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Painted Rock Turtles

Before beginning this project make sure you check out some real turtles. If you are lucky enough to spy one on a nature walk, make sure to get a photo if the wee creature is willing to stand still long enough. If you don't happen upon a turtle share books about turtles so children can discover different patterns that can be seen on turtle's backs. That's not to say your child's turtle will be ... read more

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Hibiscus Applique

Better gardeners than I can get hardy hibiscus flowers to grow in Michigan. I have yet to have one successfully winter. Since I adore them, I tend to think of them as annuals and always have one of two plants in the garden. Perhaps I shouldn't bother but few plants are as showy and beautiful as the hibiscus, and to me, it just wouldn't feel like summer without their cheery faces smiling up at me! ... read more

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Preview :: Gnome Home Tutorial

For years I have been promising our readers a tutorial for making our Gnome Home. Last Christmas Tim and I made two, and I’m finally getting around to writing up the directions. It’s not that I’m a slacker it is just that I knew this was going to be a monumental project. Really, making the gnome homes was less time consuming than writing up the instructions! So, finally, after literally years of ... read more

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