Cleaning Up The Garden and Planning (2018)

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Spring is finally here up where I am in Canada. The tulips are pushing up leaves and the grass is turning green, and the snow is gone! Finally at last! It was a very long winter. Last week was the first week I began to rummage through the garden and clean it out. I find it always to be quite satisfying work while it lasts. And as I clear away the dead leaves and reveal the soil where nothing is growing and if filled with annuals I am starting to plan which of my plants that I have started indoors will be planted there.

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20th Century Fashion Inspirations

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Bonjour! If you have been reading my blog for a while you might be aware of my total obsession with Edwardian fashion and silhouettes. I love it so much that many of the garments I have are very reminiscent or inspired by specific dresses I have found and added to my numerous Pinterest boards that are dedicated to the topic. I have to admit I am more drawn to the later Edwardian garments. The pigeon mono-bosom look is not one I aim to wear often. Whereas  the empire waist silhouettes that were worn later in the period are much more modern and captivating to me.

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New Years Seed Sowing

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Happy New Years! I realize I forgot to say that in the last post. Sorry.  To bring in the new year I have begun to bring in new life! In the fall and before the holiday season I ordered perhaps way too many seeds for my garden next year. There are a lot of edibles in the mix, a lot more than last year. A lot of them are quite experimental at least for somewhere with harsh dry winters and is essentially a zone 3 at most. But I am determined to not let that scare me!

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Spinning With: Silk Noil and US Grade A Top

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Hello, today I am sharing more of my spinning fibres experiments. This time they are more experimental materials for me. I have no clue what I could or will use the silk noil for. I think I will probably weave with it, but made into what I am still unsure of. I would also have to spin a lot to be able to weave anything worthwhile with it. The other material is a blend, it is sold as US Grade A Top and I only bought one half pound bag. I like the blend but I am afraid I won’t have enough for any large projects, so perhaps socks. But enough about what I am thinking about making out of the wools and more about their qualities and what it was like to spin with them.

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Collecting and Storing Seeds

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Hello! This past summer-fall I have been reading about collecting seeds from plants as it extends the magic of plants as well as my involvement with them which is incredibly appealing to me. I have dabbled in collecting seeds a bit before. Last year I collected a few Sweet Pea, Snapdragons, and Lavender seeds. These were spontaneous collecting and I know that sounds odd, but I just sort of picked them up as I noticed that they were there in the garden. Or in the case of the lavender as I was taking the flowers off of the dried stalks I noticed small black seeds accumulating at the bottom of the dish So this year I tried collecting more seeds all in the name of amazement and magic!

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Garden Cuttings

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This year was the first time I have been taking cuttings from my garden for propagating. This is a whole other world opening up. And I think it is dangerous for me… It might have just become easier for me to have plants everywhere. Also the cheapskate within me also really enjoys this, because imagine never having to buy another oregano plant! But I know taking cuttings is nothing new, but it is awfully exciting for a first time cutting taker.  Continue reading “Garden Cuttings”

Non-Traditional Dye Plant Essentials

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Hello, in my last blog post I talked briefly about how for the last three years my garden has had the main focus of growing flowers for their dye results. I tested almost every flower in my garden, but especially the ones that were deep colours, and I have had some spectacular results as well as a lot of underwhelming ones. And I think I have come to a point where I can dial back the frantic obsession of trying every plant in my gardens dye potential as well as only buying plants that have intense colours for their dye potential.

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