An Upcycled Garden Planner From A Little Golden Book

The snow is coming down hard and heavy here in southeast Iowa, with about 6 inches expected. There’s no better time than now to show you the garden planner I just finished, upcycled from a vintage Little Golden Book! I feel warmer already...

Let me start by saying that I never cut up a perfectly good book. When I work with one of these children’s books, they have to have damage, drawing in them or be about ready to fall apart. Sometimes I’ll have duplicates and choose the one in better condition to keep and the other to craft with. That’s how these pages came to be - the pictures on the other side weren’t great and the spine was breaking, so all I had to do was cut out the pictures, mat them on card stock and embellish them with chipboard, acrylic dots and journal blocks.

But I have to admit that there are three sets of pages that are my favorites. They are decorated on the front and open up to make drawing space, giving the die-hard gardener a place to dream and plan and draw out what the perfect garden will look like. Then they fold back up to show off more journal blocks.

And the journal blocks can be used for lists of plants, a garden center shopping list and all those other great ideas. There are 24 pages to play with, dream on and write on. I can’t think of a better way to spend a snowy day than planning a garden! This book will be available in our Etsy shop soon, unless someone speaks up sooner! We’ll also be attending some shows in the fall, so you’ll be able to see all of our recent work in person.


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