Monthly Archives March 2018

Boots and Bumbershoots

Categories: Garden Projects, The Garden 2018, and Whimsy.

~ Bumbershoot is the old fashioned name for umbrella. I love unusual words.  I decided to turn that umbrella upside down, add some spring things and make a bumbershoot display instead of the traditional wreath.   I have several umbrellas but didn’t want to use one for the display because I will most likely need it for those rainy days that will be coming soon.  A trip to the dollar store is always fun and this time I was looking for an umbrella.  I had recently purchased some forsythia branches thinking I would do a wreath.  I added some ribbon that
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L is for Lady’s Mantle

Categories: Plants.

L is for Lady’s Mantle – alchemilla mollis. This beautiful perennial plant is best known for its leaves.  I love to photogaph the cup shaped leaves after a gentle rain.  The rain drops will bead up on the leaf and slide slowly towards the center.   I have a series of photos I’ve taken, printed and framed, in the bathroom.  Each has raindrops on it … lady’s mantle, hostas, and hens & chicks. You can see the flower buds forming in the center of these leaves. The plant gets quite big and round and about 25 cm. high.  There are
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Deseronto Potato Beans

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

~ Last year at Seedy Saturday I picked up a packet of Deseronto potato beans to try and grow.  Each year I like to grow a variety of veggies that I don’t usually grow.  This is a rare white bean from the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve in Deseronto, Ontario (very close to where I live).   I was intrigued by the name and wanted to give it a try. A hardy, half-runner type with creamy flowers and smooth white beans.  You can cook them like mashed potatoes (this is what intrigued me) or use as a thickener for soups and stews. I was
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Kabouli Black Chickpeas

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

~ I love going to Seedy Saturdays and am always on the lookout for new and interesting seeds to me that I can try growing.  Last year I picked up some Kabouli black chickpeas to grow in the kitchen garden.  The kitchen garden is a series of plant tables my husband made to raise gardening to my level after knee replacement surgery.  I use all sorts of containers, at least a foot deep, to grow veggies and herbs. The Kabouli chickpeas are an Afghani type which gives black chickpeas. They were planted in a large container on  May 14, 2017 and
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Omelette Muffins

Categories: Recipes.

~ This is a delicious way to have an omelette in muffin.  Delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner and even a snack. I use ingredients that are available and these change each time I make them.  This time I used cubed ham, zucchini, mushrooms, diced onion, cheese, milk and eggs.  I have also used bacon, tomato, peppers.  Make it your own by adding your favourite ingredients. I lightly cook all the ingredients in a fry pan. You don’t have to do this but can mix the ingredients and share between the muffin cups. The egg mixture is what you would
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The Sea Glass Critters

Categories: British Columbia, Crafty's Projects, Nature Crafts, and Whimsy.

~ Collecting sea glass was so much fun on our last trip to British Columbia.  I bought back lots and lots in various colours and sizes.  The smallest pieces got sorted and displayed in some cute little jars, the smallest is just under 4 cm. high.  But what to do with all the rest of it was a challenge. The first project was to make a sea glass candle that I loved burning on the dark winter evenings.  I showed how I made the smaller one and used the same idea when I made a larger one.  We recently just
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Jerusalem Artichoke

Categories: Vegetables.

J is for Jerusalem Artichoke. Don’t let the name fool you, the Jerusalem Artichoke has nothing to do with artichokes or Jerusalem.It is in the sunflower family and is also called sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple.  It is a perennial plant that can grow up to 3 meters tall.   This perennial plant with edible roots grows in two spots in the garden … at the back of the fence garden and on the hill garden. Once I realized how tall, and invasive these plants could be I moved them to another couple of spots where there was more space. The
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A Craf-tea Towel

Categories: Craf-tea and Sewing.

From talking about tea … to sharing teacups  … to rearranging the teapot display … and one thing led to another and I came up with a craf-tea idea.  I had seen this idea on a few sites and thought I would  try making one. I’ve got some friend’s birthdays coming up and wanted something with a personal touch.  You can find the instructions on Martha Stewart’s site.  I used my own template from another craft, an odd bit of material from another sewing project, and a small kitchen towel.   This is my test project, so I used an
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The Plant Nanny

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2018.

~ I love the challenge of recycling and reusing, and wine bottles is a favourite thing of mine to use in the garden.   It takes awhile to collect the blue bottles but the green is fairly common for wine bottles.  A feature in my garden is my bottle tree. It has had a few different transformations over the years.  It started out on a lilac bush that just stopped growing so I trimmed it down and added the bottles and other things.  After awhile that trunk just snapped away, which was expected as it was a dead tree. It
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I Like ‘Purse’onality

Categories: Crochet.

~ I love homemade bags and have them in many colours.  I don’t use any bags/purses that are store bought but have ones with a little ‘purse’onality.  I’ve also made many bags to give away as gifts.  One of my favourites is a granny square bag in black, dark gray, light grey and white. I found this cute pattern for a bag made out of granny squares a few years ago. It is great for using up odd bits and pieces of yarn.  It’s called Inga’s crocheted bag.  I just tweaked it a bit and took out the squares that formed the
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