Look at the pretty floral pin I made thanks to some scrap yarn and my new Vintage Flower Loom Kit purchased from Cathy of California.
I have been collecting old-school crafting books and booklets for years and happen to have some of the booklets Cathy’s kits feature but have never come across the actual little doodads used to make them — when I saw these kits for sale I jumped. I am deeply regretting that I did not shell out the extra dollars for the straw flower kit. Apparently a lot of people were itching to craft through the 70s and the kits sold out fast. WHY? WHY WHY? I needed an enabling nudge to go the extra distance but didn’t have an enabler on hand. Dang it!
We’ve had so much snow dumped on us recently. Just the other day I said I could wait for spring but these last few days are really getting under my skin. Bud Watch 2008 has officially begun.
1. Brown “Jasmin” Ring – $9.00 While these botanically-inspired rings from The Carrotbox have no use in the garden, they are both durable and affordable enough to leave on while gardening.
2. Pot Brush – $29.00 Nothing says romance like a fancy natural bristle brush that makes washing grimy pots easy work. No really! This is one of those tools I would never buy myself but would REALLY appreciate come spring and fall when faced with an ungodly stack of dirty containers to scrub.
3. Strange Doll Head Planters – $29.00 I added the “strange” to the title of this trio of three ceramic planters. I’m not sure if they are re-purposed doll heads or made to look like vintage doll heads. Whatever the case may be they’re certainly unique, although fairly creepy (but in a good way) and would look great with a small ‘Pork n’ Beans’ succulent trailing over the top. I do not suggest this gift for loved ones who has nightmares about doll heads. Save it for Halloween instead.
4. Self-watering Planter – $27.50 Spend less time watering or worrying about watering and more time with your loved ones with this container that does most of the work for you.
5. Spring Fed Melamine Plate Set – $56.00 This set of four floral plates sure are pretty, and the best part is that they are made of super-durable melamine which means you can actually use them outdoors in the garden without risking a small heart attack when small children and/or friends are less-than-delicate with them.
6. Red Hot Egg Planter – $95.00 Wowzers these hanging planters are expensive but since we’re talking gifts here I am guessing that there may be someone out there willing and able to spend this kind of dough on their valentine… I’m guessing that “someone” does not share a joint bank account with me. Regardless, these gorgeous planters are worth every penny. They are handcrafted and include a stainless steel hanger. The feature that most makes me love them are the drainage holes in the bottom! THANK YOU. Hallelujah! Nothing renders a hanging container nearly useless as an actual container for growing like a lack of drainage.
7. Anne Black “Seam” Porcelain Vase – $100 A simple and elegant hand thrown vase to hold flowers and stems cut from your garden. The one with the little dots circling the circumference reminds me of a dress pattern.
I just returned from a solo sojourn to Vancouver where it was rainy and green, unlike Toronto the city I left just after a snowstorm and returned to in a snowstorm. In fact it has been so snowy here in Toronto I almost didn’t make it back. Previous flights that day had been canceled and when I did get in (at 1am) it was chaos in the airport.
I arrived in Vancouver on a rare sunny afternoon. The mountains were spectacular in clear view. Wendy, the show’s host picked me up from the airport. I regaled her with tales of a previous trip to Vancouver in which I was put up in a lavish suite-with-a-view at the Granville Island Hotel. I had two televisions to myself! The place was so big I felt like I should have a small family living there with me. And what do you know, when I opened my hotel room door this time around it too was a suite but even BIGGER, complete with two televisions, a kitchenette, a dining table, a huge balcony and a small walk-in closet. COME ON! I instantly felt kind of ridiculous about how much I had gone on and on about the insanity of that last suite — Wendy had kept quiet and didn’t say a word the entire time.
Here are a few photos of the set that I took on the day of the shoot.
Host Wendy Russell and myself after a full day of shooting. I am looking rather shiny and make-uped here. I just can’t get used to seeing myself with television face paint.
My very favourite prop on the set, a bottle of “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific” shampoo.
We made the “Homegrown Stones” leafy stepping stones project from the You Grow Girl book (page 20-21).
Wendy and the director, Rebbecca discuss.
They used a dolly to shoot the wide shots. I can’t tell you how much this pleased me.
This was made by one of the production gals as a gift to celebrate the show’s second season, but when I saw it I thought it made a genius birthday present. Think about it: one gift that covers you off for a whole decade of gift giving!
-from December 2007 issue of BBC’s Garden’s Illustrated magazine.
“Sassy and savvy in its approach, Canadian garden website You Grow Girl has nurtured a thriving online community since it was established in 2000. With regular entries by site creator Gayla Trail, attractive images and lively forums, You Grow Girl is fresh, funny and unconventional — and all the better for it. “
- page 95