I apologize ahead of time for how long this post is going to be. It’s been too long since I’ve updated you all on my garden, so there is a lot to talk about! I had a batch of pictures from a few weeks ago, but the garden looks so different now that I had to take a whole new set!


One of the first things I did since my last update was pull the garlic from the fall out of the garden. The tops had started to fall over, so I decided it was time. As you can see, they weren’t as big as the garlic I got at the grocery store, but it’s really not bad considering I stuck them in the ground last fall and barely paid any attention to them until now. I think I got 18 bulbs out.


I got some hanging strawberry plants a while back, and I don’t think I showed you because I almost killed them. I didn’t realize how often they would need watering! They’re not even hanging anymore because that spot didn’t get enough sun. This picture was taken a while ago; these berries have long been eaten. We’ve gotten quite a few strawberries so far; unfortunately, they’ve been more tart than we would prefer. I’m giving them more sun and water to see if that helps them become sweeter.


My mint is doing very well this year. I think last year I didn’t water it enough. I think it’s finally big enough to start harvesting some leaves! I think I’m going to make an attempt at mint ice cream. Yum.


I almost killed the parsley too, but my husband rescued it for me. It has since gone in the garden where the garlic used to be. It was pretty root-bound, so I’m hoping for some fast growth so I can use more of it in my cooking.


Here’s what the garden looks like today. It’s a pretty big difference from when I started!


The basil has finally started growing. It stayed tiny for a very long time, and I was starting to get worried, but it is taking off now.


The oregano has died back a little bit, but I’m not too worried about it. I think it’s not getting enough water from the soaker hose, so I’m going to give it a little extra every once in a while to keep it going. (That little basil plant next to it is from last year; I had let it go to seed by accident, and now I have all kinds of little basil plants popping up in random spots in the garden!)

Peas 1

This is what the snap peas looked like a few weeks ago. Nice, green, and healthy.

Peas 2

This is what they look like now. This same thing happened to me last year; the peas died from the roots up, turning a white, chalky color and then drying up. I can’t figure out if it was a mildew problem, or if this is the normal cycle for peas, since I’m pretty sure they aren’t supposed to fruit for a very long time. I could be totally wrong, though.

Peas 3

They grew much taller than the support I had as well, and are nearly toppling over right now. They taste delicious, though!

Bell Pepper

I have my first bell pepper! It still has a few weeks until it is ready to be harvested, but it’s so exciting to see the first one. I can’t wait for all the peppers we’re going to get this year!


We have some huge tomatoes growing too. They are just now starting to change color, so I’ll probably take them off soon and let them finish ripening in the windowsill. I’ve seen a birds in the garden frequently, so I know they won’t last long if I let them turn red on the vine.


The squash is taking over the garden again. Which I love. I’ve already harvested almost two pounds of zucchini and yellow squash! We had cheesy zucchini last week, and hubby almost liked the squash. It helped that it tasted mostly of cheese.


I think there is going to be a lot of grilled squash and zucchini bread in my future.

Blackberry 1

In some very exciting news, I planted a stick! Ok, not really. Though it does look like it. I bought a dormant blackberry plant, and it came bare-rooted and looked like a stick.

Blackberry 2

After about a month, the blackberry plant finally has some growth. It’s too bad I have to wait a few years to get any berries!


I also bought a blueberry plant for hubby. This one is going to stay in pots so that we can give it the acidic soil it needs. Its growth has been slow as well, but it shouldn’t take as long as the blackberry plant to get fruit. I can’t wait to get fresh blueberries.

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27. May 2010 · 6 comments · Categories: Crafting

Earring Display 4

I’m the kind of person that if I can’t see the jewelry I own, I forget it’s there. I’ve wanted to have my earrings displayed for a while now, but I never got around to it until yesterday. My jumble of mixed up earrings finally drove me crazy enough, so I looked around online for a while, and stumbled upon this tutorial. (Doesn’t she have the cutest earrings, too?)

Earring Display 3

I  used the frames I painted last Labor Day weekend. This project was incredibly easy; take out the glass and backing, cut the plastic canvas to size, hot glue in back. Done. I hammered in a small hammer sawtooth into each (picture hanger thingamabobs) since the old hangers were in the backings that I took out.

Earring Display 2

I filled up one with earrings, though I couldn’t put any hoops on it. I want to use the other for necklaces, but I ran into the same problem as I did with the hoops – no good way to string them through the canvas. I need an idea for little posts to stick into the canvas so that I can hang things from the front. Any ideas?


One of our local quilt shops has a long-arm quilting machine that you can rent for only $15 an hour. I took their lesson on how to use it a few weeks ago, and let me tell you. Amazing. I started out with some stippling,


attempted some flowers,

Pebble Quilting

some pebble quilting (and some terrible tulips, sorry you had to see that),

Flowers 2

some more flowers that I couldn’t keep up (my hands didn’t work at the same speed as my brain),

Wave Quliting 1

and then this sort of happened. Waves upon waves upon waves. Isn’t it neat?

Wave Quilting 2

It even looks a little like flames if you look at it the other way. This quilting is going to be so much faster than using my little machine at home. I can’t wait to do an actual quilt on it! For those that are local, the store is The Sewing Station. I highly recommend checking it out!


The only other project I managed to finish recently is a sling I made for a friend who just had a baby boy. She picked out her fabric (yay for customizing gifts!), and I used this tutorial from think liz, which was super easy to follow. Congratulations, Brooke! I hope you like it!

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Renegade Craft Fair 2

I went to the Renegade Craft Fair last Saturday with my friends and fellow crafters Amanda, Ellie, and Sarah.

Renegade Craft Fair 1

There were a ton of people there! Over 200 artists participated in the event. After seeing pictures from Maker Faire, I think I expected this to be similar in regards to hands-on events, but there weren’t as many as I thought there would be (and the hands-on booths were packed!). It was still fun walking around and seeing all of the things that local crafters are making.

Renegade Craft Fair 3

I did make out with some good purchases: an Etsy tote, a fat quarter pack from Stitch Lab, and some fabric-covered magnets from Gerbera Designs. It was definitely fun for my first craft fair, and I hope to go to more in the future!

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CVS, Week of 5-16

Neosporin was finally on sale this week. Ours expired in January, and I’ve been holding off for a good sale, so I’m very glad it finally came! This week I bought:

  • 4 Diet Mountain Dew 12-packs, 4 for $12 with $3 ECBs = $9
  • 2 Neosporin 0.5 oz tubes, $5.79 each with one $1 internet coupon, one $0.50 newspaper coupon, and $3 ECBs = $7
  • 2 Revlon eye products, $6.99 and $4.99 with two $2 newspaper coupons, one $4 CVS CRT coupon, and $4 ECBS = free
  • 2 Starburst candies, $0.49 each = $1
  • 2 newspapers
  • One $5 off a $30 CVS email coupon

Net cost: $16.22. More than my usual spending, but at least I was able to use a $/$$ coupon to make it cheaper!

YTD OOP: $45.64
YTD Savings: $875.47
YTD eBay sales: $11.66

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