Posts by Linda aka Crafty Gardener

It’s Daycation Time

It’s Daycation Time I love it when the weather gets warmer and we start going out for daycations.  Our first one for this year was a trip to Niagara Falls.  To be rested up when we get there we take a bus trip as it’s about a 3.5 hour drive from our house.  Maple Leaf Tours (formerly McCoy Tours) had a half price special so we had to take advantage of that. It was a glorious day, clear blue skies, sunshine and temperatures close to 15 Celsius.  When we had booked the trip the forecast was for rain but as
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It’s Not Here Yet!

It’s Not Here Yet! The warm weather!  But then again it usually isn’t at this time of the year, we just want it to be! It has been a mixed weather week with chilly temperatures, pouring rain, wind, clouds and some sun. On rainy days I’ve been doing some crochet, trying out a couple of new patterns for dishcloths.  One is called Round & Ridgy and the other is Granny Round Ripple. I like patterns that I call “no brainer” ones that I can work on while watching tv. The granny one is really nice but it needs a bit
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Enjoying the Weather

Enjoying the Weather We have had some really nice days, just perfect for walking by the bay, decorating the garden, and relaxing and reading outside. The water was calm and clear on our walk by the bay at the end of the week. Look at the water dripping off the swan’s beak as it came up after  dunking for food This swan has a lot to say as a gull tried to move in on its territory. The osprey was letting us know she was on her nest … perhaps protecting young.  This is one of the nests that we check
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After the Rain

After the Rain The April showers were pouring down last week, and they even included a bit of wet snow.  Rains are great for washing away the sand and grit from the winter.  In between there were some nice sunny spells, just perfect for getting outside.  But they didn’t last long and I needed to take the opportunity when it happened.   The grass is greening up and we’ll soon be hearing the lawn mower motors as everyone gets outside more.  Hopefully all this rain will fill up the water tables so those of us on wells won’t worry so much after last year’s
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It’s Flossie Bird

Embroidery Floss Projects It’s spring and the birds are retuning to the garden. I’ve seen and heard robins, red wing black birds, cardinals, bluejays, sparrows, nuthatches, woodpeckers and more. And look … here is a rare bird sighting. It’s a … ah … um … duh … Flossie bird. This bird isn’t found in any birding book but you can catch a glimpse of it at Attic 24. It was a fun and quick pattern to make up. Of course I had to tweak it a bit and instead of using yarn I used embroidery floss.  I save them for
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April Arrives

April Arrives We are marching right into April so it is time to spring-i-fy things.   Even though it’s not planting time there is some decorating and maintenance work that needs doing  in various places in the garden.  Here’s 5 things I’ve been working on. It was time to do away with the greenery baskets that are getting brown and put up the bumbershoot displays. I made these umbrella displays a couple of years ago using items from the dollar store and some ribbon.  I have one on each side of the garage door to fit in with the April showers theme for spring.
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The Driftwood Starburst

The Driftwood Starburst From my collection of collected driftwood from British Columbia I’ve made a driftwood starburst.  This was one of my winter crafting projects and I can’t wait to get it outside in a permanent home. The fun part was collecting the driftwood with the grandkids on our visits to British Columbia and then finding spots to stash it all into the suitcases.  Thank goodness it doesn’t weigh very much. I knew I wanted to make a starburst but needed some sort of backing.  On a trip to the thrift store I found an old cutting board for a
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Resourceful Visitors

Although the calendar says it is spring the days have been chilly, windy, snowy or rainy.   The visitors keep arriving in the garden and are very resourceful at finding something to eat. The robins arrived at the end of January in a large flock that remains for the winter.   At first there were lots in the garden but lately it seems that just one or two of them have picked our garden to remain in.   We’ve had unexpected snow so far and this robin was very resourceful at finding the greenery baskets on the deck railing and
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