~Food from the Garden~


Fresh lettuce from the garden.

I’ve harvested all the lettuce I could, now I must plant more.  I need a long flat trough- type vessel to maximize production. I love being able to eat my fresh lettuce.  It tastes so much better than anything from a store and it’s pretty.

First little harvest of peas and tomato’s.

Beans and tomato’s. I love cherry tomato’s.

Teeny tiny carrots. I got excited and pulled some out to see what was what. I think this is “short and sweet” variety.

More tomato’s and my first little yellow squash. Yummers.

A humble first harvest, prepped and ready for dinner.

My first garden dinner.  Quinoa Veggie Medley. It was good!


Ever since reading In the French Kitchen Garden, I had dreams of creating a little potager garden outside my own kitchen where I could wander out and pick a few things for dinner. Many years have passed since I first read this book, but I am slowly, very slowly beginning to achieve what I read about so long ago. Losing the tree last year has left us with much more sun right outside my kitchen, I take my blessings where I can find them, I am thankful for my little sunny patches. I want to find this book and read it again. It is a very lovely book.

~Yarn Along~

Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve yarned along.  I made this cute little Little Jenny Wren Pinafore eek, so cute!

I used some very lovely yarn from Brambleberry Yarns,this yarn is English Rose. Isn’t it beautiful?  I loved knitting each row, watching as  the color softly changes from one to the next. It is so pretty and soft.  As I am looking at this yarn I can smell lavender. Cynthia tucked in a little sachet of lavender in among the yarns.

I hope to have time to make my next doll. I have one in mind that I really want to bring to life.

Joining Ginny this week.

~a walk about~

I saw my first hummingbird on April 1oth.  I was so happy. I haven’t seen another one since, but it won’t be long until they are flitting about.

I found a bok choy. What?  I don’t know how it got in this pot, but whatever. I will use it in soup or stir fry.

Ok, the red salvia has turned white. I don’t know why. I think it’s time to cut it back and let it start over. It is pretty with the white rose.

This spring I have seen so many plants come up that I not only forgot about, but it’s been years since I have seen them. Like this clematis. Tucked in among Old Blush rose. Pretty.

This beautiful new butterfly landed right by my feet.  I love how perfect the wings are.

This wild rose was grown from a seed. I love this rose, so fragrant. I love it with this deutzia shrub. I love how the blooms combine.

Maggie an old garden rose.  Maybe a bourbon rose? Smells so good!

I found a little bee..

~Caldwell Pink~ an old garden rose.

It was a cold and gray day that ended with warm and beautiful sun.  I was so happy to be able to get out to walk about the garden.

~Baby Quilt done~

Yay, it is in the wash getting all snuggly and warm even as I type this.  I finished last weekend and had just the binding left to go. What a long week of work but I was able to finish it up yesterday evening. I am so glad to have this done. I miss making quilts.  It’s been a while and I really miss the process of making them, the end product is always so worth the time!

I have many ideas and plans to make more, but you know how that goes.

For this quilt I used the Lil Twister Pinwheel tool. It was fun! I have made a pinwheel quilt before but this tool makes it faster and worry free.  I really enjoyed the process. I had 2 Good Fortune charm pack’s from Pink Chalk Fabrics which comes with a coordinating stack of solids.  This is just enough fabric to make a baby quilt (along with extra yardage for piecing the front and back .)

I free motioned the baby’s name and birth date on the front for a fun alternative. Here it is pre-wash. I will be so anxious to see it once dried. I will post a picture of it when it’s done in the wash.

Ok, on to my next idea.. what will it be?

I really hope Mama likes it and baby spends many happy hours using this quilt.

~ Itchy hands and a restless mind~

do not make for a happy girl.



I am caught between Spring Fever and some kind of limbo.

My hands want to knit and finish my quilt, and make a new doll. Yet I am drawn to the outdoors to garden, to  weed the garden, plant the garden, and to be in the garden. My mind however, is cluttered. I am itching to do so many things, but I am so distracted by… distractions. I can’t seem to find the balance. My work is icky right now, so I am spending too much time with worry and dread. Oh me, what is a girl to do?? Maybe I should just bake some bread??


I will find a balance, I will find peace.


~Reflections of Spring~


I don’t know where March has gone.  Where did you go March? It must have been the warm rays of sun that brought on the onslaught of  fast and furious green growth.  I have been outside enjoying the warmth and light. I have sown seeds that make me very hopeful for a meager reward (if I am lucky.)


Spring has come fast and hard this year. The world has many problems and  I feel a heaviness that is hard to turn away from. For this short period of beauty (called Spring.)  I turn my face to the sun and I pray for peace. Peace for all who suffer and an end to the sadness that is all around so many. Spring brings renewal and each day moves us closer to the sun, and perhaps closer to the realization that we all one.


~Yarn Along~

Joining Ginny today…

I finished the Poppy Cardigan for my daughter’s doll. I love this pattern and I will certainly use it again. It is really quick and easy and very cute. I am loving the yarn that I used and I wish I could make myself the same sweater in a grown up size. It just feels so nice.

I found another really cute shoe pattern that I know I will use again. Talk about fast…and cute!

When I saw The Rosy Baby Booties pattern I knew this would be a perfect choice for a Mary Jane type shoe. I had hoped to make the covered buttons but the yarn I used to make it was too thick. Instead I went with a dark brown “leather-like” button and it worked quite well. I used Loft from Brooklyn Tweed for the main body of the pattern and Martha Stewart’s Merino for the contrast. I downsized the pattern and used a size 2 needle. I think it worked out well and really makes this school outfit complete, which is what my daughter requested.

She is sassy…

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is working on this week.. I need a new project!!

~Birthday Doll~

My littlest turned nine. I have no idea where these last nine years have gone. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home after an emergent c-section and here she is almost grown (so she thinks)!

My how these  years have flown. She asked for several different things this year for her birthday, however, the one I was most happy to hear was that she wanted a doll made by me, for her with red hair and green eyes. Just one week ago I had a head. That’s it. I worked a little each night putting her together. Friday I strung her together. Saturday was hair, Sunday more hair and a skirt and shirt. Monday was spent finishing up her sweater and making shoes. Tuesday Birthday Day DONE!

Yay. So happy.  If I can make something my daughter really wants, well, that makes me so happy.  These years may past so very fast, but she will always have a little piece of me with her, wherever she goes I will be with her.  It may be tangible or perhaps just a precious memory this small creation from wool, and cotton made today a special day for a mother and her daughter.  Happy Birthday Emma,  you make us all a little brighter by being in our lives.

~Remembering Greta Benn~

My grandmother passed away early on February 23rd.  My dad’ mother.  She was born in Keswick, England and came to America with her family as a young child.  My grandmother was proper.  Quiet, calm, and strong. We spent every summer in Florida visiting both sets of grandparents.  One day she and I went to the beach and I was swimming in the ocean. She was standing on the shore.  As I was trying to coming in I got caught in a rip-tide.  I was beginning to panic and get tired because I could not make it to shore,  I was so close but I could not get out, it kept pulling me back under.  My grandma somehow managed to reach in and pull me from the stronghold of the sea. I dried myself off and we went back home.  This is how I will remember my grandmother. Strong.  Godspeed Greta.

~vintage 80’s I think~