Friday, May 21, 2010

Week 5 Garden Update

I'm amazed at how much my garden grew this week! In fact, I had to stake the tomatoes and beans. You can even see my middle tomato plant (back row) already fell over.  Luckily, I got it staked before the plant broke.

I have a fun, new recipe to try with some of my harvest this week.

My blueberry bushes are struggling. What should I be doing to make them grow?  Help, please!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Week 4 Garden Update...a few days late

Every morning when I walk out to water my garden, I get a little giddy.  I know this is ridiculous, but I can't help it.  I've never in my life been able to keep anything alive (mainly because I forget the important part of watering).  So, the fact that not only are my plants alive but they're flourishing, is a little too much for me to handle some days. 

Here are last week's photos.  I'll post this week's photos later in the week.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Photo of the Week

It is no secret how much I love my Atlanta Braves.  This is actually the first season in YEARS that we haven't had season tickets.  The past several years have been super special as my five year old nephew has learned the nation's pastime and developed his own passion and love for the game.  This photos is from last season (before Francoeur was traded to the Mets).  My brother Harlan carried Will to one of the season's game.  I love this picture.  It is the epitome of it!

Now if we can just get the Bravos back on a winning streak!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Garden Markers Tutorial

Yesterday I blogged about my fun garden markers I created.  Well, today, I thought I'd create a tutorial in case some of you wanted to make some too.

Materials:  (1) wooden kitchen spoons, (2) spray paint, (3) pictures of fruit and veggies in your garden - I labeled mine before printing, (4) Mod Podge, (5) foam brush, and (6) polyurethane sealer.

Step 1:  Spray paint wooden spoons.  I purchased mine at Wal-mart.  They came in a set of five or six for about $2.

Step 2:  Using a foam brush, apply pictures to spoons.  Add several coats of Mod Podge.

Step 3:  Spray polyurethane sealer.

Step 4:  Label your garden.

Happy Gardening!

See more tutorials at Hope Studios.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Garden Markers

Several weeks ago, I discovered some great spoon garden markers.  So, I created a post asking for suggestions of how to adapt them since I don't have metal stamps.  Thanks to several suggestions and a few ideas of my own, I came up with these lovelies.

I used wooden spoons and made them weather resistant.

Tomorrow I'll post a tutorial on how to create cute garden markers like these.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Week 3 Garden Update

I'm amazed at how much has grown and sprouted this week.  Every morning when I go out to water the beds, I'm greeted with new seedlings.  It is so exciting!

Some of my lovely seedlings...

My blueberry bushes...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Garden Deliciousness

Tonight, I made my first meal using ingredients from my garden.  Because my fruits and veggies are still in the newborn stage, I decided to use some of my herbs to create one of my favorite dishes.

Using this recipe, I created homemade pesto.  This was my first attempt at pesto, and I hope to get better at making it as I create it more often.  It was delicious, but it could certainly be even better.

Using this recipe, I created one of my favorite chicken pasta dishes.  However, my sister-in-law shared some left over flank steak, so I substituted it for the chicken.  It was wonderful, and the best part is I have tons of leftovers in the fridge.

Also, I used my grandmother's mixing bowls.  Unfortunately, the picture doesn't do them justice.  They are beautiful.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Robin Egg Wreath Tutorial

This weekend, I put together a Robin Egg Wreath.  It literally took about 5 minutes, so I'm slightly embarrassed to create a tutorial.  However, I'm going to give it a whirl.

Step 1:  Collect the following materials (plain wreath, one strand of fake flowers, zip ties, fake bird nest, fake robin eggs, glue gun, and scissors).

Step 2:  Using the zip ties, attach one end of the strand of fake flowers to the wreath.  Twist the remaining end around the rest of the wreath, and secure the second end with another zip tie.

Step 3:  Trim the zip ties.

Step 4:  Attach the bird nest by sliding the zip tie underneath part of the nest and securing it to the wreath.  I attached the nest over the other zip ties I already used to attach the fake flowers.  This helped to hide all the zip ties.

Step 5:  Trim away the zip tie.

Step 6:  Hot glue the robin eggs to the nest.

Step 7:  Hang on your front door and enjoy your new wreath.

See more tutorials at the Tuesday Tutorial Party at Hope Studios.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Robin Egg Wreath

This weekend I put together a new wreath for my front door.  I had an idea of a citrus themed wreath, but when I stumbled upon several items at Michael's I decided to go another direction.

Come back tomorrow for an easy tutorial on how to make this Robin Egg Wreath.

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Look What I Made at Creations by Kara
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Saturday, May 1, 2010


Can you tell I'm a little behind?

Reading magazines is one of my favorite relaxing activities.  This stack proves I need some relaxation time...maybe once that dissertation is finished I'll get to them.