Jun 30, 2015

Pennsylvania

Last week I was in Pennsylvania for a wedding. Here are some photos I took while away:

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baling hay. bountiful garden. fireworks. more fireworks. rainy wedding day. sunflower.

Let me take a moment to talk about that garden; I was completely jealous and wished it was mine! Now that I'm home I see that my garden is less pitiful than it had been; not as bountiful as that lovely Amish garden, but much better. I fertilized before I went on vacation which seems to have helped; I'll keep working at my garden and maybe one day it will be bountiful too.

Jun 25, 2015

Pitiful Garden

My garden is looking less than stellar. (Except the corn, my corn is doing awesome!) I've had some issues with bugs eating everything, even the marigolds I got to brighten the garden up and keep the bugs away. The marigolds are mostly dead now and my melons were eaten to a nub so I did replace them and the replacement melons have also been nibbled on. On a positive note, I've only seen (and killed) three squash bugs, one the day after I planted everything and the third just the other day near the rhubarb (they probably aren't happy with the state of the squash plants either). Here are a few pictures of my garden, you can see more on my Flickr in my garden 2015 album.

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my corn. replacement melon. pepper plant and dead marigolds. ketchup and fries plant. kermit eggplant. tomato and zucchini.

How are your plants growing? Have you had issues with bugs too?

Jun 23, 2015

Himmeli Heart Gallery Wall

The edges of the raffia arrow are wrapped so it's finally finished! I think I did a fairly good job mixing the dye color, it coordinates nicely with the other pieces.

Himmeli Heart Gallery Wall

I hung it last week and this gallery wall is finally coming together! Here is what the wall looks like now:

Himmeli Heart Gallery Wall

There is an empty space in the top left corner that needs to be filled with one or two items; I haven't decided what to put there so if you have any ideas put them in the comments! I spray painted the himmeli heart a darker metallic grey and put up a shadow box with a Rorschach inkblot. What does the inkblot look like to you? I made several different inkblots and decided to go with this one because it seemed to have a larger variety of things in it.

Himmeli Heart Gallery Wall

I'll share my Grimm Fairy Tales project for Craft Book Club in a few weeks; I have some more stories to read and haven't decided what to make yet! If you have any ideas for my Craft Book Club project put them in the comments too!

Jun 18, 2015

More Raffia Weaving

I thought I had finished the raffia arrow, but after dying it I realised I didn't wrap the edges so I have dyed more raffia and am trying to finish this thing already!

Woven Raffia Arrow WIP
Woven Raffia Arrow WIP

If I don't figure out my Grimm Fairy Tales project for Craft Book Club, Monday I'll share the finished arrow and show you how my gallery wall with the Himmeli heart is coming together.

Jun 16, 2015

Monster Stack Yarn Bomb

Saturday was International Yarn Bombing Day and I installed my yarn bomb! I think using the knitting machine and finishing the base so quickly had me underestimate the amount of time needed to finish all the other parts; I stayed up very late Friday night finishing this stack of monsters! Thank you Katie for all your help last week!

Monster Yarn Bomb

This stack of monsters is a silly bunch; starting at the bottom we have the largest monster who has tentacles, horns, and a button nose. Moving up the pole is a lizard inspired monster, then a cat with wings, and finally a little monster with fangs.

Monster Yarn Bomb
Monster Yarn Bomb
Monster Yarn Bomb

I used up a lot of cheap yarn from my stash, however there is still quite a bit that I want to get rid of and Katie's mom just gave me a bag of scrap yarn! There is definitely going to be another yarn bomb in my future, probably the near future!