Tuesday, June 21


Things are beginning to regain balance, as I am now in my second week of my new job, our garden is fully planted and our craft stand has taken way. For those of you who were not able to visit our stand, here is a quick glimpse:
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 13

Mad dash to the finish line

The craft stand is here in under one week!
The motto of the moment
In case you haven't noticed based on the previous, I don't know, 10 posts (which have been sparsely posted over the past couple months due to our crafting), we have been feverishly crafting in anticipation for our summer craft stand. Well, what has been a continued dream is nearly a reality, as the craft stand is set to begin in under one week! Needless to say, we have been crafting even more as of late, in order to build our stock of sellable goods.
before crafting began
after crafting began
I would say, we have made beautiful progress. We have quite a lot of homemade goodies and they are all looking lovely! However, as comes with the territory of mad crafting, the garden unit looks like a tornado zipped through a craft store and left us with an explosion of fabric scraps, threads, and notions. Not to mention, our floor is a field of pins, so its best to walk through with care and be aware that a poke is likely at any moment! All in all, however, I will take a messy apartment and lovely crafts over a clean apartment and nothing to show, any day. Here is some of our progress: 
 Collage magnets
 Teddy bear, knit by Jill
 Sprout kits plus a little handmade how-to guide 
(watch soon, for a free download of this zine!)
 Fabric covered push pins!
 Vintage button magnets 
Baby t-shirts with hand-details
Kelsey and I, with handmade coin purses
In the mean time, Jill, Annie and I will be crafting away! Hope to see you at the stand; It starts Saturday the 18th at 10 am and runs till 2 pm. 

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 1

Spring brings new things

Things are growing, in the garden unit these days. We had our first harvest of spinach from our garden plots down the road a couple weeks ago! We shared it with the neighborhood kidds, who loved it (which is wonderful, because it seems that not too many little ones enjoy spinach)! Today I went to check on the bed after being out of town for a couple days, and boy, has it really taken off. We will have spinach to feed the masses.
"This is a grassroots movement; move grass, grow food!"
-- Victory Garden Initiative
Also, a couple weeks ago (how time flies), the garden unit girls graduated college. What a grandiose weekend, if I may say so myself.  Though I need no reminder, the weekend filled me with confidence that I am surrounded by beautiful people. I was so fortunate to share the excitement with my dearest friends, and so many of their families. The occasion will forever be in my memory!
My dearest friends and I, celebrating graduation!
I have been preparing some lovely recipes lately, though I have not had much time to sit and write about them. However, here is a brief list of the things I have made, as of late:

Strawberry-rhubarb Pie; using Smitten Kitchen's delightful recipe! I especially loved the pie crust recipe included.

Blueberry Cream Pie; using A Cozy Kitchen's recipe. With this one, I replaced the vanilla extract with a teaspoon of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I'd say it was quite delicious.

Sorry I have no food photos to show you these recipes; you will just have to trust me that they sure were tasty! ALSO, if you are looking for some tasty food photos, check out my dearest friend Beth's blog for the Grace Farm Studios. It will make your heart melt.

Happy spring!