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Christmas is Coming

November 29th, 2018

The festive season just seems to sneak right up on us. Having homemade decoration or gifts or gift wrapping makes it all the more special.  With less than a month to go, time is getting scarce and I m...

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Darkest Before the Dawn

Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike Martin

November 26th, 2018

~ Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike Martin is the seventh book in the Sgt. Windflower series set in Newfoundland, Canada. The series is about Winston Windflower, an RCMP officer, who is stationed in Gra...

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The Button Wreath

making a button wreath at craftygardener.ca

November 25th, 2018

~ The button tin/jar holds an assortment of buttons in all sizes and colours. You can spend a long time reminiscing as you let the buttons fall through your fingers.  But sometimes there just isn̵...

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Clay Embellished Ornaments

ornament decorated with cold porcelain dough at craftygardener.ca

November 24th, 2018

~ This is a way to fancy up those shiny coloured ornaments.  I used a cold porcelain dough, some plain and some tinted green to cut out leaves to add to the ornaments.  This was a craft we made at Cre...

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Closing out November

the bluejay at the coil feeder at craftygardener.ca

November 21st, 2018

~ It is lovely and sunny today but the wind is very strong and cold.  We had some snow this morning and at times it was like being in a snow globe.  The wind was blowing the snow around and around.  I...

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Making Beaded Ornaments

beaded Christmas ornaments from craftygardener.ca

November 18th, 2018

~ I love it when Christmas comes creeping in.  Doing a little bit now means I don’t have to do a whole lot later on.  There is gift making and ornament making going on right now These little orn...

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The Nature Tree

a Nature tree at craftygardener.ca

November 17th, 2018

~ I love trees of all sorts and decided to create a Nature tree in the corner of the dining room this year.  I have previously made one in the entrance hall, but it was a little crowded when more than...

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Winter is Knocking

snow arrives at craftygardener.ca

November 16th, 2018

~ Winter is knocking at the door.  We had a couple of brief snow showers a few days ago but that only lasted a few hours.  Last night a huge system moved into southern Ontario and left a thick coating...

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Hello Pep and Salty

Pep and Salty the shaker people from craftygardener.ca

November 14th, 2018

~ I’d like to introduce you to Pep and Salty … the shaker people, the latest addition to my snow folk. They started out as a salt and pepper shakers purchased from the dollar store for $1...

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Nuts and Pinecones for Decorating

making a nutty snowman at craftygardener.ca

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

making festive teabags at craftygardener.ca

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

a mini wreath at craftygardener.ca

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

dendritic painting at craftygardener.ca

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

how to make a snowman hat out of a coffee pod container at craftygardener.ca

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

'boo'tiful towels at craftygardener.ca

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

a pileated woodpecker at craftygardener.ca

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

making a pinecone wreath at craftygardener.ca

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

making yarn ball ornaments at craftygardener.ca

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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