Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I also "love" the fact that all of my garden is getting ripe, just as I prepare to go to Stockholm and Tallinn. I hope that everything will just be done with this week so that I can eat it or get it frozen or preserved. My sweet husband just is not given to picking food out of the garden, eating it yes, but we all have our gifts...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I felt like such a pioneer as I whittled a pencil to a point and drew on an unfolded paper bag. It was also quite liberating because I didn't feel like a mistake would cause me to "waste" precious supplies. (when did I become so anal-retentive?)
I then patched the pattern together with electrical tape...just like Laura would have on "Little House.."
Also, I recommend putting a winter bird feeder in your garden filled with the black sunflower seeds. All winter we got a lot of visitors and we also get a bunch of volunteer sunflowers.
Below is a section of the garden that my husband thought was a "write-off" for the year. I think that he was dubious that any thing useful would grow because of all the annoying bind weed. I cleared the area 2 times and thought that I would just plant some seeds after the last time and hope that the veggies could out grow the blasted weeds. Well, as you can see I have crazy amounts of tomatoes (volunteers from last years rotten fruit) and squash. Hidden in there also are some bush beans and watermelon plants, that despite the "hairy" look to the area, are doing really well.
Dahlia as big as my sweaty head!
Plant Dahlias...so much color, so little work!
My eldest son planted a beautiful sunflower and the most bountiful tomato plant this year. He won't eat them yet, but it does make him excited to go in to the garden!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Earlier this year, I had tempted him..."Hey buddy, let's pick YOU out some fabric".
He picked some with rainbow colored stripes.
After I got him started on a little sleeping bag for his friend Polka dots, he got frustrated. I ended up finishing that project while he cheered me on.
This new project, for his friend Whaley whale, is a pillow. He is much more enthusiastic this time. ME TOO. I am finding, that I am the one needing the patience this time around. He only wants to sew for short increments of time...I need to let him do that. My 4 year-old is not a linear thinking kind of guy, I need that to be OK. If he sews for a while and then wants to cut paper, I need to let him. I need to let him find a way to make sewing HIS own thing.
I wonder if the renewed interest in HIM is seeing ME hand-sewing more. My craft cave is in "other" use right now, so I have been trying to create out among the masses, to share my space, my creative space. I want my kids to enjoy creating as well, what better to get them interested than to let them see how much I enjoy it. (A-ha moment alert!)
We had great fun. We will have great fun. He may even finish that pillow one day. It doesn't matter to me because we got to sew together.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
This quilt was displayed as a "vintage" one. The owner decribed it as a quilt that she remembered her mother cutting up her old dresses and aprons and piecing it together as she was growing up. The quilt was given to her when she went to college. Normally I also don't like the "grandma's flower garden" type quilts. The hexagons kind of freak me out and I just don't like the "cutesy-ness" of them (there you have it, the secrets of my snobbery are out...but I don't think that you can like everything. I would like to say that I do appreciate all of the work that goes in to ANY quilt...so there's that.)
Here is a picture of the edge. It was also so lovely and well done. The quilt looked like it had been used over the years and washed. It was in beautiful condition still. Look at the fence swirls in the white and rose flower below...I don't know if that was a happy accident...but I thought that it looked great!
I have almost finished the branches on my tree, so hopefully I can share it this weekend! Whoo-pee.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Our littlest was so happy that his legs were buried, until he realized his legs were buried...
I am making new things...trying my hand at the ol' applique a bit more...having a good time, more to follow!
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
BORING, right...that is what I am thinking. I got a new computer and my sweet and lovable husband picked it out and now....WE GOT VISTA. Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate change. I fight it kicking and screaming. Deep down I know that it is good, but the transition period is THE WORST.
- After looking and looking for all of the scattered components of what used to be my old computer....trying to reload the software... I am realizing that some of my Photo-phixing things (circa 1998?) are not compatible with this "new" Vista thing...PLEASE! The program is only 9 years old, I just figured out how to make it do the things that I want LAST year. (it is probably hundreds of years old in computer years.) (Why me?)
- Then after skyping with my pseudo-Swedish friend for over an hour without my webcam (It is so distracting not being able to make faces and fix my hair when we skype) I found the camera only to try and install it and be told that it is not supported on Vista...how's them apples? NOT EVEN A YEAR OLD, well almost a year old. I guess that is how they GET you for being so cheap that you only spent $34.99 on the pie-snapper. GRRRR.
- The last Vista gripe for tonight is this....I received a "super" printer from my in-laws for Christmas. Because I have two small boys and a propensity for piling on the computer desk, the new printer has been a footstool while I blog for 8 months now. I FINALLY found the install disk (after looking for an hour and several calls to my dear sweet husband)....I insert it into the maw of this beast with a great sigh of relief....AND IT DOESN'T WORK.... Since I had already been through all of the other "dinosaur" excavation and extermination this evening, with a small prayer in my heart I searched the HP website and HALLELUJAH there was a new driver. (which I don't really want to know what that is, I just know that I need it.)
So, for tonight, I think that I have done enough for the future of technology in our house. I feel pretty geeky, but only in the sexiest way.
--I won't even tell you how cruel HP is to give you 4 free trys at "Cake Mania", no, I won't even start on that!