Wednesday, November 29, 2017

This past year so far




Monday, October 2, 2017

Something to think about as we head into late fall

Kari Spencer, the author of City Farming, has helpful advice for those of us facing that first frost. (It could happen any day now, here in Idaho!)

Hoop houses covered with plastic sheeting or shade cloth are an economical way for farmers to protect crops from frost or excess sunlight. In a similar way, small gardens can be protected from cold by the use of plastic sheeting. And garden shade can be provided using shade cloth or burlap.  In essence, one can create a mini hoop house or greenhouse by building a simple frame to support clear plastic sheets."
Check out this link to the City Farming site, and check out her very timely advice, before your tomatoes and lettuce are toast!

Monday, April 6, 2015

New PJ's! And it only took me 3 years....

Hi, all! 

Have you ever bought fabric, just *sure* you could make something fabulous, 
and then chickened out because it was just too fabulous for, well, real life? 
Yeah, me too. 

I bought a bunch of Benartex Feathers and Fancy border print, peacock print, and the other coordinating prints, just SURE that I would be able to make a cool summer outfit for work...and then I remembered: 

Oh, right. I work in a tractor shop.

Grease, mud, dust, and the ever-popular "almost-dirt" (well, it's not quite compost, exactly...) all conspired to make that a Bad Idea. And besides, who wears a salwar kameez suit to a tractor shop, in Idaho? (Because that's what I really, really wanted to make!) 

No one. Not in Idaho, anyway.

Especially in bright, vivid colors. 

I froze up for a couple of years, and had been mulling this over ever since. 
Finally, it came to me.

PJ's! What better way to enjoy such a bold, lovely print?

Feathers and Fancy PJ's
The googly-eyed print is actually lovely little peacock feathers! :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

In the Garden, Part 4: Making Stuff With What You Have

I don't know about you guys, but I am sooo glad to see April- it's almost gardening time again! 

Today, I thought it might be fun to show you some of the things we made last year.
Most of these things were just from crap laying around the place, or in the garage.
F'r'instance, take this, our Baby Buddha installation: 

solar Buddha installation

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In The Garden, Part 3: Some of the Best Things In Life Are Free!

When spring fully arrived last year, things began to get a little wild.

It was time to think about boundaries.

I know that there are lots of folks whose motto is, "Don't fence me in!" 
While I do love my surprises- volunteer plants, pets, etc., I like having boundaries, too. 
Especially when they're free.
(It's almost an oxymoron- free boundaries.)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the Garden, Part 2: Small Changes, Big Difference!

Welcome to the second installment. I took the liberty of fast-forwarding through a bunch of boring, dreary stuff (namely, the months of March and April), to show you the first steps that we (and Mother Nature) took to improve our lot. (Yes, the pun was intended!)

In the beginning of May, we began to make the first changes:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In The Garden, part 1

I haven't posted much in the last year. There was a solid reason, and that was The Garden.

We speak of it in Those Tones still, even now. 
Thing One & Thing Two are pining for it, as am I. We spent our summer in it. We're still dining on its bounty. And like many things, it started out...well, ugly. Let's see just HOW ugly...

before picture

This was our yard.