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Outdoors craftiness

We have had pleasant afternoons and weekends recently despite wandering into the middle of June.  That’s rare here as fog is the norm, sometimes incredibly thick fog.  Summer time in this locale is not at all like So Cal or even inland from here.  Last July 4th while many folks were posting their barbecue and beach pictures, I had a roaring fire going to ward off the chill.  Considering we have typically mild winters and temps do not have huge fluctuations, I can live with it  In fact, I have acclimated enough that above 70 degrees seems hot and worthy of air conditioning.

All this lovely weather has tempted me to the out of doors, not terribly difficult as long as I remember to take allergy meds.

What has occupied my time the last few weekends has been upcycling reclaimed wood.

The first effort was the raised garden bed.  The bed in and of itself was accomplished fairly quickly.  It was the filling and planting that took most of the time.  I had a celery that grew large and tall and self seeded in several other pots.  There were also a couple of half whiskey barrels in need of emptying and refilling and a few other pots with weeds and edibles needing to be separated.  There is still some to be done, but I do have enough potting soil left.  If all survive and thrive I will have purple potatoes, red potatoes, shallots, celery, tomatoes, green and red leaf lettuce, green onions, thyme, zucchini, cucumber, okra, yellow squash, corn, radishes, carrots, romaine lettuce, bok choi, watermelon, pumpkin and cantaloupe.

I also have a small kitchen window garden with four basil plants, mint and a tea rose.

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And this morning the first project I had thought of for the reclaimed wood got done. I now have a firewood rack.

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There is still much more to do but I feel like quite a bit has been accomplished!  This last photo shows two more projects.  The bench on the left desperately needs a new cushion.  That’s the bottom of it.  The stool on the right needs the top completely replaced.

Also, all these wood projects meant I was able to play with my  a new to me power tool – a Craftsman circular saw.

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Summer of Art

No work has been done on the mystery quilt in several days as other things have taken our attention.  For instance, this past weekend the clouds and fog decided to clear out and give us nice sunny days.  Happened last weekend too.

The previous weekend gardening happened with lots of weeding required and adding some color via new flowering plants.

The new annuals were a side effect of seeing them at the hardware store where we acquired fishing line.  That with the addition of crimping beads and the bead stash lead to a creative Sunday morning making sun catchers with the munchkin.

 

Then yesterday after school and while dinner was in the oven, we put together the terrarium using glassware found at the thrift shop along with bought and found sand, shells, twigs and moss.  We even added a little live spider plant.

After dinner, I spent some time with my Featherweight and home decor fabric to make a start market bags.  One is done except for 1.5″ of stitching which is where my bobbin ran out of thread.

 

I have enough material for 12 at this size.  I am considering making a couple larger.  We shall see.  There’s even a crochet one in progress.

Somewhere in all of this we’ve also pulled out watercolor paints and played with them.

 

We have plans for clay, potentially more terrariums (depending on what containers we can find at the thrift shops) and sun catchers and, as always, more quilting & sewing.

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