Monthly Archives September 2019

Friendship Tea

Categories: Craf-tea and Plastic Canvas.

Crafty is being craf-tea. It’s time to think of little gifts, ones that tuck inside a greeting card. After all it isn’t that far to Christmas. 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
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Christmas in Newfoundland

Categories: Books.

Christmas in Newfoundland, Memories and Mysteries is the latest book by Mike Martin. Mike writes the series of light mystery gendre of books about Sgt. Windflower, who is an RCMP officer stationed in Newfoundland. I love books set in Canada and written by a Canadian. This delightful book is a series of 10 short stories that you will immensely enjoy. Each little story was the perfect length to read while I had a cup of tea. I’ve already reread them a couple of times. My favourites are the ones are of Christmas past, especially the little boy walking downtown with
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Alphabetical Gardening – L

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

~ It’s time for all L to break loose in the garden. My favourite has to be Little Red who seems to have claimed our garden and lets all the other squirrels know they are in his/her territory.  Little Red loves to explore … sitting on the frog, inside the birdhouse, on the washing line, munching snacks, checking out the sign post and relaxing on the deck railing. Little Red Garden whimsy starting with L includes ladybug rocks and claypot lighthouses. L whimsy Plants starting with L are numerous (left to right top then bottom)  … lupins, lilies, liatris, ligularia, let’s
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Painting Birch Trees on Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Out and About.

My adventures in rock painting led me to painting birch trees on larger rocks. Birch trees are always something I have wanted to paint and I’ve read lots of info on creating them on canvas but just never got around to it. The rock was about 15 cm (6 inches) high and came from my favourite place to collect rocks at Wicklow Beach. On a lovely September day we went to the beach, which was only occupied by a large groups of gulls. First was to make sure the rock was clean and then give it a base coat front
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What’s in the Garden? – K

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It is time for K on the garden tour and at ABC Wednesday. The kitchen garden is a big part of my garden.  I grow tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peas and lots more.  My husband made me three plant tables a few years ago and most of the veggies grow in large containers.  These are right by the deck and it is easy to pop out of the kitchen and pick some fresh food for meals. No bending or deep digging required which is good for my old bones. Kale is one of my favourite veggies and I do grow some in
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The Ecology Garden

Categories: Out and About.

One morning we headed out to Cobourg, to pick up a special order at our favourite British store, to walk the beach and hopefully find some lake glass, and to make our first visit to the Cobourg Ecology Garden. One piece of lake glass we found was marked Heinz Co with the number 255 on it. Some research on the internet found a list of glass codes by the Heinz company. This one was from a 14 ounce ketchup bottle made between 1918 and 1943. Wow, it is an old piece and will be kept with all the other glass
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Butterfly Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

It is the time of year when the butterflies are beginning their long migration south. We recently visited the Cobourg Ecology Garden, (Coboug Ontario) and I decided to make a few decoupaged butterfly rocks to leave in their rock garden. If you notice, one rock doesn’t fit the theme. It is a painted bird rock that I decided to take to the gardens too. I added some positive messages to my rocks this time … spread your wings, fly free, smile, family and a heart. There is one garden dedicated to rocks, and the sign says it all. I left
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Alphabetical Gardening – J

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

Join me for my alphabetical garden tour with things starting with J. Juncos, one of my favourite little birds, are mainly winter visitors but they do arrive in the late Fall and stay until about mid spring.  Juncos enjoy all the feeders and will also feed in groups on the ground. There aren’t that many plants in the garden starting with J but one of them is Jerusalem artichokes.  This is a perennial edible plant that gets extremely tall.  It can also be an invasive plant as if you leave just the smallest bit of root in the ground it
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Bleached Pinecones & Fall Wreaths

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Nature Crafts.

~ How do you change the colour of pinecones?  Soak them in a bleach solution of course! The Fall decorations have been slowly coming out now it is September and the weather is changing. I found this older post on bleaching pinecones and updated it to my new WordPress format, updated some photos and links to other posts. From the pinecone collection I chose a variety of sizes, and they went from this …. to this, in a few easy steps. I had seen the almost white pinecones in various stores and displays and did some research on how to
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What’s in the Garden? – I

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

The garden tour letter for this week is I. One of my favourite pieces of garden whimsy is Inuky.  I actually have two of them in different parts of the garden.  This was my creative way of using up some old bricks.   The traditional inuksuks are made from rock and are stone monuments used by the Inuit as a marker for special places, interesting places, marking trails or location of food or people, navigation, or migration routes of the caribou. Iris plants of different sizes and colours are next for starting with I.  My favourites are the mid sized yellow iris
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