Garden Craftiness

Holiday Ice Votives

So quick and simple you’ll wonder why you’ve never done these before. These ice votive candle holders are a great way to dress up a holiday table and they really do last for hours. The ingredients can normally be found…

Upscaled Amaryllis Gifts

There is always someone on my list  each year that will get an amaryllis bulb and why not? They are absolutely gorgeous when they bloom. The recipient gets to enjoy watching them grow. And their care requirements are pretty simple.…

The Weekly Meow–December 11

That’s what learning is. You suddenly understand something you understood all your life, but in a new way. Doris Lessing There is an amazing bunch of talented people in the gardening community and thanks to social media sites and blogs,…

Wreath Roundup on Flickr

I find flickr to be an amazing source of inspiration for all sorts of artistic pursuits and holiday decorations are no exception. I have a soft spot for wreaths that look as though they were made from garden cuttings and…

The Weekly Meow–November 27th

I love @karibaskets’ work. Her earthy color combinations really appeal to the gardener in me.  But how charming is the little daisy basket (second photo in this post)? I love the simplicity of the natural wicker and the pure white…

Pumpkin Time at the Avila Barn

The Avila Valley Barn is a local produce stand/country store that I pass on my way to the beach. It’s fun to stop in the summer and grab an ice cream from the candy store or pick up fresh peaches…

I have canned!

Finally! I can’t tell you how long I have been wanting to try my hand at canning something. I started to get the urge last summer when I had tons of tomatoes and was running out of space in my…

Bulb Gift Pots

Paperwhites make lovely, inexpensive gifts during the holiday season. They can be that perfect hostess gift or coworker gift. Although most gardeners would be thrilled with just a bag of bulbs, sometimes you want to dress them up a bit.…

Easy Gardener’s Gift

Gardener’s hands take a lot of abuse. And if you are a gardener like me who likes to forgo gloves, those fingers can feel like sandpaper. One of my favorite ways to combat this problem has always been a sugar…

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