Cleaning Up The Garden and Planning (2018)

Hello hello!

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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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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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My 2017 Garden

 

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Hello everyone, where has the summer gone? That time just flew by. Also after such a long absence I don’t really know where to begin. I suppose I could start by saying that one of the reasons for my lack of posting this summer was because I went WWOOFing, which is basically a farm volunteer experience where you do labour in exchange for food and shelter. And that experience gave me some new perspectives and directions for the future. Anywhos’… This meant that I was away from my garden during its best show time. Which is generally June and the beginning of July, when the Irises and Oriental Poppies are abundant. And I don’t know if I could bear being away for that again. It makes me feel too guilty, as no gardener wants to truly miss out on their gardens peak, and this resulted in me feeling a bit less motivated when I came back.

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Adventures in Paper Making

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Hello, one of my goals for last year was to try my hand at papermaking. So I took a class in it! It was a basic class and I mostly experimented with adding natural dyes to the paper, only used the Hollander once, used the blender many times and learned that I do not like cotton paper at all.

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The Adventures of Knitting a Sweater

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Hello everyone, as I mentioned a while ago I have been teaching myself how to knit and was starting off with a sweater as my first true project. You can read my first post on the subject here. Now I haven’t quite finished the project as I have run out of yarn (please excuse me I am a rookie knitter here) and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail since the yarn store ran out of the yarn I was using. But all I have left to do is one sleeve, the ties, and sewing the whole thing together. So in the meantime I thought that I would share what I have done!

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