Monday, June 9, 2008

Fabric and Embroidery Steals

One of the many, many great things about spring and summer is yard sales. Kinsey and I love going and finding amazing things. This past Friday was a certain neighborhood sale that we'd been to the previous year. There is one house in particular that always seems to have loads and loads of fabric for sale. We were able to find the house again and it definitely didn't disappoint! Most of the fabric was a mere 25 cents a yard! Here are my two favorite prints....lucky for me they both are 4 yards a piece!

Here is my stack of fabrics....everything was under $9!

Last year when I went here, I hesistated a little and didn't buy a ton of fabric. This time I knew to stock up, so I ended up buying just about everything that seemed like it was something I could use!

In addition to the great fabric selections, the sale had a lot of old linens and embroidery......another one of my interests! I picked up two beautiful tea towels. One has old covered bridges on and the other has flour and sugar tins. I also got this very interesting piece of embroidery. I looks like an old children book illustration:

I also picked up these piece of embroidery. One is a long piece, possibly a place mat or dresser cloth. Two handkerchiefs were also included in the set. All three features beautiful hand embroidery of people, houses, and flowers. I love the illustrations on these linens. Here's a photo of a handkerchief:

Kinsey added to his belt buckle collection with this find:

All in all, it was quite a good day for yard sale finds. You never know what you can find.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Grow Little Plants, Grow!

We've been pretty busy lately working in our garden. Preparing the soil, weeding, planting, weeding, watering, weeding...... Everything is going well, the only negative part is the fact that our garden isn't at our home, so we can only work in it 2-3 days a week. This of course means, that there is always a lot to do and a lot to weed. But it's a small price to pay for the straight out of the garden freshness that our veggies will have! Here's some pictures from April when we starting some of our seeds:

I at one time had 40 little pots going with seeds! Needless to say, I'm very happy they are in the ground now! It was like our apartment was a vegetable green house! The only casualty so far was my heirloom cucumbers. They were Mexican Sour Gherkins which are to have a really sweet flavor but at the same time taste like they're already pickled. I started them for seeds, but believe I transplanting them in the ground a bit too soon. I had some seeds left over that I planted straight in the ground, but we'll see what happens with them.

Also, this year, we are trying corn for the first time. I'm really looking forward to this crop and am hoping it does well. Fresh corn is one of my favorite summer vegetables. I could eat it roasted on the grill everyday in the summer!

I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of our lettuce crop. We planted a mixture of eight different varieties, so I'm excited to try them all out. Here's a picture of our little leaves growing (plus a number of weeds).

Hope you fellow gardeners are having a good growing season!