Gardening… and life and death.

Let me start by saying, my mom is alive and doing well. We did have a hospital scare last week, that had me fretting, missing work (and some blog posting) and thinking a lot about this new phase of life us mid to late thirty-somethings seem to be heading into. Mom and I, when I was around 12 or 13.…

Onion scape and radish salad with honey mustard vinaigrette and grilled pizza

Did you know you could eat onion scapes? Do you know what an onion scape is? I didn’t until recently! I had heard of garlic scapes from Willi Galloway’s post on Diggin Food about them, but I always grow softneck garlic for braiding and I don’t think those get scapes on them. This is the first year I have grown onions, and I didn’t…

A Bartenders Dilemma: What do we do with all the Crown Royal Bags?

A Bartenders Dilemma: What to do with the Crown Royal Bags? Thanks Lilly for letting me do a guest post my Crown Royal bag, sewing extravaganza. I’m a bartender at the Streamline Tavern and I have a hard time throwing away the bags that the Crown Royal whisky comes in.  My customers are maxed out; they don’t want them any…

Spring Garden Explosion

I’m breaking the rules already. I tried to work in the garden and Charlie was so upset that I left him in the house, so I had to bring him outside for a little bit. I put a towel down for him and took his cone off for a minute. Look how much happier he looks! Charlie convalesces. I have…

Change is good

Change is good,change is good, change is good, ohm…… this has become my new mantra. I have to touch back on this thought often these days. There are big things on the horizon for me. You see, I just sold my house. I purchased it six years ago and dove head first into the garden. I ripped up large portions…

Palette Challenge update: Crepe dress

We’ve been having some pretty nice weather in Seattle lately, so I’ve been doing more gardening than sewing lately. My dog Charlie, is usually my garden helper. He likes to sit out in the garden with me while I work, or just roll on his back in the grass. He’s nine now and starting to get lumpy, as Labs tend…

Transplanting Tips: The quest for homemade sauerkraut continues!

Remember the cabbage seeds that I started indoors back in March? Well, here they are now and they are ready to be transplanted in the ground! I hardened them off by bringing them outside during the day and bringing them back in a night for a couple of days. On the third day I left them out all night. I’m…

Palette Challenge Project #1- Truffle Dress

I completed my first project for the Colette Patterns 2012 Spring/Summer Palette Challenge and I couldn’t be more pleased. I have to be honest, as my third ever handmade garment attempt, I kind of needed this one to be a win. I liked my Meringue skirt for the fabric and the piping, but structurally it had issues. I learned so much about fit…

Roasted Dandelion Root Tea

A cautionary note; if you are allergic to plants in the daisy family, take caution with dandelions.  Also, if you are harvesting dandelions, be sure to do so from areas that are not sprayed with chemicals like weed killers or fertilizers.   First off, I’d like to thank Lilly for allowing me to contribute to her awesome blog. After reading…

A sunny Sunday in the garden: thinning’s not so painful when you have chickens… and a short rant on weeds.

Everything is growing in the garden right now, including the weeds. I have been told that a weed is just something in the garden you do not want. I also realize that there are people that tolerate and even embrace dandelions. I know it can be used as food and medicine. I respect that.  Maybe it comes from my own…

2012 Spring & Summer Palette Challenge

Woohoo! I’m going to do a sewing challenge! Apparently, twice a year, Colette Patterns hosts seasonal wardrobe “palette” challenges.  For this one, the idea is to pick a color palette for Spring and Summer, make a “mood board” (with examples of your colors, fabric, inspiration, etc.) and then make as many garments as you can, in 8 weeks. Here is my mood…

A Pastille for Easter

I completed my first dress (my second garment and the second project in the Colette Sewing Handbook), just in time for Easter dinner at Flower’s house! My inspiration for the fabric and the trim was from this post from the Nashville blog, Lladybird. The author, Lauren, makes the cutest clothes and always seems to find the perfect fabric for each…