I’ve Graduated to a Plot

For the last few years I have been using pots to grow my herbs and veggies.  After hearing about last year’s never-before-seen neighboring garden, the jealousy started to brew.  In fact, it brewed all fall and winter.  I was determined to make my yard work for me.  This is is the result.  

 First, I raked all of the pine straw away.  It was the dumping grounds for all of the yard debris, which made more work for me.  Good thing I needed the exercise. 

 After leveling the ground as much as possible, I placed my cinder blocks into a 3×3 square pattern.  This is when I found that the ground wasn’t as level as I thought. It will have to work.  

Last, I used a mixture of 3 types of soil; 2 bags of top soil, 1 bag of potting soil, and 2 bags of garden soil.  I am not sure if this is the right ratio to use of any but I made sure to use less of the heavy stuff.  5 bags filled the space. 

 I was then ready to plant the tomato varieties.  The plants came from a plant outlet that has wonderful prices.  Each tomato plant cost either $1.00 or $1.50.  Did I mention that the plants were huge before purchasing them? 

In the picture above, I have Sweet 100’s, Mortgage Lifters, Tomatillos, Green Zebra, and Yaqui tomatoes. Again, I am not an expert on growing in raised bed planters because I have been a pot person for the past few years.  Let’s hope my spacing is correct. I can say that they have more space in the bed than they did in the pots.

The 3×3 space looked much larger when placing the cinder blocks in the pattern while in the store.  Hind sight is 20/20!  Now I have to build 2 more on the adjacent sides.  Hopefully my neighbor doesn’t mind looking at the cinder blocks.  I considered painting the sides with some sort of design.  Maybe it will make them less of an eyesore. If I do, you’ll be the first to see.

Notice the holes in the cinder blocks.  I wanted to plant my peppers in each of the spaces but I am trying to figure out if there was enough space for the roots.  Understandably, the roots would grow down in to ground so maybe my concerns are a mute point.  This way the peppers can provide security for the tomatoes since I have some interesting wildlife in my neighborhood.  It would also increase my available planting space.  I’m on my way back to the outlet to plan my next move!
 

Velvet Groom

I was enlisted to make the groom’s cake for my cousin’s wedding. He requested a naked red velvet. This what I came up with. 

  
I tried to use an intersting icing technique between the layers. I think I succeeded. On top, I added a sheet of fondant on the top each tier to make it look clean. Also, I added the same icing technique that was applied between the layers.    Candy pearls were used to incorporate the wedding colors, which were grey, black, red, and white. I was so excited to have the opportunity to make this cake. It took a lot of ingredients, time, and money but it was well worth it. 

Another Hat is Born

Thanksgiving break is the time for crafting. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. I was able to make another hat though.

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This hat has knit 1, purl 1 for the ribbing effect instead of knit 2, purl 2. I think it looks tighter. I also avoided the swirl in the top by using a technique I figured out. Overall, it was successful.

Summer of Selective Crafts

It’s official! I am out for summer break and I have a lot of ideas. Normally, at the end of each summer I realize that I need new clothes for the new school year but I never quite follow through with shopping. I also feel like there is so much else to accomplish but it never happens. So, I am going to get out of my own way and try to complete all of my projects that have been waiting on me. I am pretty sure an obstacle will jump in my path but I will attempt to make my way around.

Let’s get started…
Click on each day below to view my progress thus far.

Day 1- Butterfly Blouse
Day 2- Gauzy Tunic
Day 3- Stripping Furniture
Day 4- Repurposed Gold Bag
Day 5- Orange Earrings
Day 6- New Maxi Dress to New Maxi Skirt
Day 7- Miami Heat Birthday Cake
Day 8- Big Bag Fetish
Day 9- Double Strap Maxi
Day 10- Mack Wrap Maxi
Day 11- Bath Bombs
Day 12- Old to New Dresser
Day 13- Crochet Market Bag
Day 14- Circular Crochet Bag