From our inbox to you from: Patti Wigington & Making Magic in Your Garden



Making Magic in Your Garden
By Patti Wigington
 

The garden can be one of the most magical places in your life. As spring approaches, let’s look at how to plan, create, and grow your magical garden, as well as ways to create specialty gardens, herb plots, and more!

Garden Folklore and Magic

The very act of planting, of beginning new life from seed, is a ritual and a magical act in itself. To cultivate something in the black soil, see it sprout and then bloom, is to watch a magical working unfold before our very eyes. The plant cycle is intrinsically tied to so many earth-based belief systems that it should come as no surprise that the magic of the garden is one well worth looking into.

Plant a Magical Moon Garden

 

A lot of people don’t realize you can grow plants and flowers that bloom at night. Cultivating a moon garden is a great way to get in touch with nature, and it provides a beautiful and fragrant backdrop for your moonlight rituals in the summer. If you plant these lovelies close to your house, you can open the windows and take advantage of their aromas as you sleep.

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As spring arrives, our gardens begin to bud and eventually bloom. For hundreds of years, the plants that we grow have been used in magic. Flowers in particular are often connected with a variety of magical uses. Now that spring is here, keep an eye out for some of these flowers around you, and consider the different magical applications they might have. 

Magical Flower Correspondences

 

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Metroland Media Group Durham Region Division: “Way Back Wednesday” project:


Way Back Wednesday June 11 2014:

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Date: June 11 2014: 

Way Back Wednesday Person: Cindy Wisniewski. Brownie Leader 37th Oshawa Brownies

Picture snapped by: Ron Pietroniro of  Oshawa/Whitby This Week

Where: Camp Ademac

Event: Brownie Revel

Month/Year: June 1993

**Please Visit the link below to the see the photo of Cindy. Photo shows Cindy getting a wet sponge in the face at one of the fun activities @ the local event**

source: Whitby This Week June 11 2014: Leeanna McLean lmclean@durhamregion.com

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  • Project: Metroland Media Group Durham Region Division: “Way Back Wednesday” project: 
  • Date(s): Every Wednesday  
  • What does it mean?: Every Wednesday Whitby this week will be posting a picture from its archives of people from years gone by. The Purpose: To find out if the folk in the photo’s are still around and hopefully to hear from them and find out where their life journey has taken them… And you never know, reunions could happen too, with long-lost friends and relatives catching up on time gone by. If the folks in the photo’s can be found MMGDRD would love to recreate the photo. 
  • How does it work: Folk are asked to check out: www.durhamregion.com: www.facebook.com/newsdurham: Tweet @newsdurham hashtag #WBWDurham: Here you can see the photo’s and comment on them if you recognize the folk… The above photo is taken from the newspaper, so it’s not too clear, maybe try the website above to view it more clearly. 🙂

source Whitby This Week: May 21 2014 Edition: Leeanna McLean: lmclean@durhamregion.com

 

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Metroland Media Group Durham Region Division: “Way Back Wednesday” project:


 

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Image from Whitby This Week: Taken in May of 1984 Lakeview Park: L to R: Billy Gordon: Joey Amodeo: Stacey DeMerchant: Lynn Carey: Todd Sterling: Angie Sterling: Tammy DeMerchant

 

  • Project: Metroland Media Group Durham Region Division: “Way Back Wednesday” project: 
  • Date(s): Every Wednesday  
  • What does it mean?: Every Wednesday Whitby this week will be posting a picture from its archives of people from years gone by. The Purpose: To find out if the folk in the photo’s are still around and hopefully to hear from them and find out where their life journey has taken them… And you never know, reunions could happen too, with long-lost friends and relatives catching up on time gone by. If the folks in the photo’s can be found MMGDRD would love to recreate the photo. 
  • How does it work: Folk are asked to check out: www.durhamregion.com: www.facebook.com/newsdurham: Tweet @newsdurham hashtag #WBWDurham: Here you can see the photo’s and comment on them if you recognize the folk… The above photo is taken from the newspaper, so it’s not too clear, maybe try the website above to view it more clearly. 🙂

source Whitby This Week: May 21 2014 Edition: Leeanna McLean: lmclean@durhamregion.com

 

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Jamberry Nails Consultant now in Oshawa


SGC Admin: Some of us aren’t a huge fan of going to get our nails done, and it can be a waste of money for those who get their finger nails done only to find them chipping a short time later… But we still like to have pretty nails… If you are in this category maybe the following will work better for you… 🙂 Got girlie girls on your shopping list this Christmas? Maybe this will be one of their perfect gifts… 

http://www.robinsrockinnails.jamberrynails.net/ Image is property of Jamberry Nails

Check out what Jamberry Nails Consultant Robin has to say… 🙂 

  • Jamberry vinyl nail shields heat activated and pressure applied!
  • They create a water tight seal allowing them to last up to 2 weeks on fingers and up to 6 weeks on toes!
  • Easy to apply and take off!
  • Over 250 designs to choose from, you simply use a hair dryer or space heater to heat them which only takes 2-3 seconds!
  • You size to your finger apply with pressure and repeat heat and pressure till bonded completely!
  • Able to apply to natural, gel or acrylic nails!
  • One sheet has 18 strips in 9 different sizes!
Please email Robin:  
robin_boes1986@hotmail.ca
Please visit Robin’s website

 

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Creation Challenge for the kids… Toronto 2015 Pan Am Mascot


The Pan Am and Parapan Am games will be held in our fair city come 2015… 🙂 Known as the “people’s games” these events unite all athletes and the people who support them…

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Children play a big part in the games and the City of Toronto is issuing a (creative) challenge to all Kids to come up with the perfect Mascot for the upcoming games…

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A mascot is a person or a thing thought to bring good luck…. and usually symbolizes an event or Organization… (think Ronald McDonald) … 🙂

The Role of the Toronto 2015 Mascot is to…

  • Help tell the story of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
  • Engage and capture the imagination of the public and, in particular, children.
  • Come to life in merchandise, including soft toys, pins, t-shirts and tickets.

What to do….

  • Form a group of two to six members
  • Learn about the Toronto 2015 Games at www.toronto2015.org
  • Create your mascot and it’s story.
  • Complete the entry form included and send by mail to: Toronto 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge, Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive, 7th floor, Toronto, ON M5A OB
  • Entry forms may also be submitted online at: toronto2015mascot.ca
  • Stay Tuned

Entry Details…

  • Toronto 2015 Mascot Challenge starts JANUARY 7, 2013
  • Submissions accepted by mail or upload until MARCH 8, 2013
  • Only group submissions of at least two member and up to a maximum of six will be accepted.
  • A winning group will be chosen based on selection criteria and the results of a national on-line voting contest.

Please go to www.toronto2015mascot.ca for more information and to get your entry forms…..

Good Luck Everyone… Lets be proud of Toronto and of our kids… get cracking little people… 🙂

Source: Insert in Whitby This Week Friday January 11 2013 Edition

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3rd Sewing lesson from Sheila of the “Sewing Album”: How to make an apron… :)


Sheila highly recommends… ” Demo Halter-top Apron with lining. (I recommend when beginning a new sewing project to make a demo in old fabric or muslin until you are satisfied to proceed with good copy).”

For her 3rd sewing lesson Sheila our sewing instructor… 🙂 shows us in pictures,  how to make a pretty apron… We suggest you have a look all the way through the pictures before attempting to sew this project, to get a better feel for what you will need…. 🙂 If you get stuck or need help please Click Here to send us an email with your question and we will forward it to Sheila… 🙂

Sheila states: “When you are satisfied with demo you can make your good copy. (Take any design changes back to pattern pieces and write down the information).”
Fabric stores have a wide variety of fabrics…watch for sale days… 🙂
Sheila Advises: ” Once you get home it is necessary to preshrink your fabric.”
Sheila states: ” I am ready to make my good copy of the Halter Apron and have placed my pattern pieces on material keeping grain line in place. I have used tuna tins from the cupboard as weights.”
Sheila Shows Us: “Notch all information from pattern to fabric.”
“To transfer information dots from pattern to material place a pin through and mark.”
“Iron a piece of fuse to top 1″ of pocket on underside for stability”
“Fuse has been ironed on. Trim off excess.”
“Fold over one inch.”
“Stitch 1/8 along bottom”
“Serge or zig zag pocket raw edges.”
“Begin assembling the ruffle by folding a pinch and pinning into place.”
“Pin ruffle in place. Embroidery scissors for cutting those little threads.”
“Stitch ruffle at edge to secure.”
“Stitch ruffle to pocket.”
“Iron flat. At this point you could either stitch the pocket to the apron or continue to embellish.”
Tip from Sheila: “When you stitch a circle or tube always begin in the centre and work your way out to seam line so any discrepancies will fall to the seam.”
Sheila Decides to make a Rose out of the left over ruffle…
“Stitch the base of rose in place.”
“Using a tacking method attach rose to pocket. Keep embellishing away pockets are fun.If you have an embroidery machine it is nice to put your initials on pocket.Pockets give permission for anything! Thanks Franca.”
Pocket has been sewn to apron.
“Attach ruffle to apron.”
“Stitch ruffle to apron.”
“Fold ruffle inward as you attach the lining to face fabric (good side).”
“Pin lining to face fabric.”
” Apron and lining ready to be sewn.”
“With ruffles tucked inside sew lining to face fabric.”
“Turn apron to right side.”
” Lining attached to apron.” (back side)
“If you just wanted a skirt apron then attach front waistband to front skirt at centre notch and stitch in place at 1/4″ seam allowance. Do same for back waistband on lining side.”
“Fold ties in 1/2″ and press into place.”
“Fold bottom edge down.”
“Ties should be sewn last after waistband complete. At that point fold ties in half and edge stitch.”
“Prior to sewing ties fold over waistband to lining side and tuck under 1/2″. Stitch in place using machine or by hand using an invisible stitch.”
“I have attached bodice pieces at the notch points and pinned into place on front waistband ready to sew at 1/4″ seam allowance.”
“At back waistband I folded raw edge under 1/2″ and pinned into place. You could stitch this on with machine at 1/8″ from edge or hand sew using an invisible stitch.”
“This demonstrates edge stitching on ties to create a nice finished look and also gives stability since this area will be used to tie apron on and off frequently.”
“Finally attach neck ties to bodice pieces and stitch across.”
Finished Product… Sheila says… “Very nice apron for yourself or as a gift.” 🙂
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The Sewing Room with Sheila Grant: Bed Shirt to go with P.J. Bottom’s:


Lesson 2: A top to go with the p.j. bottom’s in Lesson 1: Click Here to see the p.j. bottoms

In Sheila’s last segment she showed us how to make a pair of p.j. pants… In this segment Sheila shows us how to make a top to go with the p.j. pants using an old shirt as her template. 🙂

I am going to make a bedshirt for my plaid pj pants by “knocking-off” an old t-shirt. Place shirt on fabric aligned with grain. Adjust your measurements accordingly

Measure shoulder length according to your measurements (most people are 5″ but larger people are 5.5″) otherwise, it will droop off shoulder.
Notch centre front neckline.
I have created a depth of 6″ off the centre front notch with chalkline.
Then chalked a line from shoulder-neck point to 6″ depth line on both sides to create a “V” neck.
Trim out excess material for “V” neck.
But now I have decided that I want a rounded neckline so will introduce the French Curve Ruler designed to work with the female curves in dressmaking.
Simply align French Curve to the shoulder-neck point “A” and 6″ depth point “B” and find a pleasing curve on the ruler for your design and chalk the curve line in on one side only.
Fold bedshirt in half and trim out neckline accordingly. This procedure will ensure symmetry.
Now your front panel has a rounded neckline with a 6″ depth.
Pin front and back shoulders together on wrong side of fabric.
Machine stitch using 5/8″ seam allowance.
Serging seam closed.
All raw edges have been serged. Sometimes people just want a top with a rolled edge and that is what causes those wavy lines which is nice in delicate material (summer wear for example). Just look at the instruction manual for your serger to direct you on how to perform a rolled edge and follow accordingly.
One inch hem allowance pinned into place.
Stitch hemline in.
Now simply turn neckline and armholes under at one-quarter inch and take it to the machine for stitching.
1/4″ turn.
Comfortable basic bed-shirt in stretch knit (you could embellish any way you want).