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  • Weaving her way to the Piedmont Art Festival

    Nestled in the woods of Van Wyck, Carol Leedy weaves a basket in the shop across the driveway from her home.

    For nearly 30 years, the 68-year-old Ohio native has been handcrafting reed baskets – from extra-small key holders to a three-basket storage unit – with homemade black walnut stain, her own dyes and embellishments like buttons and feathers. Her prices range from $12 to $100.

    “Busy hands are happy hands,” Leedy said. “It’s a stress-breaker, and it keeps me from kicking the dog. I’ve always been very crafty.”

  • YOTM: The Nicholses have a plan for every season

    Dennis and Susie Nichols carefully plan their landscaping to make sure there is something blooming year round at their home.

    While that’s easier said than done, the Nicholses stay on track. They plan their work and work their plan.  

    Right now, the mums at 1909 Sardis Road are slowly fading, but perky pansies are ready to claim the show.   

    Even a few summer annuals continue to have blooms, a sure sign the Nicholses give their plants plenty of TLC.

  • Deck the halls: Holiday party decorating tips

    When it comes to decking the halls in advance of a holiday party, there’s nothing quite as festive as creating homemade decorations with the family.

    From handmade ornaments to shimmering trees, your party guests will catch that holiday spirit when they see the special décor created just for the event.

    To help get you started, the inspiration experts at the Jo-Ann Craft Stores have shared the following holiday craft ideas.

  • B&B Craft Show

    Traditions of the current season include cooler autumn weather, falling leaves of gold, aroma of turkey roasting, Black Friday sales and Clemson and Carolina fans showing their school spirit. Only one thing is missing from this list – the B&B Craft Show.  

    Celebrating its 32nd year, the B&B Craft Show promises to offer one-of-a-kind hand crafted gift ideas just in time to kick off of the holiday shopping season.

  • How do we love pork? Let us count the ways...

    “I’ve got my menu planned for the next two weeks,” smiles home cook Nikki Smith, “Pork on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Boy, that was easy.”

    Nikki is one of the thousands of devoted pork lovers who are gleefully sharing their enthusiasm – and recipes – with all of us lucky cooks at www.justapinch.com.

  • Just a pinch: Roasted Banana Scones

    Ingredients
    3 medium bananas, sliced
    2 tablespoons melted butter
    2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup light brown sugar
    1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
    2 large eggs
    1 cup ricotta cheese
    1 egg, beaten

  • Options for buying trees

    There are many reputable suppliers of baby trees, from local nurseries to the big box stores. During the years I have been tree farming I have relied heavily on two sources.

  • September Yard of the Month

    Sometimes pretty yards take years to establish, but sometimes they just seems to fall in place, especially if the owners have green thumbs. That’s the case with Ronald and Susan First at 1954 Charles Avenue. The couple relocated to Lancaster from Erie, Pa. about two years ago when Ronald’s job brought them south. He was here about six months before Susan could come, so he began the search for a new home.

  • All about the Chinaberry

    ‘There’s a Chinaberry tree I remember                                                           
    I used to climb in and out of my window…’
    Rodney Crowell,
    ‘Telephone Road’

  • Yard of the Month

    Dragon wing begonias steal the show at the home of Cain and Anita Thomason at 1049 Edgemont Drive in Lancaster. They also caught the eyes of Betsy Folks and Sheila Robertson, members of The Lancaster Garden Club, who selected the Thomason yard as the Yard of the Month for August.