I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Staying grounded

While life hasn't been coming up roses, the garden has been thriving. I've been digging into the dirt for a little distraction. Here's how my garden grows this spring …

Strawberry fruits
This is my first year with everbearing strawberries. I learned an early lesson when some bunny chomped down half of one plant. The marigold guards are doing their job now. While writing this post, I labeled this photo "strawberry marigold" and I had a déjà vu moment. I realized that it was a song called Strawberry Marigold (♪) by Joydrop.

Cover me in fire
Drop me down to the deepest darkest ocean
So I never have to feel that way again
Colour on the carpet seven eyes on the ceiling
There's a feeling that comes over you
When you know that
Something has changed forever
Don't lose your wings 'til you learn
How to sing yourself to sleep
I know it seems funny but
Maybe we just said goodbye
I feel strange enough to cry
Strawberry marigold smile

Bee on Hawthorne tree flower
I went out this morning to get some new photos of our Hawthorne tree. It's in full bloom and quite beautiful. The bees thought so, too. Or at least they found it mighty tasty as I tried to sneak in for a photo.

Cucumber plant
Like this cucumber, all the veggies went back into planters this year. I surrounded them all with marigolds to keep the critters away. Also planted: Sweet 100 cherry and Early Girl tomatoes in the Topsy Turvies; Beefmaster tomato, onions, chives, sweet pepper, green bell peppers, spinach seeds, peppermint, spearmint, basil seedlings, cilantro and parsley.

Sensation Lilac composite

Sensation lilac intruder
The Sensation lilac is the clear winner among the new lilac shrubs this year. I'm not sure how a completely white flower bunch showed up on a branch though.

Miss Kim lilac buds Miss Kim lilac blooms
Miss Kim gets some props for being a late bloomer though so we have some fragrant lilacs into June.

Asiatic lilies
The Asiatic lilies are totally overcrowding in the planter and I probably should have divided them around the yard early this spring. But I'll still get some blooms so there they stay. Coleus will not have a home here this year.

I've had some yellow daylilies bloom. This pink daylily will pop later.

Mystery flower bush

Mystery flower bush
If you've gotten this far in this post, maybe you're willing and flower-savvy enough to answer a question. Can you name this flower shrub above? It blooms every year but most of the flowers are at the base. The leaves vary from bright green to dark red-green. It almost looks like two different plants in one. It grows rather erratically no matter how nicely I trim it in late summer after the bloom are gone. I keep it because it handles drought pretty well. But I wish the flowers would pop on top.

Geranium gift

Flowers from family
Just two more flowers to end this post ... geranium and lily gifts from my family, my rock in life.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pegging projects

While my crafty hands were out of commission, I kept busy other ways.

My handyman hubby helped me install a peg board in my craft room. Now my looms have a pretty place to hang.

Craft room pegboard
With some projects on-the-loom, I think I'm going to need some more hooks soon. A yellow Knifty Knitter loom, Decor Accents fine-gauge loom and a handful of blue KK looms will need a home, too!

Craft room pegboard installing Craft room pegboard back boards
Eight wood screws secured two back boards over the studs. I then painted the boards the same blue. Sixteen wood screws secured the peg board to the back boards. I don't think this baby is ever coming down now.

The way it was ... looms often fell from the coat-hanger setup.

I also started working on an ottoman for the living room. I stained the wicker with a vivid red oak. Next up is putting a cushion on the top and upholstering some stripey fabric over the lid.

Ottoman project mockup Ottoman: before
It might look done but that fabric is just wrapped around the lid for now. Staple gun will come later.

I think a dining room curtain that has been hanging for more than a year without any finished seams is next on my personal honey-do list.


I have picked a few stitches this past week. I am part of a Twilight knitters swap so I've been scurrying to get that done before the end of the month. That means no spoilers until my buddy gets her package! AND I have another secret project after that one. But if I get any knittin' for me or the shop done, I'll be sure to share!