Let me off the grid! A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rain, Glorious Rain

For three days!!!  My skin is happy, my hair is happy, my garden is happy.  I think there is a fundamental difference between water that comes from the sky and that which comes from the end of a garden hose.  The world smells so much better, and strange things appear over night from the ground.  The radishes are up!

I'm sorry I didn't get out with my camera this morning.  There were strange little blue mushrooms that sprang up in clumps in every bed of my garden.  They withered away to nothing by this afternoon.  However, these little gems were waiting for me when I arrived home today:
Who says Mother Nature doesn't have a sense of humor?  There is nothing more I could add to this.  I think the picture says it all...

Monday, September 12, 2011


After planting this weekend, I was left with some empty seed packages, so I decided to make them into postcards.  (I thought the packets were too pretty to throw away.)  I cut them open, tore off the fronts and glued them to 6"x4" index cards.  Then I added some fruit/veggie stickers (we have a huge page of them hanging on our refrigerator -- we just stick them on there when we wash the produce).  And I added some machine stitching.  Fun, yes?  Hopefully fun for people receiving them, too!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Second Season Planting

The weather today is so beautiful -- a hint of what is to come.  We were able to leave the windows open last night.  Such a treat to have "real" air in the house.  This morning I cleaned out a couple of beds and made this tepee for the scarlet runner beans I planted.  (The tepee is made from old torches that were unusable.  I love to re-purpose!)  I don't know if we'll get beans before cold weather sets in, but hopefully we'll get some flowers for the bees.  I noticed a very happy bee hanging out around my cucumber flowers today.  Perhaps she'll invite her friends...

Also in the ground:  yellow wax beans, purple bush beans, radishes and peas.  I'll put in lettuces and kale in the next few days.  So happy to be outside working without heat exhaustion!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Moon Bed

Woo-hoo!!!  I was determined to get this finished this weekend.  And here it is, only Saturday morning.

I still need to sew elastic bands on the cover so it won't slip off and make the pillow covers.  Planning to get those done today.  Then, hurray!  Another project completed.  If only the weather would cool off so we can enjoy it...