Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pepper Files: Hiding from the Dog




Pepper blending in with my natural dyed fabrics in a basket in my studio, hoping Oliver won't notice him.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Crushed Egg Shells for Compost


Crushed eggshells, approximately one a half gallons worth, I dare say my compost pile is going to be so happy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oliver Files: After the Storm


Oliver and his ball.  We experienced a large amount of hail today, golf ball sized hail and discovered Oliver is scared of hail!

Excuse the mess this is the "nest" he made today between the dining and family rooms, he's a very busy dog that loves to build nests and each nest requires shredded paper.  Yes he has a crate and a blanket for his crate but nothing rocks his world more than a fresh nest!


The hail was about the size of grapes when it first started falling.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Salsbury Steak



Home made Salsbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes!

Garden Plot for 2014


Half scale of what the actual garden will look like, we are moving our raised beds to the back garden this year and the space is 16x29 feet.  If I planned everything correctly I will have enough room for six raised beds and four trellis panels with enough room for a minimum of 16 tomato plants.

The green panel to the left represents the asparagus patch, at the top and the rhubarb bed to the south, yes my rhubarb bed really is that big!  The wedge on the lower right represents lawn, I have to account for the garden shed door so I can get stuff out of the garden shed.

And as I look at this sketch those two herb beds could be one large herb bed instead, lol. I'll probably rework the sketch several times as we start to move the three raised beds we already have, and then start building the other two raised beds.

I'm guessing this was a good  year for us to decide to start over from scratch with our gardening efforts.  Only one of the five blueberry bushes survived the brutal winter, haven't seen any leaf buds on the current bushes yet, and none of the strawberry plants survived.  Yep, a great year to start over!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Oliver Files ~ Sick Puppy


He's been one sick puppy today, am not sure what he got into yesterday or last night, whatever it was it seems to be slowly working it's way out of his system.


Mean while... back at the studio... I cleaned an area in my studio so I can pack up my artwork for a solo show I'm hanging this weekend.  You can learn more about this upcoming show at my studio blog.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Snow!


It wasn't supposed to stick to the ground, they said... yeah right!