Monday, May 23, 2011

Wool Shrug (Ribbed Lace Bolero)

Here's a nifty little project I completed after buying 4 skeins of yarn from the Yarn Underground, in Moscow ID. The original price of the yarn was about $10/skein, but I got them on clearance for $3! The pattern was taken from a blog by Kelly Maher:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What a pretty little chair!

So this is neither knitting, cooking, or growing so I hope you will forgive the temporary side track:
Two weekends ago Chris and I wandered around the Mukilteo garage sale and I found a really cool chair for $2! 
As you can see, it started out with this kind of faded old blue and white fabric on it. Thankfully, Kelsie came over and helped me to reupolster it and now it looks amazing! (I have been calling it my happy chair because the colors are so bright that it makes me instantly happy to look at it.


The hardest part was picking out the fabric but I am VERY happy with my choice. I told Kelsie that I was only allowed 5 minutes from the time we walked into the fabric store until I had decided on the fabric. This one fit so perfectly with what I was thinking of in my head that I think I took less than my allotted 5 minutes! This fabric was the most expensive part of the project since I shelled out $8 for 1 yard of this gorgeous stuff!

 ALSO, at the garage sale we bought this cool old picture frame for $1.
Since I didn't know what to do with it I cut out some cardboard we had lying around the basement to fit the frame.
Actually, I didn't cut it very well and there are now huge gaps between the cardboard and the paper but that is ok. So, I fit the cardboard to the frame and kind of tried to upholster the cardboard with the remnants of the cool fabric I bought. The plan is to use it as a kind of pin board in the guest room.

So, what do you think?! I am working on making our guest room more pleasant right now so more pictures are soon to come! These two cool things are just kind of thrown up there right now but I am hoping to use them to make the room much brighter and happier!

TWO THINGS HAVE SPROUTED IN OUR garden boxes! I am super excited to have lots of baby lettuce, broccoli and shell peas popping up!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Three Garden Boxes!

Chris built us some garden boxes! We have some awesome friends staying with us this week (Amanda and Brandon Bates with their two super cute daughters Lilly and Mya) so last weekend Chris and Brandon spent a few hours picking out wood while I worked to even out the dirt where we had some bush stumps ground out. The assembly process was pretty quick and then we had to fill all three boxes with dirt. We bought 5,000 lbs of top soil that has lots of compost and good stuff to grow in. 

The end product was pretty cool and the whole thing was rather easy. Chris picked out 16' long 2"x12" boards and we had them cut to make 3 raised garden beds that are 4'x8'.

Chris and Brandon assembling box #1

We purchased LOTS of topsoil that is perfect for growing the garden. It has compost and other good stuff in it. It filled up both the truck bed and our trailer.


So excited for my boxes!

After dinner I helped to fill the last box.

I started to plant afterwords:

Shell peas
Strawberries that I bought, 6 plants for $2.
I am SO excited for this lavender bush!

Shell peas

This is the layout for our squared off garden. Each square is 2'x2'