How things grow while you’re away…

Good gravy! We’re gone for one week and the garden goes nuts!

We can’t even remember what kind of squash that is on the right, but I guess we’ll soon find out, eh?! 

SF was glorious. Another trip where I had too much fun to take many pictures. The cool, foggy weather was just what we needed, for as fate would have it, we missed a crazy hot and sticky week in Wisconsin! Sausalito is a wonderful town, and though I still believe we made the right move to leave when we did, I’ll always love coming back.

I did manage to snap some pics of my old stomping ground, Once Around. I had the extreme fortune to work here for almost 5 years, working my way up to sewing manager. It was by far the best job I’ve ever had. Who doesn’t love getting paid to shop for fabric? Alas, Once Around will be closing its doors on August 1st. Though my dream is to someday open a craft shop as happy as this one, that would be a huge feat…

The girls and I decided to bring home some souvenirs…

Fabric close up! The left pile is all quilting cotton. The right is a mix of canvas, denim, voile, and laminated cotton. 

And now we’re back, and baffled by how much a garden can grow in one week. Marin’s sunflowers are now about 8ft tall.

And the veggies we planted late are really catching up!

Oh, and I think these ladies missed us…


New Garden Bliss

It’s been so long! I am a bad bad blogger lately, but all for good reasons. Last week we had some of our closest friends from California come stay with us. My friend Erika later admitted that she had intended to lure us back to the Bay Area, but upon seeing our new home and town, she promptly gave up. We spent the week exploring what our region had to offer and, by the end of the week, they were Wisconsin smitten… Not enough to join us out here, but smitten nonetheless. It was a fun week indeed.

On a gardening note, it’s just about done…

We owe it all to our amazing builder friend, Pete, who cranked this all out in two weeks! And, though it’s a bit late in the planting season, we’re not wasting any time. Todd is filling all our new beds with cucumbers and peppers for pickling, San Marzano tomatoes for canning, berry bushes, late harvest greens and squash, and zinnias… Just because. 

We have a nice backdrop too. The mock orange and roses are open and fragrant right now.

I was able to make Erika a nice birthday bouquet right when the mock orange and elderberry bloomed. Good gravy, these smell awesome.

While most of the garden is still very new, we’ve been able to start enjoying what was planted in the original four beds. Our radishes are now the size of golf balls, and Anja has been gobbling them up like they’re going extinct.

It’s a happy garden 

That’s basil under our tomato plants. They like each other both in the soil and on the plate 😉.

On the craft front, I’ve been too busy enjoying our visiting friends to tackle any ongoing projects, but this week we were able to slow down and the girls and I have played around a bit. Old crafts were rediscovered…

Otter got some much needed play time…

And I’m still working on something special. I think I’ve revised it four or five times now, but it’s starting to look how I want it to look.

Happy Thursday. 


This time of year is filled with anticipation. The greenery is filling in fast, and new additions to the garden are making us excited for the coming months. While we wait for our builder friend to come help with the final raised beds and fencing, we aren’t wasting time getting our veggies planted.

garden good

So far we’ve got cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, peppers, lettuce, beets, kale, potatoes, carrots, garlic, and radishes. There are also existing beds of asparagus and strawberries that we inherited from the previous homeowner. We’re eating our first asparagus crop tonight!


We have five fruit trees planted and six berry bushes waiting in the wings,

bushesfruit trees


I’m also finding so many flowers that we’ve never had coming up throughout the yard. Check it out, we’ve got peonies, yo!


I’m still not sure what color they’re going to be (most likely pink), but who cares?! They’re friggin’ PEONIES!

We also have some mysterious flowers waiting to pop open here and there, like these vines on our smokehouse.


And what are these things, anyway?

cool flowers

Also adding to the anticipation is the nesting pair of house wrens that have recently taken up residence in our Williamsburg bird jar. I’ve always loved these jars and was happy to receive one from my mother-in-law when we moved. Todd mounted it near our compost piles, so we have an excuse to check on them frequently while trying not to disturb them. We often see one of them perched on the stick… it’s really stinkin’ cute.

wren nest

Otter sure has been enjoying the nice weather lately. We’ve made an outdoor run for him in the yard and he spends most of the day there, conversing with the ever growing population of wild rabbits in our yard.


On a crafty note, Marin and I came up with a cute idea for a new headboard in her room. We had an old queen sized headboard that we had found in the garage of our old Vermont house. It was decent enough, but had some weird grapes stenciled on it, so we had to jazz it up a bit. I asked myself “what would a modern girl like that would last through the teenage years?”. BLACK! I’ll paint the sucker black!

When I brought this idea to Marin, she jazzed it up even more. Why not use chalkboard paint?


The end result is pretty cool, if I do say so, though the headboard is a little shorter than I had hoped. I think eventually I’ll add some leg extenders so she can decorate more than just the sides. The center of the headboard is a bit taller, you just can’t see it in the picture here (it’s covered by stuffed frog). I think chalk markers would probably help too, since we don’t want her to get chalk dust on her pillows…

It’s the beginning of the last 2 weeks of school and I’m really hoping to get my craft on. I’ll have some progress pics of the new projects up soon :).

knitting on porch