Monday, November 29, 2010

Let's try again

Let's see if Blogger will let me put this image in now...

Why can't today's product cards be this attractive?? This was in my mother's sewing stuff. I don't know how old it is, but it's earlier than 1960, I'll bet.

Something finished

Actually finished a non-Steamcon related garment. This was a black and white rayon skirt I found at a yard sale. It was a pull on skirt, but too small for me. I took the band off, threw it in some purple dye when I mixed up way too much for the little piece of lace I wad dying, put in a zipper, and finally put the snap and hook & eye on today.

And check out the product card the snaps are on. This is something that was in my mom's stuff, no telling how old it is.
Well, for some reason Blogger is not letting me upload another image. I have no idea why. I guess I'll try putting that picture in another post... first bringing images from Picasa went away; now this?

Friday, November 26, 2010

New Article Posted!

About those scary scientific names for plants...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Article Posted!

Mahonia, the Oregon grape:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Article Posted!

A book review for good book to be reading right now:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Article Posted!

One of my favorite shrubs:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gardening Book Review

Review: Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants for Gardens and Landscapes, by Kathleen A. Robson, Alice Richter& Marianne Filbert. Timber Press, 2008

At over 500 pages and a color photograph of each plant, this is book gives a wealth of information on each plant- a detailed description right down to the number of sepals and stamens, what it’s soil, sun/shade, altitude and drainage preferences are, where it’s native range is, propagation, and any special notes. Divided into sections of ferns, conifers, annuals, perennials and trees & shrubs, the plants are then arranged alphabetically. At the end of the book are lists of plants for special situations- drought tolerant, for bogs, to attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds, for erosion control.

Because it’s not arranged by flower color like the Taylor’s guide is (and also because of its size) it’s not a handy field guide, but a book to sit down with at home and read. It has an extensive range- from the California redwood area on up into Alaska- so a lot of the plants won’t be found in our area. But if you are interested in using native plants, this is an excellent book. It will help you to not just find and grow the plants, but to grow them well. And because of the sheer number of plants in it, it’s a fun guide once you have some idea what you’re looking for. For instance, that clematis I’ve seen along the Clark Fork River? Clematis ligusticfolia. Timber Press books always prints quality books, and this one is well worth the price.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

See, I really *do* sew!

Peacock 'corset' vest. The pattern claims it's a corset, but it's not boned and ties with ribbon, so I'd say it doesn't quite qualify. Cotton fashion fabric (I can't remember for sure, it may well be a quilter's cotton), muslin interlining and quilter's cotton lining. Bias trim made from metallic gold fabric that seems to be mostly cotton.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Human hay dispenser

Tim hand feeds the neighbor's alpacas. They seem to think this is better than eating hay out of the mangers.

New Article Posted!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Another article!

How to get those special geraniums through winter

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Article Posted!

Spring bulbs- still time!