Red Barn SaleSeptember 10, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Quilting, Staff
It's that fun time of year, when all the local artisans are coming together to sell their creations and flea market treasures. Carolyn, Jackie and Lori have all been buzzing over the last few weeks about plans to display their wares for the Labor Day Sale. Of course, there were several late nights, pulling it all together and getting everything done in time.
Jackie and Carolyn teamed up under the name Glass Garden and made beautiful glass bricks with seasonal mosaic designs. They also covered garden pots, windows, birdhouses and even a wine keeper with colored glass. Lori is quite the jewelry maker and set up her table showcasing her lovely necklaces, brooches, bracelets and earrings. Despite a couple of storms threatening to blow them away, the event was a success for all.
Coming Oct 2 & 3, another good friend is putting on the Mad Hatter Flea Market at the File Mile Grange in Spokane. What fun!
Garden of InspirationAugust 22, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Gardening, Staff
I recently visited her garden and just had to share some photos with you.
Most of us don't have the time or energy to keep up with her ferocious drive when it comes to keeping up the garden, but we certainly can enjoy looking at it and feel that great vibration of creative inspiration just under our skin. Hey, that's just as good as dirt under our nails anyway.
Journaling TipsJuly 30, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Gardening
- How you feel about spending time in the garden
- Favorite Quotes related to gardening
- Planting Dates and reminders
- Photos of plants at different stages of growth
- Fertilizers and Pesticides that you used and rate your results
- Notes about the weather conditions (hot temps, hail storms, late frost)
- Favorite smelling flowers
- Dried or pressed flowers and leaves
- Photos of guests visiting (and admiring) your garden
- What you want to plant more of (and why)
- What you will never plant again (and why)
- Clippings from magazines that inspire you
- Photos of garden décor and statuary
- Ideas and Plans for next year
- List Birds and other friendly visitors to your garden
- Gardening tips that you learn from the experts
Garden JournalJuly 27, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Gardening, Scrapbooking
You can record all your garden musing or create the gift of a lifetime for your favorite Gardener by creating a wooden journal decorated with vintage seed packets and pressed flowers. If you do your projects in stages, it makes it easier to accomplish. Start today by collecting an assortment of flowers, ferns and leaves from the garden for pressing.
PRESSING FLOWERS & LEAVES
For our project, we got excellent results when we pressed clean, dry blossoms and leaves by carefully positioning them in big thick telephone books. Pile on a couple more heavy books for good measure. The flowers took one week and two weeks worked for the leaves. If you live in an area with high humidity, it may take longer. The flowers and leaves will be brittle when they are thoroughly dried, so handle with care. Hobby stores offer a variety of flower presses, including ones that can be used in the microwave if you prefer. “Google” for directions if you’d like to make your own flower press.
Gifts for a GardenerJune 29, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Home, Scrapbooking
Are your gardening friends just loving spending every waking moment in their garden or are they feeling a little overwhelmed by endless weeding? Either way, whether it’s a summer birthday or a sweetly timed “just because” gift, your favorite gardener will squeal with detail if they are a recipient of one of the following.
The Garden sign is all purpose for anyone, but could be customized by changing to a first or last name. The clipboard is a cheery way to review your gardening chores. Keep the dirt at bay and look like a million when you sport this vinyl covered Garden apron. Deliver your gift in an all purpose Garden pail, tied with a bow and attached seed packets.
Garden Boots – Practical and Decorative!April 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Does it get any simpler? And could anything look more like Spring? JoAnn Stores provides free “How To” project sheets in the store and this one features our fun new polka-dot rubber boots. Artificial Forsythia stems placed in these sunny yellow boots make a unique Spring statement when displayed on your front porch. And when you’re done with your display, slip your feet in them and look stylin’ while you clean out your garden beds. What a cute gift idea for Mom for hosting Easter Brunch.
Dangling by a ThreadMay 22, 2007 in Gardening
Birthday's are so fun and this year is no exception! I've taken to spreading out my celebrating over the entire month of May. I got a really fun birthday gift from Tom at the office. And he made it himself! I asked him if he would share how he did it. I named it "Dangling by a Thread Wind Chime."
- 1 medium sized sugar bowl with lid
- 5 old pieces of eating utensils (1 butter knife, a small soup spoon, a small sugar spoon, and 2 appetizer forks)
- Assortment of Beads
- Hanger - Tom found a wire handle to recycle. (collecting junk to reuse in projects is recommended!)
- Beading filament string (strong)
- 6 buttons to tie off filament string inside the chime.
- appropriate drill bits to drill holes in chime body. (Tom used an 1/8 glass bit and an 1/8" masonry bit)
- Drill 5 holes around the bottom edge of the sugar bowl
- Drill 1 hole through the center bottom which will hold the sugar bowl lid
- Drill 2 holes through the top sides for the hange
- Drill 1 hole through the handle end of each utensil
- Cut 6 pieces of Beading Filament about 18” long
- String utensils to middle of filament, pulling ends together and tie it off. (I grabbed both strings and looped them together and around to create my knots on this project.
- Slide 1 bead at a time and tied them in place using this same knot until you have your finished “beaded utensil dangle”
- Continue this step for all pieces of utensils and also the same for the sugar bowl lid which will hang down from the center hole.
- Pull the ends of the string through one of the holes of the sugar bowl, sliding the ends through a button inside the sugar bowl and tied off to desired length using the same knot. The button is larger than the hole, thus holding the string in place.
- Repeat this step for each piece of Beading filament string.
- Loop hanger through holes at the top of the sugar bowl and wrap to secure.
My plan was to build a wind chime using an old vase, deep bowl, jar, cup or something like that, and old silverware for the dangley parts...and because Debbie is so into beading, I thought I would choose some myself and incorporate them into the wind chime somehow.
Thank you Tom - I love it and I love that you made it! Debbie
Media SaturdaysMay 1, 2007 in Gardening
Just in case you're in the viewing or listening areas - I have a couple media appearances coming up in the next couple of Saturdays:
Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 (pacific time zone) I'm going to be interviewed by Cindy Dole on her Home Wizards Radio Show on KRLA radio (in Los Angeles, CA) My 15 minute interview will focus on simple ideas and techniques for creating Garden ornamentation.
The following Saturday, May 12 (sometime between 7:00am and 9am pacific time) I'll be doing a demo on Good Morning Northwest on KXLY TV (Channel 4 in Eastern Washington and parts of Canada) using Glass gems and sea glass to create vases, birdhouses, and flower pots.
Hope you can tune in and be inspired for some fun new projects!