How does our garden grow?… not very well as it turned out last summer. But much better now.
We had little luck last summer with our veggie garden, though the rabbits would argue this point since they remained well nourished throughout the growing season. We are happy for them.
So for this reason, I decided to do some gardening of a different nature. The kind that would last all year long too… and I did it! Though this garden serves to nourish only the imagination. Just as important as fresh vegetables to eat, I am quite certain.
So as with all gardens, one must start with fertile soil. This one is all ready for seeding into nice neat rows. Then it is watered generously.
We harvested onions, beets, strawberries, carrots and peas all at the the same time! It was a miraculous harvest.
And at Thanksgiving, we feasted!
I am gifting the garden to sweet Ava, my great niece… I hope she has many years for happy gardening with it. And I finally did yesterday… and I think she likes it.
I can’t wait to give these to some special friends… so please keep things quiet!! Check out the shiny seahores and fishes… more on that later. The Fish, you see, may become shark food down the road. Ouch for the fish.
Mermaids in the making
And all in a row, ready for the pool
Shiny, happy Sea horses
Just hanging out in their basket, waiting for the right conditions.
For a few days now, this song has been reverberating in my head. My daughter first showed this to me last year and I didn’t quite “get it” then, but I do now. It’s catchy. Have a listen and a look at the youtube video and you will see why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE But be careful! You won’t get this out of your head for a lonnnnng time.
I wanted to make a few foxes for gifts at Christmas and found Stitched by Crystal’s pattern to be fun and easy.
3 created and another on the operating table, so far.
Stay tuned for the addition of their relatives. And scarves.
Today, the small red fox, named Barrie, (after his home town) went to live with my mom in Haliburton. There are other foxes there nearby, so he won’t be lonely.
And my friend Jenn, who has brilliant ideas, asked me to make a sleeping bag for her son’s toy and voila, this was created! It looks pretty cozy. This is a keeper idea. Thanks Jenn. I call this bear Better, because when you have one, everything is just suddenly made better. His pattern is from While She Naps, the Charity Bear.
I must have a “thing” for the sea lately, as I have been leaning towards creatures of the sea and have had so much fun with patterns from Abby Glassenburg and others.
First the mermaids and the little fishes with patterns from at whileshenaps.com
Here are some pics, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone, as they are mostly Christmas gifts for young and not so young friends!
Down by my own “sea” in my backyard, with my new friends
And today I discovered the perfect friend to accompany these, a little seahorse from Lia’s Crafty Journey’s blog.
I used some minky I had left over from a baby blanket and created this little guy. I used safety eyes instead of felt. There will be many more of these to come.
Then along came a sweet friend: I made him out of a listening grey stretchy bit I had in my stash left over from who-knows-what and guess what? I love him! He looks like he has just jumped right out of the surf.
Then I wondered what would happened if I introduced them to one another. So far so good. They are observant, anyway.
Sea horses meeting for the first time