Monday, June 28, 2010
I hate going for more than a few days without blogging to you. I know it's trivial and you'd rather not read quite so much of me some days. I, too, feel the same about you. We do tend to blather and prattle on and on sometimes. However, there's a little sad spot I feel for some when I have seen weeks, or even months go by without a post from you.
This evening I'm thinking of all the pictures I have to post and yet not the time. My "enjoyable" hobbies are sucking the life out of me! I love each one and find it hard to put one down to take up another. But tonight I'm going to put the blog down and not think about it for a few days. I need to get caught up.
While I take this few days break I will be planning a spectacular gardening harvest post. Until I'm back, pencil me in for Friday, write yourself an amazing post on your blog, or get someone like How To Homemaker to do a guestblog, and take a break yourself. We deserve it.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The strawberry jam festival which I sneaked into the kitchen to perform. Please hop over to read that blog. It's a new business in its' infancy that can use all the views and follows it deserves. I lurve it.
I found this in the garden. As you might have read in the past I like to give my things odd names to remember them by. This is a squash. My first squash. A pesticide free squash. So it's name is PestiSquash. I thought he looked kind of like a goose. Without the head..wings..and feet of course. Oh...sneaking back into the house. Don't want to be seen wondering about looking too healthy.
I spent some quality time with my new bff, Youtube. I always thought it was bizarre videos of people looking to get famous, injuring themselves, making their baby laugh, dressing up their animals in outfits, or getting disgusting shots of their girlfriends working out to wii. But I also found a lot of instructional videos for people with an ounce of brain and semi crafting ability. I learned how to make this hairbow for Rowan. This one is unusual because it's sooo normal. The ones I make her are pretty over the top. Think cowboy hats with feathers and giant pink butterflies heading out on Rowan's head for a Rose Bowl Parade float.
Another project I read about and decided to take on was making homemade washcloths. These are made with 100% cotton and the one in your bathroom is probably 100% cotton. So they work the same. These will make great little gifts. They're very fast to make and will be sold with Mad City Chicks stuff. If you want some go over there and email them an order.
And since our day wouldn't be complete without my everblooming bff, Rowan. She's helping in the kitchen with her new apron. Drinking strawberry juice flavored with Stevia (tastes like strawberry koolaid). Notice the black mark on her arm....and the black and white paper on the counter, and the black marks on the counter.... Sharpie..permanent..marker.
*Thank you for my new followers (Leeanna). Marnie...I think the apple cider vinegar had the intended purpose since I wash my clothes in the rinse cycle with white vinegar. Hair was ultra soft and easily combed through. I was glad I was stuck in all weekend away from neighbors because of apple cider smell. Having problems with getting a good toothpaste recipe. Baking soda has sodium, so adding salt doesn't help. Adding liquid Stevia extract was a gagfest. Any more ideas?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I usually stare hopelessly at the ceiling counting the dust bunnies that live up there, and watching my life pass before me. I also did something that I, myself hate to do: I took a nap. That's right. I said it. Nap. I know other people enjoy, even love their naps, but I hate losing that time when I could be doing something really important. It's that whole midlife crisis thing of feeling that time is running out.
As of now I am still stuck in bed. End of day 2. Everything below the neck feels fine. It's the throat. The best part of this illness is that it's taken my voice. No talky talky. Unless I want the feeling of swallowing razor blades. So there's no voice when I try to talk and it feels like barbed wire and glass when I do try. It reminds me of someone who's playing a really bad recorder, flute or reed instrument. Squeak squeak.
Since I'm feeling better today, I decided to try and be a little more productive while watching movies all day. I watched one movie called International. It's about an interpol agent exposing the evil banking industry and blam blam blam, lots of shooting. I also watched Confessions of a Shopaholic. I felt a little woozily during that one and don't remember much.
I made what I will call a Scarflar. You make it by first messing up a project and then doing something to try and save it. So I messed up on this scarf and just decided to end it and start over on a different one. Instead of unraveling it I sewed a daisy button on one side and it buttons to the other side. Fold the top down and tuck in to whatever you're wearing instead of wrapping a long scarf around you.
Another plus about laying around in bed/house is that sometimes a beauty consultant will come around and give you a free makeover. Can you believe I got this fabulous look for free?! She knows just how I like my makeup.
Until next time, I'll be eating popsicles and watching more movies. I know the pic above looks a little wonky but I don't have the energy to fix it. So..meh.. whatever...
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I've joined a farmer's market. It's actually my two friends and I. One of them would say I've gone over to the dark side but at least there are cookies and they are organic. The other one broke her leg and is at home being a pirate and growing chickens.
But let me tell you about today. It was stupendously great. And boy was I nervous. And it was hot. Somehow we managed not to melt into little puddles, probably due to the lemonade lady parked next to us.
We met quite a few very nice people. The other vendors also came over and wished us great success and talked very passionately about mint.
So why did we jump into this farmer market business? There was something we kept running into. People saying how they would love homemade products but didn't have time to make them. We decided we weren't busy enough with work and family and started making some of these products ourselves. We told a few people about it but mostly kept it to ourselves. The ones we did tell perked up very interested and asked lots of questions. Then it was time to "put up or shut up."
Well, we did and it was a very nice success. We had many, many sales and raked in a ton of dough and I'm sitting on a beach in Mexico with my retirement money writing this. Not really. But we did have success. The customers were very interested and curious and pleasantly surprised to see us. I think we made the market more interesting. Kind of craft fair meets farmers market. People also liked that we handed out flyers with small bios, why we were doing this, and a list of resources we use. (It made us look all professional)
So now I can post that I am a part of Mad City Chicks. You can go visit the blog and read about our adventures in product making and markets we go to. We're also on Twitter and Etsy, though we aren't selling anything on Etsy, yet.
Next product? Toothpaste!!!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
I wanted to post pictures of our 2 sunflowers. They finally bloomed. The small one is around 6 feet tall and the big one is around 9 feet. They've been very beneficial with getting bees and butterflies to come hang out at our garden. It's also been a great flower to teach Rowan about flowers because it's so freaking huge.