Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Saving the World One Seed at a Time

Sometimes neglectful gardening pays off. My kale went to seed during this crazy hot month and I just let it go. We are  now collecting all the seeds and will start up our 2nd crop this week. My girls love to help. I did end up putting the huge pile of seed pods into the sheets and let the walk on it a bit. I was able to roll up the sheet and collect thousands of seeds the easy way. We had to collect them pod by pod at first though....why take the fun out of it:)


 While I'm talking about how neglectful I have been, I have to say that my best looking tomato plants are volunteers from my leaving a mess in the garden last Fall. I really think that my tomatoes from last year were volunteers from the year before....really... You have to love the Roma's!

What are some of your best surprises in the garden this year?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Oil on Paper Sun Catchers

Four kids....One project!! Wow!

Is it me, or do these days seem to be extra extra long??? 4 kids saying "I'm bored" is enough to make the sanest Mother crazy.... and I'm far from sane as it is! My special 'me time' is spent searching the blogs and Pinterst for any ideas to keep these guys busy so I can get a little work done....and breath. I found this post on Meaningful Mama (I just love that blog name!) and gave it a go with my brood. 3-13 year olds working on the same project...YES! That's like finding gold in my house.

Follow this link to a great tutorial and enjoy:)  MeaningfulMama.comhttp://www.meaningfulmama.com/2013/05/oil-suncatchers.html

I don't have a great picture of them all done.....we ended up spilling oil on some...hey, it happens..... This one is from the tutorial.  So pretty:)

And because I love my dogs..... Cricket before and after her summer grooming....same dog..I swear.

and that's my 5'8" soon to be 14 year old baby!!! How does this happen?????