Friday, February 27, 2009

Secret Garden

Last weekend we had 7 ton of rock delivered to be placed in my secret garden area.

It was really hard work removing the cement divider.
At first Mike was using a sledge hammer and crow bar........

but they finally borrowed a cement driller from our neighbor
and it made the work a little easier.
And hauling all of that rock was no picnic either.

But boy does it look good now!

Future plans include making more flower beds along the back side of the fence. I think that might be this weekend's project. The weather has been absolutely beautiful here, however they are forcasting 90 degree weather for Sunday. NOT the best way to begin March! Hopefully it won't get TOO hot TOO soon!

I've started COMPOSTING!
Here is one of my bins:

This year we gathered all of the leaves that
fell from the trees and have
been putting them into these makeshift bins.
I put all of my kitchen
scraps in here, water it down,
and mix it up from time to time.
I've already used one pile to enrich a
newly planted garden in another area
of our yard.
I've got the neighbor bringing me HER kitchen scraps too!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras

Yes, it is the Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday celebration today,
but did you know that it was also National Pancake Day?
I made pancakes from scratch this morning for my family. They were very yummy. I even warmed the syrup! We had a couple left over and I will warm them up for breakfast tomorrow morning!
I've been working hard in my studio. I've completed a customer quilt top and am near completion on a t-shirt quilt that I pieced and quilted.
Here is a picture of the quilt and a couple of detail shots:

The weather has been so very nice here the last few days. We have had 80 degree weather so I've been busy working out in my garden pruning and planting and pulling weeds.
Tomorrow is the start of Lent and while I am not Catholic,
I like the idea of participating in Lent.
In years past I have always forgone something...
or my glass of wine.
This year I've decided that I would ADD something,
More daily devotion time,
daily exercise and
daily decluttering time in my home.
Discipline.....could be harder that giving up chocolate!
Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Free Placemats

Check out this website for monthly themed placemats...........
Free from Jackie Robinson - Animas Quilts

Jan/Feb/March are already posted.

These placemats really look cool!