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Aug 25, 2016

Fruits and Seeds

Here is the latest news from my garden:
The honeyberry bushes I planted in the new L shaped bed I mentioned are all alive! One of the three had gotten quite dry waiting to be planted, but is still alive and growing cute little buds! Next year I may get fruit!

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I had several new strawberries that I accidentally left outside overnight because I didn't want all the tomatoes I harvested to smoosh them in my apron so unfortunately the bugs got to enjoy them instead of me.

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All the tomato plants are doing well, they are mostly overgrown and producing lots of tomatoes. These photos are from last week where most of the ripe fruit were cherry tomatoes, but this week I have a some of each variety. These bulbous Reisetomates are probably my favorite, they are just so fun looking!

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The garden huckleberry I planted is doing quite well. There are lots of berries on the two plants and the plants are much larger than I expected they would be; I planted them under an angled trellis and they are poking through the melons growing over them. I don't think they aren't quite ripe yet, I've tried the berries a few times and they were not sweet. 

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I've also started collecting seeds from my sunflowers! These are the first two I've removed to let dry, the other day I picked about a dozen more. I will have lots of sunflowers to plant next year and the birds can enjoy the rest of the seeds (they had started eating from some of the flower heads already)! I'm getting very excited for the change in season and setting out my bird feeders again.

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You can see more photos from my garden in the garden 2016 album on my flickr.

Aug 23, 2016

Wire Spider Web

I made a spider web for my Charlotte's Web Craft Book Club project. This web isn't as terrific as any that Charlotte made, but it is definitely better than Wilbur's attempt.

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Making this spiderweb was easy, a little bit tedious, but easy. I used some thin floral wire, wire cutters, tape, and a flat surface. To begin, cut out several lengths of wire (I cut four, but more might look better depending on size) and tape them to your flat surface to create "spokes". Next, you start wrapping the wire around the spokes in a spiral pattern, I taped the starting end so it didn't wiggle.

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Our next book for Craft Book Club is True Grit by Charles Portis.
Do you have any book suggestions? I don't have any books lined up after True Grit and I'd love some recommendations!

Aug 18, 2016

Travel Knitting Project

My knitting queue is getting jumbled. The next two items on my list will have to be postponed because the first is too large to be travel friendly (and I am doing a bit of traveling) and the second pattern can't be purchased by itself (only in a book and I'm not sure I want the whole book) so I'm moving on to the third in my list, a cowl that I can easily take with me on a plane and I've already purchased the pattern. Here is the yarn I'll be using, no progress yet:

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Aug 16, 2016

August Photos Part I

I did decide to continue my daily photo taking through August! So far this month I feel like I'm struggling to not repeat photos, I'm mostly taking photos of food, Winslow, and my plants. Here are some photos that are not those things and one that is two of those things:

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fermenting. LVESTK. plants in the way. new soap.

Aug 11, 2016

Netherfield Tote WIP

I finished knitting my purse, but still need to line it, figure out the closure, and give it a strap. Here is the progress so far:

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The pattern is Netherfield Evening Bag by Anna Cole and instead of making a small evening bag, I used bulky yarn and larger needles to make a large tote. I haven't blocked the purse so it looks a little bit scrunched, but it is looking pretty good so far.

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Later this month I will buy some ripstop fabric to line it, I also need to decide if I will purchase a strap or make one. I hope to have it finished by Fall!