Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Thursday, April 29, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Our early spring vegetable planting is doing well and we are able to start enjoying fresh from the garden veggies!

There is leaf lettuce, radishes and spring onions.

Radishes are a tasty addition to a salad or serve with sea salt as an appetizer or snack.

Chives and other fresh herbs provide wonderful flavor to so many dishes.

Romaine lettuce plants, almost ready to harvest.

And my favorite, garden fresh asparagus.
Are you planting a vegetable garden this season? How does your garden grow?



Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.

~Native American Proverb
Shouldn't every day be Earth Day?!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday in the Park

It was sunny, cool and windy when I walked to the park this morning. . . a perfect day for kite flying! April is National Kite Flying Month and families were out to celebrate by having a Kite Fly-In in our little community park.


There were kite building kits for the kids.


And a few demonstrations of large kites by the Hoosier Kitefliers Society.


High flyin!


On down at the lake, these beautiful little sailboats were participating in a model boat regatta.


Powered by the wind, they are controlled remotely from shore and skillfully navigated the course set out on the lake.

It was a lovely Saturday in the park. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend, too.



Monday, April 12, 2010

A Quick Shop Update. . .

Introducing my new "Carolyn Clutch".

I have several of these cute new clutch style purses now listed in the shop.

These clutches are the perfect size to carry a small wallet, phone, keys and lip gloss. Or put it in the larger bag you carry to work or the gym!


They are all made from felted wool sweaters in bright Spring colors and some have accents of other upcycled wool fabrics. Perfect for the girl on the go!
Check out FeltSewGood on Etsy for all the latest additions to the shop.



Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fresh Garden Herbs

I cleaned up my little herb patch in the vegetable garden and it looks like everything survived the snowy winter. I'm usually able to keep picking fresh perennial herbs up until Thanksgiving and then I use mostly dried herbs over the winter. It's such a treat to begin using fresh herbs again in the spring. I made mashed potatoes for dinner just so that I could add fresh chives and a little sour cream. Yum!

My favorite herbs are basil, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme. Most of these are perennial, meaning a healthy plant will grow back each spring. Basil and dill can be grown easily from seed. As for the cilantro, we have a sandy patch of soil in the garden and grow cilantro in that same spot each year. Cilantro doesn't seem to like our hot humid summers, so after it flowers and turns to seed, which is coriander, we just let it reseed itself and then we have a new crop when the weather cools a little.

You can find herb seeds or herb plant starts at most garden centers, but if you're looking for something special, The Cook's Garden has a nice selection of herbs to choose from. You can order online or request a free catalog here.

photos from The Cook's Garden website.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Some New Purses and Some New Designs

I took a little break from sewing and blogging last week to finish some other projects. It was good feeling of accomplishment and now I'm ready to work on some new designs for the shop!

I now have several new purses in felted wool listed in the shop.

I'm also working on a new design for a cute clutch purse! If all goes as planned, I should have some of the new clutches listed later this week.
Even though I didn't do much sewing during my little break, I did some thrift store shopping and found quite a few great items to use in making new purses. So there will be lots of "new" in the coming weeks. I'll be sure to share them here!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring weekend
and Happy Easter with these vintage French postcards!