Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Infinity Scarf

I haven't sewn something of my choice for quite some time now and I've been itching to make something. Something preferably quick and easy that I can squeeze into my busy days. Today I did just that. Inspired by some new fall scarfs that I've seen, like this and this. I followed this quick and easy tutorial for an infinity scarf. This black and white stripe is nice thick flannel that is perfect to wrap around my neck in the crisp fall air.




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September Garden

I am loving my garden right now. It might not be as prolific as I'd like but every year I learn new things, I get surprised by crops and plan for next year. This week I've harvested and ate from my garden: spaghetti squash, zucchini, cabbage, kale, basil, tomatoes and potatoes.


I can't wait for the sunflowers to bloom and to eat some of those Brussels sprouts.

Spaghetti Squash

Cabbage
Kale


Strawberries are still going in September!


The latest addition to our garden is this fig tree.

Rosemary

In addition to the veggies we ate this week I also cut rosemary, oregano, thyme and mint for drying. Hoping to try making mint tea and package my herbs for gifts this holiday season.

What are you getting the most use out of your garden? What is your favorite thing to grow?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pom-Poms and Polka Dots

I can not believe how quickly this summer is passing. It seems like every week more things get added to the calendar and we are constantly doing something. Don't get me wrong - it has been great. We've gone berry picking, visited Eugene, camping with friends, the zoo, bike rides, and lots of play dates. But sometimes it's nice to just be home. Yesterday was exactly like that. When there is no pressure to be somewhere it's amazing what happens around here. My creative juices flow and although I usually jump from one half finished project to the next, it's lovely and relaxing and sometimes exactly what I need. Yesterday was full. Full of lots of things and nothing all at once. The kids entertained themselves with some long forgot craft supplies, I sewed, baked, cooked, gardened and got some other necessary chores done.  I felt productive and decided I needed a couple more days like that before summer is over.
But back to the pom-poms and polka dots. A week or so ago I was rearranging Sage's room (for those of you who don't know - I rearrange furniture all the time - it's one of my favorite things to do) and I decided to take the closet doors off. I moved her doll house into the closet thinking it would be the perfect little nook to play in.


But of course it needed something. Something in the way of some light curtains. So off to the fabric store I went in search of something just right. I found this cute lightweight polka dot fabric and some pom-pom trim for the edge.



I already had the curtain rod, so that part was easy. I attached it to the inside of the closet, made some tie-backs out of the same fabric and attached 3M hooks on the inside of the closet to hold the tie-backs in place.



I love this little nook!
-V

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Garden Herb Body Scrub

I have all these delicious herbs growing in my garden that I'm not quite sure what to do with besides occasionally cooking with them. So I spent a little time on pinterest (oh, pinterest!) and found some recipes for body scrub that I decided to try. I combined a few recipes to suit my needs (and what I had on hand). I ended up making two variations. So here's what I used:


-1 Cup Sugar
-1 Cup Epsom Salt
-1 Cup Avocado oil
-1/4 Cup fresh chopped rosemary
-20-30 drops of Lavender essential oil
-1/8 Cup fresh chopped mint Or Lavender buds

You could also add peppermint or rosemary essential oil to make it a bit stronger.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

 Scoop into glass containers, seal with tight fitting lids and label.

This scrub is wonderful after working in the garden all day. Just take a generous scoop, rub into hands and wrists and rinse off.
 It's perfect for the shower or tub too!

-V

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sneak Peek.... House in the Trees

A tree house has been on our "to-do" list for a while. This summer hubby decided to get it done. So with the help of his dad, mom and a few others our house in the trees is coming together. It's not complete yet, but it's getting there. And if you know my husband at all you know that he doesn't do anything half way and bigger is always better!

Next up: railings, stairs and tree house accessories. Stay tuned!
-V

Garden Tour


Sharing some pictures of my garden today. I'm hoping to dedicate a little more time and energy to this blog and I'd love it if you follow along. Just click the follow button on the right hand side. Love to hear your comments too. What's growing in your garden?

Strawberries

Cilantro

Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Balm

Strawberry Hydrangea

Blueberries

Lavender

Mint and Potatoes

Carrots, Kale, Radish, Lettuce, Beets & Squash



My "herb garden" and Sage's climbing rose


Grapevine

Sage's climbing rose

Succulents make me Happy!
-V

Father's Day

For Father's Day we took Dennis and his Dad to the horse races at Emerald Downs. It was a special day spent making good memories. This kids and adults alike had fun watching the races and picking the winning horse for each race. Sometimes based on the look of the horse, a feeling or simply the name! My goodness - who comes up with these names? Some are quite fantastic!




There was even a little horse riding for the kids! Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband who is loving and kind. Thank you for sharing your love and making our kids childhood magical with all that you do!


xoxo -V