Monday, March 28, 2011

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner: nectar plants for adult butterflies:
http://www.examiner.com/gardening-in-spokane/butterfly-gardens-nectar-plants

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner: host plants for the butterfly garden. You know, for those icky caterpillars!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner: a local rose nursery that ships it's wonderful plants all over the USA:

Monday, March 21, 2011

New things

I just finished this bracelet: #8 silver lined purple seed beads for the zigzag, #6 matte seeds for the triangles, vintage bead for the clasp.

This next is not actually new- I made it almost two years ago. But I never took pictures, and I gave it to a friend. I finally remembered to take a pic on Saturday. It's cut from an old barrel, the rust ground off and then painted.

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner: a review of the book "High-Yield Gardening":

Saturday, March 19, 2011

New Article!

New article up on the Examiner on our native Ponderosa pine tree:


It was for this tree that the Cartwright's ranch was named!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fast and Dirty 'Pocket Watch'

I longed for a pocket watch, but could not afford one. So when I found a large-ish, aged brass finish locket at the crafts store, I had a brain squall (that's like a brain storm, but smaller). I went to WalMart and got one of their $12 watches and took the band off.

I thought about using polyclay or something to make a bezel around the watch, but then I wouldn't be able to get in and reset the time- or to deal with it when the battery goes dead. So I decided to just put a piece of double sided tape on the watchback.

While there is a little extra room on the length of the watch, there is almost no clearance on the depth. I went into the store with a tiny ruler to check the thickness of the watch before buying!

The finished product. It looks good from the outside, and it's functional. I just can't let anyone see the insides when I check the time!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner, on the Curly Willow tree:
http://www.examiner.com/gardening-in-spokane/tree-curly-willow

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner on seed starting: scarification
http://www.examiner.com/gardening-in-spokane/seed-starting-scarification

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Article Posted!

New gardening article up at the Examiner about earthworms as an introduced species:
http://www.examiner.com/gardening-in-spokane/earthworms-exotic-invasive

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Article Posted!

A review of the first gardening book I ever bought (way back in the 1970s)- and it's still in print!
http://www.examiner.com/gardening-in-spokane/how-to-grow-vegetables-and-fruits-by-the-organic-method-by-j-i-rodale-rodale-review

Actual content! Beading!

In a sudden burst of creativity (and refusal to work without let up on the taxes), I made this bracelet:

It's 4mm dark gray pearls, surrounded by metallic silver seed beads and then a picot on each edge of clear AB seed beads. Even though I haven't made anything in quite awhile, I had no trouble and I had a breakthrough- I finally was satisfied with how I wove thread tails back into the bead work so I didn't feel compelled to make ugly knots in them. I did still glue the ends, though- don't trust myself that much yet.

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner, on choosing containers for seed starting:

Saturday, March 5, 2011

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner on the herb lovage (let's see if the link works this time)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Article!

New article up at the Examiner: my favorite garden web sites:
http://www.examiner.com/gardening-in-spokane/favorite-on-line-gardening-sites