Wednesday, August 31, 2011
It is nippy this morning and is suppose to be cooler for a couple of days...I love it!...but we do still need warm weather to complete some crops......my fall raspberries are still little green nubbins and will need at least 2 weeks to harvest. But it is time to do some end-of-the-year sauce for the freezer. My daughter and I gather tomatoes, onions, peppers, basil, thyme from the garden and create the most tasty sauce that can be used on pasta, in soups or beans for winter. Because we use so many veggies in it, we put it in the freezer and it is so welcomed in January. So that will be the plan right after Labor Day. Today I am going to my friend's house to receive some gifts from her garden, lovely lillies, iris and she says other things as well....this will make mine be nicer next spring. Next up might be the harvest of squash...many of them...too many I suspect for us, so I will be helping the food banks this year. If you have excess, please donate as well.
Monday, August 29, 2011
paperbackswap.com. I have finished it but not my warp, so I really need to get some more tapes. I want to download books from the library, but need a better player than the one that I have. Problems everywhere.
|On the ferry|
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The Latin name for moss Roses is Portulaca, but our Mom said moss roses and she loved them. They are an annual and grow so well here because their needs are few when it comes to watering. I love them too. Today would have been our Mom's 96th birthday if I have calculated right. She was an interesting woman, with a ready laugh, loved a good story, researched anything unfamiliar to her, was a good dancer, gardener, and Democrat. We all loved her and miss her today.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
they are wonderful!!! and can't wait to see them in person.....my sister Gail is an artist and has worked in most mediums I think but when I talk about her I call her a paper artist...because she truly does love to make beautiful things out of paper........
Today we have both a gardening related post and a rubber stamping post together. These are envelopes that Diana asked me to stamp on that she and others are going to fill with seeds to give to people. Obviously I don't really know much about who will be getting the seeds but do know how I decorated the envelopes. Mainly I used rubber stamping of many different company's stamps (I have a gadzillion stamps) then colored them with Marvy markers, colored pencils or Copics markers. Some of them have garden related stickers and others have a little glitter or glaze on them. Some I like and others that I did, not so much. Gail
Friday, August 26, 2011
Hmmm.....well that is my title below...Garden Journals...and I had a nice photo of a sweet little squash, but it all disappeared and only the title got posted....perhaps it was the person at the keyboard. I have taught many classes about growing veggies and always include a part on keeping a journal....it can be a simple calendar, a notebook or something on the computer. It is important to remember names of things we plant so we can either plant it again because we loved it or never again because we didn't. It also allows us to point out where we plant so that we can rotate crops. By doing so, it cuts down on soil borne problems. We should learn what is in each family too so we don't plant their 'cousins'. A good example is potatoes, and tomatoes which are in the same family. But do I follow my teachins'?....no....I have two kinds of winter squash and I cannot tell you the name of either. Just hope they are tasty and I can find their picture in my spring catalogs so I can tell people when I serve them what they are eating.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Okay, what do your children think of you? Do you wonder? Yesterday I got an idea of what my daughter thinks of me. I went to see her new house that she is renting with 2 friends. First we met at a store, because she wanted me to buy a house warming gift, a fan. So from there I followed her to her new house. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house that was built just 5 years ago. Very nice, but as I was getting ready to leave she asked me, "Do you know the way back home?" Now we had made 2 turns off a main road, seemed pretty easy to me. But she wants to know if I can find my way home, I was born here! It reminded me of a friend of mine who asked when she would get smarter, she said her daughter was almost 30 and she (mom) still wasn't smart. My friend said that her mother got smarter when she (daughter) got older, why wasn't she. I didn't have an answer since I have a daughter too and appears that I am not very smart either.
Leaving you a picture of the gunny sack floor pillow I made and put in my Christmas box.
Leaving you a picture of the gunny sack floor pillow I made and put in my Christmas box.
Monday, August 22, 2011
|Close-up of the weave|
www.weavolution.com under the name "ellows." Ellows happens to be the first letters of my grandson's names. Next I am going to tie on to the warp that I already have on my Gilmore loom and make some more. They may be my sister's Christmas' presents, or not.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
|Look at that fast stenciling!|
I have been working on a new project with a little help from my grandsons. I took the burlap bag that our stepping stone kit came in and I have started making it into a pillow. I had my grandsons stencil the number 5 on it. I choose a 5 because my oldest son was born on the 5th of July. I think I will give him the pillow. We used Lumiere paint, russet, for the 5. I really wanted to use black but russet was what I had. I am going to make a pillow form with some extra fabric that I have and for the open end I am going to just run a string along the edge and tie it. I also have another floor pillow that I made from a coffee gunny sack that my sister gave me. She thought I could use it in making a purse but I cut it into two pieces and stuffed it and it looks great. So I put it into my Christmas box, how many of you have a Christmas box?
|Number all dried|
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Not at the Goodwill this time. Unfortunately Borders is closing soon so I went there and fortunately for me everything was on sale! Sorry to see them close as they had all the latest magazines I liked to read. Here's what I bought: a golfing book for my husband which retailed for $30; an entire first year series of a television show in CDs or Discs or whatever that retailed for $44; eight magazines, three for me and five for DH which retailed up to $14.99 each and my new lunchbox style box for me which retailed for $30 all for just under $100.00! I went back later and got two things for Christmas presents which I promptly put away and another book for DH and a book for me this time on how to do surface designs. I'll have to read it and review it later. Here's my new box:
Friday, August 19, 2011
|My "small" collection|
|Pellets that I found at the thrift shop.|
|Some of the finished bags.|
When we went out to lunch the other day, we went to a thrift store. I bought some pellets to make "I Spy Bags." I always pick up any that I find because they are pricey if I have to buy them at the fabric store, since I just use them to make bags that I give away or donate. I started making the bags using one of the forms from www.crafters.margescreation.com/products/ispybags.html. This is a great site since she just charges 5.00 for a pattern and she has so many patterns and they can just be downloaded to my embroidery machine. I have a couple but the one I use the most is just a round circle. Of course if you don't have an embroidery machine, you can make them out of stretch fabric, put in a piece of plastic and just cut the fabric, since it won't ravel. I started to collect small things for the bags and now I need to make some more since my small collection is growing and growing. I think I will put on a warp for a scarf or two on the loom that I have in my sewing room and I can embroidery and weave at the same time.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Another card for your enjoyment.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
|Mat on the beam|
|Mats stored behind a door|
I left a comment on crazyasaloom.blogspot.com because she is giving a rug kit away. There are 32 comments already, but if you haven't entered, do it now. I love contests on blogs, alas I have never won any. Last night I was looking at weavolution.com when I noticed my picture under, "Who We Are," but it was gone quickly, my 15 minutes of fame.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
We all went out to eat lunch yesterday and we visited a thrift shop. I forgot to take pictures of what we ordered, I was too busy eating but I did take a picture of the restaurant. It is located next to the railroad tracks and the backs of the buildings are train cars. We walked along the boardwalk but many of the stores were closed. We did stop at one gift shop and of course the cupcake shop. We discovered that the cupcake shop also sells lunch, we will have to make another trip. I think we should start going to more local restaurants, like we did yesterday. Today my husband spent the day making dog biscuits, here is his recipe: 3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour, 1 c. white flour, 1 c. corn mill, 1 c dry milk, 1 1/4 c. broth 1c. each of carrots and green beans or 16 oz of frozen chard-drain the juice off vegetables, 1/8 c. oil, 1 t. baking powder. Blend carrots and green beans into broth. Mix dry ingredients together then add broth mixture and kneed together. When dough is ready divide it into 3 pieces. Roll each chunk of dough into a worm shape and cut off 1/4 inch pieces and put on cookie sheet. Bake on a lightly greased sheet at 300 degrees for 60 minutes. Check to make sure that they don't burn. After cooking turn off oven and let them cool off in a closed oven. Air dry till hard. Our dogs love them. Our old dog just can't take the ones from the store, bothers her tummy. Actual it probably doesn't bother her as much as the ones who have to pick up her poo.
My husband also went out and took a picture of his giant tomato he is growing. It is from a heirloom tomato called Reif Red Heart. I got my loom back on track and have woven one more napkin, without a problem. When I got up this morning my husband was weaving! He had my little counterbalanced loom up and running and he wove about 12 inches. I told my neighbor that he was weaving and she thought I said weeding. She was as surprised as I was. I am hoping that he will want to weave during the winter, when he can't work his garden.
|Where we ate lunch, a local restaurant.|
|In this one you can see the back of the building,|
the train car.
|These are dog biscuits, not what we had at the restaurant.|
|Giant Reif Red Heart tomato|
|Another shot of the big guy.|
Monday, August 15, 2011
Finally got my loom threaded and I wove one napkin. It looked like I had a threading error, so I cut it off and washed that sample to check on the size. Corrected that error and wove another napkin and wondered why I had such long floats, then I noticed that I didn't have one treadle tied up correctly and it looked like another threading error! So I was in the process of correcting that error when I decided to stop and write on the blog. Am I the only one who has these problems? I gave my neighbor one of my dishtowels and pointed out an error in the weave, she said,"don't tell me about an errors, if I can't see them they don't exist." I like that except I can see them. I am going to lunch with my sisters this afternoon, volunteering at RSVP and then helping my neighbor decide if she can recover a bench for her daughter. I have recovered a few things but I am not an expert about it. She is an excellent sewer but not as sure about recovering. She thinks I do a great job. Hah
|I love the look of all the yarn straight and tight.|
|First example washed and second one bigger and unwashed.|
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Gail, love your wonderful photo of that produce from your garden. When you grow it yourself you know it hasn't had chemicals, you chose the varieties you want, and it is very convienent to just go outside and 'shop'. Also you don't have lots of folks' hands all over your good food. Beautiful! I love gardening but I am not alone...it is the most popular leisure activity. Just read obituaries and you will see just how many people loved their roses, their vegetables, etc. I suspect my kids will write the same about me. I found this pumpkin this morning hidden among all that mint that has become a monster. I plant pumpkins, gourds, etc along a berm that I sort of created. It is in an area that does not have good topsoil so I began building up the soil in that area a few years ago by sheet composting...some people call it lasagna composting as it has lot of layers. I think the first I ever read of sheet composting was in a book by Ruth Stout. She was a 'lazy' gardener and did not till the soil...just composted everything on the ground, pulled it all back and planted each spring. Her brother Rex Stout was a mystery writer. I follow many of Ruth Stout's ways except she was known to garden naked and I haven't started doing that yet.
This time it's from Gail. My husband has had a veggie garden for a couple of years but this year is the best. We have been eating and sharing a lot of produce with a bunch of neighbors and friends. Here is a pic of some he gathered from the garden yesterday.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
|Airplanes before they were painted.|
Friday, August 12, 2011
|Yard Sale find! Notice that big cone of black wool, I paid $5.00 for it!|
Thursday, August 11, 2011
birds catch on....I am registered with the backyard habitat program so I don't want to scare them, but I also love scarecrows and wish I would have kept track of all I have helped make with grandkids as their entry for the fair. But this year, I am entering one in my name..the grandkids have all grown up and are raising babies. The one I am working on isn't one but a man and woman holding hands...still needing some supplies to finish but I have till mid Sept. to get it done. The one I am posting today is one who resides in my potting shed. She keeps me company out there and looks a bit like a librarian. She isn't named but perhaps I should work on that since she is a permanent resident.
I created one jar of pickles yesterday, yes only one but that was all the cucumbers I had with my first picking. There will be more as I see lots of little ones. I make a sweet dill and they are so easy and always popular. I also picked beets and made Harvard beets for dinner and harvested a nice Savoy cabbage. It is wonderful what a litle seed can produce for our tables.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
|This is the little loom I have on E-bay. I love it's|
small footprint and it is great for scarves.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
That is what they called them in the 'olden days.
But we know them as just dried flowers...and they can be dried in quite a few ways but I use the hang up and let them dry method the most. I have been outside because the heat of the day is the best time to cut and hang them as there is less moisture. My drying rack is made of an old baby crib spring that I have suspended from the ceiling of my little potting shed. It sure smells good in there.
Monday, August 8, 2011
so I bought the new camera and took some photos and now can't put them on here..and I guarantee you the subject matter was great and the pictures were good too....I wanted to showcase a collection or two that I have..and since I am the gardener they would have been garden related...I have quite a few miniature tools and they are all in a tin bowl and of course are charming...also a few brass nozzles and then some small shelves full of frogs...not the croaking kind but those doodads that you use in the bottom of vases to hold flowers...they are collectible and see them in antique stores.....all of us sisters have 'stuff'....good stuff of course...and we aren't hoarders...no we are a bit more organized...... This trend has not passed on to my daughter who says that when I leave this earth she is selling the house with everything in it so it makes it easy for the next collector who might buy it.
I did my usual Monday-leading exercising with my assisted living group and volunteering at RSVP. My husband and I also attended a memorial service for my neighbor, he had been our neighbor for 20 years. It made a very long day. Yesterday I put a couple of things on E-bay. I love to knit and I could knit for hours and that created carpel tunnel problems in both my wrists, so I stopped knitting. Then I had surgery in both wrists, started knitting again and now I am having more problems, so I stopped knitting again. So a few months ago at Goodwill (you know I may be going there too much) I saw 3 Weave-It looms, 2 of them 4 inches and one 2 inches. And I thought that since I had given up knitting maybe I could weave in the evening while watching tv. But they hurt my hands too. So I put them on ebay, one sale is for the 4 inch and 2 inch, instructions, booklet of weaving patterns, needle and many squares already woven. The other sale is for a 4 inch and instructions. I was going to show you a picture of the Weave-It but Blogger doesn't like my pictures today. I also have about 3 more sections to put in the reed for my napkins. It is a good thing I am not a production weaver because I would starve, it takes me so long to get my loom set up to weave.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
|Getting ready to thread reed, notice|
I number my treadles with painters tape.