Posts by Crafty Gardener

Zen-doodles

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Rocks.

I was recently introduced to the term zentangles at the Friday Creative Crafting sessions. I have always been a doodler, especially while on hold on the phone and when young I used to use a pencil and compass to make designs, so guess I’ve always been a sort of zentangle artist, just never knew the term. Zentangles is a way to create designs by using patterns over and over. A basic zentangle is a tile and repeating the tiles, like a mosaic creates a zentangle picture. Doodles are a bit more spontaneous where zentangles are repetitive. I’ve been combining doodles
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Knitting Socks

Categories: Knitting.

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well, how about teaching an older person a new knitting method? You sure can! I recently mastered knitting socks on two circular needles. I know others have been making this way for ages but I really don’t knit a lot of socks and have always used the 4 dpns. In fact it was 2012 when I knit the last pair! I went to my favourite local yarn store, Grey Heron, for some advice. They suggested that as my other socks had turned out a bit big and stretched easily I
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What’s in the Garden? – Z

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

I’ve finally reached the last letter in my alphabetical gardening series.  This was started while joining in with the 25th round of ABC Wednesday.  In no time at all I’ve zipped right through the alphabet and here we are at the end. My garden is in zone 5b using the Canadian way of recording zones, which translates to 4b in the USDA zones. Zinnias are one of my favourite annuals to grow from seed. A few letters back I shared the zulu prince venidium which I have also grown from seed. Zucchini is a fun vegetable to grow in the garden,
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The 12 Birding Days of Christmas

Categories: Birds and Christmas.

~ The camera is always on hand to capture the feathered lens friends in the garden, down by the bay or driving along.   Christmas carols are being played everywhere now and just to shake things up a little bit I’m sharing some of favourite photos of birds with my rendition of the 12 birding days of Christmas.   Singing along or humming along is encouraged. On the first day of birding my camera snapped for me … a cardinal in a snowy tree On the second day of birding my camera snapped for me 2 turkey vultures – and
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Alphabetical Gardening – Y

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

Yikes, we are up to Y for the alphabetical gardening series,which has been showcasing plants, birds, and whimsy found throughout the year in my garden. Plants beginning with y are yucca, yarrow and yellow loosestrife. Yellow is a favourite colour of mine for blooms in the garden throughout the year – marsh marigolds, 4 o’clocks, sneezeweed, creeping jenny, yellow iris, coreopsis, begonias, daylilies, prairie coneflowers, heliopsis One year I did some yarn bombing on the lilac trees lining the path beside the garage.   I’ve seen some amazing yarn bombing that others have done but I’m only an amateur.  While
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Snickerdoodles

Categories: Recipes.

It was time to do some baking. Snickerdoodles is a plain and simple recipe and most of the ingredients are basic ones that will be found in the cupboard. Where on earth did they get the name snickerdoodle? It might be Dutch or German in origin depending on the source of the information. The name could be an adaptation of the German word Schneckennudeln, which means snail dumpling (that doesn’t sound very tempting). Another source says the word ‘snicker’ comes from the Dutch word snekrad, or the German word Schnecke, which both describe a snail-like shape. No matter the source they are a
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What’s in the Garden? – X

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time to tackle X in the alphabetical gardening series I’ve been doing.   This letter was a real challenge and I had to be quite creative and even use the dictionary.  Gardening is very x-citing and requires lots of x-tra energy. I have some plants that are xiphohyllous.  What is that you ask … why, plants with sword shaped leaves.   That includes yuccas,  iris, and hyacinth that I have in the garden.  It also includes gladioli and crocomesia, both of which are tender perennials in my area and they are some of the plants I’ve eliminated from the garden due to
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Dollarville Village

Categories: Christmas and Collections.

My Dollarville village has been set up in many different ways over the years. The majority of the little houses came from dollar stores, thrift stores, and chain stores, hence the name. At the beginning it was set up on the mantle, then on the china hutch, on a table as a big village, or set out on various tables and flat locations around the house. As it got bigger it needed a different location. The old wooden ladder became a location that could hold all of the village at once and it has been in various locations in the
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Alphabetical Gardening – W

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

We welcome a wide variety of birds beginning with W … waxwings, wrens, and woodpeckers of many types including the downy, hairy, red headed, red bellied and pileated. I have a feeling we are a bit weather obsessed as there are numerous instruments to check out the weather … weather vanes, thermometers, wind gauge, and digital weather stations. There are also a couple of whimsical ways to predict the weather with the yarn weather forecaster and the weather rock. The windmill garden is in a sunny area of the back garden.  The old converted fountain, hummer and oriole feeders, and other bits of
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The Nature Tree

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ I love trees of all sorts and decided to create a Nature tree in the corner of the dining room last year.  I have previously made one in the entrance hall using parts of an old Christmas tree, but it was a little crowded when more than one person came at a time, especially when winter coats, boots, and packages were involved. I cut some branches from the garden and formed them into an inside tree instead of using parts of the old Christmas tree.  I gathered up all the little felt birds that I made a few years
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