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Easter Egg Hunt In the Garden

Easter Egg Hunt In the Gardenfeatured

I haven’t blogged in a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working in my gardens!  Here is how everything looks today, as seen through the eyes of my children on an Easter egg hunt.  I take pride in my gardens having something blooming 11-12 months a year—take a look and see what’s blooming Read more

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Silver Falls State Park Hike

Silver Falls State Park Hikefeatured

After a winter of sewing and crafting, I realized recently that I’ve become way too sedentary.  I need to get outside and move!   I’m going to try and use some of my free time to go on some great local hikes over the next few months, and bring my big camera.  I’ll share my Read more

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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

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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

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Pink Pussy Willows:  What’s Not to Love?

Pink Pussy Willows: What’s Not to Love?featured

It’s ultra early spring time here in the Willamette Valley, which means I have pink pussy willows (Salix chaenomeloides)—just in time for Valentine’s Day.  I love doing floral arrangements, and a few years ago, I realized it is essential as a home florist to have pussy willows in your yard.  I opted to put in Read more

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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

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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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Witch Hazel (Hamamelis):  January Sunshine

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis): January Sunshinefeatured

As soon as the New Year is over, here in the Willamette Valley I start looking for signs of spring in my yard.  I find them everywhere:  catkins forming on trees, daffodils pushing out of the ground, and pussywillows—getting fuzzy.  But the first thing to bloom is Witch Hazel.  Witch Hazel is an essential in Read more

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Paperwhites…Transformed into Something New!

Paperwhites…Transformed into Something New!featured

Happy New Year!  We were gone for 9 days, skiing on Mt. Hood.  (See my instagram for some photos).  I was delighted to come home to blooming paperwhites!  I first planted these on December 12, and I previously made a Christmas-inspired arrangement in my post “Indoor Gardening: Paperwhites (When the Weather Outside is Frightful..)”.  They are Read more

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Yummy Egg Thing, Casserole For One

Yummy Egg Thing, Casserole For Onefeatured

This is our Christmas morning breakfast, most years.  So delicious.  To make things easier in the morning, the night or a few days before you can:  fry and chop the bacon, toast and chop the English muffins, and chop the tomatoes.  This recipe is best with a lightly poached egg.  You could do a lot Read more

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Garden Inspiration From Travel:  Berms Along Champs-Élysées in Paris

Garden Inspiration From Travel: Berms Along Champs-Élysées in Parisfeatured

It’s the time of year when there is very little to do in the garden outside (finally), but I start planning ahead.  How can I make my gardens better this year?  Did I find any inspiring gardens last year? Well, my husband and I were lucky enough to take a vacation to France last summer. Read more

Modern Swing Coat, With Tiny Ruffles….Butterick Pattern by Katherine Tilton 6253

Modern Swing Coat, With Tiny Ruffles….Butterick Pattern by Katherine Tilton 6253featured

A new coat—and I really mean it this time, when I say that THIS might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made (until the next thing, right?)  I just really love this coat.  Here are the details…. It is Katherine Tilton’s Butterick pattern B6253.  I used a sweatshirt style jersey knit, which is ecru colored fleece Read more

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A Gift From the Heart:  Easy DIY Tea Towel

A Gift From the Heart: Easy DIY Tea Towelfeatured

A dear friend told me the other day how meaningful her sons’ teacher is to her and her family.  She said, “I want to give her something really special for the holidays.  Do you have any ideas?”  I told her that I think the gifts that are most special are those that are made with Read more

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Featured Garden Image From My Home

Featured Garden Image From My Homefeatured

I consider my hens to be a part of my garden landscape, so this is a slight departure from previous featured garden images.  Here is one of my favorite photos from February 2014.  We had a rare snow event here in 2014 the Willamette Valley, and these girls saw snow for the first time.

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Indoor Gardening:  Paperwhites  (When the Weather Outside is Frightful…)

Indoor Gardening: Paperwhites (When the Weather Outside is Frightful…)featured

When the weather outside is frightful, bring the gardening inside your house!  Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta, they are related to daffodils) are bulbs that are easy to plant indoors.  They bloom perfectly inside when planted fall through spring, and require little care.  They are also fragrant. I went to our local Fred Meyer (similar to Target) Read more

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A Multi-Cultural Holiday Garland:  Craft Kit For Kids—Learn to Sew!

A Multi-Cultural Holiday Garland: Craft Kit For Kids—Learn to Sew!featured

I came up with this idea for an heirloom child’s craft the other day, because I volunteered to do a craft at my first grader’s holiday party next week.  I love short garlands for decorations, and I decided to make these multi-cultural pennant garlands as a child’s craft kit.  The kids have spent the last Read more

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From Scarf to Shawl to Cowl

From Scarf to Shawl to Cowlfeatured

Have you ever knit a project where you just made it up as you went along?  I did this recently, and I ended up loving the result.  After just writing about only buying classic yarns in this post about my favorite sweater, I noticed that I still have a lot of that alluring fuzzy neon pink yarn that Read more

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Deck The Halls With Hand Knitted Balls

Deck The Halls With Hand Knitted Ballsfeatured

I have spent the last 18 months knitting these Christmas balls whenever I’m away from home.  I’m a person who doesn’t like idle time, so these balls came about during all that extra time—waiting in a dental office, during my boys’ sports practices, on airplanes, getting new tires installed on our car….you get the idea. Read more

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Vest With Volume, Kimono Buttons, Sashiko Details:  Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern 8954

Vest With Volume, Kimono Buttons, Sashiko Details: Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern 8954featured

I recently completed this pale blue linen vest, and it’s a great layering piece.  I used Vogue Pattern V8954, which is a Marcy Tilton pattern.  It was fun piecing it together like a puzzle.  I would rate the pattern as easy if you are using a stable woven fabric.  Many seams are French seams showing on the Read more

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