Posts by Linda aka Crafty Gardener

The Crafty Side

Categories: Website.

  The Crafty Side of me tries all different crafts ,choose either from here or from the drop down menus at the top of the page. craftygardener.ca is on hiatus while I have knee replacement surgery. Comments are turned off, however the contact form is always available. knit & crochet ideas patterns craf-tea ideas sewing & plastic canvas ideas Crafty’s Projects kids crafts whimsical ideas recipes     Girl Guide Crafts and Swaps Christmas   Two of the most visited posts on my site is the directions for the braided covered wire coat hangers and the crochet covered coat hangers..   
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The Gardener Side

Categories: Website.

The Gardener Side of me is busy in the gardens, and photographing blooms and wildlife. Choose either from here or from the drop down menus at the top of the page. craftygardener.ca is on hiatus while I have knee replacement surgery. Comments are turned off, however the contact form is always available.      ​                         Connect: Bloglovin’ /  Contact form / Instagram /Subscribe by Email SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
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Venidium and Violets

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening and The Garden 2018.

~ Venidium is a wonderful annual that was native to South America.  They aren’t the biggest blooms in the garden and don’t be fooled into thinking they are big by the macro photos of them. The first venidium variety is orange prince. And the next venidium variety is zulu warrior.  I received some seeds several years ago in a seed swap and grew them for the first time. I’ve also bought a packet of seeds from the garden centre.  If you are looking for an unusual plant you should give venidium a try, they certainly have been a favourite of mine.
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Umbrellas, Umbrels, Unique and Unusual

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening and The Garden 2018.

~ U for umbrellas and unique.  It’s the time of year when we hope we don’t need to use rain umbrellas but I do use umbrellas a lot in the garden. 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
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The Log Owl

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ Last year I made an owl out of recycled bits and pieces.  I originally used an old cutting board but over the year it split in half and I had to rethink the project.  Here is what the recycled owl looked like at the beginning and the end of gardening season last year. Click the link to see how I made it. The pieces were all taken off and then fastened onto a log.  So here is the new member of the Stumpy Family.  The log also has a hole drilled into the top and I added a solar
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The Turkey Vultures

Categories: 2sDay, Birds, and Lens Friends.

~ For 2sDay I’m sharing some photos of two turkey vultures that was saw on the roof of an old barn along our road.  It was a sunny morning as we were driving home and the vultures were just coming in to land on the roof.  We were able to pull over to the side of the road and get some fantastic photos.  It pays to always take the camera when we go out. I love the lightening rods on the roof of the barn. At first only one of the vultures or buzzards had its wings spread.  They can
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Upcycle a Solar Light

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ On Friday mornings I have started going to a craft session at our local Sport and Wellness Centre with my friend.  Each week there is a different craft to make and you also get to meet some new crafting friends.  The first week we went the session said it was using CD’s.  Thanks Gail for sharing this idea with us. We made a reflector for a solar light using CD’s, gems, and other sparkly bits that would reflect the light once it got dark.  You glue two cd’s together, shiny side out.  Be sure to let the glue dry
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Plant Saucers

Categories: The Garden 2018.

~ Finally the weather has warmed up enough this May to start working in the garden, and by working I mean adding plants and sowing seeds.  The odd night is dropping down to single digit temperatures, about 7 Celsius, but the days are lovely and warming to 20 Celsius or a bit more. The spring blooms are plentiful.  The lilacs just opened and you can get their wonderful scent while sitting on the deck. I purchased a gorgeous pot of pansies on the Easter weekend from our local flower farm. They are hardy plants that bloom in the really cool
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Amazing Sculptures

Categories: British Columbia.

Just look at these amazing sculptures that we saw at the Esquimalt Lagoon and Royal Bay beach.  The artists used driftwood and shells to create these gorgeous creatures. This one, titled McGnarly the Beach Ent created by Drifted Creations, was seen on our visit in December 2018. He is about 10 feet high and is the guardian of the lagoon.  This artist has other creations in Campbell River (dinosaur, eagle, whale) and Oyster River and lots of other places. These are recent additions to the lagoon by artist Paul Lewis.  Our daughter took these photos and sent them to me
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Stash Granny Afghans

Categories: Crochet.

These actually started out as granny stripe afghans but I decided after a few rows of each to change to a granny square pattern.  I decided to change after realizing that I had already done 2 stash afghans in granny stripes and it seemed a square one would work up faster than a stripe one and would keep me warmer while working on it over the winter. The blue/green one had a few balls of variegated yarn and I added in some plain blue and plain green odds and ends.  The other started with a white centre and then used
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