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Cable knitting is, if possible, even more addictive than Fair Isle patterns.  Best of all it’s pretty easy to do if you have the right tools and some good patterns.  I like using cables on things like mittens and fingerless gloves as it makes them much easier to fit on a variety of hand sizes. […]

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Pressed Flowers

I love to press flowers and leaves then use them on cards or on stationery.  My favorite plants to press are Johnny jump ups, Bleeding heart and variegated hops but almost any thin flower will do. If you want something like calendula then you need to press the petals separately; if you try and dry […]

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Grapevine Wreaths

It’s a wee bit early to be pruning grapes but I wanted to neaten up the front yard so trimmed off the long, ropy vines. Using these vines to make wreaths is easy and they turn out great.

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Calendula Cream

I love giving this cream during the holidays. If you still have flowers blooming or you dried some over the summer here is how to make this easy gift!

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This post is one of the most popular on the site. Over the years I have made necklaces from stones collected on both coasts and they remind me of the trips. Here are step by step instructions for making necklaces from small stones. A few tools can make the work go quickly. To start you will […]

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Here’s how to make another type of basket! Starting First cut slits in four of the spokes in the center of the spoke. Next make a slant cut on the ends of the non-slitted spokes so it is sharp and pointed. Slide the cut end spokes through the slits in the other spokes. This basket […]

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Edible Flowers

Many of the flowers that grace our yards are edible.  They can be used as accents in a salad or as garnish on a main dish. Here are a few of my favorites: I like to use chive flowers in salads to lend a slightly onion flavor.  Here’s a recipe for omelets with chive flowers. Lavender cookies are […]

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Lavender Wands

I love lavender!  I use it in cooking, sachets and many other ways.  The flowers on my bushes are just beginning to bud out now; over the coming weeks I will share some of my favorite ways to use this versatile herb. Here is how to make lavender wands.  These make great gifts and can be […]

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I just trimmed my redwood dogwoods to get basket making supplies and decided to use the larger branches to make a border for a flower and herb bed.            

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Right now is a good time to harvest garlic.  Braiding it then hanging it in a cool, dark place is a great way to store it for later. First dry the garlic until the leaves are limp and the outside of the bulb is getting papery. Gently brush off the dirt and trim the roots off.  […]

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