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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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Hats!

What do all urban farmers in this brisk chilly climate need?  Warm knit hats!  It’s easy to make these using circular needles.  I like to use number 8 needles and usually cast on about 95 stitches to start for an adult hat.  Once the stitches are on I do a rib stitch with two knit […]

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I can’t resist a living history museum so off to Camlann for a Michaelmas celebration!  

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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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Spending time on my aunt and uncle’s sheep ranch I cleaned and carded wool but never got around to learning how to spin.   A few weeks ago I got a drop spindle and have been giving it a go.  I’m not very good yet but it is hypnotic to get the spindle going and watch the […]

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There is a new pottery painting place up the street from our house. I went there with my daughters and was wondering what to make when I thought “Of course – more garden art!” . Who doesn’t need yet more lovely things in their yard?         Once the painting is done the […]

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Spinning with Pet Fur

Spinning with pet fur can be done!  In this warm weather Mr. Bunners, aka Attila the Bun, is shedding his white fur in big soft billowy clumps.  Petting him it felt sort of like cashmere so I decided to collect it and try spinning it into yarn. First I tried just the fur but the […]

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Pressed Flowers

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 […]

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Lavender Sachets

Opening up a drawer and smelling lavender always brings me back to visits to my aunt and uncle’s Montana ranch.   Making these sachets is quick and easy and they last for months. All you need is dried lavender and squares of pretty fabric.  If you want a sachet with a stronger smell then you […]

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About the simplest thing you can do to preserve your lavender is to cut it, tie it in bunches then hang it to dry. Be sure the bunches aren’t too thick or they might rot in the middle.  Tie the string very tight or use a rubber band as it will shrink as it dries […]

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