25+ Repurposed / Upcycled Garden Markers

25+ Repurposed / Upcycled Garden Markers

Repurposing and upcycling random items from the thrift shop, that junk drawer in your kitchen, or even your yard into DIY garden markers is one of the easiest (and most creative) projects I can think of. The possibilities are truly endless- from wine bottles, to small frying pans, to wooden spoons, and beyond. And while some people might turn up their nose at the idea of even needing garden markers (“Don’t you KNOW what marjoram looks like??”), I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t matter.Read more ›

From Steak to Stake: Barbecue Fork Garden Sign

From Steak to Stake: Barbecue Fork Garden Sign

Ok- I will fully admit that this is a truly zany idea of mine! There I was at the thrift store, looking for inspiration on the shelves. I was going to move aside this barbecue fork (to avoid getting jabbed!) when it dawned on me that the barbecue fork could BE the inspiration I was looking for. What if I transformed it into a cute little garden sign? What if I used it as a stake instead of for steak?Read more ›

Portable Potting Bench

Portable Potting Bench

Every Spring and Summer, my Pinterest and Facebook news feeds are filled to the brim with big, beautiful potting benches! Whether constructed from pallets or old doors, or even a genuine vintage potting table, they are stunning and, well, LARGE. But, here’s the thing- I’m a gardener on a very small scale…I simply don’t have the space for the classic potting bench. So, I set forth to create something on a smaller scale…Read more ›

Vertical Herb Garden with a Repurposed Shower Caddy

Vertical Herb Garden with a Repurposed Shower Caddy

Last month, I introduced my three-part upcycled herb garden series with Part 1- by sowing herb seeds in rusty, thrifted muffin tins / pans as starter pots! But several weeks have since passed and it’s time to bring you Part 2, which involves another repurposed thrift store find…Read more ›

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

A couple of years ago, I made a simple repurposed clip board for our gardening/work gloves– both of us had a bad habit of flinging them off in the garage and struggling to find them the next time we needed to wear them! And let me tell you- having the clip board has been a life (and glove) saver! So, when I found these outdated bucket sconces at a thrift store, I decided make something similar for my gardening hand tools.Read more ›

My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 1: Muffin Pans

My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 1: Muffin Pans

Real Life Confession- I love the idea of gardening more than I love actual gardening. Can anyone else relate? I also look forward to summer Saturday mornings with girlfriends as we bop from farmer’s market to farmer’s market.

BUT. But…I still enjoy having planted herbs around as the weather warms up! So, this year, I’ve decided to do a three-part herb gardening upcycling series…starting with today’s post: Part 1- Muffin tins!Read more ›

From Soup to Nuts…and Bolts: Thrifted Pot Lid Bird Feeder

From Soup to Nuts…and Bolts: Thrifted Pot Lid Bird Feeder

A new month means it’s time for yet another project for The Good Life Blog…I’m a little behind the 8-ball, though…this one went live in June but I’m just getting it up on my own blog now! Anyway…on to the project…Read more ›

No Anthro-apologies: DIY Metalwork Hurricane

No Anthro-apologies: DIY Metalwork Hurricane

If you’re a reader of other blogs, you’ll quickly realize that some of the most popular posts are those that focus on “hacks” or “DIY versions” of famous-store items. Truth be told, I rarely do those kinds of posts…simply because I never shop at places like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, or Anthropologie. Sure, they’ve got gorgeous stuff each and every season, but Jon and I prefer our eclectic collection of odd, quirky, and cool stuff found anywhere but the mall.

BUT, I’m making an exception in this case. Sometime around Christmas of 2015, I picked up a big brassy-glass chandelier light cover at my local Habitat ReStore.Read more ›

Antique Bed Spring DIY Bird Nesting Material Holder

Antique Bed Spring DIY Bird Nesting Material Holder

Creating repurposed and upcycled projects for the yard- particularly birds- is something I just can’t stop doing! But this one is different- I promise. This idea came about from two unrelated thought paths in my head: (1) What could I repurpose to create a holder for nesting material?, and (2) When will I finally be creative with a old, rusty bed spring?Read more ›

Garden Trellis from Vintage Yard Tools

Garden Trellis from Vintage Yard Tools

The vast majority of my blog posts and projects don’t have extensive stories behind them- I had an object, I had an idea, I did the project, I posted it here. That’s *normally* how things work around here and it’s not all that exciting.Read more ›