Each year I look at the riot of colorful flowers in my garden and want to save them for the dark winter months. One of the best ways I have found to do this is by making dried flower bouquets. After a lot of trial and error the plants that seem to work the best […]
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I love to press spring flowers 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 the […]
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.
Here’s how to make another type of basket! 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. Take a long […]
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.
“Oh there’s a hole in my sock dear Liza, dear Liza…” Wait, wrong song but the hole definitely is in my daughter’s sock; we’ve all moved to mainly wool socks and with each pair running about eighteen dollars it’s time to darn that hole. First turn the sock inside out and put something round into the […]
2014 was a great urban farming year! A mild winter and warm summer boosted yields and best of all Kathleen and I got a chance to connect with more readers both virtually and in-person. Each year it’s interesting to look back through the analytics and see what posts were on top. Here are the top […]
Each year the knitting compulsion starts to build as the days get shorter and colder; by the holidays it’s in full swing and my main desire in life is to sit by the fire, listen to a really good audiobook and knit like crazy. This year I have been making fingerless gloves for holiday gifts. […]
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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