30+ Upcycling Ideas for Garden Planters / Garden Pots

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Garden Planters / Garden Pots

As an upcycler, I absolutely LOVE incorporating vintage treasures- especially ones in disrepair- into my garden decor. And I am by no means alone- using antiques or secondhand items as garden planters or garden pots is so popular, that big box stores are stocking their shelves with “new made to look old” garden items. But save yourself a trip, head out to your garage or shed, and you may just have the perfect piece to use. Read more ›

25+ Upcycling Ideas for Plant Markers / Plant Labels

25+ Upcycling Ideas for Plant Markers / Plant Labels

Repurposing and upcycling random items from the thrift shop, that junk drawer in your kitchen, or even your yard into plant labels or plant 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. Read more ›

Upcycling a Barbecue Fork into House Signs or Garden Plaques

Upcycling a Barbecue Fork into House Signs or Garden Plaques

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 some BBQ tools into house signs or garden plaques? In other words…What if I used it as a stake instead of for steak?Read more ›

How to Build a Potting Bench that is Portable for a Small Yard / Garden

How to Build a Potting Bench that is Portable for a Small Yard / Garden

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 Standing Shower Caddy

Vertical Herb Garden with a Standing 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: A standing shower caddy.

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“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 ›

Firefly Lights by Upcycling a Brass Pendant Light

Firefly Lights by Upcycling a Brass Pendant Light

Upcycling vintage light fixtures is a common theme on my blog and this particular project was inspired by the trendy shop, Anthropologie. After seeing their metalwork hurricanes online, I realized how much they resembled a brass chandelier or brass pendant light from Habitat ReStore. That’s when I decided I needed to repurpose one into a copper lantern that held firefly lights.Read more ›

Using Bed Springs to Hold Bird Nesting Material

Using Bed Springs to Hold Bird Nesting Material

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 bird nest material?, and (2) When will I finally be creative with old, rusty bed springs?Read more ›