Archive - February - 2016
Some Pretty Little Things

Some Pretty Little Thingsfeatured

Things are popping out of the ground, and we have had some beautiful weather.  Although my yard is bursting with flowers April through November, I really treasure these early spring delights far above all others. Here’s some of what’s blooming/looking good right now: Crocus Scotch Moss on my stairs Violas in my birdhouses.  I made Read more

An Ode To Catkins

An Ode To Catkinsfeatured

One of the first signs of spring are the arrival of catkins on trees and shrubs.  What is a catkin?  It’s actually a flower, which can be either wind pollinated or insect pollinated.  The word catkin comes from the Dutch word for kitten, “katteken”, because the flowers are long and cylindrical and look like a Read more

Come Inside…..Take a Tour of My Greenhouse!

Come Inside…..Take a Tour of My Greenhouse!featured

I’m a lucky gardener, to have a greenhouse.  Why a greenhouse?  There are many good reasons to have one.  1)  You keep the mess out of your house.  Before I had the greenhouse, I started all of my seeds inside—very messy, and when the dirt goes down the sink….well, that’s a plumbing problem.  2)  You Read more

Boatneck Preppy in Plaid Sweatshirt, Burda Pattern 9/2014 #114A or #114B

Boatneck Preppy in Plaid Sweatshirt, Burda Pattern 9/2014 #114A or #114Bfeatured

This was an easy sweatshirt to make, and it reminds me of the collegiate sweatshirts we all wore back in the 90’s, baggy in the body, with cuffs and a waistband.  I used a Burda pattern, found here and here, with a few modifications. I purchased my fabric from The Smuggler’s Daughter, an online fabric store.  Susan sells only Read more


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