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Well Now, This is Certainly Different

Well Now, This is Certainly Different

Why, it’s not about gardening at all! This is certainly different!

Something Different from the Paisley Carrot!

My kids are finally on break! We school through July then take August and September off, starting again the first of October. We started doing this when my oldest kids were little because where we lived, you could actually play outside some in August and September, not so much in June and July. It just stuck with us so even though we now live in a less hostile heat, humidity and mosquito environment, we’re staying with the old break schedule.

Understand, this break is only for the children. I’ll spend the next six weeks getting ready to start school in October. It’s seriously the busiest time of my year, lesson plans, gathering of materials and trying to keep up with my regularly scheduled agenda leaves me frazzled during this “break”. Charlotte Mason is great for kids, but can be taxing for the momma.

However, this is also when I get to plan my projects! I am bonkers for yarn. I love to spin it, dye it, crochet and knit it.  My lifetime goal is to finish a project from the sheep to the garment. It could happen.

It took me fourteen years, a gazillion ripped out stitches and my share of tears to finally learn to knit, but now that I have, I love it!  I actually learned the knit stitch with no problem, it was the elusive purl that threw me.

*Technical note for my knitting friends, the way I finally learned how to purl was by watching a lesson on the Swedish purl stitch, which is not a “normal” purl at all. For some reason, the explanation of the Swedish purl  cleared the path for a “regular” purl for me. It was a total aha moment, especially if you know that I took 11 knitting classes over the course of 14 years to try to learn how to purl. 

I also earn extra money with my projects. I sell baby hats, washcloths, scarves and various and sundry items that I hand craft.

This year has been the year of the washcloth. Cotton washcloths are brilliant to use. They last five to ten years, depending on how much bleach you use, they’re soft and absorbent, strong and dry quickly. In short, they rock. They make great baby shower gifts and are perfect for those going off to college, easy to make in the campus colors.

Different

The Perfect Washcloth

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From The Pasta Princess Ideas for Beets and Labels

From The Pasta Princess Ideas for Beets and Labels

Right now I’m using beet juice to dye washcloths that I have knit and crocheted. I found this great article about another great idea for beets. I hope you enjoy it.

 

What to do with all those beets – try canning some Pickled Beets and make Your Own Beautiful Canning Labels!

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Do you have a lot of beets in your garden or do you just love pickled beets?  Try canning them.  It’s super easy and you’ll have delicious pickled beets in the winter.  I love almost all vegetables, and although I like beets, I could take them or leave them.  But … pickled beets that is entirely another story!  I could eat them by the jar full.  I loved my mother’s pickled beets and it’s been years since I’ve tasted devoured them.  I don’t know why I never tried canning beets myself, but I am so glad I finally did.  I’ll have to save a jar for my mother …although, they won’t be quite as good as hers! Read the rest of this entry

Throwback Thursday: Caladium a Great Plant For Your Shady Spots

Throwback Thursday: Caladium a Great Plant For Your Shady Spots

The throwback Thursday today is Caladium. I really like Caladium,  for years we lived in a house that had no direct sunlight. We had large Pecan and Live Oak trees shading the lot. I had to literally chase the sun with my potted tomato and pepper plants.

A Great Shade Plant…Caladium

However, I was able to grow beautiful Hosta, Impatiens and Caladium. All those lovely shade loving plants.

White Wing Caladium

“White Wing” Caladium

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Life is Too Short, Let’s Have Some Rosemary

Life is Too Short, Let’s Have Some Rosemary

Have you ever been in a meeting where every single person has the exact same goal in mind, but yet there are not two involved that can agree on how the goal should be attained? Just wondering.

At least with gardening we can all agree, right? <insert knee slapping laughter here>

Life is Too Short, Let’s Have Some Rosemary

Well, chances are if you are reading this blog at some point you want to stick your hands and some seeds in some dirt and see what becomes of it.

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The Time is Now! Fall Planting Must be Planned Now

The Time is Now! Fall Planting Must be Planned Now

Now is the time to be setting in motion what you’ll be growing in your fall garden. It is time to plan your fall planting.

Fall leaves in Texas

Texas in the fall

If you wait until summer wanes, it will be too late.

Jack B Little Pumpkins

Jack B Little Pumpkins

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Feed Me, Friday!

Feed Me, Friday!

First off I want to thank everyone for the Birthday wishes yesterday! I had a great day, I feel loved and blessed.

Next, Friday is usually Stuff you Missed in Botany. I’m giving you the summer off, for good behavior. Although my kids still have school in the summer, you will not. = )

I have been asked on several occasions to add more recipes, so, I aim to please!

Friday is going to be Feed Me, Friday! until the end of summer. I plan to have recipes and menus fit for several occasions, and always with a paisley twist.

The Friday Menu will have recipes for at least one of the items.

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The Summer Is Here!

The Summer Is Here!

Today is the first day of summer! So happy summer! It’s the longest day of the year (or the shortest if you live on the other side of the world).

Summer is…

  • a time for home made and carted popsicles.
  • swimming pools or swimming holes.
  • firefly lanterns and sleep outs.
  • lemonade on the porch and watermelon in the fridge.
  • secrets with friends.
  • daisy chains and banana bikes.
  • pirates and princesses.
  • grandparents and cousins.

It’s the first day. What are you going to do with your summer?

Make it paisley!~KeriAnne

Reblogged from Live Nakedly

Reblogged from Live Nakedly

 

Good Dirt: Small Farm, Big Dreams

This was a great article I wanted to share with you. Project Garden Share is on my mind a lot these days. I hope you’ll consider getting involved in your area. Have a paisley Wednesday!~KeriAnne

 

All photos courtesy of Dan Soulsby/Soulsby Farm.

“I would find it hard to believe that anyone would be ‘for’ GMO’s. Why would you be? Why would anyone (even if they’re not a health nut) want to put something with the words ‘genetically modified’ into their bodies?”  Dan Soulsby worked in Hollywood, but dreamed of returning to his native Ohio to start a farm.  According toThe Soulsby Farm’s website, his opportunity came during the 2007-2008 economic downturn that left him without his job and the impetus to move.  Running his “very small farm” of under two acres with his wife Mindy, these two graphic designers by day are hoping not only to grow their own food, but to bring properly grown harvests to those most in need in their community via a non-profit, Project Garden Share.

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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • So, this post isn’t so much about the garden, but about kids.

Regular readers know that I have four kids and that I homeschooled all four. The two oldest two are 20 and 21 the younger are 14 and 8. Having things for kids to “do” has been part of my life for twenty years. Today, I want to tell you about a fun game we would play that I’ve modified a bit to be more garden friendly.

Have a Nature Scavenger Hunt! Give your kids a list of things to “scavenge” or find around your yard or neighborhood. This is really fun to play when your kids have friends over as well, split them into a couple or more teams and let them go.

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Comfrey, and the Livin’ is Good!

Comfrey, and the Livin’ is Good!

In a rather neglected part of the yard, over by the treeline of the woods, I have three Comfrey plants that seem to like their arrangement. I like them there as well. They have pretty lavender and white flowers and they will come back next year even though I’ll cut them down to two inches this year.

As a Green Manure, Comfrey is a workhorse. As a natural fertilizer, it will be your “go to” plant food. You may even come to depend on it as you do your Aloe or lavender. This hardworking, often overlooked plant can really do wonders in the garden, and in the home.

I grow Comfrey for three purposes: compost, herbal medicinal, and as a nice border.

 

Comfrey Border by the woods.

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