Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
I harvested about a quarter of the onions we grew in our raised bed this morning. Some of them are so much bigger than any we grew last year! Some are pretty small yet, but you pretty much have to harvest onions when they lean over, lie down and give up, which these had.
They'll cure today in the sun on the deck, and then I'll move them out to the front porch for a couple of weeks to finish curing in the shade.
I would like to wait and see if I get a few days without rain before pulling the rest of them, since they store much better if they have less moisture in them when they're picked. I felt like I had to get these out of the ground right away though, since some of them had no tops at all and I was afraid they might start to rot from all the wet weather we've been having.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I started this project today. It's going to be a special name sampler for a baby gift. The stitch I used here for the border is called the Knotted Cable Chain Stitch. The example in the book is spaced more closely, and has a rounder look, but in my practicing I really liked the look of the elongated oval shaped stitches, so I went with that spacing.
I think it makes a pretty effective border, since it's not too heavy, but has a pretty shape and interesting details.
I'm glad I took the time to try something new today.
Sorry about the photo quality! It didn't look so bad on my phone before I posted. I've posted another better one above.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Well, it didn't actually take me two years to finish this embroidery if you only count the working time, but it did take me so long to stop procrastinating and get it done.
I started in the summer 2008 but lost interest after the fourth of July. So I put it away till last summer, when I discovered that I'd done a little more than half of the red parts in the wrong color red! I pulled out some of it, but got discouraged and put it away again.
This past weekend, I decided to try to get it finished up. I cut the wrong color stitches instead of pulling them out, which sped up the process considerably. (Don't ask me why I didn't do that in the first place!)
So, now it's done, and I can get it sewn. The finished project is a wallhanging. One of a series of holiday/seasonal ones from kits that I bought at a Ben Franklin store that we stopped at on the drive from AZ to I'LL when we moved here. Maybe this year, I'll get them all finished...
Though I think we all know better than that. The power of my procrastination combined with my project ADD is just too much.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
I'm going to use these in a couple of different ways. The chamomile and lavender will be combined to be a relaxing linen spray, because they both have sedative and calming properties. The lavender, catnip, yarrow, and lemongrass will all make a bug repellent spray.
I ran out of vodka, so I didn't set up the mint to tincture yet. I've hung it up in bunches to dry for now. Tinctures can be made with either dried or fresh herbs.
You can take tinctures interally too, of course, not just spray them. The mint tincture will make great flavoring, and I'm interested in trying out the lemon grass one to see if it tastes as citrus-y as it smells. Medicinally, tinctures are useful too, of course, though I definately don't know enough about that to give any advice about it yet.