Friday, June 10, 2011

the great lakes

amy from my marigold makes wonderful embroidery pieces for her great lakes series. huron, superior, erie, ontario, michigan; she's got them all. here's a peek at her lake superior piece:
i recently commissioned amy to make a piece for my dad's birthday featuring little portage lake, where my parents have a place at a lakeside campground. last year i gave my dad a cross-stitch lake piece (featuring a pontoon boat!) for his birthday, and i thought a little portage lake embroidery piece would be a nice complementary touch!
 
didn't it turn out great? i'm hoping he'll hang it next to the cross-stitch i gave him. if you're looking for a little lake in your life year-round, check in with her etsy shop.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

not so gray gardens

hello friends! lately with this warm and lovely weather finally in bloom, i just want to be outside. it makes me happy. whether it's 92 and pure sun like yesterday, or 75 and breezy like today. it is so lovely for the soul after a long winter.

so, of course with all this outdoorness i've been planting stuff! in the ground i planted buttercrunch lettuce, arugula, a lot of kale (two kinds), and tomatoes. this is my first year for ground tomatoes, i made them a new home. so far, so good.

in pots i have basil, oregano, cilantro, another tiny tomato plant i adopted, and some annuals and perennials. i'm looking forward to watching everything grow, and i especially look forward to eating some goodies!

i am terribly grateful that i have a backyard that is pretty much mine. it's a nice little sanctuary to drink my morning coffee and watch the squirrels chase each other.

what about you? is anything fun sprouting around your yard or balcony?