Finally! We have some movement, some growth in the garden. All we needed in our water-logged state was a little sun. My peppers are doing so much better than last year- I think they like growing in pots... And overnight we have yellow squash and zucchini! Do you grow zucchini
at home? What do you do with the masses of it you get every summer? I
need something else to make with it besides zucchini bread.
We have three heirloom varieties of tomato this year and they all seem healthy- it's a miracle!
I love this. Who knew growing your own food could be so rewarding? Wait, I guess my dad did and I just never listened to him...
So this is the garden now but envision me my husband with a sod cutter and then voila, no more grass! We're still trying to figure it out-- more raised beds? A place for the fire pit? A dwarf fruit tree? I just know I don't want anymore lawn.
I'm almost finished with Drood by Dan Simmons and let me say the writing is excellent but this is the most long-winded book I have ever read. It a fictional tale about the writers Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, and while I enjoy the dark descent into London's underworld the book gets lost in minutia and rambles on in some parts.
And to further fuel my urban farming fantasy, I'm looking forward to reading Farm City by Novella Carpenter. Against the odds she creates a thriving urban farm in an vacant lot in Oakland.
You can buy lavender buds at some craft stores or anywhere that sells dried herbs. If you grow lavender at home, harvest it when they have just bloomed. I got to mine a little late I think but they still smell great so I'm drying them anyway!
Cut them about six inches down from the flowers and use rubber bands to hold the bunches together. Store in a cool dry place. I use my cool, dry basement. I also put a sheet underneath them as they dry to catch any loose buds and once the buds are dry enough I store them in glass jars.
I found a quilt top and this embroidered piece at a thrift store so that is what I'm using to make my lavender pillows. But you can use any light weight fabric.
Cut out your fabric to the desired shape and size. Sandwich your loop of ribbon inside the pieces of fabric and pin in place. Right sides together, sew the pieces together but leave remember to leave an opening so you can fill the pillow.
Mix your lavender and flax seeds together. The flax gives your pillow nice weight. I don't use a recipe for this I just use what I have on hand and mix until I like the ratio. If you want you can add a couple drops of essential oil to intensify the lavender scent. Spoon the lavender mixture into the pillow and hand sew the opening closed.
Make sure the ribbon is right side out and is sewn to the top of the pillow! Ugh!
These can be tucked into dresser drawers, hung in the bathroom and I keep one in my car.
Have you noticed her half smile? No, this isn't the Mona Lisa, it's just that I suck at embroidery. She is made from all recycled materials: a wool jacket, felted wool sweaters and some craft felt.
This is my first limbed doll made from all felted sweater material AND the first time I tried sewing feet like these. The feet were pretty easy but I need to tweak the pattern because attaching the limbs was pretty cumbersome. Hmmmm.....
The main is just a bunch of scrap edges from the sweaters sewn right into the seam.
So I have some questions for you:
1.) Does Libby need "hair" on the back of her head, she only has it around her face?
2.) Do you think a doll pattern like this would sell?
3.) How much would you pay for an epattern/downloadable PDF pattern?
I took 638 photos during our visit to Montana and Wyoming and most of them turned out like this one. But as my fellow bloggers know if you take 638 photos you're bound to get a few good ones. Much to the annoyance of my husband.
On road trips such as this, one learns to take photos from a speeding car because your husband won't stop for the 52nd time to take a picture of yet another Buffalo. (No this one wasn't actually taken at high speed, this guy was uncomfortably close to my car window, giving me the eye.)
"Quick honey, pull over! I need to take my gazillionth photo of an elk from over 200 yards away on my dinky digital camera!"
A River Runs Through It....
It just isn't a hike unless my husband has coffee.
Why am I making warm-your-soul-with-a-bowl-of-comfort-food Chicken Stew With Biscuits? 1. Because it's awesome. And 2. because it's freakin' cold and rainy outside and I spent all day watching my neighbor garden in her winter parka. It is wrong I tell you. It is 4th of July weekend and I should be outside grilling.
It feels good to finally be able to use some vegetables from our garden. The onions are happy but the tomatoes and squash need some sun. I am worried.