Monthly Archives November 2019

Wooden Snowflakes

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

You can easily make yourself some wood disc snowflakes. You need: some branches, about 7 cm or 3 inches wide, a wood burning tool, a saw to cut them a drill to add the holes your imagination for the images Before it got too cold and snowy I went to the back of the garden where we keep lots of brush and sorted out some branches and bought them inside to be sure they were dry before cutting. The first job after drying was to cut the wooden discs, about 2 cm or half inch thick. It was a challenge
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Alphabetical Gardening – U

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening and The Garden 2018.

~ What’s in the Garden? U for umbrellas, unique and unusual. One year I turned an umbrella into a display for the spring.  The old saying April showers bring May flowers was the theme for this unusual wreath/display. Did you know an old fashioned word for umbrella is bumbershoot?  I love unusual and unique words. But I do have rain umbrellas.  My fun umbrellas are from my teaching days.  It was important to cheer things up on rainy days when meeting the school buses.  Now the grandkids love using them in the garden … raining or not! The plant tables have
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Rock Stacking

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Out and About.

I love the challenge of stacking rocks to see how high they get before toppling over. I also love to photograph rock stacks on our travels. The above and below images were taken on a trip to Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Wicklow Beach is a favourite place to walk, enjoy the water, and collect rocks to paint and stack. These small rocks were glued together and are used in the garden with some of my other rock projects. This rock stacking project led me to create some painted stacked rocks and will be left at various places where we go rock
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What’s in the Garden? – T

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time for T in the garden. If you have been following along you know that I’ve used one letter a week for What’s in the Garden? Both the red and white trilliums bloom in the north facing garden in spring.  The white trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario and can be found growing in many places. The tulips are gorgeous spring blooms and it is such a joy to see them after a long, cold winter.   Have you been to Ottawa for the tulip festival? One year I made a tool wheel from an old wooden circular
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Feeding the Birds

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

It is that time of year to think about putting out some tasty treats for the birds. One of the most popular posts I have is for all season suet. Through trial and error I have found the birds prefer this suet mix to the store bought kind. I make up a couple of batches at a time and keep it handy in the freezer. We recently purchased a long coil feeder. This is suitable for holding a cob of corn or some suet balls. The starling loves it as he can perch on the top and peck at the
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Alphabetical Gardening – S

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

There are an abundance of plants, birds and ornaments that begin with S in the garden.  I’ve been hunting through the photo archives to find the best of the best.  Enjoy your visit to the garden in different seasons and times. Plants include sand cherry, solomon seal, sumac, St john’s wort, sedum, snow on the mountain, sunflowers, sweet peas, snow in summer and sneezeweed. I love stonecrops in the garden. Perennial plants that will grow in just about any conditions.  There is stringy stonecrop, red carpet stonecrop, mossy stonecrop, stonecrop kamtschaticum and sedum.  I love how they spread and can be added to various containers to
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Snowmen Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects.

Here’s how to paint some cute snowman/lady rocks. Or to be politically correct should they be snow people or snowfolk rocks? Directions with each photo. Sometimes I use a black permanent marker to add features like eyebrows. I find marker will sometimes bleed if you directly apply a fixative. I always add a Mod Podge layer first, let dry and then add the fixative. I used paint to add the pompom and then had the idea of using actual pompoms. I used E6000 glue to fasten them on after the final coat of Mod Podge and fixative spray. Both sides
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What’s in the Garden? – R

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

This week it is time to hunt through the photo archives for things in the garden that begin with R … the birds, the blooms, the edibles and  the decorations. One of the best signs that spring is approaching is the arrival of the robins and red wing blackbirds.   Redpolls also visit the garden during the warmer months. One of the many different wreaths I make is the rake wreath.  This is an old garden rake with artificial coloured leaves in it.  I try putting it in different locations each year. The blooms starting with R are rose campions,
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Dishcloth Britches

Categories: Knitting.

I recently have been knitting dishcloths.  The simple pattern is one that I use whenever I don’t have other projects on the go.I like to keep a stack of dishcloths for my use and to give as little gifts. This year I decided to make some up as dishcloth britches!  This is a favourite seller at church bazaars and craft sales.  You just need 2 square knitted dishcloths and some thin ribbon or yarn for fastening them together. This is the pattern I use for knitted dishcloths.  If you want a bigger cloth just add more than 40 stitches.  The size
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