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Jun 23, 2016

Pom Pom Parrot

This sad looking pom pom bird is my Craft Book Club project for Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I'm calling it another craft fail because it doesn't look like a parrot and barely looks like a bird.

Pom Pom Parrot

Here is the sad looking backside of the pom pom parrot. I'm quite disappointed with this pom pom, I'd give myself the benefit of this being my first attempt at a pom pom animal, but my second try was much worse. Making pom pom animals is probably not my thing, I may just have to admire the images of other people's work. (Do an image search of pom pom animals, some of them are AMAZING!)

Pom Pom Parrot

Our next book for Craft Book Club is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I've finished this book too (I'm on a book reading roll!) and plan on making a bank! I'm not sure if it will be the star bank described in the book or not, You'll have to check back towards the end of July to see what it looks like!

Jun 21, 2016

Entrelac Yarn Bomb

I hung the yarn bomb! Sunday morning I went out looking for a place for my knitting; I tried an armrest on a bench and a few different poles, which were all too small or too large, before finding this "just right" tree.

Entrelac Yarn Bomb

Here are a few close up pictures of my entrelac knitting stretched around the tree:

Entrelac Yarn Bomb
Entrelac Yarn Bomb

Jun 16, 2016

Dead Squash Plants

I put all my plants into the ground a few weeks ago and a few things (primarily squash plants) have died. Both zucchini plants are gone, one of my two luffa is barely hanging on, some of the pumpkins have died, and the melons aren't doing great. I need to get rid of the bugs before they kill anything else!

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The plants that are doing really well are the tomatoes! They are getting so big that I need to start pruning and training them so they don't take over! My peppers aren't doing as well, but they are hanging in there.

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The flowers I am growing are also doing well. Not many of the sunflower seeds have sprouted/lasted this long, but the ones that have are getting big! The milkweed I moved from my raised beds are growing both where I moved them and where I left bits of roots! My St. Patrick's Day sweet peas are blooming and getting very tall; I need to get them a trellis!

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My survivor strawberry plants are now making babies! Only the two new plant produced any fruit, but the other plants had lots of stress so I wasn't surprised. And my garlic is ready to harvest! This little bulb and it's babies were popping out of the soil the other day.

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You can see lots more photos of these plants along with not-dead-squash and other plants in my garden 2016 album on flickr. How is your garden growing?

Jun 14, 2016

Yarn Bomb WIP

Saturday was International Yarn Bombing Day! I missed it! There are some valid excuses I could share with you, such as I was traveling most of last week, but I got started late(ish) and decided to do things that were not knitting so I didn't put anything up. I did however, finish knitting this rectangle on Sunday.

Yarn Bomb WIP

Since I was not going to be home on Saturday and didn't have an idea of what to make or where to put it, it took me awhile to get started. I finally decided to try a new technique, entrelac, then picked out some yarn and started knitting. Now I need to decide where to put it; I think it should fit around a street sign pole, but it might be kinda loose. My new plan is wander around this weekend and find a home for it. Wish me luck!

Jun 9, 2016

Yellow Sunnies

I really wanted some oversized yellow sunglasses, but had zero luck finding any at the stores so I decided to paint a pair of brown glasses I had with the leftover enamel paint from the carousel horse.

Painted Sunglasses

They paint job wasn't the best, there are some flaked parts around the edges where I taped off the lenses and it's a bit splotchy, but the worst part of these yellow sunglasses is they colored my nose yellow. Another craft fail for the month! I might try touching up the paint then covering them with a protective layer to keep the yellow on the glasses and off my face.