Thursday, May 22, 2008

On the Road

Besides writing, teaching and selling things related to re-purposing and recycling, we also do public speaking about it! The King County Library System has invited us for a return engagement to speak on Garden Art from Found Objects, Salvage and Really Good Junk at five of their libraries. Our first stop was the Kirkland Library at the beginning of the week. We had a terrific turnout and enjoyed our time with them.

Next up:
June 3 Newport Way 7 p.m.
June 11 Kent 12:30 p.m.
June 17 Carnation 6 p.m. (in conjunction with the farmer’s market)
July 20 Vashon Island 1 p.m.

For addresses and helpful directions, please go to We’d be happy to see you! -- Beth, Lisa and Amy

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Book!

Hi all! The book is now available for pre-sale on We have provided a link to it on the right side of our blog page for your convenience. Amazon doesn't have a photo of the final cover yet...But we do!

Drum roll please!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Garden Beds R Us

Our garden styling idea for the day is to transform a head or foot board from a bed into a snappy piece of garden fencing or for a splash of color outside. We’ve gathered a nice selection of bed frames and arranged them on a wall of our back patio. The blue one is an example to show you what fun you can have with some spray paint. -- Beth

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tub O' Tools

The Tub O’ Tools will debut at May 10’s garden art and décor sale. Located on our back patio, a lovely old cast iron bath tub holds a fine assortment of garden tools – most suitable for creating your own garden art with. Although, some of them are still in dandy shape for actual garden use.

Keep tuned for more sneak peeks of our new garden styling departments! -- Beth & Lisa

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Rust for Sale

After broadcasting my goal for an emptier garage yesterday, I started to bring out the "easy" (only needed a light washing with the hose) stuff. And since I have a little/whole lot of OCD stuff in my nature, I just had to arrange the washed things to dry in the driveway in a tidy fashion. Then a funny thing happened. We live in a very quiet cul-de-sac with community covenants galore. My rusty garden art is displayed in our back garden. The only time found objects are in the front is during the daytime while I'm working on them. Anyway, this guy in a pickup truck stops and parks in front of our drive and is interested in the augers. I explained to him they were on the way to the studio to be garden art for sale. He totally got the concept and took a postcard for Saturday's garden art and décor sale (May 10 - 9 a.m. to
5 p.m.). No pre-sales for him, even though he was a nice guy.

Raoul bent lots of rebar into garden stakes, and we planted them in the front garden to grow some rust between now and the sale. They might even have bells hanging from them if I can locate that darn coffee can containing them! -- Beth

Monday, May 5, 2008


Here is a picture of our three car garage with no room for cars! I have challenged myself to get this space under control. The garage is packed with numerous projects and raw materials, mostly all headed for the studio eventually. And the scary thing is, after our son’s house sells in the near future, more STUFF is headed our way. My husband, Raoul, is a patient guy; but both of us would love to have our cars in the garage.

So I am going to post a photo of this view every month to spur myself on to action! -- Beth