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CraftSanity Episode 23:
Grow Your Own with Gayla Trail
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Tune in this week to hear a chat with Gayla Trail, designer, photographer and creator of www.YouGrowGirl.com, the fantastic everything-garden website. She's a crafty girl with a green thumb growing her own in Toronto.

In this episode Gayla, 32, will tell us the story of how her website sprouted into the book (
You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening) and now a TV show in the making. In her book, Gayla presents great gardening information in an accessible and fun-to-read way, giving even the greenest rookie a boost of confidence.

If you don't garden already, you're likely to be inspired to start after this episode. Don't have a back yard? No problem. Gayla emphasizes that gardens can be grown just about anywhere the sun shines and encourages apartment dwellers to try growing tasty treats in containers on even the smallest of balconies.

Another excellent feature of her book is that Gayla likes to craft, so the book is loaded with instructions for making everything from planter boxes and leaf-shaped garden stones to journals, aprons and tea bags.

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Contest update: I'm extending the contest to win Gayla's book for one more week. The deadline is now July 1, so send me your eco-crafting ideas. (Entries can be things you've made from recycled materials or with items found in nature, or send me a link to websites featuring great eco-craft ideas.) The folks at Simon and Schuster donated a copy of Gayla’s awesome book, “You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening” that I will be giving to the listener who submits the coolest eco-friendly craft idea. My hope is to be able to post some fantastic project ideas on the website.

Here are links to Gayla's other creative endeavors:

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SeeFeelThink
MakingHappy
Photogrammetry at Harbourfront Centre's Service Canada building (May 13 - July 9)

And she's also a contributor to the book Tease : Inspired T-shirt Transformations by Superstars of Art, Craft, and Design

This week's project: Check out Gayla's recipe for herbal bath tea.

Here are some links to other projects by Gayla:
Cheap n' easy plant-related gifts
Grow a Crate o’ Mache
Decorative envelopes for sorting seeds
Turn your plastic bottles into miniature greenhouses
Drip irrigation system with pop bottles
Organic fertilizers and remedies
Growing projects

Knit a Difference: Visit iknit.org where you can go to find out how to stitch your part of a unique knitted petition to express support of the International charity WaterAid. That organization has joined forces with I Knit, to petition for water and sanitation for all.

Participants are being asked to knit 15 x 15 cm squares (15 cm = 5.90551181 inches) that will then be stitched together to form a petition in the shape of a woollen river. The river will then be used as part of the charity's campaigning activities. The squares can be any shade of blue and stitched in any pattern. WaterAid is also encouraging people to donate blue yarn that will be used to knit the squares together. Completed squares should be sent to Knit a river, I Knit, 7 Courthope House, Hartington Road, London, SW8 2HS.


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* Author photo by Davin Risk
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