Tag Archives: crafts

Memories of Carleton Place — The Backroom

Memories of Carleton Place — The Backroom

Photos from the Trotman family

Carole Flint

a friend whose name I have forgotten, owned the craft store The Rag Doll and I use to help her at busy times just for fun. I think it was before Sandra was born. Her store was where Krista Lee had Apple Cheeks

Peddler’s Parish 1980 — “There was Nothing Under the Lord’s Day Act to Stop Him!”

People of Carleton Place–Karel Versteeg- Peter van Rossum 1957

How to Make Santa’s Footprints– from Love on the Farm




Thanks to my friend Christine Terepora for sending me this. It’s from Love From The Farm

Santa’s Footprints
What you’ll need
Baking soda (aka bicarb soda)
Pair of boots
Baking tray (larger enough to fit Santa’s boots)
Water squirter
How you do it
Start with your baking soda and a baking tray or similar. There’s no particular ratio. Make sure that the tray is big enough to easily fit at least one boot at a time while your working on the footprints. Spray footprint, then press in the baking soda

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News



Gift Making with the Kids — The Pickle Dish



Is time running out? How about making this coffee cozy with the kids with fabric from The Pickle Dish. Keep your coffee hot and your hands cool with a simple fabric coffee cozy in your favorite fabrics.






Reusable Coffee Cozy with fabric from The Pickle Dish in Carleton Place


  • Coffee Cozy Template (download pdf)
  • Two pieces cotton fabric, at least 5-1/2” x 12” each (these will be fabric “A” and fabric “B”)
  • Piece of cotton batting, at least 5-1/2” x 12”
  • Button (we used a 7/8” covered button)
  • Scrap of 1/8” elastic, 2” long
  • Wash-away marking pen or pencil
  • Bamboo skewer or other long, pointed object
  • Coordinating thread
  • Hand needle
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron


  1. Cut out coffee cozy template. Fold one piece of cotton fabric A in half and place template on top, aligning marked straight edge with folded edge of fabric (fig. 1). Trace around template onto fabric with wash-away marking pen or pencil. Cut out and repeat for remaining fabric B and batting.
  2. Place fabric A on top of batting, with edges aligned and right side facing up. Fold elastic in half to create a loop and pin in place to the center of one straight edge, raw edges together (fig. 2).
  3. Place fabric B face-down on top of fabric A, aligning raw edges with right sides together; pin. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew all layers together around edges. Leave a 2-inch gap for turning and backstitch over elastic several times to secure (fig. 3).
  4. Turn cozy right side out through gap, pushing out corners with a skewer or other long, pointed object. Turn under unstitched edges 1/4 inch; press cozy.
  5. Topstitch around all sides of cozy near outside edges.
  6. Stitch button into place on right side of cozy, centered vertically and approximately 1” from edge (fig. 4). Wrap around to-go coffee, loop elastic around button and enjoy!


The Pickle Dish

113 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 212-8770
Related reading:

Worry Dolls, Gingerbread and Bottles—Episode 3— Carleton Place’s (Favourite Things from Wisteria and The Granary)

Dolly, Dickens and Doggies —Episode 2— Carleton Place’s (Favourite Things things from the IDA and Natural Pet Foods)

Rockin’ Around Carleton Place — Episode 1— Carleton Place’s (Favourite Things from the Post Office and Applecheeks)

Want to Go To School With Batman? Carleton Place Farmer’s Market



Elizabeth Hastie is a woman who makes beautiful things. Colourful, imaginative and fun for all ages.
How about a few sweet dreams sharing the same pillow as Elsa from Frozen? Or how about storing your school pencils and pens inside favorite hockey team pencil case. Whatever your passion is– Elizabeth has it all!


With every stitch, every yard of fabric, and each thing she makes; it is sure to bring a smile to anyone. From yarn to garment she does it all- and she also does embroidered items for that extra special gift.

Shop outside the big box, and buy one of her unique items at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market. Buying one of her special designs makes you unique– yourself. Unless you can be Batman- then always be Batman! Elizabeth would want it that way.

You can reach her at:

The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market or-

echastie@ripnet. com

“Shop The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market —- Because there is no place like home!”

Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

7 Beckwith St.
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 809-0660

830 am to 1230 am

Don’t Waste One Jelly Bean Moment in Life — Christine Dixon

How Big is Your Head— of CABBAGE? — Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Take the Pickle Challenge at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

May Proulx for President of your Next Tea Party!– Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Waratah Downs Doesn’t Sell Cheeseburgers in Paradise! — Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

You Don’t Need to Go By the Pool to Get Dip — Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Holy Cannoli Macaroni! From Italy With Love at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Grandma Garrett is on Fire at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

The Secret Ingredient is Always Cheese — Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Did I See your Mum Knitting at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market?

Did You See the Blue Heron at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market?

Wonder Woman lives at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Why Shop at Farmers’ Markets and Remember Tupperware?

The Secret Lives of Pets – Tail Wagger Threads Now at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

The Big Buzz at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market — Get Bee-autiful!

Carleton Place Farmer’s Market Re-Invents the McGriddle

Are You Stuck in a Vegetable Rut? The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Before and After Swagger Snacks from The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

It’s Strawberry Time at The Farmer’s Market

A Fiesta in the Strawberry Patch at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Baby, I’m a Wantin’ Some Brown Dog Bakery — Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

A Fiesta in the Strawberry Patch at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Visit the Drama Free Zone Wall at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Where to Go When You Don’t Have a Green Thumb — Two Fields Over at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Put Your Chutney Where Your Mouth Is! — Carleton Place Farmers Market

Missy Moo’s Magical Hand Cream – Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

HOMEmade Meltdown Craft Show — Carleton Place– Normal People Scare Me!


I have a certain aura that follows me– some say is a bit odd. But I run my own pirate ship, and my Jolly Roger flies high. I really worry about those that think inside the box. So what would I find at this craft show that was held yesterday at our local Carleton Place arena?

This is Shannon Murray O’Neill and Chrysanthe Michaelis. They were the promoters for this great affair. I know what it’s like to put on a craft show. It’s hard work, and devotion, and believing in your local community. Personally, you have to be out of your mind to do something like this. Yes, the job is that intense! But what a great job they did!

This is Eric Davignon who does abstract and fine art. Everything there was out of the box!

This is seedling yarn. You have heard of comfort food? She “comfort knits”. Warm cozy things for families. I just wanted to watch her knit, instead, I told her it took me 7 years to cable stitch a scarf.

This woman takes your grandmother’s crocheted doilies and permanently puts the doily design on her recycled clay products. This way Granny is always with you drinking coffee. She just Kiln Me Softly with her pottery.

I jumped for joy when I bumped into Andrea of Homemade by Andrea. She reminded me of Maurice Sendak stories with her creatures. I said hello to each one personally for you.

This is Penny Foster. She lives on the 9th line.When I met her, I finally met my match. Not only does she have soap and things, she has a plan for our local community. She also has the only chip bag you’ll ever have with zero calories – The Beckwitch makes these too! Perfect for that person who has everything!  I am not going to tell you anymore about her. You will have to wait until this week!

Who knew Carleton Place took a walk on the wild side? Next time, you had best check it out!

Embrace your YOU ness.:)

Carleton Place- The Happiest Damn Town in Lanark County

For the Facebook Group:

Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

Thrift Store Shopping — 50 Shades of Tupperware – Zoomer



Thrift Store Shopping — 50 Shades of Tupperware – Zoomer.