June 27, 2012

Letter Wrapping

Thought I'd drop in and share a recent crafty project. I wrapped the letter "M" for a neighbor friend of mine that is moving across the country to Colorado. I wanted to give her and her family a little departure gift and a little something to hang on the front door of their new home upon arrival.

Their last name begins with the letter "M" so this is a nice little token.

I used a Lily brand cotton string in a variegated color combination. I really love the pattern the colors make when they're wrapped around the letter. To achieve a tightly wrapped, sharp looking, letter it takes patience and glue. LOL

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June 19, 2012

Relish Me

I'm really on a kick when it comes to tongue and cheek garden graphics. This all started with trying my best to develop some designs for community garden t-shirts. No one in the garden group has shown much interest in wanting a t-shirt so this is evolving and I've been seriously considering adding these to my Etsy shop.

This past weekend myself and another fellow gardener worked the community garden booth at the Farmers Market selling some fresh cut herbs a few zucchini, zucchini bread and zucchini relish. They were all courtesy of our very own Garden President. He had taken the time to make all these items to benefit the garden.

Both the relish and bread were a big hit! I joked around with some of the ladies that I was going to make him a t-shirt that simply said "relish". Another lady said, "relish me". We all laughed and from that this is what I came up with. I think it would make a great t-shirt graphic.

I'm sure I'll be back with some additional graphics in the near future.

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June 12, 2012

Gardening is a Performing Art

Thought I'd share a couple of my latest garden graphics. Still deciding what I want to do with them. I may list them in my Etsy shop as printables or use them for iron-on, t-shirt graphics.

I've reworked the tomato graphic yet again.

This one reminds me of a vintage, tomato can label with a bit more color.

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June 11, 2012

Cheaper Than Therapy

Here's another garden graphic that I may use on a t-shirt for our Community Garden.

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Gardeners Know All The Dirt

I've been developing some graphics that I can iron on to tshirts for the community garden that I'm a part of. I thought this quote was cute, although I don't want to promote gossip. This is just for fun!

My family and I live in a nice community but the yards are really to small to have a veggie garden so last year a group of us got together and with the help of the developer started a community garden. We've got about 20 individual raised beds with each family being responsible for their own space.

There is now a Farmers Market being held right here in our community and the Community Garden will be selling cut herbs and whatever produce people decide they cannot eat themselves and would like to donate and sell. This money will go into the garden account to purchase items such as a shed, more soil next year, tools etc...

I was hoping that my fellow gardeners would want to wear tshirts promoting the garden. I'll attach the garden logo to this design and use an iron-on substrate to transfer the graphic.

Fun stuff!

Do you have any fun garden quotes that you'd like to share? I'd love to see a clever play on words.

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June 7, 2012

Handmade Baby Boy Gift

I'm back with another handmade baby gift. I made my friends little boy some of these personalized onesies but I also wanted to do a little more for Baby T. My girlfriend and neighbor had made a Rapunzel cake complete with a tower for my 3 yr olds birthday back in January. It was beautiful and took her a lot of time I'm sure. I usually make cupcakes so when she offered to make one of her beautiful cakes I graciously excepted.

They're moving to Colorado in a couple of weeks and I thought something cozy would be a nice addition to Little T's wardrobe. I customized a long sleeve 6-9 month onesie using flannel and double stick fusible web. I made sure to wash both the onesie and the fabric to ensure it doesn't get bunchy when it's washed. Then I machined top stitched as close to the edge of the letter as possible.

The hat is done in a double crochet with Wool-Ease Thick-N-Quick. This is my favorite yarn for hats. It's soft, comfy and warm. The ears I figured out on my own and I have to say they are so simple and maybe I'll post a sweet and simple tutorial in the fall when the temps go down.

I managed to fit all the onesies and these two items in a craft paper gift back. I embellished the bag with the same style "t" I used on the shirt using a heavy, blue, card stock.

I also made this little ensemble for another neighbors baby shower except with a different letter. Everyone's having boys!

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June 6, 2012

The Best Potato Salad

...I've ever had.

This past weekend we walked up to the Farmers Market and purchased a few items including red potatoes and spring onions. They are the main ingredients in my absolute favorite potato salad.

My Favorite Potato Salad and it just might be yours too.
3 lbs of small red potatoes
2 spring/green onions
1/2 - 3/4 cup of your favorite ranch dressing
sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  1. Lightly scrub the potatoes clean.
  2. Cube into bite size pieces.
  3. Boil until fork tender making sure they don't turn to mush.
  4. Drain and allow to completely cool.
  5. Thinly slice green onions.
  6. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix until potatoes are evenly coated. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.
My mom passed this recipe along to me and I don't know where it originated from. What I do know is it is the simplest and best tasting of all potato salads I've tried. You don't have to peel potatoes, boil eggs, or add a dozen different ingredients. I use Marzetti's Ranch dressing and only Marzetti's but if you've got a favorite give that a try.

Add this to your recipe file. With summer gatherings and family picnics just around the corner you'll have an easy crowd pleasing dish to bring along.

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June 5, 2012

My Suburban Garden

Hello. I've been sharing a handful of plant and garden posts as of late and was recently inspired by Jennifer Rizzo's Garden Linky Party so I decided I'd share a little walk through my suburban landscape.

This happens to be the front yard with a Crepe Myrtle front and center. When that begins to bloom later this summer it really adds some beautiful color and a nice contrast to the blue reblooming hydrangeas. I've also got vines planted at the base of my front porch. If they do what they've done each year for me they will wrap around all four porch columns.

The divine Reblooming Hydrangea.

Behind the hydrangeas I've got tiger grass. There's another one of these striped grasses on the opposite side of the house planted with the limelight hydranges. Those are not in bloom yet but they will be soon.

Here's another angle...

On the opposite side of the porch I've got orange asiatic lilies planted. Each year they multiply and eventually I'll split them and add these to another area of our landscape.

Right behind the lilies my "secret weapon" aka "Handsome Hubby" recently planted a Golden Shrimp plant. I have no knowledge on these other than they are tropical.

I was assured it would get to about 3-4' tall and fill out with gorgeous yellow blooms that attract hummingbirds. I sure hope so. I'm going to be watching closely.

Walk with me to the back yard where we recently installed an arbor. What I fell in love with about this arbor are the lanterns that are hanging on each side. I can't wait to put candles in them at night. The arbor was supposed to be installed near the side walk. The handsome hubby installed this while I was in the shower and when I came downstairs he proudly showed me his work only to have it in the wrong place. He assures me it's easy to move. 

I will eventually plant some climbing roses. hopefully in an apricot or coral shade ...and coming soon a pathway with the arbor as the back yard entrance. The Japanese Maple planted alongside the deck is the best landscape purchase we made. It has provided much needed privacy and I am forever grateful for that. I've also got English Ivy growing underneath that needs to be cut back at least a couple times a year. It is a very vigorous and hardy grower.

The yellow reblooming lilies are alongside the driveway and planted with grasses that will have pink plumes in late summer some first year peonies (didn't do much of anything this year), red Knockout Roses and new to the bed some pink Bee Balm.

On the other side of the driveway/back yard this is the view...

A Knockout Rose, Tigers Eye and Lavender peaking out from behind them. I love the chartreuse green leaves on the Tigers Eye and how beautifully it contrasts with everything else in the landscape. I have two of these and they are usually so lush and full but this year they did not fill out like they have in previous years. I think it might have something to do with the warmer than normal spring and then a cold snap. I hope next year they return to their regularly scheduled program.

Last year I bought a half dozen of these Joe Pie Weeds off of HSN or QVC I don't remember which one. There were a variety of colors in the package however the only ones to return are the two orange. I like the bright pop of color and I like that it's a perennial but I wish they would have all returned.

The Joe Pie Weed resides right underneath my second Tigers Eye shown in the photo below.

We've done the majority of our own landscaping, learning along the way and having to move stuff around because the shrub or plant had outgrown it's original space or because the sun was to strong on that particular side of the house. When take the time to walk around the yard and when I look at these pictures I'm pretty satisfied with our work. There's always room for improvement and I'm always trying to find space for a new variety of flower or shrub. I'd like to plant something at the base of the Crepe Myrtle in the back yard. Any suggestions from avid gardeners and growers in blog land?

When the other plants in the yard start showing their colors I'll post some new photo's.

Until then, thank you for visiting.

June 1, 2012

A Few Plantings

I spotted this young robin out the kitchen window. He was perched on the deck rail in front of some herbs I had recently purchased. He was all puffed up with his beak wide open sunning himself. I decided that I wanted to try and capture a photo so I went out my front door and quietly walked around to the back. He noticed me, gave me one look, and flew off.

The herbs in the photo above found homes in a few of my pots. This variegated sage was so pretty I couldn't pass it up even though I don't use sage that often.

There were at least a half dozen different varieties of mint at the nursery I was perusing. I picked up a pineapple mint and a couple of chocolate mint. I always pot mint. If you plant it in the ground it needs to be in a spot that you want it to take over and spread because it will do just that. Take over and come back with reckless abandon every year! If you store the pots indoors during the winter there's a good chance they will sprout again in the spring and you won't have to purchase them again.

Ahh..... lavender! This is a favorite of mine. It's so fragrant and hardy. I've read that you should replace lavender every 3-4 years. This is the 4th year for mine. Usually the lavender is covered in bees and I mean covered but this year not a one! I'm a bit concerned. I know there's a hive collapse taking place and without bees there's very little pollination taking place. If I lived on a lot of acreage I'd contact a bee keeper and have hives put in but in my tight little community I don't think that's possible.

Basil = Bruschetta and Caprese Salad—I started these from seed and have added a few to my raised bed, put one in a pot, gave quite a few away and still have a few leftover. I'll be potting these up to sell at the local farmers market to raise money for the community garden.

Tomato startings that will be potted up to sell at the local market.

Peppers on there way to be potted up to sell.

This Swiss Chard is just so pretty I had to share a photo. The bright lights variety is just that—bright! We sauteed this in olive oil, garlic and a bit of salt and pepper. Yummy!

What's a garden post without bugs? These creepy crawlers were on my dill. Apparently they love the stuff. I didn't actually touch them. I picked the sprigs of dill that they resided on and put them in the kids bug cage. However the cage door is broken so I improvised with saran wrap and a rubber band. The next day they were gone. I'm guessing these will be moths. YUK!

Does anyone know what kind of spider this is? Bright red and itsy bitsy.

Jennifer Rizzo is doing a Garden Tour Linky Party. I'm going to try and take a walk around my yard and capture the plantings so I can participate in the fun. You should too!

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