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Easy to Make Rustic Minimal DIY Christmas Wreath

Every year I want to make a Christmas wreath–think modern, rustic, and full of natural greens.  I love looking at all the options in the stores, but the prices make me pause.  So I set out to make my own. This version is super easy to make and the supplies

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Beginners Guide to Peonies: Growing Tips and Beautiful DIYs.

Peony season is finally here!  For two weeks in June peony lovers everywhere rejoice and furiously arrange and photograph their precious flowers. . . or maybe that’s just me.  There’s nothing like those delicate shades of pink and that glorious scent wafting from every bloom. But peonies aren’t always as

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DIY Plastic Flower Pot Makeover

Are your plastic flowerpots looking a little tired this year?  Give them a quick and easy makeover with two cans of spray paint and a little bit of creativity.  I’ll show you how you can transform your pots from blah to wow with this easy DIY.

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DIY Seed Starting from Your Window

When I was a little girl my Grandmother started marigolds every winter in a little modified milk garden planter with her seeds from last year’s crop.  I loved those marigolds in her brick planters and still think of her every time I see a marigold. You really don’t need a

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Delicious Maple Spice Crab Apple Butter

Do you have a favourite smell?  One that brings back all your favourite memories?  Of crisp Autumn days or happy times in the kitchen? If I could pick one smell, it would be crab apples. Their pretty red-pink might also win for best colour too.  I digress. Lessons in Crab

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How To Cope When You Have Too Much Zucchini

Zucchinis are like rabbits-they multiply quickly, seemingly overnight.  That little plant that looked so innocent in spring now is producing five offspring a day that you have no idea what to do with.  Heaven help you if you planted more than one or two. Every time I turn around, another

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Last-Minute Homemade Fudge Sampler Gift

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and you’ve realized that not only are you very much NOT ready. You still haven’t shopped for everybody on your list. And you forgot about your kids teachers, that nice neighbour who always shovels your sidewalk, and your favourite co-worker who makes going to

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How to Decorate a Cheap Poinsettia so it Looks Expensive

Every Christmas I love to give poinsettias to my friends and family as gifts.  I usually get mine from the grocery store to save money, but they often look a little plain.  Here’s some simple ways I decorate my poinsettias so they look pretty and perfect for holiday gift giving.

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How to Make Easy and Simple Charcuterie

Have you ever looked at those beautiful images of charcuterie boards on Pinterest or Instagram and wished that somehow you could put one together?  But you felt so overwhelmed.  How do I pick the meats?  What about the cheeses?  How do I make it look pretty?  What about keeping costs

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Kristen

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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