Friday, April 27, 2012

Creation of photography lightbox from cardboard carton: 1/3 done
Times cats were removed from cardboard box: 24
Scratches on hands from trying to measure and cut carton without removing cats first: 3
Scratches on hands from removing cats from cardboard box: 56
Number of band-aids used: 5
Times removal of cats from house was contemplated: 30

Thursday, April 26, 2012

 New post at the Examiner, on the Apothecary rose!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New article up at the Examiner: Fine Gardening is giving away tickets to the Open Days at the gardens in the Garden Conservancy network!

Monday, April 23, 2012

The swallows are here as of this morning! For some reason they always flap around the bedroom window, so it's impossible to miss them.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New article at the Examiner: gardening is the #1 simple act to sustain the earth this Earth Day:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I think I just heard the first hummingbird go dopplering by! Looked around a lot after, but didn't see it or hear it again. Still, little else sounds like that.

Also, got the last of the cutting back of dead stuff done in the garden. Didn't stop to do any weeding; that'll be endless, but at least the garden doesn't look like a trash bin now. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New article up at the Examiner: free ebook on raising earthworms available for download at Amazon!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spent some time making some quick to make bracelets, hoping to come up with things that can be sold cheaply through the one outlet I've found in town. Apparently a LOT of her jewelry sales (as opposed to her expensive art glass) in tourist season is to kids and teens who aren't spending $45 on a bracelet. So far I've come up with these:

The two on the right are just strung seed beads & rice 'pearls', three strands that are then braided. The downside of these is that the 'pearls' are plastic so they would probably *only* sell to kids, and I'm not sure I want plastic shown on the same display as my more expensive stuff (and I can only have one display board)- and I can't find any inexpensive glass pearls in this shape.

The left two are glass pearls and seed beads in simple RAW. They make a nicely heavy bracelet that is quick to work up.