Crafting: String art heart of Minnesota wall hanging

String art is back and when paired with the other current trend of “home-state” pride, it’s rather irresistible. I gave it a try and had a lot of fun and just a little frustration. But the end-product pops and makes me Minnesota proud. I’m lucky to have a visually interesting shape state, though Nebraska would…

Garden cooking DIY: Fermenting vegetables

Fermented vegetables are trendy right now, though the process is ancient and was much-loved by our grandparents. When canning and freezing techniques for preserving produce took over in the early 1900s, fermenting fell away, but recent interest in the health benefits of probiotics in aiding digestion and intestinal wellness (due to the good bacteria staying…

Craft: Garden photo wood blocks

Now that most of our garden photos are being taken digitally and tend to get stowed away in folders on our phones and computers, preserving our favorite shots is more important than ever. Plus, nothing beats having your favorite flowers surrounding you indoors in the winter. Transferring photo images onto wood is garden crafting magic…

Garden project: Dry-stack stone wall

Constructing a dry-stack stone wall is a muscle-building, creative and meditative project that allows you to play with a gardener’s favorite accent – rocks. You will get up-close and personal with them, playing with and exploring their shapes, weights and individualities. Dry-stack stone walls fold perfectly into any landscape style and retain earth in a…

Garden craft: Air plant wall hanging

Tillandsias are the “it” indoor plant at the moment. Commonly known as air plants, most of the species are epiphytes, which is a classification of plants that grow on other plants, without the benefit of soil, and do no harm to their host plant. They absorb water and nutrients through their leaves. A commonly known…

DIY: Garden photo pillow

I’ve written quite a few times on how well gardening and photography go together. Snapping photos in your garden is creative and fun and it records your gardening joys and successes so you can relive the beauty of the season in the winter months. Photos also come in handy to plan revamps of areas that…

DIY: Holiday Wreathmaking

Wreaths are full of symbolism. The holiday wreaths we know today are offspring of Christian Advent wreaths, symbolizing strength and endurance through the harsh winter, which could be why they’ve become some beloved by us Northerners. It’s not just holiday décor, but a badge of honor! Making your own is not only much cheaper than…

Terrariums Take 2: Terrific plants make the terrarium

Check out part 1 on making your own terrarium. Read my article at Northern Gardener (it’s the sample article this month). Consider a membership or subscription while you are there. Planting the garden. When selecting your terrarium’s plants, use the same design principles you use in your outdoor garden. Look for a contrast of textures, sizes,…