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Nuts and Pinecones for Decorating

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November 13th, 2018

~ We are into November and the days are getting chillier and shorter so it is time to get into crafting mode.  Besure to visit the Christmas page from the drop down menu to see all my ideas.  I recent...

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Craf-tea for Christmas

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November 9th, 2018

~ Dare I mention that the Christmas season is fast approaching, and now is the time to get a head start on gift making?  These craf-tea ideas for gifts  are all simple to make and can be personalized ...

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A Mini Wreath

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November 6th, 2018

~ Christmas crafting started a week or so ago at our Creative Crafting group.  Here is a little mini wreath made from a curtain ring, some twine, little bits of felt, some red berries or sequins and g...

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Dendritic Painting

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November 2nd, 2018

~ Dendritic painting is a technique I learned at Creative Crafting.  This is a simple way to create amazing designs on paper and artist board. Dendrites are actually nerve cells and  dendritic paintin...

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How to Make a Small Snowman Hat

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November 1st, 2018

~ Do you accumulate the coffee pod containers?  Even though we buy the Canadian Beaver Rock brand, which are totally recyclable (if your area accepts them) I still like to save them for craft projects...

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“Boo”tiful Projects

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October 26th, 2018

~ Hallowe’en is a fun time for little children.  It’s a time for witches, ghosts, goblins and jack o’lanterns.  It is a great time of year to make some quick and easy projects.  So w...

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The Pileated Woodpecker

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October 23rd, 2018

~ What a thrill to see a pileated woodpecker in the back garden. There she was at the base of the old dead tree drilling away in search of insects. A bit of research in the birding books told us this...

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A Pinecone Wreath

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October 14th, 2018

~ I’m a  collector and can’t resist picking up pine cones in all shapes and sizes.  I love to use Nature’s treasure to create projects for inside and outside our home.  I have had a ...

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Crafty Ornaments

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October 13th, 2018

~ Christmas crafting has begun.  I know it seems early but these ornaments didn’t really seem like Christmas crafting as they are yarn related. I made a couple of easy and quick crafty ornaments...

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A Mini Yarn Basket

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October 12th, 2018

~ I’m trying to come up with ways of recycling these empty k cups instead of just recycling them.  The ones we buy are recyclable but many of them aren’t and these ideas will keep some of ...

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A Fall Center Piece

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October 6th, 2018

~ It’s Fall.  Cooler weather in our part of Ontario and it’s Thanksgiving this weekend. At the Creative Crafting group we created a Fall centre piece from an old plate, burlap, artificial ...

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A Driftwood Keychime

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October 4th, 2018

~ I love making garden whimsy to display in various spots in the garden.  While recovering from my knee replacement surgery I had lots of time to think, create and craft. Using a piece of driftwood fr...

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Braided Wire Coat Hangers

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September 27th, 2018

~ Old crafts are becoming popular again. Do you remember the old craft of braiding long strips to make a cover for a wire coat hanger?  The original material was Nylotex or Phentex, a stretchy, nylon ...

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Predict the Weather

September 27th, 2018

~ Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict the weather? You could customize it to fit your plans for the day.   Unfortunately we can’t and have to take the weather as it comes.  But I have ...

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Colour Changing Pinecones

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September 22nd, 2018

~ How do you change the colour of pinecones?  Soak them in a bleach solution of course! This is a project that was on my to do list for awhile, however I just got around to doing it now that Fall is h...

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How to Make a Rake Wreath

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September 20th, 2018

~ Goodbye summer, hello Autumn. Where does the time go?   Autumn is a wonderful season of colours, sights, smells and tastes.  I’m not really a big decorator for seasons but will be putting up a...

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The Kestrel and His Prey

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September 17th, 2018

~ The American Kestrel has been spotted a couple of times in and around the garden. Here it is just after it landing on top of the light pole.  We live in the country so don’t have the usual nu...

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Changing the Bottle Tree

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September 16th, 2018

~ I have had a whimsical bottle tree in the garden since 2014 and it has gone through a few changes.  The original was a lilac tree that just decided to stop growing, so I trimmed it to become the fir...

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