Monthly Archives August 2012

The Ladder Planter Evolves

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

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
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Jewelry for your Crochet

Categories: 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
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Jewelry for your Knitting

Categories: 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
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Printable – Zucchini Bread Recipe

Categories: Printable Recipes and Recipes.

With the print friendly option you can choose how much or how little you want to print, just mouse over the text for the option to delete. Images can be included or not. Zucchini Bread http://www.craftygardener.ca/zucchini-bread/ 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
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Dishcloth Scrubbie Pattern

Categories: Patterns.

Round Dishcloth Scrubbie   With the print friendly option you can choose how much or how little you want to print, just mouse over the text for the option to delete. Images can be included or not but due to formatting on the post they may show up all over the place. You will need ; -nylon scrubbie from dollar stores -4 mm crochet hook -cotton yarn The pattern from http://www.craftygardener.ca/scrubbie-dishcloths/ 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
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Lid Gripper

Categories: Crochet.

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.   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
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Printable – Zucchini Fries Recipe

Categories: Recipes.

Click the print friendly option and you can choose how much or how little you want to print, just mouse over the text for the option to delete. Images can be included or not. Zucchini fries recipe from http://www.craftygardener.ca/zucchini-fries   Ingredients: 2 medium or 1 large zucchini 1 egg white 1/4 cup of milk 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, use already seasoned ones or add your own choice of seasonings cooking spray recipe from http://www.craftygardener.ca/zucchini-fries   Cut the zucchini into fry sized pieces, not too thin and not too fat.  It’s your choice to leave the skin on or
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Triangular Scrubbie Pattern

Categories: Patterns.

  With the print friendly option you can choose how much or how little you want to print, just mouse over the text for the option to delete. Images can be included or not but due to formatting on the post they may show up all over the place. A useful scrubbie that includes a dish cloth attached to it.  This pattern is ©Crafty Gardener and my not be sold or posted on any other site. Please share the link so others may visit. You need: -nylon scrubbie purchased from dollar stores -dish cloth yarn -tapestry needle -5 mm crochet
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Needle and Hook Holders

Categories: Crochet, Knitting, Organization, and Sewing.

I’ve been wanting a new holder for all my knitting needles. The one I have been using is old and really didn’t have enough spots for all the needles. I made my holder using felt that was about 92 cm. wide (36 in.) and about 50 cm. deep (20 in.). Fold up the bottom part about 18 cm. (7 in.). I sewed lines to make narrow pockets to hold the needles. Some were about 2.5 cm. (1 in.) wide and some were about 1.25 cm. (1/2 in.) wide. In the above photo you can see all the pockets that I
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