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Tutorials, Musings and New Projects

Brighten Up A Balcony Garden

Posted on August 7, 2018
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All this random furniture (and even some of the plants) were found for free.

Ideas hand picked from my garden garunteed to liven up any balcony or small porch.

I’ve been cleaning up my balcony this summer. It was what could be expected of a small back porch - cluttered, dusty, and not very hospitable. A year ago, I set up some Halloween decorations and never took them all down. Then, my neighbor spilled a whole drink off their balcony and it got all over my seat cushions and chairs. All past attempts at plants had died during a surprise winter snow. Dead plants, weird stains. My balcony was a mess.

I decided that enough was enough and from now on I would be one of those “cool neighbors” with a fancy, stylish balcony. Except, I don’t wanna pay for anything if I can help it and the rest has to be DIY. And I’ll need color - lots of it. And new plants. Now I’ve got a theme. Artsy Hippie Boho Chic.™

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. A flurry of simple crafts and ideas that helped make my drab, dusty balcony into something more warm, inviting and vibrant. Perhaps they can help you transform your balcony or patio into something more fun, too…

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Reupholstery With Racheal

Featuring artist Racheal B.

Posted on May 22, 2018
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Refurbishing tips for total newbies and beginners

Everyone knows crafting is better with a friend- and sometimes you just need a few extra hands!

Before the reupholstering

My good friend Racheal had this crusty little ottoman with good bones, all it needed was a bit of love. She found it on curb alert - its leather exterior has worn and cracked, but on the bottom it still clearly has a $60 price tag from Ross.

After a day’s worth of work and fiddling around, trying different things until it was perfect, we came up with this beauty. Pretty dramatic difference if you ask me:

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Classic Post No 5 Wreck This Journal.2

Part Two!

Posted on May 17, 2018
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The Front Cover of my Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

Originally Published May 2012

Hey guys! Some of you may remember a previous post I did a little while ago about my beloved Wreck This Journal. Well, it’s back, and it’s more wrecked than ever. One thing I noticed right off the bat is how drastically the journal changes over time. I had to hurry up and take pictures before it evolved into a completely different creature again!

  Needless to say, I’ve been working with my WTJ a lot lately. It’s become my new “busy project” that I do during my idle time (very similar to my “Blue Footed Boobs” piece, now that I think of it!) I feel like I have the freedom to work on more than one page at once, so that keeps things interesting for me. I’m constantly doodling and doing weird mini craft projects now.

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