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Gardening and Starting a New Sewing Project

Another beautiful day outside today.  A few more seedlings have sprung up and made an appearance.  A few seedlings failed to start, probably due to the seeds not being the freshest.  Oh, well.  It was worth a try.  So far have some broccoli, tomato, cucumber, and basil seedlings.  This morning I planted some roma tomato seeds indoors, then went outdoors to tackle the herb beds.

The chives are growing beautifully in the herb beds.  I have decided though, to plant a few vegetables in the herb beds since the dirt is better.  Along the side of one square I planted some dwarf sugar peas, which are only supposed to get about 2 1/2 ft. tall and can grow up the side of the fence.  They will be sharing a square with a clump of chives.  In another square I planted some bunching onions along the back of the square, then broadcast some lettuce seed and interplanted some carrot seeds.

Hopefully all of my grand garden experimenting will go well.  Trying out some ideas from things I’ve been reading up about gardening.  Found out today a neighbor will be able to till up our big garden spot next week.  I can’t wait!  I’ve got a loosely done drawing of what I want to plant in it.  I’m gonna try to do some companion planting this year.

I’ll try to share some photos of the herb garden bed another day.  Maybe as some of the seeds start to sprout.  Other than cleaning, gardening, and writing….I got in a spurt to start another sewing project.  I didn’t get any actual sewing done on it today, but I cut out fabric for a sundress from a pattern I picked up a few weeks ago.  Don’t know that you can tell by the photo, since the backside of the fabric is showing.  It’s a pretty bright pink fabric with little flowers in different shades of pink.  Now to decide…ruffle or no ruffle on the dress hem?

Sundress Pattern Pieces


Perfect Day for Spring Cleaning and Sewing

Yesterday was a beautiful day!  It was one of those kind of days that I call perfect days.  It was warm enough to be perfectly comfortable, a nice breeze was blowing, and the sky was clear blue.  I opened the windows and let the breeze blow through the house.

Spring may not be officially here, but it sure feels like it and puts me in a cleaning and gardening mood.  Besides the regular chores such as washing dishes and catching up laundry, I also managed to pull the fridge out and clean under it.  I even tackled straightening the crafts/sewing closet yesterday, which I had been putting off.

While taking care of the closet, my eye spotted my little orange tote I use for keeping seed packets.  Hooray!  I wondered where it had gone and was beginning to think I was going to have to buy all the seed for the garden this year.  I sorted through the seed packets and put aside the ones I plan to use in the garden.  Next week I will try to go ahead and start some of the seeds indoors.

I was so much in the mood for doing things yesterday, it even led to a sewing spurt.  I sewed a nice blouse for warmer weather using an It’s So Easy, It’s Simplicity pattern(E2032) for a peasant blouse I had found a few weeks ago.  Here is one photo of the blouse and a closer up view of the neckline so the floral print can be seen better.  In the close up you can see where the single fold bias tape is used for the neckline casing.

Peasant Blouse

Yesterday turned into one of those days I feel I accomplished quite a bit.  Today has only been errands so far, but the day is young.  I did find a summer dress pattern and picked up the few notions needed for it.  I already have fabric at home in my stash, so maybe I will get it done this coming week.  If you are ever in the sewing mood and think you do not have the skills for it, remember try for a simple pattern and practice makes perfect(or at least a little better).