Posts by Crafty Gardener

What’s in the Garden? – O

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

~ O-o-o-o what did I find in the garden that starts with O for this week.  I’m really enjoying this alphabetical gardening challenge each week. The gorgeous orange orioles are frequent summer visitors to the garden.  I make nectar for them but never add any colour.  They also love slices of oranges and will peck at them for nourishment. Blobs of grape jelly are a favourite of theirs too. We had lots in the spring of this year but now they have left for a better climate. orioles I’ve made a grape vine obelisk for the garden.  One year I
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Bags of Warmth

Categories: Sewing.

 Cool weather is here, in fact we have already had our first frost plus a few more. This kind of weather just makes you want to get cozy with a shawl or an afghan and a little added warmth.   I’ve been making these rice bags or stress bags for a few years now.  In fact one year I think everyone on my Christmas list got at least one of some shape or other.  Now you can go out and buy these items but I’m the sort of person that will look at an idea and think to myself “I can make that for
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Good, Bad and Ugly

Categories: Lens Friends.

Caterpillar refers to the larval stage of a moth or butterfly or Lepidoptera.  The word is Latin in origin and means hairy cat.  During the year we see different caterpillars in the garden. The good, the bad and the ugly! Here is a Swallowtail caterpillar, Papilio polyxenes asterius. These like the leaves of carrots and parsley.  I think I grow the parsley just to entice the swallowtail butterfly to lay eggs so I can photograph the caterpillar.  These photos were taken late June. This turns into lovely yellow and black swallowtail butterflies. Monarch caterpillar or Danaus plexippus is munching away
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Alphabetical Gardening – N

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

My alphabetical gardening posts are up to N this week … nuthatches, nasturtiums, ninebark and maybe more. The nuthatch is a winter visitor to the gardens, returning in October and leaving the by the following April.  We get both varieties, the rose breasted and the white breasted.   What fun to see their characteristic upside down pose on the feeders. In February 2019 we rescued a nuthatch that had flown into the window. He was stunned and sat for awhile and soaked up some warmth from my husband’s hand. Then after awhile it flew away. Nasturtiums are an annual that
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Friendship Tea Card

Categories: Craf-tea and Sewing.

Crafty is being craf-tea. Don’t let the world of computers and the internet take away the pleasure of receiving a hand written note or card. Don’t get me wrong, virtual cards are lovely and always arrive in our inboxes on time. But don’t you just love getting a card, whether hand made or purchased, in your mailbox.  Here is another little idea for sending a cup of friendship tea on a birthday or special day. Start with a piece of card stock. The colour choice is yours. Cut it 21.5 cm long by 10 cm high.  About 3.5 cm in
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What’s in the Garden? – M

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

The alphabetical garden tour continues with M and I hope you aren’t fed up with it at this point as we are mid way through the alphabet. The plants beginning with M are all many and marvellous … mountain bluet, marigolds, miscanthus, money plant, mums, marsh marigolds, morning glory, mallows and milkweed.   It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think milkweed is close to the top as it is a plant that encourages Monarch butterflies. One year I spent a lot of time adding mulch to the front gardens.  I laid paper down first (after weeding) and put
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Friendship Tea

Categories: Craf-tea and Plastic Canvas.

Crafty is being craf-tea. It’s time to think of little gifts, ones that tuck inside a greeting card. After all it isn’t that far to Christmas. Don’t let the world of computers and the internet take away the pleasure of receiving a hand written note or card. Don’t get me wrong, virtual cards are lovely and always arrive in our inboxes on time. But don’t you just love getting a card, whether hand made or purchased, in your mailbox.   If you are sending off a card for a birthday, a special holiday, a get well note, or just a note
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Christmas in Newfoundland

Categories: Books.

Christmas in Newfoundland, Memories and Mysteries is the latest book by Mike Martin. Mike writes the series of light mystery gendre of books about Sgt. Windflower, who is an RCMP officer stationed in Newfoundland. I love books set in Canada and written by a Canadian. This delightful book is a series of 10 short stories that you will immensely enjoy. Each little story was the perfect length to read while I had a cup of tea. I’ve already reread them a couple of times. My favourites are the ones are of Christmas past, especially the little boy walking downtown with
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Alphabetical Gardening – L

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

~ It’s time for all L to break loose in the garden. My favourite has to be Little Red who seems to have claimed our garden and lets all the other squirrels know they are in his/her territory.  Little Red loves to explore … sitting on the frog, inside the birdhouse, on the washing line, munching snacks, checking out the sign post and relaxing on the deck railing. Little Red Garden whimsy starting with L includes ladybug rocks and claypot lighthouses. L whimsy Plants starting with L are numerous (left to right top then bottom)  … lupins, lilies, liatris, ligularia, let’s
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Painting Birch Trees on Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Out and About.

My adventures in rock painting led me to painting birch trees on larger rocks. Birch trees are always something I have wanted to paint and I’ve read lots of info on creating them on canvas but just never got around to it. The rock was about 15 cm (6 inches) high and came from my favourite place to collect rocks at Wicklow Beach. On a lovely September day we went to the beach, which was only occupied by a large groups of gulls. First was to make sure the rock was clean and then give it a base coat front
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