Saturday, April 30, 2011

Growing and GROWING

See all those little green guys in the pic?  Those are radishes peeking at you:p  I believe it has only been a week since I planted.  All that peat moss and garden soil must be doing its job well!

Their main purpose is to protect the squash from bugs and such and the squash is planted in the center of  each of these "radish circles."  What to do with all these radishes when they get bigger?  Salads yes, but what else....hmmmm?

Spinach for muscles, great with some minced garlic, little butter, salt and pepper (ok now my mouth is watering)

Thinking these are my carrots OR it could be one of the two lettuce types, not quite sure yet

Ayden likes his carrots AND peas.  So here are some peas please!  We had a pretty bad storm two days ago and that is more than likely why these guys have been pushed to the surface some.
Another pea opening in the sunlight.

Peony pic showing time!

These are the beauties that were blooming a week ago from my peony bush that I purchased from a local nursery.  They have been cut and placed inside my home.  The only reason they were cut was due to their bending stems because I honestly had anchored them with ties around that green pole you see in the pic too tight.  AT LEAST I got to enjoy them inside though---they smell wonderful!! 

No worries though, of course because the green leaves, the plant itself is doing great outside and I am hoping to get some more buds in the near future.  I have a peony bulb planted on the other side of the house.  Nothing poking through the ground yet.  Still hoping!

I HAVE to add some fabric love in here too!!

Sandy Gervais Lovely (from my MIL and FIL sooo generous of them!!)  Don't you love the little red roses, bouquets of flowers, delicate and pretty, blue, red and yellow.  Love it, love it, lovING IT!!!!

Ok, OK I got my fabric show and tell fix I guess;);)

What are you dabbling in today on this beautiful, sunny Saturday?



Friday, April 29, 2011

Three times a charm

AND then some!!!

Go check out my last post for more details on this string quilt top :)
My patience was tried over and over and over.  Mr. Seam Ripper oh how I dislike thee:/:/

Seroiusly, I must have ripped out the first two rows 2 times a piece---AT least.  It was a matter of  getting the red or blue middle strip of each block to go in the correct direction.  How HARD could it be right??!!

For those who were worried, though, Mr. Seam Ripper and I have patched things up since then and I can return to my ole' self again.  (He's lucky this top turned out marvelous in the end!he,he,he!)

To go with the hidden ladybug prints on the front scattered every which way, I am adding some to my pieced back.   The blue and red centers of each block are being repeated too with these colors.  (more on that next post) Using Kona Chartreuse and some Debbie Mumm dots too.

One more thing, go link up your quilting adventure for the week over at Sarah's blog:  Confessions of a Fabric Addict !!

May your day be filled with wonderful sewing and no seam ripping!!!  sorry Mr. Seam Ripper:(


Wednesday, April 27, 2011


22 red and 26 blue center blocks ready to be pieced together

For now they make for a very pretty stack of colors;)

And my stash has slimmed down some too.

Enjoy the sunshine outside today,


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Secret Garden No more!(he,he)

Garden time!    The whole garden this year is going to be strictly experimental!  New house brought construction site dirt which wasn't pretty in our case.  I tilled this area about 6 times, let it sit for approximately a week in between each tilling.  We have gone through 6 bags of peat moss, 8 bags of garden soil and finally 2 bags mushroom compost.  The mushroom compost is going to be what I will stick to solely next season if it works well in the far left section I placed it at.  It has all the special ingredients my clay soil craves.  Gypsum for air flow, peat moss, limestone for acidity balance in some areas and so on.  At only $5 a bag year I am going to price a truck drop off of this stuff though.  Learning,learning, learning as I go!

The tomato plant we bought from one of our favorite nurseries in town now:)  It is about 4' tall and then some give or take.  It is adjusting to it's new home and I was told to water it every day really well for a week and then cut back some after that.  Crossing my fingers she takes!  I also bought some bamboo stakes for support while she grows some more.

 This poor tomato plant was stepped on by one of our fence workers while they were installing it last week.  I brought it in and place it in some water, changing the water every day and in three days this took place.  See all those white roots---eeeeekkkk!  Also, more leaves have grown in, when I first received this plant from a friend there were two leaves, one being pretty beat up:(  She has come a long way so far.  That is the beauty of growing things though isn't it?!  (This morning I found some brown looking things on the bottom of one leaf,pulled them off and there were little clear bubbles left over,puzzling)<-------Any ideas what that was all about??

I have planted and labeled everything in the garden.  I have the sunburn to prove it--I know naughty me for forgetting the sunscreen:/  There are peas, butterhead lettuce,romaine, 2 kinds of squash, cayenne peppers,anaheim peppers, jalapeno peppers, radishes, carrots.

The cilantro and strawberries were bought for a $1 each at Lowes.  If you have a gardening chain store like this near you I suggest you go and take a looksie at some of their roll around carts sometime.  They almost always have something on clearance for around a $1 or $2.  

Believe it or now this one had one foot in the grave when I purchased it.  I pinched off the brown,dead parts and it rejuvenated itself quite nicely;)

Another two weeks and a picket fence is going up around the garden.  My boxer has taken a liking to eating these (who needs to watch for deer when one really needs to watch for a dog!)  and runs through the garden:/:/
  Another veggie I picked up a couple of days ago are some shallots for a buck.
These will be oh so yummy in That's Shallotta recipe done by Rachael Ray:)
Our sprinkler system is getting some of the garden once a day and then I have been watering the whole garden every night after the sun goes down.  I am thinking that I need to get some stepping stones soon as well.  It has been fun trying to maneuver in the sometimes squishy dirt trying to get all areas watered and not step on seeded areas too much:/  

If you look on my sidebar to the right, you will see a pretty button for gardening.  This series was started by Andi over at Laundry on the Line.  Go take a looksie to see HOW HER GARDEN GROWS!

Also, if you have any tips or want to share your garden make sure to tag along!  Once you start, you won't be able to stop. I Love to garden:):)  How about you?

Have a beautiful day,


Friday, April 22, 2011

Rainy days are good for....

not good pics though;) LOL!
 10 blocks completed for Brian's quilt.

Onto the sashing, but first I have to order some Kona:)

I linked this to Sarah's blog party @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"RRRRooooaarrrr---Dinosaur!!" says Ayden

Playful colors and fun black and white dots for the binding
Ayden's favorite color is GREEN.

Some yellow and blue on the back to bring out a couple of those colors on the front again
Lots and lots of carefree lines no more than 1" apart to make it interesting;)
 Ayden's Grandpa John found the dinosaur panel and I added the Kona and batik fabric for the border
Dino feet stomping through:)

Crinkly goodness!!

"Thank you for the dinosaurs Grandpa"--Ayden

Goodnight fellow quilters:)


Monday, April 11, 2011

Pay It Forward and then SOME!

Andi from Laundry on the Line sent me this beauty with the most wonderful fabric!  She read my blog and noted that I love peonies.  Away she went creating the perfect match in style for ME:)  The cashier at my local grocery store hit it on the head when she said "That purse is screaming happy!"  

Look at that crocheted flower!!  Ahhhh.............and such soft yarn.  Perfect Andi!

 I am in peony happiness:P  Thank you Andi!!!

Now I need a kick in the butt to get my Pay it Forward gifts on their way.  Just as soon as I get this quick quilt for my son finished;)  I will post pics soon.

Enjoy your week,