17 05 2013



Last spring I bought these beautiful pansies.  I was told that it might be possible to have them come up again and it was!!!!!  

dyeing 012I was very surprised to see the blossoms.  More are coming along.  I had little tiny vases of them around the house most of the summer.  I covered them lightly with hay in the fall.  Now that pansies are on sale I am looking through the $1.00 ones for the nicest colors for this year and next.


I have some of the potatoes planted with the straw method in this bed.

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  They are started to sprout through the earth in the plastic bins now. I have another raised bed to set up for more potatoes.

Yesterday’s Dyeing

I had some pieces of wool fabric lying around and decided to get it dyed.  All are recycled clothing and an old blanket.

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Foot Stool

I found the original base to the foot stool.  Had to take the old covering off and because it had broken in half I had to brace it together.  I am hoping to draw the pattern for it tonight.

dyeing 006  I found this tool in my Mom’s things, I remember seeing my Grandfather use it when I was a child.   It came in handy with this project.

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Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a sparkling day.     Carole             



12 05 2013


                                             HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL WOMAN



The rain is going to stop today.  I  notice that one of my old double lilacs is toppled over.









  I hope I can get it back up and it survives.  Too much rain in a small amount of time.


The dyes arrived.  I can’t wait to get started.  I will have to wash the white wool otherwise the greasy part will take up the dye differently.  I plan to wash it in batches and dye it as soon as its washed.





My friend Patti sent me a link to a site in Australia where this man grew potatoes with  compost, newspaper and straw.  She is trying it this year and so am I.  The secret to it is keeping them covered very well, no light must get in.  I hope to get them in this afternoon.



Bleeding Hearts

I love these wonderful flowers and hope someday to have them covering the hill in front.  They seem to fill in and the blossoms smell wonderful.  I love having bouquets all over the house.


Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a lovely day.                             Carole