Monthly Archives October 2012

Friendship Tea Mug 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. Crafty is being craf-tea. http://www.craftygardener.ca This pattern is ©Crafty Gardener and my not be sold or posted on any other site. Please share the link so others may visit. Don’t let the world of computers and the internet take away the pleasure of receiving a hand written note or card. Don’t get me wrong, virtual cards are lovely and always arrive in our inboxes on time.
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Friendship Tea

Categories: Craf-tea and Plastic Canvas.

Crafty is being craf-tea. Don’t let the world of computers and the internet take away the pleasure of receiving a hand written note or card. Don’t get me wrong, virtual cards are lovely and always arrive in our inboxes on time. But don’t you just love getting a card, whether hand made or purchased, in your mailbox.   If you are sending off a card for a birthday, a special holiday, a get well note, or just a note to say hi, why not include a little craft-tea project inside … a cup of friendship tea.
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Black Crowned Night Heron

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

I was extremely lucky to capture some photos of the black crowned night heron, or night heron, on September 7, 2011.   My husband had spotted this water bird down by the bay on September 6 but didn’t have a camera with him.  My mission the next morning was to go back with my camera to see if I could capture a new lens friend.  I spotted him just sitting there quite close to shore. I very quietly walked through the trees to the shore to get some closer photos.  He was perched on an old tree stump in a
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Braided Covered Plastic Coathanger Pattern

Categories: Coat Hanger Crafts and 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. 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 material. It is getting increasingly hard to find. Old crafts are becoming popular again. The original pattern is by Qualicraft.  A version of those instructions were shared by SusieQ on a crafting bulletin board several years ago.
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Heron Reflections

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

One of my favourite water birds to capture with the camera is the great blue heron.   They can be found down by the bay and on the river.   There tall and graceful bodies seem to be moving in almost slow motion as they stalk their prey. Patiently waiting. Looking for a tasty little fish. Preening after eating. I’m sharing with Weekend Reflections, I’d Rather B Birdin’, Camera Critters, Have a look at some more of my lens friends photos.
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‘Tree’mendous

Categories: British Columbia.

On our trip to British Columbia in November 2011 we got to visit Cathedral Grove.  This is an absolutely amazing place to visit on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  Cathedral Grove is located in MacMillan Provincial Park and it preserves a section of the old growth trees in the western rainforest.  There are massive Douglas Fir and Red Cedar trees, some as much as 800 years old.  On entering the forest a subtle quiet seems to overtake the noise from the road. We were fascinated by the moss that grows on the trees. Even the dead trees that are still standing
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A Juvenile Heron

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

On a  lovely morning walk down by the bay at the end of August  we sighted a variety of water birds including the great blue heron, the swan family, cormorants, gulls, Canada Geese and a young heron.  Is it a young green heron or a young black crowned night heron?  My first guess was a young green heron. The water was extremely low and in one of the ponds where we might see ducks and/or turtles we saw this little bird going from one side to the other.  At first I thought it was a duck as we only saw
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Winter Greenery

Categories: Garden Projects.

The big pots are all empty and I hate to see them sit that way all winter.   Several years ago I started filling the big pots with winter greenery.  Usually towards the end of October I take a walk around the garden with my garden gloves and cutters.  The gloves protect my hands from the needles on the various trees.  I cut off branches from the bottoms of the trees/shrubs so it doesn’t interfere with the way they look.   If I don’t have enough in my garden I usually stop along the sides of the roads and snip
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Peanut Mail

Categories: Birds.

Several years ago we converted an old rural mailbox into a bird feeder.   We had put it down on an old tree stump and put a few peanuts in it thinking the chipmunk would like it, but to our surprise the bluejays started going into it to get the peanut mail.  It should of been no surprise that the bluejays would source out the peanuts.  So we mounted the old mailbox onto a post and set it up as a permanent feeder station. Here is the bluejay swooping into the mailbox.  I love this photo as it shows the
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Kitty Bag

Categories: Crochet.

  With the chilly evenings settling in I find myself by a cozy fire with my knitting or crochet in my hand.  I’ve also been doing more reading.  A series that I like is by Maggie Sefton and they are knitting mysteries.  I’m just starting Cast on, Kill Off, which is the 10th one in the series. The cute little pouch and the Hallowe’en bracelet have been completed.  One of the yoga socks has been finished and I’m ready to cast on the second sock. I just finished the round kitty face bag which is for our granddaughter’s birthday at the
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