Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More Gardening

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I don't have any stitching to show because I have been spending most of my time outside.   After 3 weeks my little garden is really starting to grow.

I will be harvesting the radishes at the end of this week.  Now I have to decide what to replant in that square.

I was strolling through Lowe's this weekend and was caught up by their selection of succulents.  Of course a few had to come home with me.  I had lots of fun making little container gardens with them.
This one uses a bird's nest that had fallen from a tree.

I had a house shaped container for this one.

And this one is the one I had the most fun making.

I made the adirondack chair with popsicle sticks and a tutorial I found online.  I printed a cute pattern on photo paper and fashioned the umbrella with a bamboo skewer.  The little flip flops are buttons.

I found the printout for the sign online, made a fence using more popsicle sticks and painted a little tin bucket pink to match the flip flops.  I have enough plants to make one more garden and I am thinking it will be a fun one too... it might even have a gnome who lives there.  :o)

Betty was groomed this week.  Here she is sporting her pink bandanna.

And she wants to make sure you check out her hot pink nails!

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Garden Update Week 2

My little garden has been growing for 2 weeks now and I can really tell a difference.  The Master Gardener and I headed out to take a picture.  :o)

As you can see, Betty is there to supervise my every move.  Radishes will be the first item to harvest and they are coming along quite nicely.  They only take a month to mature.  You can grow 16 in a square foot using this method.

Since I know some of you might have stopped by to see some stitching, I pulled out a few of my WIP's hoping to "shame" myself into putting in a few stitches.

 "Liberty" - Little House Needleworks

Prairie Schooler - One of the Santas

"Neighborhood Friends" - Little House Needleworks

There are a few more tucked away...I need to take pictures of those as well.  Somewhere along the way I went from stitching and finishing a single project before starting another to starting new projects with wild abandon, paying no attention to how many I might have in various states of completion.  

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you have an even better week ahead!

Monday, May 12, 2014


I was thinking I should pop in for a quick post so you wouldn't think I had totally disappeared from the face of the earth.  I don't know what is wrong with me.  I have had lots going on but lost my blogging/stitching mojo somewhere.  Hopefully it will return soon.  I have been reading some blogs when time allows but have been terrible at leaving comments.  I do apologize as I find you all so inspirational and I enjoy seeing what you are doing.

The past couple of months have been spent battling a rezoning of the property next door to ours.  There were plans for a septic tank business to be constructed but I am happy to say all our hard work paid off and the rezoning was denied.  I learned quite a bit about our local government in the process but I am so glad that is behind me.  I am not much of a public speaker and having to give a presentation before both the Planning and Zoning Board and the County Commissioners was not fun.

Betty seems to have finally settled in and realizes that we aren't going to leave her.  She was quite a handful at first because she was so terrified of being left and followed me every step.  We are now taking obedience classes and I am hoping that will help with her relationship with the cats.
 When she is bored, she does destructive things.  Here she murdered her big red dog toy.  :o)

After thinking about it and deciding I wasn't going to plant a garden this year, I did.  LOL  I blame this website mysquarefootgarden .  This picture is right after planting.

And this is one week later.  I added a trellis for my tomatoes, cucumbers, and snap peas to climb and a couple of posts for my squash.  I am going to try to train the squash to grow vertically so they don't take up so much space in the garden

In one week I have had radish, lettuce, onions, peas, and carrots to sprout.  Those little sprouts have given me hope that my garden may just produce something this year.  Wish me luck!

I hope that all you mothers had a fabulous Mother's Day.  I think this one will go down as my worst ever.  I woke up very nauseated.  By 10:30 am I was vomiting and by 2:30 pm I had taken up residence on the throne.  I had a temperature of over 100 and I can't remember the last time I felt so sick.  I missed work today and I do think the worst is behind me although I feel very weak.

On the stitching front, I am turtleing along on the Little House Needleworks doggie rescue piece.  Next month Praiseworthy Stitches is doing a workshop for our guild and I am really looking forward to it.  It will be my very first stitching workshop and should be lots of fun.

So that's my update for now.  I will try my best not to be such a stranger.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are all having a wonderful spring!