The Ladder Planter Evolves

The Ladder Planter Evolves

I have used an old wooden step ladder as a planter for several years now.  It gives the garden a vertical aspect.  At first I just used the rungs to display pots, but quickly found out that was very limiting.

The pots had to be screwed onto the rungs.  It looked great from the front but the back left something to be desired.


I tried it this was for 2 years.  I was really pleased with the petunias in the second year, but the back was still lacking.


By 2010 I had come up with an idea to add strips of wood from the run to the back of the ladder.  This greatly increased the display area.  In 2011 the ladder planter got moved to the corner of the trellis garden and it became know as the tea thyme planter.  Most of the plants were planted in old teacups, kettles or tea related items.  At the base of the ladder a clump of thyme was also planted.

in 2012 I decided to turn the ladder so the side was visible because that meant more display space was visible.  For most of 2012 the ladder was here and I grew ruby moon hyacinth vines up one side.  But as gardening season was winding down and the vine was finished I moved the ladder once again to a new location on the deck as a new piece of trellis was added to the spot where it stood for most of the summer.  Right now I think I will display the ladder there next year, but who knows, as I’m always changing my mind about things in the garden.

Have you seen these?

ladder planter on the deckcraf-tea plantersteapot totem – teacup planters

Jewelry for your Crochet

Jewelry for your Crochet

Jewelry for your crochet work.

I had seen crochet stitch markers made using the shepherd hook (used for ear rings) but I didn’t like the way they wiggled easily out of the crochet project. Using lobster clasps means the marker fastens easily to your project and won’t slip off when you turn the work or put the project down while you take a break.

I bought my lobster clasps in Michaels.  I usually buy things like this when I have a 50% off coupon.  You can either fasten small charms or use wire and beads as I did in the knitting stitch markers.

Why don’t you make some for yourself?  Or they make the perfect gift for the person who loves to crochet.

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Jewelry for your Knitting

Jewelry for your Knitting

Do you use stitch markers? They are like jewelry for your knitting.

I only started using them a few years ago when I came across a really cute set on Ebay or Etsy (can’t remember which). Up until that time I had either used a safety pin or a piece of yarn tied in a loop to make my place. They are used to mark a place on your knitting row where something different is about to happen … maybe an increase, maybe a decrease, maybe the start of a different stitch.

There are all sorts of stitch markers out there for you to purchase. But being the crafty person I am, I wanted to make some of my own. All you need are some small split rings, (which can be obtained at dollar stores and craft stores) and some beads and/or charms and some head pins or wire.

For the above stitch markers I used 26 gauge wire as I didn’t have any head pins. The rest of the stuff I had in my crafting stash of odds ‘n ends.

I took a piece of wire (length depends on how long you want the markers to be), slip on the end bead so it is in the center of the wire.   Fold the wire around the bead and twist tight.  Then I added the little silver beads, a bigger middle bead, a little silver bead and a small bead.  Then twist the wire (both strands) around the split ring and snip off close to the ring.  Be sure any ends are fastened in as you don’t want them catching on the yarn.

I bought some inexpensive charms from the dollar store and made some different ones.  With a few knitting projects going on at once you can never have too many stitch markers.

A set of six would be  a quick and easy gift for the knitter on your gift list.

Have a look at the stitch markers I made for crochet work.

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Printable – Zucchini Bread Recipe

Printable – Zucchini Bread Recipe

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Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

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2/3 cup shortening

2 2/3 cup sugar

4 eggs

2/3 cup water

3 cups shredded zucchini

3 1/3 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp sale

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup chopped nuts

2/3 cup raisins

2 tsp vanilla

Mix shortening and sugar in large bowl.  Add eggs, zucchini and water.  Mix till smooth.  Add in dry ingredients and vanilla.  I sift all the dry ingredients together before adding.  Stir in nuts and raisins.  Divide between 2 large loaf pans.

Bake 60-70 minutes at 350F.  Cool, slice and enjoy.

Dishcloth Scrubbie Pattern

Dishcloth Scrubbie Pattern

Round Dishcloth Scrubbie


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round dish cloth scrubby and pattern at

You will need ;

-nylon scrubbie from dollar stores
-4 mm crochet hook
-cotton yarn

The pattern from

Crochet 30 stitches around the center of the scrubbie.
Rnd 1 – Single crochet into each stitch for the second row. Join the first to last with a slip stitch and chain 2.
Rnd 2 – * sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in the next sc * repeat * to * to end, slip stitch to join first to last ch 3,
Rnd 3 – dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, * dc in next 2 sc, 2 dc in next sc * repeat to end, if any stitches remain dc in each one, sl st join last to first
Repeat previous row 4 times (or more if you want a bigger cloth)
The edging is a shell stitch, sl st in next dc * skip 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, skip 2 dc, sl st in next dc * repeat * to * to end.


Lid Gripper

Lid Gripper

Do you have a hard time opening jars?  This little gripper just might help you.

I started with a set of placemats from the dollar store.  And low and behold these actually did cost a dollar.  So many items in these stores are priced $1.25 or $1.50 or $2.00 and more.

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These are made with non slip fabric, rather like soft plastic canvas. This type of material is also sold in rolls to use as non slip shelf liners.  I like the placemats as they come in all different colours.  You can faintly see where I traced three circles on one of the placemats.  I used the sandwich plate from my dishes but if you used a smaller circle you would easily get four circles out of one piece.

  • Trace around a small plate to get the round shape. Cut out. I was able to get 3 circles out of one placemat.
  • Once I cut out the circles I did some crochet around the edges just to fancy them up a bit.

My version of the edging is very simple, you can add any of your own favourite edgings when making this simple craft.

  • Row 1 was just to do a single crochet in the holes around the edge of the gripper.
  • Row 2 was a double crochet in the first stitch, a double crochet in the second stitch, and then two double crochet in the third stitch. This was repeated around the edge.
  • By adding the extra double crochet every third stitch it stops the edge from curling inward.
  • The final row was a chain of 5, skip the next stitch, then join chain into the third stitch. Repeat around the edge till finished.

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