Monday, July 25, 2011

First Effort

Okay, so I decided last fall after my father passed to plant this garlic that he had sitting in his garage.  It had been harvested, probably around now last year.  This garlic has been in our family for a very long time.  I remember the smell of it lingering around at my grandparent's house when I was a little kid.  So as soon as I happened upon it, those memories hit me like a brick!
In October I decided to plant it, and low and behold I grew a small crop of garlic.  But, there are lessons to be learned here.  I planted the cloves too close to each other and I should have planted a lot more.
However, as we approach the 1 year anniversary of my Dad's passing, I felt it was a perfect time to post this.  Every year, as long as I can keep the harvest going, it will serve as a reminder to me of years past when I was a child visiting with my grandparents and my Dad!

Aaaaahhhhhh....I can smell it!  And may I add, it tastes wonderful!  There is nothing like it.

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge/Water

Splashing in the surf at the jetty.  Spring Hill Beach, East Sandwich, MA...Cape Cod 2011 Summer Vacation

Enter your Face + Water photo over at I Heart Faces this week.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


It is unusual that I post 2 projects in a day.  However, I had a few items lurking around that needed posted. A while back, I had a shell wreath that hung on my basement door.  One day someone decided to fling the door shut, down went the wreath and broke into a million pieces.  So I collected the shells and put them into a freezer bag and they sat there for about 6-8 months.  Over time I gathered a few more shells, real ones from the beach, and some store bought starfish and sanddollars.  I figured they would add a little something.  So here is the shell wreath do-over.  Enjoy!

Summer Wreath

This has been on my list of projects ever since I happened upon it.  Thanks to Burlap and Blue for the tutorial!
Goes perfect with my decor...makes me feel like I am still at the beach!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Got to get out of the funk!!!

Okay, I have a list of things to do, and no AMBITION!!!  Where did it go?  Anyone???  I need a swift kick in the ___!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Feeling Knotty

Haven't posted in a while.  I have been on vacation and cleaning.  Unfortunately, I haven't been crafting all that much.  But, just starting to get back in the swing!
We vacation in Cape Cod a couple times a year, and I absolutely love it there!  I love all things beach related.  Let me add, I don't like excessive heat.  So, not so much tropical beach related, but New England beach.  I love the rocky coast line, I love sailboats, starfish, sand dollars, and all things nautical.  I was inspired to decorate my house in this fashion.  But not cheesy beach,  more like Potterybarn beach decor.  I especially love the Nantucket style shingled houses and Hydrangea.  And everyone seems to have flower beds and hydrangea surrounding their homes.  So these are the things I use to decorate my house.  I bring a lot of ideas home with me each time!

My most recent craft actually took place before I left for vacation.  I used my love of nautical things to make these beach inspired bracelets and a braided rope necklace.  Hope you enjoy!

This morning I decided to try my hand at a nautical knot.  I am going to use this pattern to make a rug for my from door.  Not bad for a first timer!