Cards To Delight

Cards To Delight

Cards To Delight

Pop-up Box Card

It has been so long since I have been on my blog page that I am not sure I know what I am doing!!  I will post the cards I have made so anyone wanting to order any can contact me through my email or leave a comment on this page.  I hope you enjoy the Cards To Delight.


So I am going to start off with posting the Pop-up Box Cards:  

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Sunflower Delight

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Sunflower Card when closed up.








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Fall Explosion








Green Bay Packers & Paw Patrol Birthday Card

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Bright Delight








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Race Day








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Frozen Birthday Card








I can always make these cards in different colors that are shown or in some other theme.

Cascade Cards:





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Purple Cascade

Purple Cascade Delight








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Happy Birthday Cascade










Cards that have a pull out to add your own message.

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Sunflower Flower Pot

Mother’s Day Flower Pot

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A Garden Apron Card

















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Heartfelt Sympathy









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Cardinal Happy Birthday Bridge Card








Happy Brithday Trifold Card



















The Napkin Card.  This is a unique card, it folds into a big square and opens into a large greeting!!


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Happy Birthday Napkin Card

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Happy Birthday Surprise Napkin Card











Valentines Cards

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Valentine Heart Pop-up Box

Valentines Pop-up Card

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Valentines Pop-up Box Card















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Sweet Valentine

Side View











Christmas Pop-up Box Cards:

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Penguin Fun Christmas Card

Christmas Tree Delight








Snowman Christmas


Snowflake Christmas








Old Fashion Christmas














If you are interested in any of these cards the prices or want a card made in colors or theme of your choice, you can leave a comment or contact me through my email:   All cards come with an envelope that can be used to send the card in.

When you contact me I will give you the prices of the cards you are interested in and there will be a shipping charge per card.

Hope you enjoyed the cards, I will be added some Valentine cards within the next couple of days.






Tips For Growing Zucchini

Tips For Growing Zucchini



Tips For Growing Zucchini

Fresh Zucchini




Zucchini seems to be the rage for healthy eating these days, as a kid I don’t even remember hearing about Zucchini much less eating it.  Zucchini is a summer squash along with Acorn Squash, Spaghetti Squash & Butternut Squash.   I have grown Zucchini for the past 5 years, I want to share a few “Tips For Growing Zucchini.”


  • Let’s start with planting it, I live in Zone 3/4, I am kind of in the edge of Zone 3 and so I can use Zone 4 as a growing time line.  What is important to planting Zucchini?  I plant mine from seed, but you can buy your plants at a greenhouse.  I have found growing them from seed has worked well for me.  This year I planted my seeds the very end of May, the soil needs to be at least 60 degrees.  Some will say you need to start your seeds indoors 4-6 weeks prior to planting outside, but I planted my seeds directly into the soil and they are growing fine.  I plant my seeds in mounds about 18″ around and 4 seeds in each mound, normally I have ended up harvesting many more Zucchini then I really could use, so depending on how many Zucchini you want to end up with is how many mounds and seeds or seedlings (if you choose that way) you plant.


  •   Zucchini Plant Needs:  Fertile Soil, Sunlight and Water.

Soil:  Zucchini prefer a soil environment with a pH between 6 and 7.5, you can purchase a test kit to test your pH levels, and then you can amend your soil for the best growing conditions.  Mounds do work well for the fact that they get good drainage.  Also mulching your plants will help with the growth of your plants by holding moisture.  If you don’t have good draining soil adding sand will help.

Sunlight:  Zucchini plants need 6-10 hours of sunlight per day, they thrive in an area that gets plenty of sunlight and with room to spread out.

Watering:  Moist soil but not soggy soil.  Making sure your zucchini get enough water, they need at least 2″s of water a week, if the rainfall is lacking then manually water your plants.  Frequent and consistent watering is recommended.  Water most diligently when fruits form and throughout their growth period.


      Maintaining your Zucchini Plants:  Maintenance & Plant Growth.

Zucchini are pretty much a low maintenance plant, but any plant likes some special attention, so giving zucchini plants the nutrients it needs is very important.  After harvest begins, fertilize occasionally for vigorous growth and lots of fruits.


    Troubles with your Zucchini Plants.   

Blossom End Rot has been my biggest headache with my Zucchini plants for the pass 2 years, but I have found solutions to the problem.  What is Blossom End Rot?  Blossom End Rot on squash at the onset as a small bruise on the blossom end of the fruit, gradually softening and darkening in color until it eventually rots.  It is caused by a lack of calcium deficiency, the lack of calcium in the soil is brought about by a number of factors including extreme soil moisture fluxes, over fertilization, or root damage usually caused by cultivation, so be careful when hoeing or tilling around plants.  

           Preventing Blossom End Rot.

Test your soil prior to planting to see if it has enough calcium, local extension offices can test your soil or use the store bought soil test kits.  Also, maintain consistent irrigation and keep the soil evenly moist.  Mulch the plants to aid in water retention with organic mulch, like straw, or inorganic mulch, like black plastic.  Zucchini plants do not need high amounts of nitrogen, which can result in lush, healthy foliage and little to no fruit.  Excess nitrogen also causes blossom end rot on zucchini squash, as it blocks the absorption of calcium.  Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers and ammonia fertilizers (such as fresh manure).  Now the fresh manure is an interesting fact that I was not aware of, I had had fresh manure put on my garden the pass 2 years and that might be the cause of my problems with blossom end rot.



Tips For Growing Zucchini

Zucchini’s after being treated for Blossom End Rot




             Treatment for Blossom End Rot.

If you are seeing the signs of blossom end rot you can improve your soil by adding calcium, the calcium needs to go directly to the roots so avoid a foliar spray.  Calcium carbonate tablets, or anti-acid tablets like Tums, can be inserted at the base of the plant.  They will then dissolve and within a few hours, calcium will be available to the plant.  I have actually used the anti-acid tablets, they do work, I have smashed them up and added them to a gallon of water along with a cup of milk and I have also just pushed them down into the soil around the roots, it has been a very effective cure


Happy Zucchini planting and harvesting, I hope “Tips For Growing Zucchini”  was helpful to you!!


One of my favorite recipes using Zucchini:

Container Zucchini Planting:

Preserving Zucchini:



Tips To Making A T-Shirt Quilt

Tips To Making A T-Shirt Quilt



"Tips To Making A T-Shirt Quilt"

T-Shirt Quilt displayed at Graduation Party


I bet you thought I had forgotten I had a blog!!  Well, I have been extremely busy with a granddaughter’s graduation, vacation and planting a garden.  But for one week I spent most of it working on a T-Shirt Quilt for my granddaughter, so I want to share some “Tips To Making A T-Shirt Quilt.”

The “Tips To Making A T-Shirt Quilt,” are things I learned while putting it together!  When you look at the examples of a t-shirt quilt online, on pinterest, it looks really simple but when you don’t read all the information that is available it can make putting one together a very tedious project.   There are a number helpful youtubes and online tutorials to make your t-shirt quilt a success!!

Even though I did mess up some and didn’t follow the instructions that would have made it a whole lot easier to put together it was a success in my eyes because my granddaughter loved it!!!

“Tips To Making A T-Shirt Quilt”

  • Make sure to have a consistent size blocks, makes it a lot easier to put together.
  • Use fusible light weight fusing on the back of each block to prevent the t-shirt fabric from stretching.
  • Sew your binding together and follow this method of attaching it to the quilt.
  • Have an area that you can lay your sewn together squares flat down, then place your quilt batting on top of the squares & pin both layers together. 

These might not be the most instructive tips but they are the tips that will help me the next time and I won’t make the same foolish mistakes.  Of course it is important that you have some sewing experience but if you haven’t had much experience sewing there are plenty of tutorials online to guide you through.  

The most rewarding part of making this quit even though it wasn’t anywhere near perfect was the tears that my granddaughter shed when she saw the personal message that I had put on one of the back corners of the quilt using my Cricut and vinyl lettering.   


"Tips To Making A T-Shirt Quilt"

Personal Message to granddaughter


 Tutorials that I found to be very helpful.



Finished T-Shirt Quilt


My Easy Go To Meal

My Easy Go To Meal


My Easy Go To Meal

My Easy Go To Meal


Do you ever have trouble coming up with a meal, whether it be for noon time or supper time?  As I have gotten older it seems to be more of a chore for me so today I want to share “My Easy Go To Meal.”


My Easy Got To Meal is what I fall back on whenever I just don’t know what else to make.  Being my husband is really a meat and potatoes guy I always have potatoes on hand and because we are blessed by a couple of members in our church who raise beef and give us beef for a Christmas present, I always have beef available.

 Hamburger Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Corn.  I freeze corn in the fall so thankfully I just have to go to the freezer and grab a bag of it.  My Hamburger Gravy recipe isn’t anything special just a simple fry it up, add some onion soup mix, pepper and salt if needed, I do also add a little beef broth and Kitchen Bouquet (for coloring), then I thicken it up with cornstarch.  Of course I peel, cut up and boil the potatoes until done and then mash them with the old fashion potato masher.  

My Easy Go To Meal

Potato Masher


All these years I have been cooking and I did not realize that mashing your potatoes with a mixer make them gooey, of course if you go by what my grown kids say, I always used instant potatoes when they were growing up.  I have become a whole lot more conscious of preservatives in foods, I really believe they have a lot to do with our unhealthy society.


My Easy Go To Meal

Mashed Potatoes with Parsley


Dress Up Your Mashed Potatoes:

A little extra tidbit, the health benefits of eating potatoes:

  • Did you know they are an excellent source of Vitamin C?
  • Also they have more potassium value then a banana.  Potassium is a mineral that helps regulate fluids and mineral balance in our body cells, also can help to maintain normal blood pressures.  Potassium is vital in transmitting nerve impulses and muscle contracting.
  • Great source of Vitamin B6 & why do we need B6?   B6 is one of the complex B vitamins, plays an important role in converting food into energy and helping the body metabolize fats and proteins. The B vitamins are also important for healthy hair, skin, liver, and eyes. 
  • And they are gluten-free!

Of course eating french fries and potato chips aren’t of the value of eating a baked potato, they add lots of fat.

My Easy Go To Meal

Nutritious Potato


Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden

Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden



Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden

Healthy Plants



Wow, who would have ever thought hydrogen peroxide would be good for a garden?  I was really surprised to learn this, so check out how to “Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden.”

I know Hydrogen Peroxide is a very good cleaning agent, but I have never thought of it to be useful in the garden because of the oxygen element.  Hydrogen peroxide has an extra oxygen atom, it is this extra oxygen atom that makes the hydrogen peroxide so useful.  

There are a number of good reasons why the Hydrogen Peroxide is good in the garden, I will be trying this out myself.


Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden

Preventing Root Rot



  1.  Hydrogen Peroxide Uses Against Root Rot.  

    Overwatering can be one of the causes of root rot, it can also be poor soil aeration. Giving your soil enough space for air and nutrients to get through to the roots of your plants is the best way to see your plants flourish.  The bad news about having root rot is that you don’t generally notice it until it has really taken over your plants, but the good news is you can treat it with Hydrogen Peroxide.  Use a week solution, mixing one part chemical with two parts water.  Carefully pour it around the roots and the base of your plant to kill off the bacteria.  This will also kill off any bacteria or fungus, establishing a good root system will give you healthy thriving plants.

    Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden

    Use Hydrogen Peroxide for faster germination.

  2. Using Hydrogen for Faster Seed Germination

    You can use hydrogen peroxide to help seeds germinate more quickly. Hydrogen peroxide softens the coat of seeds and kills any pathogen present on seed coat thus increase the germination rate and help the seed germinate faster. Soak your seeds in a 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes. Rinse the seeds several times with water before planting and plant them as usual.

  3.  Hydrogen Peroxide for Mold and Mildew

    Hydrogen peroxide has an oxidizing property that is fatal for mold and mildew. Mix a liter of water with 10 tablespoons of 3 to 6% hydrogen peroxide depending on the level of infection. Spray this solution on plants daily until the fungus disappears.

    Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden

    Healthy Roots

  4. Strengthen Your Plants Roots System.

    Hydrogen peroxide has an extra oxygen molecule over water, that helps plant’s roots to absorb nutritions from the soil.  Watering plants with hydrogen peroxide solution will introduce more oxygen into your soil.  and it will give it a kick start or help an ailing plant get back on track. Use about two teaspoons of 35% hydrogen peroxide to around one gallon of water and then use it on your garden every other time you go out to water your plants.  

    Getting rid of those bugs and insects

  5.  Keep The Pest Away.

    All gardens have bugs and insects, some are helpful like the honey bee and then there are those downright pests that damage the plants.  Using a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution, it is safe to use and will keep away insects and kill any eggs.  It is a safer and cheaper means then the store-bought insecticides which are full of toxic chemicals harmful to pets and wildlife.



    Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden

    Ridding your garden of weeds


    Using a week solution of hydrogen peroxide is good for plants without harming them but a stronger solution will take care of those weeds.  A 10% concentration will kill the weeds, simply mix it with water in a spray bottle and target those nasty weeds, be careful not to get it on the plants it will kill them also. 


    Doesn’t it make sense to clean those pots and tools up, if you have used them in the garden where there has been a fungus or you have had diseased dirt or plants in a pot you would want to clean them up!  To disinfect your tools, remove and dirt and debris then fill a bucket with hydrogen peroxide solution.  The solution should be a gallon of water to two cups of hydrogen peroxide.  Then rinse out the pots with the same solution.

 Solution Chart for hydrogen peroxide mix:

Uses for hydrogen peroxide:

So there you have it how to, “Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden.”  I hope this was useful to you having a beautiful thriving garden.



Use Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Garden

Vegetable Garden Produce



Homemade Treatments For Vegetable Garden Pests

Homemade Treatments For Vegetable Garden Pests



Homemade Treatments For Vegetable Garden Pests

Homemade Treatments For Vegetable Garden Pests


I know some of you live in an area where your garden has been in for quite some time, but here in Northern Wisconsin it is just starting to be time for the vegetable garden to be planting, but it is a good time to take control of those pest that try to invade your vegetable plants, so today I am going to share some “Home made Treatments For Vegetable Garden Pests.”

One year I had a lot of trouble with rabbits eating my plants, then the next year I had trouble with bugs on my cauliflower and then there is always some kind of bug or creature that disturbs my tomatoes, hopefully this year I can get a good control on these invaders.


Homemade Treatment For Vegetable Garden Pests

Dog hair works great!



Do you have unwanted cute little creatures showing up to eat your vegetable plants?  Those cute little rabbits and the gorgeous brown eyed deer!  I haven’t had a problem with the deer but rabbits are another story!  One thing I have going for me is that I have a beautiful Golden Labrador who like to potty in areas outside my garden so that definitely helps to keep the creatures out.  

Remedies for those cute invading creatures, of course a fence is always a good answer but costly so let’s look at some “Homemade Treatments For Vegetable Garden Pests.”

  • Close up that salad bar for those cute brown eyed invaders with some strong smelling soap, Irish Spring is a great one to use.  Shred it up, can do it in a food processor and then wash it out with a little vinegar to get the soap smell out.  Once you have that soap shredded you can sprinkle it around your garden, I have read it is good around in your flower garden, the deer especially like hosta plants.  
  • Now how about a really low cost way to keep those invaders out, tying those plastic grocery bags on a post, blowing in the breeze makes noise and gives the appearance of someone in the area.
  • Human or dog hair works great, trouble with human hair is usually when it is cut it has been washed first so then losses the human scent, but with dog hair the scent is there and deter the creatures from your garden.
  • You can also use a tin pie plate, punch a hole in the top part of the pie plate and tie a string onto it and attach it onto something where it can swing, place it in your garden or near by.
  • One of my favorites is the homemade repellent, works great for keeping those rabbits at bay.  Just get yourself a gallon jug, mix up 5 garlic cloves, 1 tsp crushed red peppers, 1 gallon of water & 1 Tbsp of dish soap.  I have used this for a couple of years and works great.
  • This year I am going to put some post around my garden and drill a hole big enough to put some cheap solar lights in and I am thinking this will keep critters away, hopeful it doesn’t give them light to see a great salad bar available.
  • And of course don’t forget the old faithful Scarecrow!!!



Homemade Treatments For Vegetable Garden Pests

Scare them away!!!



Links for Garden Pest:



I hope these “Homemade Treatments For Vegetable Garden Pests,” are helpful to you and aide you to have a beautiful bountiful vegetable garden.  Come back real soon for a post on how to treat vegetable for those nuisance bugs and little pests.


Essentials For A Beautiful Flower Bed

 Essentials For A Beautiful Flower Bed


Essentials For A Beautiful Flower Bed




Having a beautiful flower garden is something I have always thrived to have, seems like every time I get my garden looking good I move.  I am hoping these plant “Essentials For A Beautiful Flower Bed,” will aid you in having the flower garden you desire.


To get started the decision of having annuals or perennials flowers needs to be made.  

The Pros of Annuals:

  • Annuals are easy plants for beginner gardening.
  • Are widely available and easy to grow, just follow the simple planting & growing instructions.
  • They are great bloomers, they do bloom their heads off all season.
  • Annuals are great for where you want a lot of flowers.
  • Annuals aid you in changing the look of your garden every year.
  • Annuals are good for containers.
  • Want flowers now?  Annuals bloom right away.

The Cons of Annuals:

  • They generally need more watering and fertilizing.
  • And planting them every year can be a chore.

The Pros of Perennials:

  • They come back year after year.
  • They tend to need less care then annuals.
  • They bloom for weeks
  • Root system stays alive for years, even decades.

The Cons of Perennials

  • They have a shorter bloom time.
  • They may take a year or more to get established.
  • May take a year or more to get established.





Essentials For A Beautiful Flower Bed



Plants are like people they have their own unique personality and like different things, water, sunlight and soil.  Some plants like it hot and sunny and some like it cool and shady.  It is all an experiment, a trial and error, so relax and have fun with your flower garden.  How much time do you want to spend gardening?  Plants require care, so the size of your garden will determine how much time you want to are willing to work on producing those beautiful flowers, starting small and increasing the size as you go. So if you want to have those flowers you so enjoy use the, “Essentials For A Beautiful Flower Bed.”

SUN :  Like anything, humans, plants, animals they all take energy and sun is the great source of energy.  Because plants need sun to grow, which many of them need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight,  what plant you are planting where.  Of course there are those plants that thrive in the shade, shade and part-shade plants will do best where they don’t get hot afternoon sun.

TIP:  Don’t know how much sun you get in your yard, try this, one day spend time watching how much sun your chosen flower space gets.


LOCATION:  Of course location has much to do about the sun/shade element and which plants you pick to plant.  Consider if you are planting in a pot or in an actual flower bed, both annuals and perennials scan be planted in either.  Perennials do very well in the flower bed as their roots continue to stay alive in the ground and especially  in very cold climate, of course with the right care.  

Zone:  Know your planting ZONE, it is critical for some plants.  Your seed packets generally provide the zone planting information.  I live in Zone 4, the winters can get very cold, sometimes down to 30 below zero, some perennials would not survive in those temperatures.


WATERING:  Another essential for having a beautiful flower garden.  You may need to water your plants regularly to keep those plants healthy and blooming!  Watering your plants that are in container is critical because they dry out faster.  How often to water?  It depends, hotter and/or air pulls the moisture out of plants and soil quicker, so more watering is required.

AN EASY TEST:  Put your finger in the soil, does it feel moist 2 to 3 inches down, then you are good!  For container plants I always us those under the pot saucers, keeping them full then your plant can drink when it is thirsty!

Also depends on how often it rains and how humid the climate is.  If your plants are looking wilted obviously they need a drink!  Water slowly and deeply, watering in the early morning hours or in the cool of the evening.


NUTRIENTS:  Plants need nutrients just like we do, to keep growing and stay healthy.  Plants need nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, if the soil doesn’t have enough of these needed nutrients you may need to add some manually.  There are fertilizers you can buy that will add the needed nutrients to your plants.  I have some common household products to enhance my plants, epsom salt and used coffee grounds add nutrients to any garden, flower or vegetable.  Mulches help to keep weeds out and water in!  There are all kinds of mulch, pine needles to bark chips.  For perennials a long lasting mulch like bark chips is the best.


  • In northern climates annuals are best for color in containers, although there are annuals like zinnas, marigolds or nasturtium I have found work beautifully planted right in the garden.  
  • Spring is a good time to begin growing.
  • Start planning before the snow melts.
  • Fall is a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs and some perennials.


Essentials For A Beautiful Flower Bed

Plant Ideas




 Shade Plants:


  • Fushia
  • Lobelia
  • Impatients
  • Coleus
  • Begonia



  • Astilbe
  • Hosta
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Foxgloves
  • Columbine

Sunlight Plants:


  • Cosmos
  • Marigolds
  • Petunia
  • Geraniums
  • Sunflowers
  • Morning Glories


  • Russian Sage
  • Lamb’s Ears
  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Phlox
  • Pansies
  • Daylillies

Ta-da you are set for enjoying a beautiful flower garden!!





Why, When and How to Divide Flower Plants

Why, When and How to Divide Flower Plants



Why, When and How to Divide Flower Plants

Why, When and How to Divide Flower Plants


I don’t know about you but I love a beautiful flower garden, I really don’t have a green thumb but I have found that following advice from those that do have that green thumb can aid you in having that beautiful flower garden.  The “Why, When and How to Divide Flower Plants,” hopefully will help you in producing a beautiful flower garden.

One reward about having a perennial flower garden is that most plants increase in size over the years, so after time some of your perennials will benefit being divided. Also you can save money by keeping your perennials healthy by dividing them.  One thing I have thought would be a great benefit is every one that had those perennial flower beds would share their divided plants with others, could surely give your community a beautiful face lift.


Why, When and How to Divide Flower Plants.

Roots, clumps and planting





The Why’s to dividing your perennials: 

  • Keep them healthy.  Dividing the large clumps every 3 to 4 years will prevent the plant from becoming unhealthy, clumps when they get large tend to die out in the middle. Clumps can become congested or roots get old and woody.
  • Nutrients in your soil can become exhausted, therefore stunting growth, yellowish leaves or lack of bloom.
  • Protect your perennials from fungal diseases and insect infestations.
  • Overcrowded perennials often times have fewer or smaller flowers, so dividing the plants and giving them some space is like giving them a fresh breath of air.  Rejuvenate your aging plants and extend their life by dividing them. 
  • Some perennials are aggressive and can crowd out other plants, dividing these plants will keep them from becoming overwhelming to their neighbors.
  • Plus one other great benefit is that dividing your plants will give you more flowers to plant in other places or to share with your family, friends or neighbors.

When to divide your perennials:

  • You can divide most perennials any time from spring to fall, those are the best times.
  • Dividing perennials can be stressful on your plants but they will recover better from the shock in cool, moist conditions. If you have to divide in the summer make sure they have plenty of moisture.
  • One rule of thumb: perennials that flower between early spring and mid June are best divided in early fall.  Perennials that flower after mid-June are best divided in the spring.  
  • Spring is the best time to divide your ornamental grasses, especially the fall flowering types. 
  • Daylilies can be divided any time but spring is the most suitable time.

How to divide those perennials:

  • Dividing perennials can be a bit overwhelming, but follow a few general rules and you should do fine, making sure the plant roots are moist and cool. 
  • Dividing your plants with large enough clumps, too small clumps might not have the stamina to withstand the division process.
  • When your plant shows signs of growth in the spring (inch or two of new shoots), dig up a large clump, as many as thick roots as possible.  
  • Dig all the way around, then pry the clump out of the ground, try to knock off any loose soil. 
  • Part the shoots, either by cutting them apart or some perennials can just be sort of pulled apart easily. Look closely at your clumps, seeing if they have a natural point where the clump can be easily separated. You may be able to divide your clumps in 3 or 4 sections, trying to keep them the diameter of your fist or larger.
  • Each new division needs to have 2 or 3 new shoots and a good segment of healthy roots.  

What to do once you have the divided roots:

  • Plant the new divisions at the same depth that the old plant was growing.
  • Water them well and keep the soil adequately moist for several weeks.

Now that you have learned the basics “Why, When and How to Divide Flower Plants,” return for the next post about dividing 4 of my favorite flower plants and some additions tips on what plants to divide and which not to divide and frequency of dividing plants.

Links to dividing flower plants:



4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots



4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots

4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots





I know it is getting kind of late in the season to start seeds indoors but the way the weather is going up here in the Northland of Wisconsin I don’t know, we may not be able to plant outdoors for quite a while, so the “4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots,” may not be too premature.  

One thing that is always needed for growing any type of plant is SUN, and as the forecast looks right now we have rain, ice & snow in our forecast for a few days in a row, so that sunshine needed for making any plants grow is going to be hidden behind those clouds!!

I am a saver so I decided trying to start some of those plants indoors this year is my way to save money, so I am hoping the “4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots” will work out well for me.  I really don’t like buying those 4 paks of seedlings when I only need 2, so I decided to start my Cilantro indoors and then I can use what I want to use, plus I am going to start some flower plants too because I wants lots & lots of Zinnias today.  Did you know that Zinnas have some benefits in your garden, like they deter beetles and tomato worms.  Come back for some flower growing tips and benefits in another post.

Use seed starting mix, a good quality mix, I purchased, Jiffy, Natural & Organic Seed Starting Mix, at Walmart, it was very inexpensive.  The plants need 12-16 hours of light for the best growth, you can place them in a window that gets plenty of sunshine or under a grow light.  Also keep the soil well watered, but not drenched, using a misting spray bottle works well, let your soil dry out just a bit between watering to insure they don’t mold.

Once the seedlings start to grow they may need to be repotted in larger containers before being planted in the garden. Also all plants to a hardening time, so gradually introduce them to the outdoors, leave them for a couple of hours at a time, this will introduce them to the sun, wind, rain and other conditions.

It is a good idea to plant extra seeds, can’t always count on every seed to sprout.  You can also start more seeds every 6 weeks that way you can plant more later on and will give you a continual supply, that is especially true for flowers, always nice to have more flowers.  Make sure to follow the planting instructions on the seed packet some can be very specific.



4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots





So the “4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots,” are:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls (empty ones obviously).
  • Newspaper.
  • Egg Shells.
  • Egg Cartons.


  1. Toilet Paper Rolls: What a low cost way to start seeds, they are also biodegradable so right from the indoors to the garden.  Fill the toilet paper tubes with the soil then plant your seeds and mist the soil. The following link will show how to prepare the paper rolls.

4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots

Toilet Paper Rolls

4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots

Folding Toilet Roll






2. Newspaper Seed Pot: Making these pots only takes a few minutes and there you have pots that can go right from indoors to the garden the newspaper decomposes naturally.  The following link will show you how to fold the newspaper.


4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots

Forming newspaper pots

Folded newspaper pot.







3. Egg Shells: Not only are these so easy to use eggshells are full of useful minerals. Also the shells slowly dissolve and boost your seedlings growth and health.  I am fortunate to have a friend that has chickens that produce some extra large eggs so I have really nice sized shells.  Start with clean eggshells, use an egg carton, fill the shells with seed-starting soil.  Plant your seeds, moisten with a fine mist and then moisten every couple of days.  When the seedlings have developed and are ready for planting crush the eggshell and plant into either a larger container or ground.


4.  Egg Carton Greenhouse:  What a great concept, I am anxious to see how this little greenhouse works. Poke a small hole in each dimple of the carton for water drainage, then fill each egg pocket with the seed-starting soil, mist with water and mist regularly to keep moist but not soaked.  I placed my carton in a clear plastic bag and sealed up, making it a little tent, then place it in a sunny spot.


4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots

Egg Carton with Egg Shells.


So there you have it on your way to starting a garden!  Some of you in warmer parts of the country have already planted your garden, but you can still start seedlings indoors to plant later in the season for those Winter Gardens.


4 Seed Starting Indoor Pots

Finding Your Crafting Niche

Finding Your Crafting Niche



Finding Your Crafting Niche

Craft Projects


I guess I have always been one of those people that likes DIY projects, I can remember back to childhood when my brothers, which I had 4 & was in the middle of them, would did “Fox Holes” when playing Army making our DIY battle field, or we will build our own “Tree House.”  I would even rake up leaves to form them into the outline of a house.  So “Finding Your Crafting Niche,” might have been something you started way back when.


How many of you remember playing with “Paper Dolls?”  I had tons of them, being the only girl I had to play girly things by myself a lot of the time, my all time favorite paper dolls was the “Lennon Sisters.”  As I got into my junior high years in school I started Home Economics Class & there I learned how to sew, something I carried on for years, making my children’s clothes and lots of my own, so I guess Craftiness has been a huge part of my life.


Finding Your Crafting Niche

Lennon Sisters Paper Dolls


So of course this Christmas when my daughter bought me the Cricut Explore Air I delved into another area of craft, I have to tell you there is just so much you can do with the Cricut, I have only experimented with a small portion of all you can do with the Cricut. If you are at all interested in making your own sayings on shirts this is the way to go and so much information on the Internet, tutorials, youtubes and podcasts, that there isn’t an excuse not to learn how to make those personalized vinyl projects.

You will find a number of the crafts I have made using the Cricut, but also other crafts using polymesh, a hot glue gun and fabric.  Check out some of the other blog post with the crafts I have completed.  I have to say one of my favorites is the Pop-Up Box Cards, I just think they are so unique and so easy to make and personalize.

Now if you want to get started with crafts using the Cricut let me direct you to what you need to get started!!!

Obviously you will need:

  • Cricut Machine:  Click on the link at the top of this page and you will find a machine of your choice.
  • Cricut Tool Set:  Comes in very handy for your vinyl projects, there are tool sets that you can buy in hardward store that will work too, but this set is really nice. 
  • Cricut Cutting Mats:  There are Standard and Light Grip and in different sizes. (6 X 12″, 12 X 12″ or 12 X 24″).
  • Cricut Vinyl:  This doesn’t have to be Cricut Vinyl specifically, but there are so many sites that have vinyl for sale or of course your craft stores, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, plus vinyl stores online.
  • Going online and starting with the Cricut Design Center and using the Access program to make your first project will give you a good taste of how the Cricut works.  And once you get hooked on using the Cricut you can always sign up for a year Cricut Access where you will find fonts, images & projects.  

Any questions, please leave them in my comment section.  If you are looking to buy a Cricut or Access check out the links here on my blog.  Enjoy “Finding Your Crafting Niche.”

Vinyl Online:

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