Fencing on Fence Valentine Wreath

We’ve all seen it sticking out of trash cans or recycling bins: that plastic coated wire  garden edging fence. For the first time, I stopped and picked up several panels from a neighbour’s curbside.


I quickly started listing potential uses I could put this to, especially after accompanying a friend to a local dollar store and noting that they charge $2 per  panel.

Because it is multi-material and there is such a small amount of metal, it won’t be easily recycled. Those qualities also make a great candidate for reuse or repurposing.

With Valentine’s Day on my mind I spent  2 minutes separating two of the panels and turning them into a very simple but pretty heart gate wreath.


It is as simple as laying one straight up and down and lay the second panel on top of the first sideways. Turn them on a slight angle and they make a perfect heart. Two acutally, the interior panels form a 2nd heart. I think you could use any kind of lightweight wire, thread or exterior glue to hold them. I used two tiny pieces of white medical tape (commonly found in first aid kits), which I had readily at hand and which is almost invisible on the white plastic coating

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Old English Love Songs

I have a very badly neglected poetry collection.  I haven’t bought anything new in probably a decade. Until I saw this lovely piece. It was consigned to my uncle’s antique auction last autumn and I thought the lead up to Valentine’s Day was a good time to share it.

Spring blues

It is only January, but here in the temperate rainforest of southwestern British Columbia, the garden is full of buds and one little e winter pansy has lifted its face to the sun.

This first spring blossom holds the promise of the warmer days to come and the opportunity to have my morning tea outdoors.

It’s been a crazy winter. I didn’t get around to potting up my geraniums and bringing them inside, but they didn’t die.  We have had several days of good frost and even a couple of snow, but not enough to kill the geraniums.

This is an actual bird nest which I found on the walkway outside the house. The eggs are little plastic easter eggs that I painted, first with a couple of coats of gesso and then a couple of coats of pastel blue-mint homemade chalk paint.




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Putting on the Green

My family are Protestant (Methodists), but we came to North America from Armagh (sounds “Arm-ah”), the town and county in Northern Ireland where St Patrick lived while on the emerald Isle.

Leprechaun Hat Porch Bell

While I’m a 5th generation North American, my family is proud of our Irish heritage and look forward to St. Patrick’s Day each year.  We are two months away from corned beef and cabbage, but the preparations have begun.  Throughout history, Ireland has been a country of modest economic means, and I believe my passion for junking was  passed down to me by my grandmother and to her from hers.

My St Paddy’s preparations began with a terracotta plant pot that I left in the garden over winter, where it had produced a lovely multi-shades of green moss coat. I made this Leprechaun hat into a porch bell by adding an antique potato masher for a clanger.

Even in the mild climate of Southwestern British Columbia it is too early to leave shamrocks outside overnight.  But my new boots look a little like Leprechaun shoes so I had to try a shamrock fitting.

 This terracotta pot became a Leprechaun hat with a little craft paint and a “where the heck did this come from” back of the closet black belt. Cost for this seasonal porch décor $0.  The fun of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – priceless.

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Antique Butter Box End Table


I have a great fondness for primitive Canadiana (which is often impossible to tell apart from primitive Americana).

 This antique pine butter box came to me already repurposed as an end or side table.  (excuse the wet – It rained for about 5 minutes just as I was getting my camera out).

  Pine is nice and light so it is easy to drag this little sweetheart around as I chase the sun or flee rain.

 The top was damaged beyond repair,  so it was flipped upside down, 1″ x 1″s were nailed in each corner and voila!

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