Coastal and Tropical South
A Poinsettia for You to Make
When I was growing up we had a tradition of spending the weekend after Thanksgiving making new decorations for the coming holidays. The neighborhood girlfriends spent hours in search of the newest beads and binding to wrap oranges for hanging, and tried to outdo each other every year. We made angels from paper cups, and wired holly corsages. We used shiny wrapping paper to make chains, and hung bells made of aluminum foil at the swags we draped across the mantle over the nonfunctioning fireplace. Then one of us found a pattern for paper poinsettias, and we made them from felt, shiny paper, construction paper, even tissue -- whatever red and green we could find. I found a pattern that's very close to my childhood one at this site: A Poinsettia for You to Make. Try it for yourself, and let the kids play, too.
Tool or Gardening Product
Uproot by Fiskars
Just in the nick of time I discovered this tool from the people you may know best for their orange-handled scissors. The plastic wand has a foot pedal and a clever claw at the bottom. You stick the claw into the ground over the sprouted acorn, dandelion, or other deep-rooted weed, then press on the foot pedal to clasp the claw around the offender. It works well, and I've found it to be handy in tight spaces for plucking out invaders between the roses. Because it's from Fiskars, it will be durable, too.