Recycled Fun: Garden


 In the Garden

This week the Ruby Road Detective is looking for recycled fun you can use in the garden. There are so many great ideas bouncing around the internet. Here is some of the best:

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Have old tires you don’t know what to do with? How about make them into planters? Link here.

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photo: Twig and Toadstool

An adorable idea for a children’s garden made from wooden salad bowls. Link directions here.

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photo: Domestic Simplicity

Here’s something we can all easily do! Spoon garden markers. Can’t draw? Cut out photos from a gardening magazine. Link directions here.

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And finally, here’s a clever use of old wine bottles. Line them up for a nice border! Link directions here.

Scouting around RUBY ROAD RESALE MALL, here’s what we found that can help you make these.


Make a Romantic, Shabby Chic Room You’ll Love


Start with one piece of furniture with Shabby Chic charm ($110, booth#BJ10).


Maybe an old trunk that doubles as a table? ($49.99, booth#JD14)


Add floral and hand-painted collectibles in the same pink/green color scheme (rose plate $5.95, booth#NB20).


Need one stand-out accent piece? How about this lamp? ($4.50 booth#SH21)


Add a rosy magazine rack ($24 booth#BJ10) and you have a room you can be proud of.

Wow: Recycled Chickens

rubyroadfindsThis Ruby Road Detective has been playing and researching on PINTEREST & FACEBOOK for recycled finds and found this amazing piece of art.

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photo: Recycled Art Foundation, Waqt News photo

Now that’s one cool chicken! More sleuthing led to the RECYCLED ART FOUNDATION. According to Greenmouse Recycling, the “Recycled Art Foundation “offers a platform to showcase the benefits of recycling art to a wider audience.

More detective work brought me to the RECYCLED ART FOUNDATION Facebook page.  There’s beautiful fork jewelry:

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And, the most unusual find? A couch made from a phone booth! Now it’s a work of art.

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See their posts and follow over at their FACEBOOK link for some great recycled art eye candy! Still can’t believe those are forks!

Until next time,

The Ruby Road Detective


Recycled Creatures & Mutant Toys

When you think of mutant toys, TOY STORY comes to mind.

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photo: Pixar

Today we are spotlighting three different artists that have taken recycled materials to a new level making fabulous creatures come to life.

Natsumi Tomita is a japanese artist who has created a series of recycled creations called Small Forest. Is that a spoon? To see the full article go here.

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photo: Natsumi Tomita

Our next artist, David Edgar, has used his sculpting abilities to give life to plastic for his “plastiquarium”. This is recycling at its best! Just love the names of his creatures and he makes all of them from what he finds in recycling bins. Read the article here.

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photo: from and David Edgar

And our third artist is Vladimiras Nikonovas’ birds and creatures, Alchemy of the Landfills, created from gears, blades, rakes and other tools. The finished result is mind-blowing.

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photo: Vladimiras Nikonovas from

 It’s inspiring to learn what is possible with a few discarded recyclables and a ton of imagination!

Lighthouses and the sea


 “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” — Anne Lamest


$5.00 lamp (available at booth#JK31 )

“Let your hope be your lighthouse, beckoning you through stormy seas”- Jessica de la Davies


$4.50 light up (available at booth#KR76 )

“The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen


$7.95 chimes (available at booth#DR62 )

“The lowest ebb is at the turn of the tide.” — Longfellow


$5.00 clock (available at booth#JK31 )

“Many people spend too much time trying to be the captain of someone else’s boat. Learn to be a lighthouse and the boats will find their way.” — Unknown from Pinterest


$7.95 (available at booth#DR62)