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Feb 28 – Floral Design Day

  • Posted on February 28, 2009 at 6:05 am

Today is Floral Design Day.


Aubutilon - Flowering Maple

Aubutilon - Flowering Maple


Here are a few quotes on Flowers that I ran across and enjoyed so I thought I’d share them with you.

God loved the flowers and invented soil. Man loved the flowers and invented vases. 
Variation of a saying by Jacques Deval (God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.) 

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. 
Emma Goldman 

And I will make thee beds of roses, And a thousand fragrant posies. 
Marie-Antoinette, Queen 

flower arrangement:
just two yellow daffodils,
the first to bloom
–  L.A. Davidson, The Shape of the Tree

To pick a flower is so much more satisfying than just observing it,
or photographing it …  So in later years, I have grown in my 
garden as many flowers as possible for children to pick.
–   Anne Scott-James

Take some time today to smell the flowers.  

Enjoy and have a great one. Hugs – Ellen

Reminder – March “Make A Box” Mini Contest

  • Posted on February 27, 2009 at 11:38 am

I just wanted to remind you there is still time to work on your box for the March “Make A Box” Mini Contest.  I’ve had quite a few requests for the free boxes, as well as purchases of the bulk kits (thank you for those!!).  There are even a couple of miniature groups that are getting boxes for a future month’s contest – WHEE!  So much fun going on!

“Make A Box” Contest Time – March 2009 (extended from February)- Rules!!

Many of you already have made some of my box kits (1″ x .5″ x .3″) in the past and you may have a few on hand. If so, you get to start a bit ahead of the game. No purchase necessary: If you don’t have any of my kits hidden away in your UFK (unfinished kit drawer), you are welcome to purchase kits from my store or from me directly. If you send me a stamped-selfaddressed return envelope (preferably a padded envelope), I’ll be happy to send you a free kit to start on.

I have included a couple of pictures of boxes made by a talented artisan named Terre. These are not entries in the contest, but yes, Terre can enter with new chests if she wishes. This is probably the first of many contests, I hope you like it.


Terre's Box


  1. The contest runs between now and 11:59pm, March 22, 2009.
  2. You need to make up one of my blank chest kits. You can use either the 1″ blank chest kit (interlocked or not, 1″ or one of the .5″ half chest kits”).
  3. You may use any of my blank chest kits you happen to have on hand. If you only have one of the ‘carved’ kits on hand and would like to use it, you may.
    1. Any media is acceptable, you are free to use your imagination. Stain, paint, decals, glitter, sprinkles, clay, findings, etc. Bashing is also acceptable.
    2. Chests may be lined or filled (mini examples: gloves, jewelry, cigars, treasure, etc.) or not, your choice.
  4. Chest kits are available either from my Miniature Shop at $2.50 for a single blank chest or 10 kits for $10 (bulk pricing).
  5. FREE KITS AVAILABLE – If you would like to receive a free chest kit (1″ interlocked kit), you may send me an envelope included a stamped-selfaddressed return envelope (preferably a padded envelope) to Ellen Crane Miniature Shop, 48 Bay Loop, Dardanelle, AR 72834.
  6. Entries will be in the form of a photo of a chest kit personally made by you.
  7. Photos should be emailed to me at with March Chest Contest in the subject line, no later than 11:59pm, March 22, 2009. Include your name, email address and any title or description you would like to include about your chest.
  8. Entry photos will be placed on the website and voted on by my readers.
  9. 1st Prize – $25 gift certificate to Ellen Crane Creations
  10. 2nd Prize – a 2″ “Secret’s” Celtic Box
  11. Prize Winner to be announced on Tuesday, March 31, 2009
  12. Any questions or comments can be referred to me at
Terre's Box

Terre's Box

Good luck to everyone!! – Hugs, Ellen

National Wild Bird Feeding Month

  • Posted on February 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

I feed the birds all year round and we get a wide variety of Cardinals, Finches, Chickadees, Junco’s, etc.  I also have a crazy number of hummingbirds here from Spring thru Fall.  I didn’t realize until just now that February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month.

Bird Feeding

Bird Feeding

As the season goes on, I will get more pics of some of the great and colorful birds that come to the feeders, but this is a quick pic for you for today.

Take care and have a great day… oh, and feed the birds if you get a chance.  Hugs – Ellen

Q&A – Gardening Education

  • Posted on February 26, 2009 at 6:00 am

Questions are beginning to come in, so I’ll be answering them as I can.

Ellen – I want to learn more about gardening, can I take a class?  

BrownThumb – Memphis, Tennessee

Hi BT – I’m sure there are all kinds of classes, but my best suggestion is to find out if there is a Master Gardener program in your area (I’m betting there would be in Shelby County…I used to live in Memphis and SontheElder was born there).  

The Master Gardener program is a nationwide horticulture training initiative sponsored by the county extension services of land-grant universities (in my case it’s the University of Arkansas, for you University of Tennessee). The extension staff provides training on a broad base of horticultural topics, including plant, insect and disease identification, soil science and pruning, and the Master Gardeners agree to act as volunteer community horticulture educators on behalf of the extension service. There was a small charge for the training I got, but it was to cover the course book (which I got to keep and just full of useful information and a TShirt).

Many Master Gardener programs are beginning to add organic course material and emphasizing sustainability. Visit to find the Master Gardener program in your area (just do a search on the area you are looking for). 

Other ideas are local community and technical colleges for garden-related training.  These can offer short-term classes as well as certificates and associate degrees in horticulture, landscape design and other pertinant topics.  Also many botanical gardens, arboretums, wildflower centers and nurseries host affordable (or free) class on everything from seed starting to herb gardens and much, much more.

Good luck to you – Hugs, Ellen

PS – I’d like to note that although I’m a Master Gardener, I’m in no way an expert on any gardening subject.  I just like to grow plants.