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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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What row am I on?

making row counters at craftygardener.ca

September 15th, 2018

~ We all face this challenge when knitting or doing a crochet project – keeping track of how many rows have been completed. There are many gadgets that you can purchase if you look around. The...

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Slate Coloured Juncos

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September 11th, 2018

~ The little slate coloured juncos are frequent winter visitors to the gardens.  Juncos are found across North America and they vary slightly in appearance from east to west. Here in my part of Ontari...

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Green Zebra Tomatoes

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September 9th, 2018

~ Each year in my kitchen garden I like to try to grow a different variety of vegetable.  This year I chose to try out green zebra tomatoes.  As well as going through a really hot and humid summer, my...

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How to Make a Trivet

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September 8th, 2018

~ You can easily make your own trivet out of a 7 inch cork circle, broken tiles, tile adhesive, mod podge and coloured sand.   We recently made one in the Creative crafting group that meets on Fridays...

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CD Scratch Art

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August 18th, 2018

~ If you are like me you have an abundance of CDs.  There was a time when you got all sorts of them with free programs, or you have a lot of old ones from computer storage.  I’m a saver, and hav...

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Partial Albino Grackle

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August 15th, 2018

~ We had a rare visitor to the flat feeder August 10, 2018 –  a partial albino grackle or a leucistic grackle.  Thanks to help from an online friend Elaine, some bird forums, and internet search...

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F for Four O’clocks

August 13th, 2018

~ 4 o’clocks or Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis jalapa is an annual plant where I live in Canada.  The blooms of many colours usually open in the late afternoon, all night and close up the following...

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