Our recent frosts have put an end to all of the warm season vegetable crops like tomatoes, peppers and squash. The cool weather crops on the other hand are still hanging in there, even though the colder temperatures have slowed down their growth rate. The flavor of leafy vegetables, like lettuce, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale … Continue Reading →
Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the finer things in life
Try your hand – and lungs – at glass-blowing during special classes at the Glass Academy in Dearborn.
If you are planning to drive south this month to escape the winter, think about adding a stop at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Their wonderful topiary exhibition Imaginary Worlds closes at the end of October. The gardeners/artists of the Atlanta Botanical Garden teamed up with International Mosaciculture of Montreal to create 28 fabulous works of living art. … Continue Reading →
Jeff of Birmingham has about “a pick-up truck and a half” of used redwood fencing that he’s willing to donate to anyone who might be interested in using it for craft projects, like making birdhouses. If interested, just give him a call at (248) 669-3945.
Monarch butterflies are on the move heading south on their annual migration. Look closely next time you spot a Monarch and if you see a flash of white against the orange and black pattern of their wings, it may be a marked butterfly. We spotted one last week near Ann Arbor. It was flying and feeding … Continue Reading →
Thick with trees and a sandy shoreline, the island simply looked inviting. So we moored our sailboat in shallow waters and waded ashore, joining sunbathers and picnickers making the most of a late summer afternoon. Trails crisscrossing the woods invited exploration, but none of my friends could be prodded into leaving the water’s edge. While … Continue Reading →
When it comes to unique crocheted accessories, “It Girl Crochet, 23 Must-Have Accessories” (Interweave/F+W/ $22.99) really has it going on with patterns for practical and stylish wearables. Written by Sharon Zientara, the former assistant editor for “Interweave Crochet” magazine, and currently manager at Skacel’s Makers’ Mercantile in Seattle, Washington, the book offers three different themes for … Continue Reading →
“New American Knits” (Interweave/F+W/$24.99) by Amy Christoffers, designer of the Savory Knitting patterns, is a wonderful collection of “classic sportswear patterns” that might just take you down memory lane if you’ve ever worn casual close-fitting sweaters, and who hasn’t? Featured patterns include cardigans, pullovers, a shrug, a wrap, hats, fingerless gloves, a cowl, a hooded … Continue Reading →
Boyne Highlands near Petoskey offers several innovative and exciting ways to get out and view Michigan’s fall color show. Adventure-seekers may soar through a canopy of trees on Michigan’s longest zip-line experience, saddle up for a 90-minute trail ride by horseback or simply catch a chairlift for panoramic views that stretch on clear days all … Continue Reading →
BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines recently announced that its Ann Arbor Sewing Center will showcase the BERNINA Q 20 Long-Arm Machne at booth 329 this weekend at the American Sewing Expo to be held at Suburban Collection Showplace. (The machine is not yet available for purchase.) It’s reported … Continue Reading →