"There shall be eternal summer in the
grateful heart"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Garden Week No.# 28

I can't believe we will be saying "good-bye" to Summer.
Autumn begins September 22nd but Summer for the past week and this week is giving us here Southern California a blast of heat, triple digits.

 Container "Rose Gilardi" roses.

Container variegated germanium

Pope John Paul II - Hybrid Tea rose bush

 Princess de Monaco - Hybrid tea rose tree

 First time bloomer in my yard, "Meidiland"
A beautiful rose bush.  She will have a new home next year. 
She needs to be in a larger area where she can preform better.
The bush produces long branches (photo below) with beautiful clusters of roses, as you can see in the top photo.

 The chilies look hot but they are not.  The taste like sweet bell peppers.
Too much watering we were told by other gardeners

The summer squash is a "cocozelle".  I try not to let them get to large.  This is the largest you want them go grow.  The larger they grow the tougher the skin and not as tasty. About 3" they are at their best.

The cosmos brights are almost at their end but they are producing plenty of food for the yellow finches that visit my garden.

Autumn Splendor roses

 Tuscan Sun roses

 Sunset Celebration roses

 Pink Confection JAcute mini rose bush
Doing very well
I just love the tiny buds.
So sweet
and it produces beautiful clusters also
I have one in the ground and one in a container

 Ronald Reagan Rose - Hybrid tea
 My favorite in the rose area, Yves Piaget - Hybrid tea

 I have mentioned that I am planning on a "cut flower" garden for next year.

 But, when I walk into my kitchen and I see this bouquet of roses I realize how much I love roses and would love to grow more.
I have received my new seed catalogues and made my list of flowers for next year. 
Maybe a couple more roses and a tiny cut flower garden? 
We will see.

I was happy with my summer garden and I can't wait for next year.

Thank you for stopping by.
Wishing you a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Halloween Cards for 2014

 I'm not a big Halloween person but I do make a few cards and have a couple of decorative items that I display in the house.

This year I used some left over scraps of Graphic 45 images and other odd and ends of paper and embellishments to make these cards.

(click onto the photos to see them better)

I have a 12 x 12 plastic container with all my "fall" colored papers  and embellishments in.  It keeps me organized and I looked to see what I have and what goes together before I got out and buy more paper.

The little girl image is a Graphic 45.  It was a 12 x 12 sheet with a lot of different images.  The background paper,  DCWVs "four seasons" paper pad.  Added some paper punched flowers with half back pearls and up at the corner too.  I did some sewing around the paper also.

 Fussy cut the little boy image from a left over scrap.  Background paper, DCWVs "four seasons". The sentiments came from the top of the 12 x 12 papers.  Those are keepers and they come in handy for my cards.   The banner and stars are Papertrey Inks Christmas die set (love lives here - holiday)

 The pattern paper DCWV's "four seasons". The decorative washi tape I had purchased from Jo-anns last year.  It was perfect for the cards. The cute little pumpkins I had in my stash, a clearance item from last year.   They are a Martha Stewart product.  Some stitching using black thread and added on  one of the cards a left over hand made rosette.

Here is the post that I did back in 2012 on a few more
Halloween cards, HERE.

 I have put out some my usual fall decorations but I wanted to show you the other banner I had made for Halloween.  I was on a roll that day making a lot of them.  They are fun, quick and easy.

thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1st

"By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. 
With summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer."
- author unknown

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Garden Week 25: Waltham Butternut Squash

A quick post

Hubby and I picked 5 butternut squashes.

We did weight them and they ranged starting with the smallest 1-1/4 pounds to the largest 2 -3/4 pounds.  
There was another one  that did not make it into the photo.  It is in the refrigerator  due to it splitting while it was on the vine.  It was fine one morning and later that afternoon I notice one  had split. My mistake, I feed the vines too much (read on line).  Once they start to turn color, no more feeding.  Just make sure they get enough water.  Also, not enough or too much water will make them split but I am pretty sure it was the over feeding.
A lesson learned.  

Hubby and I decided to take the ones that looked and felt ripe. We did not want to risk the others splitting. 

For now, I will use them as Fall decor around the house.  I will be cooking the split one soon and I will let you know how it turned out.
It was the first time growing them so I hope they are good.  They look beautiful.

Total weight of the 5 plus the one in the refrigerator totals:  11- 3/4 pounds.  

There are three more left on the last vine to ripen.  

I started them from seed. The first day I sowed them into large peat pots was April 28th.
I transferred them into the garden June 3rd.

About 18 weeks in total.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cupcake Fabric Banner

This is a project that I have been wanting to do for a long while.
While looking thru my project file I came across a project that I have been wanting to do for a while.  It was from:

I love the way the banner came out.
I did some adjusting to the pattern

I made the pennants a bit larger and the cupcakes would fit better on the pennants.
I added 1/2" to the pattern

The pattern called for a single layer (with raw edges).  I wanted the banner to be  sturdier.  Cutting the two layers of muslin fabric and sewing them together using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Turn the pennant right side out, press and topstitch using a 1/4".

I used Pellon "wonder under" #805R for my appliqué pieces.
A zig zag stitch with contrasting thread colors. 
I added jumbo rick rack and used pre-made bias tape extra wide double fold, 1/2" wide

I made one for my kitchen shelf that I showed on my last post, here.

I made this one using left over fabric from the pillow I made my Daughter, here
and purchased polkadot fabric from Jo-anns.
Added rickrack at the top.
These are fun to make and the possibilities  are endless.
I will be making more.
It's the weekend and hope you have a great one.