I took my camera out to the balcony garden this afternoon. I was hoping for a butterfly but they came and went faster than my shutter finger! I’ve added a fountain this year, I used a super clearance ceramic dish I happened upon this winter and this solar water pump! It needs some adjusting to keep the water from splashing out too much but I have a plan! Go pollinators!! Happy Summer!
PS Stop by the webshop and see what’s new!!
I’m attempting to spend August getting reacquainted with my blog and blogging, so here we go!
I spent a good part of Spring planting hundreds of little pots of herbs and flowers, in the sewing room. It’s been fun to see what blooms and grows on the balcony. This summer I’m squeezing herbs in everywhere. I love the smells and the greenery. Some I’m pinching off the flowers to keep the herbs nice for cooking others I’m allowing to bloom. I have basils, thymes, rosemary, marjoram, chervil, chives, mints, sages, and oregenos everywhere. in between I’ve scattered violas and chamomile, zinnias, hyssop, forget-me-nots, pansies, sunflowers….all grown from seed. I did buy some of my herbs but many were also started from seed.
I’m also growing two edibles I’ve never had before, cucamelons and ground cherries!
I hope you enjoy these pictures I took just a few minutes ago..except for the bird, I took that a few days ago.
Jerry’s sister came for a visit last week, the week of my birthday..it was a week long party and I’m exhausted!!
We went places every day, much shopping and consuming of food occurred. We hung out with all the kids on various occasions and drank a dangerous amount of coffee.
It was a great week! I did squeeze in a little brioche knitting which I’ve just learned. The pin is from T, he got me 5 adorable pins (with some input from his mom) and Amber got me some makeup sponges that are too pretty to use and look sweet in the snow. The bunny is from Jerry’s sister and I treated myself to some herb plants!
Thank you, thank you for all the happy birthdays over at facebook. I’ve been off facebook for more than a year now so I don’t see what’s happening there. I appreciate the thought so much!!
I’ve been trying some pretty great recipes lately. I’ll be posting a few very soon.
PS Janet gave me my first lessons in oil painting while she was here…yet another hobby???!!!
It’s been a very hot Summer here. I’ve not enjoyed my garden as much as I do when it’s a tad cooler. This morning was perfectly comfortable so I headed out in the sunshine with my camera.
This sweet young finch was having a hard time staying awake at the feeder, his dad was keeping a close eye!
Wishing you a week of feeling blessed and content.
Just a few random colorful things!
I made a ‘Summer’ banner on my Zoom Loom. This one is actually for display at the local yarn shop. I love the colors! I’m planning another for myself with a patriotic theme. I added some more flowers to my balcony garden, these lavender petunias glow.
Bright at the webshop… The Bright Colors Starter Set from Classic Colorworks that is. The colors are yummy!
We took a picnic to a nearby nature center and I was fortunate enough to photograph a bird I’d never seen before..Yellow Headed Blackbird, he also made the most amazing sounds! Here’s a bird in my own back yard as well, I love red winged blackbirds…I may have mentioned this, a few times.
Also in my own back yard….the first tomato has been sighted!!!
Peanut Butter Cookies
Stuffed Shells – I mostly followed the recipe on the box of pasta shells :0)
A few things I’ve cooked recently that were memorable..
I’m on a bit of a cleaning spree and the house smells like Spring!
I’ve also been getting my 2015 garden started…
Here’s a group of very mediocre photos of the flowers currently blooming in my back yard –
Creeping Myrtle (there was a flower yesterday!) and some potted flowers from the garden center with Mourning Doves.
First Day Lily bloom, it looks like there will be oodles!
Julia Clematis – completely out of control and ridiculous, seriously!
Lavender – you can see some of the baby’s breath I planted earlier today in the background.
Hawthorn, the only thing I like about these bushes and we have lots, really, they are almost as crazy as the clematis!
Hawthorn with orange belted bumble bee…
Wow, 2 posts in one day!
I’m taking a slow day. A day to not rush around fretting about everything I need to be doing. Life is always a bit crazy with 4 kids, homeschooling, running a business and every day mom and homemaking things but lately things have been even more crazy.
In the past 3 weeks we celebrated child #3’s graduation and new job and our oldest two both moved. One of moved 30 miles away which was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing that took time. The other moved here with all their worldly goods for a few days between moving out of one place and into another. I’m happy to say everyone and their belongings are now settled in their own homes and things are on the way to normal here.
I’m taking today to do a few things I haven’t had much time for, like blogging. Its been ages since I baked and cookies sounded just right. Also I filled in a few gaps in the garden with some plants and seeds. I’m afraid that the lovely packet of seeds I planted to ‘Save the Bees’ only served to feed the birds…
I have been getting up a little earlier than I need to in order to knit a few minutes in the sunshine while I enjoy my morning coffee. I’ve finished up a few mini cotton projects that are all part of a Summer Cotton Knit-a-long that Tanya is sponsoring.
I need to spend the rest of this slow day in the sewing room, there’s always sewing in the works here.
Something brand new from Impie, Hattie & Bea!
I’ve been holding on to this floral fabric for something special since the very beginning. Way back when IH&B first started designing and sewing things in 2008! I finally found the right fabric for the inside…which I had actually ordered for a different new product…it happens that way sometimes, things accidentally come together – perfectly.
These are listed at the webshop and will be shipping to Hoffman’s soon. Shops – please follow my Impie, Hattie & Bea facebook page to keep up to date on product shipments.
The cross-stitch design is Harvest Blessing by Country Cottage Needleworks and celebrates the garden! I’m already enjoying fresh herbs and lettuce from my own garden and look forward to some cucumbers soon, I hope!
My new product is called the Harvest Blessing Thread Keep. It has a snap closure, two rings for threads (one hanging from a pretty fabric button) and a wool felt needle holder. I’m quite excited to be using this fabric with this wonderful design. I hope you like it too!
These are the flowers that happily survived our recent snow. I love how they look in this perfect evening light.