Pinecone and Herbs Firestarters

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We have LOTS of pine trees in our yard and even more pinecones. I have used a lot of those pinecones in my Christmas decorations but as I pulled into my driveway and saw it covered once again, I tried to think of another use for them. We have a fireplace and keep paper, and… 

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Winter Garden Decor

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I always love the way my house looks at Christmas, the sparkling Christmas tree, red and green spread throughout the house, and new Christmas projects completed outdoors But after the Christmas decorations come down, I’m left with a yard without color, and ready to keep my gardening theme going. Pinecones, berries and birds can be used… 

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Teacup Winter Wonderland

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I admit it. I am a magazine hoarder. I have them stacked in piles, and lined up on the bookshelf. I have great ambitions to tear out the pages of the things I think I will make, plant, or cook. Someday I will. But for now I just keep on buying them. I passed by… 

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Holiday Decorating Using Vintage Metal Trucks

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It’s funny how certain things catch our eye.  Metal toy trucks?  I’m not sure where that came from, since I was the type to play with dolls, and I never had a brother or even male cousins!  But after seeing one in an antique store filled with little Christmas ornaments, I was hooked.  I have… 

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Creative Containers for Succulents

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My car came to a screeching halt when I saw a local antique shop was going out of business, and had 60% off everything. Of course when I got there, a lot of things were gone but I found a couple of treasures. These little reproduction cans of fruit, coffee, and vegetables, were perfect for… 

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Gifts for the Gardener

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Do you have a favorite gardener on your Christmas list? Working in the garden can be hard on your hands.  Standing in gardening boots, rough on the feet, and hours in the sunshine can dry out the lips!  GardenChick products are formulated with the gardener in mind. My products are handmade in small batches to… 

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Has your Jack-O-Lantern worn out it’s welcome? Then cut it open, and roast the seeds for a great snack.  Preparation Rinse pumpkin seeds under running water and pick out the pulp and seeds. This is easiest just after you have removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried. Place the pumpkin seeds… 

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Create a Gnome Garden in a Basket

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 I belong to a group of great bloggers called The Garden Charmers. Occasionally, we are challenged to create a post to be included in a board.  Melissa, Empress of Dirt, sent out a call for fairy gardens, and fairy themed posts. I have never been a fairy person, but I do collect gnomes which I… 

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Pumpkin Recipes

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It’s fall and that means pumpkins!  Pumpkin patches, pumpkin festivals, and pumpkins at the nursery and grocery store. We all know pumpkins are great for carving, but with all of the choices available, which is the best choice for creating all those great recipes that are pumpkin inspired? If you want to make a recipe using… 

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Using Ladders in the Garden

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Last spring, one of the local antique shops in town was closing it’s doors.  A half price sale was all I needed to head down and take a look.  This little ladder with the painted, screwed on box, was obviously destined to be used in the bathroom, but not quite my style. But, at 10 dollars… 

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