Archives for Garden Projects

Boots and Bumbershoots

Categories: Garden Projects, The Garden 2018, and Whimsy.

~ Bumbershoot is the old fashioned name for umbrella. I love unusual words.  I decided to turn that umbrella upside down, add some spring things and make a bumbershoot display instead of the traditional wreath.   I have several umbrellas but didn’t want to use one for the display because I will most likely need it for those rainy days that will be coming soon.  A trip to the dollar store is always fun and this time I was looking for an umbrella.  I had recently purchased some forsythia branches thinking I would do a wreath.  I added some ribbon that
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Pressing the Hosta Leaves

Categories: Garden Projects and The Garden 2017.

The hosta leaves are amazing this year, perhaps due to the very wet spring we had.  This is the shady north facing hosta garden and already the hosta are overlapping each other.  Other plants that grow really well in this garden are bleeding hearts, lily of the valley, trillium and astilbe. I love all the different shades of greens mixed with creams and whites and all the different textures and patterns on them.  This year I decided to try using the flower press to save some. I’ve got two different flower presses, a traditional wood one and a clay microwave
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The Driftwood Starburst

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

From my collection of collected driftwood from British Columbia I’ve made a driftwood starburst.  This was one of my winter crafting projects and I can’t wait to get it outside in a permanent home. The fun part was collecting the driftwood with the grandkids on our visits to British Columbia and then finding spots to stash it all into the suitcases.  Thank goodness it doesn’t weigh very much. I knew I wanted to make a starburst but needed some sort of backing.  On a trip to the thrift store I found an old cutting board for a couple of dollars.
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The Stone Tree

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

I’ve been Creative and Crafty lately and I’ve just Created a tree out of wood and stones. It was a simple project to make and will make a great addition to the garden or it can even be used for inside decoration.  It gives new meaning to that saying ‘set in stone’? All you need is a piece of old wood,  a branch or two and some flat river rocks.  You can Collect your own rocks or you can buy a bag of them from the dollar stores.  I got to use the nailer once again to fasten the branch onto the
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The Tea Time Tree

Categories: Craf-tea, Garden Projects, Out and About, and Whimsy.

Saylor House, built around 1875 is a wonderful cafe in Bloomfield, Ontario with a lot of history.  Walking down the driveway takes you to the cafe in what was originally the drive shed.  Here you can sit and enjoy your meal inside or out on the deck or at one of the several tables in the garden.
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Spiral Twirlers

Categories: Garden Projects, Plastic Canvas, and Whimsy.

Every garden deserves some whimsy and adding twirlers to various places means you can watch them twirl gently in the breeze. I hope all of you are enjoying a lovely summer.  Even though I’ve been taking a break from posting on a regular basis I’ve been making things for the garden and today I want to share a spiral twirler that I recently made.
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A Bit of Flag Whimsy

Categories: Canada, Coat Hanger Crafts, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

  Even though I haven’t been posting much I’ve been busy creating crafty things for the garden.   One of those things was a Canadian flag made using odd bits of material and a coat hanger. Judith shared a shabby chic flag that she made and it got my mind thinking about making one.  Last year I made some garden flags with the grandkids and they turned out lovely and now flutter in various spots in the garden.   I decided to use paint again and some bits of material from the craft closet from other projects. I love it
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Sinkville Village

Categories: Garden Projects, The Garden 2016, and Whimsy.

It’s almost time to say goodbye to June.  It was a hot month that saw the strawberry moon arrive the same time as the summer solstice.  We didn’t get a good view of the full moon as that evening we had terrific thunder storms with heavy rain and strong winds and our area was under tornado warning for a couple of hours.
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How Do Bottomless Pots Work?

Categories: Garden Projects and Vegetables.

How do you grow plants in the garden where the soil is so compacted or rocky that it is hard to grow anything there? I tried using bottomless pots like mini raised gardens which allowed me to fill the pot with good soil but gives the plants the opportunity to put the roots down as far as they want. And I didn’t have to dig the hard, compacted soil. Growing in smaller pots makes the plant root bound, but in a bottomless pot the roots can grow down and down and down.  And I’m making use of all those big, black plastic pots that
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