Monday, April 30, 2012

a garden's tale

We bought our house in late December 2010 and it had been vacant since the previous April. Needless to say no one had been keeping up the yard. Which is why when we saw this dirt box in the back we assumed the previous owners were gardeners like us. Yay, a home complete with ready made garden! Yay, someone else had already determined the best spot in the yard with ample sunlight for growing!

Did I mention it was December? There were no leaves on the trees. When spring came and our outdoor planning and clean up began we realized that this was no garden box, it was a playground, broken toys included. We were back to square one.

So, added to our list of home repairs was to determine the best spot in the yard for a garden. Not such an easy task given all of our lovely shade trees. Dana tilled up and planted three separate test gardens in the yard to see which spot did the best. I recruited my father to track the sun in the yard, a task he, surprisingly, didn't seem to mind. 

By mid summer it was obvious that all three little gardens were a fail and the best growing vegetables were the potatoes sprouting in our compost pile. But the best spot in the yard had reveled itself, right where our only real grass was thriving, right behind the house adjacent to the porch. By now it was August and I had a baby to birth so fast forward to this spring.

Being the reclaimists that we are, Dana dissembled the "playground" and set to work building our new garden bed. 

He savaged all of the playground wood and had enough left over to build a box around the rose bushes (previous owners') which were only being held back with a few pavers before, you can tell they are happier now. Also salvaged was the wire fence and fence posts from last summer's test gardens.

But the biggest, hardest salvaging of all was the removal and transplantation of the beautiful sod that was in the garden spot. It is now the only living grass in our front yard and that patch looks fantastic. We are hopeful that the rest of the yard will follow it's example.

Next came our delivery of compost/soil mix !!! A house warming present a year and a half in the waiting. Dana left a side of the garden open for the truck to roll right in and the super delivery man did just that. All Dana needed was a nice enough weekend to spread all 10 cubic yards around, and of course it came.

As of yesterday we have our new garden! The soil spreading is complete, garden box enclosed, fence completely up and veggies out of the house and planted in their new home. 

And another long awaited addition, our rain barrel!!! It was an awesome wedding gift (3 years ago) and has made the journey from our old house to the new and finally found it's place here. 

Grow, organic veggies, grow!!! 

Monday, April 23, 2012

the lake house

This past weekend we were treated to a mini family vacation on Lake Gaston by my brother-in-law's family. It was a Christmas present that I have been anticipating and we had beautiful weather for most of the trip. Baby hat and sunglasses needed.

Three generations on the dock and the only one fishing would rather ham it up for my camera.

We spent every minute possible outside enjoying the waterfront property and that included nap time on auntie's shoulder. I don't think she minded.

Desmond got a chance to wear his swim trunks and explore the sand...with his mouth. Good thing his big cousin was around to teach him to look at objects on the beach, not eat.

This trip came kayak included. Every adult took a turn at having their own moment of zen on the lake. ahhhhhhhhhhh...

What a fantastic break from the reality of home repairs and squirrels in the attic. Especially now that it's rainy and cold and time to burrow inside once again.

Monday, April 16, 2012

a little credit

Most weeks I feel like I am working toward deadlines I can't possibly meet. That is a small price to pay, however, for having a very happy baby.

I was feeling beat up last week, like nothing was getting accomplished, and then my boys reminded me of how much I was actually getting done. 

So, today I am taking a little credit for a weeks worth of accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem.

Desmond's bucket hat! I was inspired in early March and determined to make this hat by summer. I followed the Oliver + S Bucket Hat Pattern with a few adjustment here and there (patterns and I rarely get along.) I used scrap fabric from my studio and managed to inadvertently match a dress of mine seen here, oops. I guess I really like that print.

Desmond doesn't care if we match, he thinks his new hat is delicious. 

I also completed a new shipment of owl hats and birdie rattles for Franklin Goose.

Another finished project, shelves and hooks for Desmond's room!!!

My husband and father put the shelves up in February and I got the hooks on the wall this Saturday, hey, it could have been worse. Now we have a place for all of those hats.

On this weeks list: cloth pads for myself and a gift for a friend, feeling like I've got this.

Monday, April 9, 2012

bunny love

We hope everyone had a bright and happy Easter...or just a beautiful weekend. We started our holiday off with a nice family walk in the neighborhood, pajamas and all. We didn't need to be in our new skirt and pants until later.

Little man got some great gifties from the Easter bunny as well as mama & dada and grandparents too.

My mother made his basket, per my request, out of macrame just like she did mine in the 70's.  His is WAY better though, she got a little refresher course from this awesome macrame site.

Mama made his stuffed bunny (the one with the roosters) and his new birdie rattle. All reclaimed fabrics and scraps stuffed with bamboo batting. 

The Easter Bunny must have noticed all of the moth worms hanging from the trees when he was visiting our house because he left The Very Hungry Caterpillar for us to read.

Little guy loves it already!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fruits of Labor

The past two weeks have been fantastically productive. My mother was visiting and spent a lot of time bonding with Desmond while I sewed away in my studio. Of all of the projects I put to bed recently these are two of my favorites. 

After making the pocket skirts  for two years now I FINALLY made one for myself. 

The two floral fabrics were a generous vintage gift from a neighbor and the mustard yellow from a dear friend's destash.  There were only 2 inch strips of the yellow floral pattern but I loved it and had to find a way to have it for my own. It made a lovely complimentary trim to all of that blue.

This is my favorite part. The pockets are made from one of my husband's old dress shirts. It is the same shirt I used to make the liner for Desmond's pants. 

Pants. Pants pants pants pants. 
My little guy had his Easter dress rehearsal in his new pants and was trying to walk in them before he crawled. A nice blue seersucker on the outside lined with daddy's shirt, and totally reversible. 

What wonderful results. I wonder what inspiration will bud this week?