May 28, 2012

Memorial Weekend

Even though it was a cool and rainy weekend it was still a productive one. Saturday included a few graduation open houses and a stop at the cemetery. Tim worked on removing the large window from our garage in preparation for our siding project in June. I planted a few flowers.

On Sunday we went to another graduation open house. I finally started painting our bedroom after purchasing the paint 2 months ago. I picked a grey/taupe color to match the new quilt we also got 2 months ago.

Monday I finished painting and planted the rest of the flowers. Tim worked on cleaning out and organizing the garden shed. I moved my plants outdoors to start hardening them off. My tomatoes are really coming along nicely, I have 24 plants! I hope to put them in the ground them next weekend.

It was nice having a long weekend and being able to get so much done!

May 24, 2012

Stamp Club - Embossing

For this month's stamp club project we made 2 cards using heat embossing. The first card shows the emboss resist technique.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, En Francais BG Stamp and Tiny Tags
Ink: Basic Grey, Wisteria Wonder and VersaMark
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black and Very Vanilla
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Textured Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Punch, Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge, Pearls, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Jewelry Tag Punch, Dimensionals and Bakers Twine

On this card, the sentiment is heat embossed in Wild Wasabi.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts, Baroque Motifs
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Beyond the Garden DSP, First Edition Specialty DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Pearls, Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder, Heat Tool and Sponge.

May 18, 2012

Five Favorite Blogs

I enjoy reading several blogs each day. My list has grown, shrunk and changed over the years but these are my top 5 right now -

1) Enjoy It - I enjoy Elise's writing style, her story during her husband's deployment and her crafting and baking projects. Looking through her Project Life album posts makes me want to do another one!

2) Snapshots of a Good Life - The photo's and the honesty in her writing are my favorite parts of Karen's blog. I was fortunate to be able to take her Snapshots class last year and it was amazing...I learned so much and would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn photography in-depth but in a very easy to learn format.

3) The Pleated Poppy - My favorite feature on Lindsey's blog are the What I Wore Wednesday (WIWW) posts, she puts such cute outfits together. Her home is simple and beautiful and she has a shop where she sells handmade goods. I've purchased an iPad case and scarf from her and love them both!

4) Gettin' By - I like Lisa's scrapbooking style and her great sense of humor comes through in all her posts.

5) Momastery - Glennon's writing is amazing and the things she does for other women is inspiring!

May 4, 2012

Starting Seeds


Five things I've learned from starting garden seeds indoors.

1 - Where you purchase your seeds makes a difference. In the past I have ordered my seeds from the company whose big catalog comes in the mail each spring. Many of these seeds have been genetically modified to produce bigger yields, larger fruit, etc. This all sounds good but these fruits and vegetables aren't as flavorful, and can be harmful to your health. I chose to purchase my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this year. They offer pure, natural, non GMO seeds. You can read more about GMO (genetically modified organisms) here.

2 - It's harder than I thought it would be. This is my 2nd attempt at starting seeds for my garden. You can read about last years attempt here and here. Basically, none of my plants from last year survived once I put them in the ground. I ended up purchasing most of my plants from the nursery.

3 - Don't use popsicle sticks as plant markers. I got a great deal on a huge box of wooden popsicle sticks from Amazon. I used a sharpie to write each plant name on a stick and stuck them in the dirt with the seeds. Several days later, after soaking up the daily watering, the popsicle sticks started growing mold. Next time I will use plastic plant markers. If anyone knows of a fun craft project that uses 1000 popsicle sticks, let me know.

4 - Use bigger containers. This is still an experiment from last year when I started my seeds in smaller containers and then lost them when I transplanted them to larger ones after they had sprouted. My idea this year was to start the seeds in larger, deeper containers thus eliminating the need to transplant. This should also allow the root system to develop better.

5 - Plants need light. For the first several weeks after planting my seeds I had them sitting in front of a large, south facing window. Unfortunately, the days were rather cloudy so the seeds didn't get much sunlight. Once I purchased this light system I noticed a difference right away. Instead of long, spindly stems with a few leaves on top, my plants were shorter but had fuller, bigger leaves.

Even with my new approach this year I have lost a few plants. I am hopeful however that I will be able to move several plants outdoors successfully. As I continue to learn and adjust my method I hope each year is more and more successful. Please share any tips you have learned about starting seeds indoors!

May 2, 2012

I Made Pants! Vogue 1051

The pattern is Vogue 1051 also known as "the best thing I've ever made for myself to wear!" I will definitely be making more of these in different fabrics and colors. The welt pockets were a little tricky and after they were finished I realized you won't be able to see them anyway as I won't be wearing a shirt tucked in (I just wore it that way for the photo). So I may skip the pockets next time, we'll see. I do think they add a professional look to the pants though.