After the holidays were done I was still working on crafts, just waiting until the weather warmed up so I could build my new garden beds.
I have had this large slab of wood for a few years, not sure what to do with it. For Christmas I made it say Noel, for Valentine’s Love, and for the rest of the year it says Home. I just bought the letters and spray painted them. Easy peasy!
For Valentine’s I also made a heart ❤️ garland for the mantle. Made one for my mama too.
For my son I made him a Batman blanket. It was really easy, just make a thousand little squares (felt like it) then sew them together in the pattern.
I tried a new type of crochet pattern for a baby blanket for some friends. Their nursery theme was mountains. It was actually easy to do once I got it down. I also made one for our trailer, I made it into a wall hanging.
We moved into a new house last year. It was a “new” house for us but it has belonged to my in-laws for 24 years. When I met my husband he was still living with them in this house. So it has always been like a second home to me. When we found out that my in-laws were going to move and sell the house, we decided we wanted to keep it in the family and jumped at the chance to buy it. The holidays were the first ones in the new house and it was so much fun to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I made a bunch of crafts to help decorate for Christmas. The first one I did was make a JOY sign. I saw it on Pinterest and thought I could do that, so I have it a whirl. And it turned out just like I imagined it would. A little spray paint, embroidery hoops, hot glue, and fabric is all the supplies needed.
Since I had leftover gold spray paint I painted our pumpkins for my Thanksgiving table centerpieces. Love the way the gold pumpkins turned out.
Back to Christmas..I always have extra yarn in the house. I wanted to make some yarn trees to put on the mantle. I bought some styrofoam cones and used hot glue to wrap them in yarn, added a spray painted gold star on top. I love how simple this craft was.
I made a huge star garland for the windows in my dining room. I love how it turned out but that one was time consuming. After making all the stars I used modge podge to make the stars stiff, which worked great but you had to pin each star point. I love how it turned out so I made some smaller garlands for a few family members for Christmas presents.
One craft that I did I absolutely love ❤️ I made some granny square throw pillows. They were so simple and so striking. I sell them in my Etsy shop. I have sold quite a few of these.
The last Christmas craft I did wasn’t necessarily a craft. My aunt commissioned me to make a bunch of hats for her kids and grandkids. It had been a few years since I made a hat so I had to learn it all over. But it was fun. I made my son a purple hat and he sleeps in it every night. It is so streched out now but he still wears it.
My son loves chocolate. He wants it every day. So naturally for his birthday he wants chocolate cake. I’ve made this chocolate cake recipe for his last two birthdays. It is the best cake I’ve ever made. It’s three layers with a chocolate buttercream icing. I found the recipe on Pinterest, here is the recipe. This year he has really been into Legos. So a Lego cake it was. It was really easy to decorate, I just used his little Lego pieces and Lego characters stuck into the icing. Viola!
I have wanted a granny square blanket since I was a kid. I used to watch the show Rosanne and they had one on the back of their couch and I just loved it. Since making 44 blankets for Christmas, I had a bunch of leftover yarn 🧶 Perfect for making a granny square blanket. It took about a month of making squares and then sewing them into rows, then sewing the rows together to make a blanket. It turned out so well, I even had my first order for one once I showed it off on Facebook to friends and family, so that was cool. One of my favorite works I’ve done so far. Now it sits on the back of my couch 🙂
A few years ago I taught myself how to crochet. I am so glad I took the time to do that. I have made many projects, and many many blankets. I mostly crochet at night, I can listen to tv while working on a peice. I find it really relaxing and very satisfying when I complete a project. I am still working on reading patterns. I usually can watch a YouTube video and make a pattern out of that. I continue to learn new skills and that is what I love about crocheting, there are endless projects to try.
My first Christmas with this new skill I made everyone mug warmers and all the girls purses. They were easy to make and didn’t take much time. For the next Christmas I started in January, I made everyone a full size blanket. I made 44 blankets!
It took me about a week per blanket. Just working on them at night and in my spare time. Everyone loved their present 🎁 Last year for Christmas, I made everyone snowflake ornaments to go on top of their gift basket. The snowflakes turned out so good ❄️
As I am looking back on this blog I realized I never posted the process of building the garden beds. I will show our last house on Crosby first. Crosby was a lot bigger project but both were very satisfying to build. I used hugelkultur and ollas in each bed for maximum nutrients and watering needs.
Well I did the classic blog issue…didn’t post anything for 4 years! Lol Going to give it another shot. A lot has happened in 4 years. We moved last year, but I had a few years of gardens in our last house. I’ll post pictures about that later. I have built new garden beds at the current house. I have taught myself how to crochet, made many blankets and lots of little fun goodies. A few DIY projects to decorate the new house. So many items to blog! 🙂
When I was researching an efficient way to water my garden I came across an ancient Indian method using Ollas. Trying to find them online to purchase was a more of a task than learning about them. I decided to contact Stephen, a local potter to see if he could make them for me. He was up for the challenge. He had recently come across some local clay from a mudslide in the North Cascades, near his home. Below is what he wrote about them on his Facebook page.
From Sauk Mountain Pottery: “We had someone approach us recently about making some ollas for the raised beds in her garden. Ollas, as you may know, are unglazed pots that can be buried in the ground, filled with water, and then, because they are unglazed, left to seep that water, slowly irrigating any plants growing there. Usually we would not be able to take this order because this potter’s work is high fire and, consequently, non-porous, so if he were to make an olla it would not seep moisture (hence the success of our chicken bricks – the non-porous nature of these cooking pots keeps the moisture circulating on the inside). But this new, local clay that I wrote about in reference to the roof tiles, cannot be high fired, therefore making a perfect medium for ollas. Here are some photos of the ollas in the wet work and also fired (to a low temperature) and a couple of planters that the potter made with the local clay. These planters would be for outside use only since they are porous.”
The first project I did when starting “The Garden” was building a place in my shed to hang indoor grow lights. I went to a used furniture store and bought some inexpensive lights to hang up. I replaced the florecent bulbs with the right type for growing. I also saved some toilet paper rolls and egg cartons to grow starts from seeds. I ordered seeds from a couple local seed growers and away I went with project one of zillion DONE 🙂