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May 16, 2018

Plant Buying

Over the weekend I went to Peacefully Belly's annual Freaks of the Garden plant sale. I've also been going to all the nurseries/garden shops and have lots of little plants!

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I've been slow/lazy with my gardening and did not start any seeds, the only plants I'll be growing are ones I have purchased. This is one reason I bought some fun red pumpkins. (The other is my love of pumpkins, especially crazy looking ones, and my "need" to collect seeds from every variety.) Besides red pumpkins, I purchased tomatoes and peppers for my future pizza garden and a variety of white flowers for a moonlight garden.

My garden plans for this year include lots of yard beautification projects that I'll be sharing throughout the summer. Besides plant buying, I spent the weekend doing weed removal. The weeds started growing at the beginning of February during our unseasonably warm weather and were basically left to grow and mature and have begun taking over. My goal of getting rid of all the weeds this weekend seems to have been much too lofty and I'm continuing the weed removal this week. Hopefully I'll finish this weekend so I can plant everything!

Next week I'll be back to twice a week blogging, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I feel like I'm not getting enough done with one post a week; at this rate I'll never finish my crafty resolutions.

May 9, 2018

Flower Cookies

Last week Chelsea, Katie, and I got together for a Crafternoon of decorating sugar cookies. We had two different flower shaped cookies and three different flavors of frosting (lemon, strawberry, and vanilla). They turned out cute and tasted yummy.

Flower sugar cookies
Flower sugar cookies

May 2, 2018

Watercolor Practice

Chelsea and I got together to work on our watercolor skills during one of our crafternoons. These little paintings I made turned out pretty okay.

Watercolor
Watercolor

Apr 25, 2018

Craft Book Club Book List

Craft Book Club is back again!
I've decided to try something a bit different. Instead of the usual fiction books I've been reading, the next three books on the list are non-fiction, lifestyle/self-help books. Our first one is Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg.

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With hygge and the like being so popular I decided to finally read some of the books. Below is a list of the next three books I'll be reading for Craft Book Club. I've finished Hygge and have an idea for a craft that might fit. Let me know if there are other books that fit into this theme! I want to add them to my list!

Upcoming Craft Book Club Books:
May - Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg
June - Fika: The art of Swedish Coffee Break by Anna Brones & Johanna Kindvall
July - Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne

Apr 18, 2018

Garden Planning

It's the time of year I need to get serious about my gardening!

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The biggest plans for my garden this year are new trees that are waiting to be planted. I have three little hazelnut sticks and a fig stick that I'm very excited to see grow tall and full of nuts/figs! Besides tree planting, most of my focus this year will be on yard projects; I want to build a pathway from my porch to the back gate, add more drip lines to my sprinkler system, and get my flower beds looking nice. My yard probably won't look like it belongs in a gardening magazine, but I hope will look much better.

As for the other food plants I plan on growing in my yard, I feel very behind because I haven't started any seeds. I wanted to have a garden filled with pumpkins from all the seeds I saved from last year (I was a bit more pumpkin obsessed than usual), but I don't think I'll be growing any pumpkins. I do want to grow garden huckleberries again so I'll need to put several seeds into tiny pots this week and cross my fingers for some seedlings.

One other thing I thought would be fun would be to grow a "pizza garden". These will all come from garden starts that I'll purchase (maybe during the Freaks of the Garden plant sale at Peaceful Belly Farm in May) since I am so behind. I'm thinking one or two tomato varieties, sweet peppers, and some basil. Do you have any suggestions? What are your garden plans?