Posts by Crafty Gardener

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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What’s in the Garden? – Q

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

My alphabetical gardening posts have reached Q this week.  It has been a challenge to find things that start with this letter, but with a bit of creativity and searching the photo archives I came up with some things. Our garden is in the Bay of Quinte region.  This is a gorgeous part of the province of Ontario with lots of attractions within driving distance.  When we aren’t gardening one of our favourite things to do is walk by the bay. The garden is a quiet place to sit and relax.  The Muskoka chairs are set up in a shady
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Peanut Mail

Categories: Birds.

Several years ago we converted an old rural mailbox into a bird feeder.   We had put it down on an old tree stump and put a few peanuts in it thinking the chipmunk would like it, but to our surprise the bluejays started going into it to get the peanut mail. It should of been no surprise that the bluejays would source out the peanuts.  So we mounted the old mailbox onto a post and set it up as a permanent feeder station. Here is the bluejay swooping into the mailbox.  I love this photo as it shows the
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Reading Rocks!

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

Reading really does rock! I love reading, actual books over online readers, and created a few reading rocks to leave in some of the little free libraries we’ve seen on our travels. This rock was painted green on both sides. Remember that each side must be totally dry before turning it over. I had a little sketch to follow (upper right corner). The trick to paining rocks is patience … be sure to wait for each section to dry before moving on to the next phase. First white lines were painted on to represent the shelves. Then different coloured rectangles
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Alphabetical Gardening – P

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

I’ve found birds, plants, decorations, and garden spaces for this week’s alphabetical gardening letter P. The pine siskins are cute visitors to the garden.  Their yellow wing bars sets them apart from sparrows and goldfinches. In the Fall I love to add some pumpkin heads to the garden.  These are made by either turning the pumpkin into a planter or by adding bits and pieces from the tool bench to create the faces. The plants in the garden starting with p can be endless … pansies, peonies, petunias, poppies, periwinkle, phlox, prairie coneflowers and parsley.  Each blooms at different times
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Lost Souls Shawl

Categories: Crochet.

The Lost Souls Shawl was made awhile ago but as it was a gift for someone. Now it has been delivered I can finally share it with you. If you look carefully you can see skulls throughout this shawl. This is a pattern I came across on Ravelry, and the best part was it was free. Below is a closer look at the skulls. This was made for a Hallowe’en lover and I’m sure she will enjoy it. I had to try it out with one of the shawl pins a purchased while on the spring South Eastern Ontario yarn
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Pebble Art Daisy

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

This is a cute and very simple little pebble art daisy that I quickly put together with rocks collected from Wicklow Beach. I enjoyed making it and there are more pebble art rocks in the making. You need a round rock, 1 small rock, and 7 smaller rocks. I painted both sides of the round rock black. Be sure to let each side dry before turning over. The small rock was painted yellow on both side, and the smaller rocks were painted white on both side. If needed add a second coat. The smaller rocks were placed to form a
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