If you are getting into vegetable gardening, I encourage you to build yourself a raised bed. It’s a bit of front end labour but once it’s done it will extend your growing season — a serious necessity if you live in Canada — and save much wear and tear from your back as you [...]
Welcome happy crafters. Who’s ready for another crochet lesson? Me too. Today’s lesson: granny squares.
The lovely Mandi, who’s been very generous with her time and yarn, has researched a great pattern for us. We’ll be using a free pattern, Granny Square Bag from JoAnn’s. Learn new skills and make a new tote, best deal ever.
I have a love for native vegetation, which is plants, trees and shrubs that grow naturally in the wild in your part of the world. We’ve been lovingly planting and tending some special native shrubs in our current garden for 10 years. But now we are considering moving. Sure leaving behind a renovated kitchen [...]
This is the dish my husband always requests on his birthday. My version has every over-the-top component you can add to Chicken Marsala: pancetta, mushrooms, cream and butter. And why not? I only make it once a year. This recipe doubles easily, but be sure to make double the sauce, too. Everybody will be asking for more sauce.
Who’s ready to learn something new? Well good. Grab your yarn and needles and let’s get knitting. We’ve got 3 basic lessons for you and 3 next step lessons. Lesson 1: Cast On. Click here to watch. Lesson 2: The Knit Stitch Click here to watch. Lesson 3: The Purl Stitch Click here to [...]
Felt is one of my favorite fabrics to work with. It doesn’t fray, so you can cut without the need to finish the edges. It feels wonderful to the touch and comes in many pretty colors. I highly recommend getting real wool felt. Polyester or a wool blend will work, but you lose a bit of the magic. We happen to have a limited quantity of 100% wool felt in stock, in case it’s hard to come by in your area.
You can make your very own impressive mini soft cover book. All you need is some paper, half an hour of your time, and opposable thumbs. This type of bookbinding requires no glue, no special tools, and no unusual skills. Honest.
These little books are great for carrying in your pocket or bag for jotting down addresses, phone numbers, or thoughts that you don’t want to escape. They make great little journals. And who wouldn’t want to receive a gift of a handmade book? Give it a try.
Friends, start your sewing machines. And your irons.
Are you ready? Let’s go. Today’s lesson is placemats, napkins and table runners, same technique for each just the size is different. I am making 18′ x 13′ placemats in these pictures.