Sunday, May 31, 2015


Hung up two hummingbird feeders today, one out front, one in the back. Still have a finch feeder to figure out where to put. We've been saving the Warming Up water for the plants, so watered some of them. Unfortunately I think we lost the blueberries. They were kind of in an obscure place and when we went on vacation I didn't water them before we left. Oh well.

Tomorrow I will actually have a finished project to report. I hope.

and who am I reporting to?? LOL I don't think anyone reads it but me. I guess I'm going through a why-am-I-doing-this-anyway phase.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Good ol' Dirt

Today I planted a tomato plant, and transplanted a Jade plant and a Christmas cactus. It felt so good it makes me wonder why I put it off for so long. Something about digging in the aromatic soil just relaxes me and makes me feel so at home.

I always feel like I need to grow something. If I can't, it depresses me. This year I was going to not have a garden at all but I couldn't stand it. It's a cherry tomato bred for containers. Can't wait for that first warm and straight from the garden tomato. I have two blueberry plants, but the birds are getting all the blueberries so far. My third plant died, so I need to get another so there will be better pollination.

I miss gardening very much. I miss going out there and picking snow peas and lettuce, chard... one year I even grew potatoes! The last few years have been so incredibly full of caring for everyone that I just didn't feel like I could grow anything. I hope someday to be somewhere I can grow broccoli and spinach and maybe even potatoes again...

So this year there's only the tomatoes. So if for some reason I can't be here all I will lose is the tomatoes. Maybe next year. Sigh.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

hats and gloves

Over the years I have made many many hats. And one pair of gloves. And one pair of socks (and two half-pairs!). One of the techniques for letting things go is to take their picture, LOL, and then it is supposed to be easier to let go of whatever you aren't using. So here goes.

First, the gloves. They were one of the first knitting projects I ever did. I couldn't begin to tell you where the pattern was, but it gave much practice in casting off and then casting on. It was fun. The gloves fit well. I am not getting rid of them, but I wanted to include them anyway.

This hat was the first ribbed crochet hat I did. It too is going back in my drawer. So much for making it easier to let things go. I wear it though. This last winter was so mild I don't think I wore a hat at all.

This yarn caught my eye but when I knitted it into a scarf, It was ugly. I ripped it out, then made a knit-in-the-round hat. I liked it.

This one was a pattern on a yarn band. It looked interesting. It is! I think I will probably do another one.

These last two I will donate. I have several scarves as well. It's summer now... so I'll put them aside until winter and maybe I'll have a few more to add to it. And maybe a blanket or two! If I find that glove pattern, may try it. And there are those two socks that need their mates!

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Monday, May 18, 2015


There's something about always wanting to create something, that kind of trips me up. Where am I putting all this stuff? I only have so much wall space, and some of that is taken up by my kids' art work too. I can't possibly put up every quilt and wall hanging, or wear every scarf or hat or gloves... and mostly it doesn't feel like it's good enough to give as gifts... do I donate it? Or just give it to Goodwill? Or give it as a gift and don't worry about "how good it is"?

And it isn't only craft projects. How many scrapbooks can you do?? I love to make cards, but how many do I actually send? I end up collecting paints, stamps, papers, fabric, etc. but how much do I really use it?

Tonight I was going through the jewelry I rarely wear, trying to figure out why I should keep it. But I Like It, I say. So I took a cup holder thing and hung it on the wall, made an old fashioned earring holder, and there you go. May add lace to the earring holder.  Can't believe how much jewelry I have, although none of it is expensive stuff. Now, I may be more likely to wear some of this, since it is displayed on the wall... and if I don't, at least I can admire it. I don't usually wear those dangly ones, but those turquoise ones came with some other studs that I really liked. I don't see those studs... they are around somewhere, probably on my messy dresser.  I've never worn some of these, and some I used to wear a lot, like those pink roses. There are some sentimental pairs  like the opal ones my daughter gave me...and the pink birthstone ones that my neighbor Evelyn C. gave me, and the ones that my sis in law Loretta gave me... and the ones I bought in Santa Cruz... the ones my first boyfriend gave me... The question is, why do I have so many pairs of pearls... and why are there two odd ones on there?  I Might Find The Other. Really? HA.

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just a crafty grandma experimenting with all sorts of things. My main interests are paper craft of any kind and quilting/sewing. But I've done leatherwork, polymer clay, on-the-wheel pottery, painted molded ceramics, papier mache, stained glass, plaster casting, linoleum printing, paper making... you name it, I've probably tried it. A few I actually stuck with. :)