Friday, May 22, 2009

Have a great weekend!

We're off to the woods for the long weekend — be back Tuesday with photos, tales and more. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Computer break…

With the weather turning so nice and warm and sunny this week, I've abandoned the computer for a couple of days — sorry for the silence! This trend is carrying over into my art, too. I've been feeling like it's missing more of my own hand in it — too much reliance on the computer. So I have a few projects planned that will be done by hand start to finish, but they will have to wait a little bit longer… I am busy planning for my first craft show — the Ann Arbor Artisan Market on Sunday, June 7. I was incredibly inspired by Danielle's Storque post over at Etsy on prepping for a show — especially the opening photo from Something's Hiding in Here — gorgeous! I want that display!

In other news, we've got about half of the garden boxes planted and installed along the balcony for our grand
apartment garden experiment. I hope I have enough room for some flowers! The plants we already had took up more space than expected. But I am so pleased!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Yes, you CAN grow corn here

The boy and I are about to embark on the Grand Apartment Garden experiment. We both dream of a large garden (i.e. farm) on our multi-acre property of woods and fields and streams and dappled sunlight… aaahhh… but alas, we currently live in a second-floor apartment with a large balcony-type area (it runs along the front of the building motel-style).

Our experiment involves no less than eight three-foot long planters to be dangled from our railings. We started a few things from seed, including jalapeno peppers, chives, parsley, basil and a couple of other herbs that didn't do so well. We then went to the Ann Arbor Farmers' market last weekend and picked up a full range of other little plantlings: cilantro, mint, two kinds of thyme, rosemary, dill, snap peas, bibb lettuce, lavender, strawberries. And some corn. That's right, we will be attempting to grow corn right here on our little balcony with a big old overhang. Or at least somewhere on the property. I also have some carrot and radish and zinnia seeds to get going. The boy is on a sunflower mission. That said, with eight boxes to fill, as well as a few miscellaneous planters here and there, we've got some more planting and planning to do.