I ended up hanging it off the porch with some zip ties.  In the end I used 5 different kinds of plants.  I just went around the yard and thinned some locations out so I could get the plants I wanted.  Looking forward to figuring out what I can make next.