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Apr 18, 2019

Earth Day Resolutions

I make resolutions and sometimes I share them on this blog. This is one of those times! Monday is Earth Day and in an effort to make myself a better person and the planet a better place I'm making plans and setting goals! Here are my two Earth Day Resolutions!

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New Compost Bin - My smaller, "everyday" compost bin that sits next to my back door bit the dust last fall and I have been slacking with composing food scraps/everyday items because I am lazy and don't want to walk all the way to the back of the yard. I had been looking for another compost-able "plastic" bin, but have been unsuccessful so I need to design something on the smaller side that is big enough to hold a few months of my house (not yard) compost, light weight enough that I can carry the full bin to the main compost heap without dropping it, made of heavy duty materials that will last at least a few years, but isn't made of plastic/another not-good-for-the-environment-material. If you have any ideas, send them my way. Also, a lid is important... I don't want the fruit flies attacking me as I walk by.

More Washable Pads - I've been using washcloths (and nail polish remover) to remove nail polish from my fingers, but hate that I have to launder a washcloth when just the corner was used so I want to make small nail polish removing pads, similar to the little face scrubby things I made years ago. I think they should be made from scraps of grubby washcloth/towel that I need to replace because terrycloth works well for nail polish removing and upcycling! Instead of making them two sided with hidden seams (like those face scrubby things), I'll just use a serger to keep the edges from fraying. Once they are done I'll be able to put off doing laundry even more!

Apr 16, 2019

I made a last minute trip to Wyoming and don't have any crafts to share with you today. You can enjoy the snowy picture I took while away instead.

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Apr 11, 2019

My Pottery Things

All my pottery things are finally done! I ended up with a cake stand, a bell, and several vases!

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Winslow crashed the photo shoot of my vases, but he's pretty cute so I didn't mind.

Apr 9, 2019

Some Things Are Growing

It's kind of a good thing I got a late start on my seed starting because we had a really windy day that overturned my greenhouse and ripped the cover to shreds. My seed starting was not effected, a few days before, I started just 16 little soil cubes worth of plants inside (four each: garden huckleberries, sweet peppers, purple peppers, and cherry tomatoes). Unfortunately I have seen no sprouts and am worried none of them will ever grow. Fingers crossed I just put them in a bit deep and they are going to pop out soon. Maybe I should just try again?

The rain we have been getting and the warm days have made so many weeds pop up; I'm overwhelmed by the amount of work I have ahead of me especially if my seed starting was a bust. Here is the link to the gardening plans I made last month. Not only are the weeds growing, other outdoor plants are growing too! The rhubarb is growing and some have several crowns I think I'll need to divide a few of them again this fall. Some of the flower bulbs (and I think garlic) in my raised beds are happily growing/flowering. My little sweet peas have sprouted! And there are flowers on the honeyberry bushes!!! I think the frost blanket is working; this is the year for honeyberries!

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Apr 4, 2019

Cross Stitch on a Wood Slice

My little bird cross stitch is complete! It's now hanging in my hallway! Finding matching thread took a bit of time; I looked at every blue colored embroidery floss and was finally able to find the two matches.

Bird Cross Stitch on Wood Slice
Bird Cross Stitch on Wood Slice