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Lilac Jelly

Here in the New England, spring  has finally broken, and summer is just around the corner.  There is no lovelier time to work on nature crafts.  Last week, we made lilac jelly from our garden.  I’ll post more on that soon.  If lilac jelly sounds tempting to your palate, you can purchase some for yourself from our farm shop.  And treat yourself to our wholesale buyers co-operative membership.  All proceeds currently go to our adoption expenses.

We hope that these ideas will inspire you to get outside and craft away in your garden. Please use the InLinkz link-up tool below to share your favourite nature crafts post for everyone to discover and enjoy.  It doesn’t have to be from your own blog.

Hollyhock Dolls – Our neighbour, June, taught us how to make these from the hollyhocks that grew in our front garden.  It’s high time we planted some here at the farm, I think.  It’s a lovely craft to make while sitting in the garden on a summer afternoon.

Crafts Made from Dried Materials – These would be lovely for any time of year.  My friends in Australia and New Zealand are heading into winter, and may have all of these materials in abundance right now as well.

Dyed Masked Eggs – Our farm hens are churning out eggs like a little factory right now.  These dyed egg ideas are wonderful!  There is such an abundance of gathered plant materials to be used – for masks and for dyes.

Here is a list of plant materials and their resulting colours (some are quite surprising!)  Use 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water for the dye bath):

  • Dandelion Root – red
  • Yellow Onion Skins – orange to brown
  • Red Clover – yellow
  • Red Onion Skin – green
  • Queen Anne’s Lace – pale green
  • Red cabbage – blue
  • Avocado skin – pink
  • Beetroot – pink to magenta
  • Red Cedar Root – violet
  • Coffee – brown
  • Sumac Leaves – black

 

Eggshell Mosaics – If you have a super abundance of shells – washed, air-dried and stored – or if you’ve broken some from the previous project, this could be a fun project.  Not weather dependent, so good for rainy days, too.  The first time I saw one of these was in the conference room of an adoption agency.  The picture was so finely done that it looked just like a photograph.  This is a simple project to get you started, and if you like the process, try more complex designs.

Wattle Fence Making – These are very popular in English gardens.  At least, they were when we lived in England.  Panels of all sizes were available.  There is something about seeing them in a garden that gives my heart a lift.  Wattle fences can be used as a low garden edging, windbreaks, or privacy screens.  Made in the round and arched over, you can weave a garden playhouse for children, decorated with bits of moss and flowers that grow in walls.  Made on a miniature scale, they can be used for fairy houses and doll houses.

Lavender Wands – The lavender harvest usually coincides with our family birthday in mid July.  I used to love snipping the long stems of lavender, gathering them in a basket and weaving wands while sitting outside in the warm summer air.  I made a video tutorial way back when I was expecting James.  It’s not terribly wonderful.  Perhaps when we get our new lavender planted here on the farm, I will make another, better video tutorial to share

 

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