Archive for June, 2010

Lousy sewing this spring

I don’t get to sew much anymore and it’s freaking me out. It just takes up so much room is the problem anymore in a very cramped little house, and my garden only wants little bits of time here and there. So guess which gets the attention?

Plus, I can’t sew while anyone’s around.

Does anyone else have this problem? I can hem, sew buttons on, do little things, but I can’t get anything started or cut out unless I’m in the house totally alone.

Which never seems to happen anymore. I typically have Saturdays to myself while the Mister works his regular weekend shift, but we’ve been out of town a lot lately and I’ve had to pick up Saturday shifts, too.

Except tonight I have a date with myself!

So what should I do with it?

Fix awesome giant birthday Svengoolie T-shirt so it fits?

Cut out and start a wrap dress with a pattern I’ve been drooling over since I bought it?

Try this practical summer 80s number out (from this lady’s stack)?

Deal with stack of old silk dresses I’ve been hoarding?

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My ‘garden’ is glorious

There was a weird Saturday recently where I was up and bopping about, thrilled to be awake (?!) by 6 a.m.

So I poked at garden until a little before 9.

Stair garden, before:
stairfall, 6:30 a.m. before I dug in

The lemon balm in the top seeded itself. The oxalis in the middle slept all winter on the back steps, looked very d-e-d, then sprang to life once left outside. The bottom layer of lettuce is proving delicious.

cascade of lemon balm, oxalis, groundcover

To the far right, a pot of delicious-looking NOPALES. The strawberry pot is ancient, a long-ago birthday present from my bigger brother.
succulents

Hens and chicks, multiple varieties, from stores and yard sales. Who’d have thought they’d stay perennial here?
hens and chicks

hens and chicks - cobwebby kind

hens and chicks, yard sale edition

Perennial groundcovers for the succulent bowl:
succulent groundcover, yard sale edition

Fuzzy things from the Master Gardener plant sale:
fuzzy kalanchoe?

And my temperamental succulents that live in the house all the time, flourishing on back window sill:
succulents, indoors