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Easter chicks

We still have cold and snowy weather here (it is snowing as I write this), so instead of the bright, spring, outdoor fun of Easter egg hunts in the garden we have been stuck indoors. But if it’s not going to be bright and springy outside, why not make it bright and springy inside?

I found this cute Easter chick craft and just had to whip up a few. The girls got in on the fun and in the end we had our own brightly colored flock of spring chick cuteness!




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Tomatoes are red, corn is ripening in its husks, dozens of pumpkins and squash are swelling on every plant, the broccoli is sending up side shoots that look even more delicious than the main heads we already harvested, the pole beans have blanketed the fences and the tepee, the string beans are up and blossoming, cucumber vines have completely covered the trellis, sheltering the ready-to-pick lettuce underneath, the mix of greens and radishes and beets I seeded before we left have all come up, thick and luscious…oh wait, that’s the garden in my mind…

I suppose my imagination gets carried away, but in the three weeks we were gone, I expected more to happen. But it was cold and rainy here, so what really happened was this: there are a few green tomatoes, the corn grew, but is only waist-high, there were 2 summer squash to harvest despite ALL the flowers before we left, I see a couple of winter squash forming, the broccoli was gross and definitely needed to be ripped out, the pole and string beans must have rotted in the ground, because there are hardly any that have come up, the lettuce under the cucumber trellis has been decimated by flea beetles, it seems very little of what I planted before we left actually germinated and what did has ben munched to death by flea beetles and snails, and weeds went wild…Reality sucks sometimes.

On a positive note, the cucumber vines have covered the trellis and we already harvested almost 3.5 kilos of them. And the herbs look good, except for the lovage, but Kamil decapitated it with the lawn mower right after I planted it, so I guess I can’t ┬áblame it for proceeding cautiously.

What’s a gardener to do? Well, a good gardener would set to work and do something to turn the situation around, but me, I just averted my eyes and turned to other projects…

I remembered a tutorial I saw for how to turn a T-shirt into a tank top, grabbed the T-shirts my husband wanted to get rid of ( he cleaned out his dresser drawers?!?!?! Did I look THAT despondent?) and made these:

A dress for Sofie


A tank top for Olivia

So quick, so easy, so cute.

I also made camping pillows from old sheets (do you recognize them, Suzie?)

And started a new project that just makes me smile because of all the colors and inherent delight of patchwork squares…

Materials for secret project…more on that later!

And I feel much better now!

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It was a cold and blustery weekend, so we spent it indoors, sewing and sowing.

Corn in toilet paper rolls, to be plunked roll and all in the ground as soon as it warms a bit.

I saw this cute and easy shirt pattern, and decided to try it. Here is the result:

I was so inspired, I stitched up some shorts for Olivia. She got inspired, too and made her own top.

Cute shorts, cute top, cute girl!

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The Hat is Done!

Not bad for a first effort…

The most important thing – the recipient LOVES it!

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Learning to Knit

I have wanted to learn to knit for a long time and I’m thrilled to say that the time has finally arrived!

Why I never asked my mother to teach me, I do not know. She’s a great knitter. Look at these beautiful stockings she made the girls:

My good friend and neighbor Andrea offered to teach me to knit if I would teach her to quilt. We haven’t had many lessons yet – one to be exact! But hopefully they will start in a day or so when I finally shake this little cold I have.

But I couldn’t wait to get started, so I checked this awesome book our of our school library:

It’s called “Kids Knitting: Prjoects for Kids of All Ages” by Melanie Falick.

We started with finger knitting. So fun and easy that both girls were able to do it immediately, much to their delight.

Then we started with needles (thank goodness my mother-in-law is a knitter and could lend us needles). Also, thanks to former colleague Peggy who left me a box full of left over yarn!

The book explains casting on and knitting very clearly and soon we were doing both. It was a little frustrating for Sofie, but Olivia is doing quite well.

Today she experimented with increasing and decreasing!

I practiced making little squares and then used a finger knit cord (Christmas present from Olivia) to fashion a little bag, modeled by Sofie:

Close ups:

My first knitted project! OK, it’s not that impressive, but I’m definitely hooked now!

Next project – very cute tasseled hat from book:

I’m half way there!

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Baby Booties

I found the cutest pattern and tutorial for making felt baby booties on the Purl bee. I had to go home and make them immediately. Luckily there have been several babies born around here recently!

It’s so easy to do – I can make a pair in about 40 minutes, start to finish, while watching TV and being interrupted by the kids. And they are ever so cute! (For really good photos, see the Purl bee blog!)

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