Posts by Linda aka Crafty Gardener

CD Scratch Art

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

~ If you are like me you have an abundance of CDs.  There was a time when you got all sorts of them with free programs, or you have a lot of old ones from computer storage.  I’m a saver, and have a big box full of them.  I’m always trying to use them in whimsical craft projects. The latest idea I tried was scratch art.  I remember doing this type of craft years and years ago in public school.  You coloured a sheet of paper in all different colours and then coloured the whole thing over in black.  With
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Partial Albino Grackle

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

~ We had a rare visitor to the flat feeder August 10, 2018 –  a partial albino grackle or a leucistic grackle.  Thanks to help from an online friend Elaine, some bird forums, and internet searches we were able to correctly identify this bird. The head of a grackle is usually all bluish, but this one has white features throughout. The eye has the same yellowish circle with the black pupil. You can see similar features to the common grackle – the longish tail, sturdy beak, and long legs. Here are a few more shots as it moved to different
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F for Four O’clocks

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

~ 4 o’clocks or Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis jalapa is an annual plant where I live in Canada.  The blooms of many colours usually open in the late afternoon, all night and close up the following morning.  The plant likes full sun and grows just under 1 meter in height.  I’m Canadian zone 5b which is the equivalent of USDA zone 4b.  In warmer climate zones this plant can be grown as a perennial.  I need to dig the root each year and save it in a cool, dark place so that it can be planted the following spring.
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Rose of Sharon

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2018.

~ A few years ago I was given a cutting from a Rose of Sharon bush and this year it is finally big enough to bloom.  And not just one or two blooms but it is going to have lots of blooms.  The photo on the left was taken at the beginning of the growing season in 2017 and the one beside it was taken in August 2018.         Now in 2018 it is taller and fuller and has buds on it. It blooms on growth of the current year.  Pruning is done in late fall after
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Stained Glass Keychimes

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

~ I’ve been making garden whimsy with old cd’s for a long time.  One o the first things I made was some key chimes. Unfortunately the old cds and the weather aren’t good companions and the shine of the cd starts to wear away.  The keys get all twirled together and after awhile it gets hard to untangle the fishing line.  So it was time to repair and upcycle the key chimes once again. The old key chime was made of 2 cds glued together, keys and fishing line.  This time I used one of the stained glass cds that
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Stained Glass CD

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

~ Turn an old cd into a stained glass decoration. Here is another project I am working on.  Take the old cds you have and start to strip off the shiny part.  You score it just a little bit and then use some wide sticky tape, the stickier the better.  Press the tape onto the shiny part and then pull quickly, and presto the shiny part starts to come off.  Do it over and over until you are left with a clear disc. Trace the cd onto white paper, two per page.  Draw your design.  I did mine freehand so
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Knitting Needle Flowers

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Crochet, and Organization.

~ I was inspired by someone I follow on Instagram to make some knitting needle flowers.  On a really hot and humid afternoon when it was far too uncomfortable to be outside I got out my little left over balls of yarn and my 4 mm crochet hook and made 8 little flowers.  Thanks eighbysix for the inspiration. The pattern I used was sort of my own but after looking around I found others had made similar flowers. Start with a chain of 4 and slip stitch to join the chain. Chain 2 and then do 11 hdc in the
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CD Starburst

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Garden Projects.

~ This cd starburst reminds me so much of the clocks from the 1960’s.  It was another great project shared with us by Gail at Creative Crafting.  You need 2 cds, some bbq skewers, paint, items to embellish, paint, and a glue gun. The first thing to do is trace the cd onto paper and then add the spoked, making sure you cross the centre point each time. Lay one cd onto the grid.  The long bbq skewers were painted black (thanks Heather) and then laid onto the lines.  I used shorted sticks that I had painted a turquoise colour
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Mandala Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Garden Projects.

~ At one of my weekly Creative Crafting sessions we painted mandala rocks.  I had done several of these myself previously, nothing fancy just some practice rocks which I’ll take and hide on one of our daycations at different beaches. Gail, our instructor, had collected the rocks for us and had a collection of things for making the dots.  I already had a collection of things and you don’t need any special tools for this project.  You can use the ends of pencils, paint brushes, knitting needles, toothpicks and so much more.  Some of my favourite things are nails with
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Wicklow Beach

Categories: Out and About.

~ A day out at Wicklow Beach towards the end of June was amazing.  This beach is a lovely, long stretch of water and shore, mostly rocky. It was a clear, calm day with hardly any visitors to the beach. Just walking beside the water and listening to it lap onto the shore is so peaceful. The rocks are lovely and flat on both sides and perfect for stacking or skipping into the water. These lovely flat rocks would also be perfect for mandala painting or other types of rock painting. One of my projects this year is based on
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