Thursday, August 9, 2018

African Flower

Hello, forgotten blog kingdom! Summer tends to turn my brain to mush and the rest of me to a puddle on the floor. My eldest is off at day camp this week and my Mr. is off working on music for a local play. The little and I are watching our family store and pretending to go to camp at home. So far we've painted, made smoothies, picked flowers, played with marbles and clothes pin dolls and dusted the store. Hence, "pretending" to got to camp as we haven't actually done much that's very camp like. I've been using my store hours  to crochet this "African Flower" mandala into a stool cover. We seem to be big fans of stools around here, and I have many more stools I want to make cute covers for so expect to see more soon.

We've had buckets of rain lately, and buckets more of humidity and the garden is a jungle. I'm not sure how much it is producing, but my tomato plants are taller than I am. We certainly have enough zucchini to make the worlds largest loaf of chocolate chip zucchini bread, if only we had a large enough oven. The gladiolas and zinnia are popping in gorgeous colors... I never tire of the flowers.

Lives been a bit harried this week with the irregular schedules, and I'm looking forward to a return to our Summer norm/laziness before we have to swing into a totally different schedule for the Fall. Yes to more swimming, more hiking, more evenings spent in the garden!

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Adventures

Summer seems to pass in a heart beat, so we are taking it in as best we can. My littlest has graduated preschool and will be full time student this Fall when she enters kindergarten, so I want to make sure we make the most of these long days together. And we do seem to stretch them out as long as we can. When summer comes, I understand why we endure the long winters here. Everything around us is alive and singing and the mountains and the river call us to play. I hope you are playing and enjoying the fresh air where ever you are. Time to head back to the garden!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

In the Garden: Lilacs and Forget-me-nots

I love this time of year when the air is perfumed with cherry blossoms and lilacs. Change bursts from every corner of the Earth. I haven't been keeping up with gardening tasks as much as I'd like to, but still, a seed planted here or there and something comes forth.

After years of trying to get forget-me-nots to bloom, I was pleasantly surprised to find them scattered throughout the yard. Hurrah for planting packs of wildflowers seeds year after year. I had planted a big patch under one of our cherry trees last year that must have gone in to late, because it never bloomed. But I left them alone, and they came back in abundance this year, and found their way to other corners of the yard (probably from all those wildflower packs I've been sowing). I love all the colors right now. I wish I could drink flower colors.

Another happy surprise "in the garden"(I say this even though it refers to our whole yard), was the return of my bleeding hearts. They were accidently dug up when Jake and my dad were trying to find the septic tank in December.  Yes, it's truly not the best time to go looking for a septic tank. Anyways, they were slow to poke their head out of the ground, so I thought they'd been lost to the dig, but they made a come back. They are half the size that they were last year, but at least they're not gone for good. There was actually a small patch that ended up in our driveway so I transferred them to the children's flower garden. It seems the bleeding hearts are spreading throughout the yard now, too.

I'm hoping to get a lot in the ground this weekend. What are you growing, friends?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stopping to Smell the Mint

Hello all! Happy Belated Mother's Day to the hard-working, amazing Mama's out there. I'm so grateful for the powerful women role-models I've had in my life, including my mother, mother-in-law and grandmothers. Celebrate the nurturers in your life whenever you can! They deserve all the hugs and kisses and handfuls of dandelions you can give.

My family spoiled me with some beautiful handmade cards, paintings and pottery, earrings from my love and letting me go crazy buying beautiful new plant pots. I also got to spend the day with my own mom and dad on a beautiful hike by a waterfall. It was a very nice day, and I know I'm a lucky gal to have two beautiful children who are so good to me.

But beyond that nice little break, I feel like I have not been able to slow down for far too long. The end of the school year has been so busy with softball games, girl scouts (I'm a leader), organizing events for the PTO, as well as trying to work on my business and my garden. Today I am trying to soak in the sunshine, pick some flowers, and recharge. I am truly looking forward to the end of the school year when I can let go of some of the "have to" and do a little more on the "want to" list.  Right now I have a cup of mint and lemon balm tea ready to be sipped and some new fairy kitties waiting to be sewn. The farmer's market is just around the corner and so is summer swimming.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Friday, May 4, 2018

Weekly Favorites

First tulips in the garden

Dishing Up the Dirt 
Yoga for Anxiety 
Quilt Barn Trail
Butterfly Feeder/ Water Basin
Lemongrass and Ginger Sugar Scrub

Wow, life has been hectic, rainy, and just when it is all just a little bit too much, another beautiful flower pops up outside. I hope you have a little sunshine in your weekend to stop and smell the flowers. We will be celebrating a little girl turning five, so I know there will be sunshine everywhere!
My May flower

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Weekend Favorites: Simplifying

Hello! A little change on my "Friday Favorites". I can't seem to meet deadlines these days, so I'm changing it to "Weekend Favorites". I 'll still shoot  for Friday, but "weekend" gives me a little bit more give. 

Five Favorites this Weekend:
Insect Hotels h(Who knew this was a thing? It is! It helps out the beneficial insects and is a fun project to do with kids.)
Intentional Making (Great podcast on "Love to Sew". Have a listen!)
Propagating Succulents
Moda Free Quilt Pattern (This looks like a simple and beautiful pattern.)
Kimono Top  Tutorial (This is at the "top", haha, of my make list. I'll let you know how it goes.)

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mending Magic

I must admit when I look at my mending basket I get a bit discouraged. Some of those items, whether large or small, seem to live in that basket.  I spied my purple down coat with feathers bursting staring at me one day in that way that unfinished business stares. It seemed to be saying, "Hey, you've gone a whole season without wearing me because you can't seem to stitch up a silly hole the size of a ping pong ball. You're disgraceful!"

I probably push these items to the back of my "to do" list because they are not urgent, though sometimes it means someone will grow out of them before they get fixed. But I think it is also because the work of repairing can seem so mundane. But honestly, it doesn't have to be.

 I've been inspired to mend again by a resent trends in mindful mending, Japanese Boro Sashiko stitching, and my own need to not be wasteful and keep items both beautiful and functional. And since taking out this one coat, I've felt motivated to slowly but surely tackle that basket. Who knows, if I get through it this month, I might be able to use that basket for other things that will inspire me in different directions.

It feels a bit like Spring cleaning to tackle these mending projects. I am also peeping into my unfinished project basket, which can have a similar oppressive quality when I'm not in the right mind set. It is helping to clear space in my little work room and giving me that sense of accomplishment that only a finally finished long lingering project can do. When I've made my way through these baskets as best I can, I'd like to make some patches to have on hand for when one of my two wild children rips another hole in a favorite pair of pants or dress or sock or stuffed animal. I'd love to have some needle felted little animal patches on hand and perhaps some crocheted pieces or embroidered pieces of scrap. Oh, the possibilities!