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. 

A blissful weekend

Have you ever had so much fun on a weekend getaway that you forgot to take pictures? I have… many times! And this past weekend was certainly no exception. With temps in the high 70s and a lake house in the North Woods to enjoy, I said “to hell with photos!” OK, not really. Luckily, Todd took some pics of the really important stuff, like this monster of a crappie Marin caught. We measured it and it was only two inches shy of the Wisconsin state record!

She wouldn’t touch it, so I had to help with the photo. We had a nice fish fry with this guy, plus a few other keepers.

Marin crappie

Anja had some decent catches too. Not bad for a tiny Dora fishing rod (we offered her a different one now that she’s bigger and she won’t have it).

Anja crappie

I did manage to snap a few pictures in the car home, only because I think kids on road trips are so cute, curling up with their blankies and listening to audiobooks. Marin is rockin’ her new moccasins, which is becoming an annual “Up North” tradition in our family.

Marin road tripAnja road trip

I don’t have any Me Made May pics from the weekend, but I did still participate. I wore all repeat shirts, so I didn’t feel the need to post them again. I’ll start up again with the posting today, so tune in soon :).