Home and Garden: Early March

We did have a huge snow storm on March 4, 2023 with close to 30 cm. of snow. The majority of days after the storm were sunny, but the ground is till covered in snow.

March 10, 2023 at craftygardener.ca
March 10, 2023

You can begin to feel, hear and see the arrival of some warmer weather.

mourning doves at craftygardener.ca
doves basking in the sun

The doves love sitting on the railings soaking up the sun. But do they ever make a mess.

birds returning to the garden in March 2023 at craftygardener.ca

The spring birds (robins, red wing blackbirds and different sparrows) are returning and buds are emerging on trees.

Agatha Christie biography by Lucy Worsley

I finished a biography of Agatha Christie this week. We really enjoy the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot movies on television. We love to watch any shows that Lucy Worsley does. She is an historian, author, and television presenter. I really enjoyed this book and will certainly be getting more of her books from the library.

crochet covered coat hangers at craftygardener.ca

I finished off some crochet covered coathangers. These are for a birthday gift but I realized I need to make some for myself as all the others have been given away.

crochet covered coat hangers at craftygardener.ca

I decided to crochet some small flowers and fasten them on with buttons, just to fancy them up a bit. I love sorting through old buttons as you can remember where some of the buttons came from. Do you have a button stash?

making salmon au gratin at craftygardener.ca

My gluten free recipe for this week is salmon au gratin. I only buy salmon when it is on sale as the price has gone up considerably. A couple of weeks ago I got it for $2.99 a tin as opposed to $5.49 for the regular price.

It seems each week you go to the grocery store the prices have gone up. I only shop for the two of us now. It must be so hard for families with children. I freeze a lot of my own veggies when they are in season, make my own sauces so I can stay away from the unknown ingredients and gluten in prepared foods and make all my own soups. Do you use the Flipp app and shop for deals? I do, all your favourites in one place. We are lucky to have a wide variety of stores all within a short driving distance of each other so I pick out the deals and shop that way.

stitch along from Crabapple Hill at craftygardener.ca

The February stitch along (which I started late) has been completed, naturally with some customization. It is pressed and ready to sew onto the project bag. I’ve already download and printed off the next project from Clever Poppy. It’s a bunny blooms embroidery workshop.

doing puzzles at craftygardener.ca

The puzzle finished this week was a lighthouse. When the weather is good we love to take outings to various lighthouses and take photos. Lighthouse photos are display throughout the house, especially in the bathroom.

My website has been moved over to a new server so I have been restricted on my use of it till it was all finished. If I didn’t visit you last week or reply to your comment I’ll make sure to do it this week. It should be faster now, so please sign up for email updates if you aren’t already on the list. There is either a pop up window or a place in the sidebar to add your email.

Winter isn’t finished yet as there is another snow storm heading out way this weekend. I call this birthday snow as both our oldest daughter and myself have birthdays a day after each other.

I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.

18 Responses

  1. Debbie- Dabble

    Winter isn’t over here as we are supposed to get more snow on Monday and Tuesday…Thanks so much for stopping by!! I loved seeing the doves on your railings…So sweet!!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Winter isn’t finished with us either Deb, though I am more than finished with winter. There was a red sky this morning, take warning! snow coming overnight.

  2. Kim

    You must so wanting to see the end of winter and those incredible snow storms and longing for warm spring days. Those coat hangers are so pretty. Such lovely crochet. I have many a jar of filled with buttons, waiting to be used in a crafty project. As for your embroidery stitch along; it is looking lovely. There is so much lovely detail to please the eyes.

  3. CathieJ

    Winter never came to my neck of New York. As I am writing this there is a dove cooing outside my window. Yes, they do make a mess. There have been a multitude of robins around here this year. More than usual. I added the Agatha Christie book to my list of books to read. I have always enjoyed her mystery novels. It will be nice to learn about the author herself. Time to Stitch is so pretty. I look forward to seeing your next project.

    • Crafty Gardener

      It seems more and more robins stay around over winter now. Our resident one is around the garden, but right now there isn’t much grass for him to peck in. I’m sure you will enjoy the Agatha Christie biography. It was a good read. Thanks for stopping by today.

  4. Gail

    We had more snow on Friday which, thankfully, is already melting. Pretty embroidery! I saw my first robin on Thursday. Happy slow stitching to you

  5. Deb A

    I miss snow. Happy birthday to both of you. Love seeing the morning doves basking in the sun on the railings. Pretty puzzle, I love lighthouses as well. Enjoy your week.

  6. Patricia in New Mexico

    Thank you for sharing the link to your/other’s pattern for the crocheted hanger covers! I make them from my leftover bits and bobs. This design is new to me, so I’m looking forward to trying it out and using up some of my buttons!

  7. Melisa- Pinker n Punkin Quilting

    Your crocheted coat hangers are darling and brought back fond memories. My 6th grade teacher taught the class how to make these ages ago. I still have mine. I adore the how intricate yours are. Have a great week.

  8. Greg Werks

    The snowstorm that was there on the 4th of March was one I’d never seen before. These are the sort of snow storms that can destroy quite a lot.

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