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Eww!

Went for some scrap yarn in the older section of the stash the other day. Suddenly, MOTHS!!!

I was horrified! They were all over one skein in particular. Some alpaca silk from a local ranch. (To be fair, it did look dirty when I pulled it off the clearance shelf, and I probably should have washed it as soon as I got it home.) I pulled it out and shook all the disgusting little bugs off outside. I checked the rest of the stash, and except for one ball of novelty acrylic, all seemed well.

I washed the alpaca, letting it soak over night. Once it was dry I wound it up so I could survey the damage. A few breaks, but not nearly as bad as expected. If I can get over the ick factor, I can totally knit with it.

Over a year or two I gathered about 1000 yards of matching yarn from the ranch, including some roving that I hand spun to match it. Now I’m just wondering what I should knit with it.

Living in Southern California, I really don’t need super warm shawls or sweaters. The yarn is really to delicate for a blanket though. Anyone have suggestions?

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Wow…

Okay, so nearly a month with no post.  I guess things have been a little nuts around here.  Lots of traveling for the hubby means not a lot of blogging time for me.  I swear Little is the busiest kid I’ve ever met!  Even at only 7 months, she pretty much requires constant entertaining/corralling.  Not sure if that’s going to get worse or better.

On that note, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!  I hope you all had great ones!  In honor of that, I’m going to share the gift that I gave to the mamas in my life, and how to make them yourself!  (Cue terrarium how-to I was supposed to post months ago…)

 

You can see my big terrarium in the background.

You can see my big terrarium in the background.


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Okay, they aren’t terrariums in the traditional sense (covered), but you can use this method for those too!

Step 1:  Find yourself a suitable container.  It can be pretty much anything, pot, vase, maison jar, old candy dish, anything that strikes your fancy.  (Tip:  If you have cats, or any other critters that like to eat your plants, I’d go with something that has high sides, like a wide mouth flower vase.  That way you can put the plants deep in the container where said critters can’t reach them.)

Step 2:  Put in a good handful of gravel.  Succulents (and most other plants for that matter) are going to need good drainage.  This will give the excess water someplace to go if your container doesn’t have its own drainage.

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Step 3:  Add dirt.  Easy enough.  Just a thin layer to start.

The ever helpful Leah, and the "garden" in the background.

The ever helpful Leah, and the “garden” in the background.

Step 4:  Add plants!  Succulents work best, in my experience (black thumb, right here!), but you can get pretty creative.  Just make sure they are plants that will do well in the environment you want to keep them in.  I arranged my plants in the dish, then filled in  around them with extra dirt to keep them secure.  (Tip:  If you’re getting your plants from a nursery or big box store, double-check how many plants are actually in each pot.  You usually end up with multiple stems that should be separated for the health of the plants, and hey, bonus plants!!!)

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Step…: Water your plants, and place them in an appropriately sunny area.  You can stop here, or move on to the bonus round 😀

BOUNUS ROUND!!!  If you’re feeling creative, once the dirt has dried a little, brush off any extra dirt from the plants leaves.  I like to use an old paint brush for this.  Then, gather up some colored sand, pretty rocks, moss, or anything else you think would be fun and let the decorating begin!

I LOVED the glass chunks I found at Pigment!

I LOVED the glass chunks I found at Pigment!

I’m lucky in San Diego to have a really cute shop at my disposal with TONS of terrarium supplies.  You can order most of their stuff on-line too!  www.shoppigment.com  I got most of my plants, all the sand, moss, and decorative glass bits from there.  They also carry air plants, which I’m slowly getting obsessed over.  Those will definitely make an appearance in my next terrarium!

So, make one, give one, cover your house with them!  Just have fun!!!

What kind of do it yo-self gifts made the rounds in your family this Mother’s Day?

 

 

Ah Ha!!!

I finally have a working computer at home!  Woot!  Hopefully this means I will be coming to you a little more frequently, baby willing.

It’s been a busy few days, but I’m super excited about having gotten our garden together.  Last two springs I had a small container garden outside the front door of our apartment.  It didn’t get much sun, and someone literally tried to take off with the biggest pot that housed my lack luster tomatoes, but I enjoyed having it. This year, with our new apartment, and our tinsy back yard (that actually gets sun!), I was supper excited to bust out all my containers and plant something!

It's not much, but it's mine

It’s not much, but it’s mine

Those tall things in the window box are green onions.  We took the root bases, cut from some store-bought green onions, nearly two years ago!, and planted them.  We haven’t had to buy green onions since, and they taste amazing!  (They also seem to thrive on neglect.)

We got so overzealous picking out plants, that we had to come up with a creative container for all the cilantro we had.

Cracked storage bin?  You bet!

Cracked storage bin? You bet!

I’ll be super excited to get an actual harvest this year.  Years past we’ve gotten nothing more than a few sad tomatoes.

I did include two different kinds of tomatoes this year.  A Queen Heirloom, and something called a “patio tomato.”

Clockwise from the top: Basil, lush looking Patio Tomato, Heirloom, and more Basil.

Clockwise from the top: Basil, lush looking Patio Tomato, Heirloom, and more Basil.

Jalapino

Jalapeno

The Swiss Chard looked a little sad, but after planting and a bit of water, they perked right up!

Such pretty colors!

Such pretty colors!

Eggplant

Eggplant

Sweet little Strawberries

Sweet little Strawberries

Of corse, throughout the planting I had a certain kitty trying to prematurely eat all the plants.  She’s why we can’t have any houseplants :/

 

Leah, my ever present helper

Leah, my ever-present helper

Anyone planting anything good this spring?  Or are you just hoping to dig out of the snow soon?

 

 

 

 

 

And Then…. Distraction!

I’ve found myself distracted from my distraction.  My sister is getting married in March and, considering how much of it we’re doing ourselves, it’s crunch time!  I’ve been playing the bad guy to get my sister to make some tough decisions about dresses and decorations (I love her, but she’s having a hard time with the decision-making).  I may have also just hijacked the center pieces…

The center piece hijacking is really our brother’s fault.  He got me a terrarium for Christmas.  Then last week we went to the cute little shop where he got it, so I could pick out my plants.  The shop is called Pigment (the website lists furniture and stuff, but the shop is smaller than that).  It’s super cute and had a ton of terrarium supplies!  I managed to put this together for myself…

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(Please ignore my barren back yard.  It doesn’t get much sun, and it’s really only used for the pups to poop in.  We’re trying to change that.)

My sister saw my it and thought it would make a cute center piece, so I ran with it.  She already had a bunch of mason jars, so we’re going to use them to make mini terrariums!  We got a bunch of cute succulents from Pigment, and a handful from Home Depot 😡 to fill in.

I love the variety!

I love the variety!

My sister's favorites

My sister’s favorites

The set of 3 cacti are called "Red Headed Irishmen," ha!

The set of 3 cacti are called “Red Headed Irishmen,” ha!

I might have a slight obsession, which I’m happily passing on to my sister!  😀  Of corse, because of this new obsession, the little booties for the Little Sheep, look like this *blush*

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