Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cacti and Project Updates

So I have this problem. Every time I go to Lowe's I buy a cacti. I can't help it. They are so little, cute and cheap. Here is the one that has most recently bloomed.

Rose Quartz

I also wanted to share some project updates... I have been making more birthday shirts. So far this year have done two 5's, a 2, a 3 & a 1(pictured below) 

One

I have also done another hexigon for the summer stitching project. I am one behind... but hope to catch up on an upcoming vacation.

Summer Stitching Project

That all there is to report for now!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

SSC: Week 2

I've completed week 2's pattern from the Summer Stitching Club. I can't wait until we get the next pattern tomorrow!

Close Up

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer Stitching - Hexagons

I love stitching. I think that is fairly obvious. I like doing the dishtowels you often see here on the blog. They are very portable and I can work on them pretty much anywhere - But I've done so many.

I came across Wild Olive's Summer Stitching Club and decided this project would be perfect to change it up a little bit. Simple, small & new. For $5 (late joiners get it for $8) you get a template, instructions and patterns over 12 weeks.


Progress!

This project is all done by hand, so I can take it with me pretty much anywhere. The finished project will be a small summer themed wall hanging/mini quilt. Can't wait to share the finished project!

Bird Bath

In an effort to keep the birds away from the plants, I have provided them with their own source of water. I've made them a bird bath from the saucer of a terracotta planter and some old stepping stones.

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As you can see, I also added some netting to the Ice plants they were devouring! 

You have to paint this kind of bird bath, otherwise the water will soak right through. I started out with a white acrylic base and was just going to leave it at that.... but I couldn't help myself. I had to add some color.

Water Colors

Painting has never been one of my strong points, but I think it looks OK. After the acrylic paint dried for 24 hours, I added a clear coat with spray paint and let it dry another day. Then, I added water...
I have to fill it everyday, It evaporates so quickly....It's 107.7* right now and it is only gettin' hotter!

So maybe that makes this more of a bird hot tub rather than a bath?







Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pests

I'll plant a garden. No big deal. Dig, plant, wait and water daily. Easy peasy.

Yea right!

I'm still having fun with the garden but I've been fighting aphids for weeks now. I go out every evening and blast them off with the hose. Then I spray the soil with soapy water to kill them. I know a lot of people spray the soapy water right on the leaves to kill the aphids... but I've also read a lot of stories where people have burned their plants (too much soap) - I'm too worried that is what would happen to me. My blasting method has been working and their numbers have drastically declined but they are still there. At least they only seem to like the pepper plant and I'm not having to worry about the other plants.... Well, with aphids anyway.

Aphids

I've been super successful with the bush beans, and I will most certainly plant them again. The leaves are looking a little sad (too hot I'm guessing), but the beans are still growing great!

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I was having some success with my tomatoes... I harvested two and even had one in a salad.


Then the birds found them.... I lost 2 that were turning red and 2 green ones for a total of 4 lost.

For the Birds

So now I'm fighting the birds too.

And as we've seen, it apparently this net likes lizards too :-/

The stinkin' birds are even after my mom's ice plant. 

Ice

I guess they just want the water, but LEAVE MY PLANTS ALONE BIRDS AND BUGS! Please?

Do you have any gardening enemies?