Tuesday, June 28, 2011

a peck of pickled peppers

Imperial(ist?) units of dry volume, two pecks make a kenning, four a

M and I leave town tomorrow (Deutschland!) and I'm missing my garden already. As a petit bon voyage, I spent the morning canning jalapenos from my four pepper plants (nearest box, third row from left).

Monday, June 27, 2011

{filmstrip, lawrence}

Just a few highlights of a week spent with family: berry-picking, sleeping late, thrifting, candy-making, and strolling the streets of Lawrence, KS.


Friday, June 24, 2011

{a bevy of basil}

Daily harvest.

While we wait impatiently for tomatoes, peppers and more, our garden has been keeping us in basil for weeks.  Favorite of herbs at this house, it's topped pasta, filled feta omelets, and infused lemonade and strawberry water.  Most recently, M and I added basil to a favorite homemade pizza recipe, then had ourselves a little picnic with some candlelight and blues...

Favorite basil recipes, anyone?

Monday, June 20, 2011

blue, blue balloon

Platycodon Grandiflorus!

In honor of my blooming balloon flowers (named for their dirigible shape, though distantly related to the duck-billed platypus...),  I created a little balloon-inspired nook, an idea borrowed from my girl Allison and her lovely blog.  The colors make me happy.

And finally, I must include this little gem for your viewing pleasure...



Friday, June 10, 2011

june garden

June has been a fruiting and flowering month for the garden.  Although we're still eating mainly greens (kale, spinach, romaine), we're getting excited for tomato sandwiches, tomato salad, tomato soup, tomato sauce, tomato juice, and (because we're pretty impatient) fried green tomatoes.  (One recipe for beer-battered, fried green tomatoes, coming up!)

For now, here are a few garden highlights from June:



Beets and sunflowers!

 And my personal favorite: one very confused apple.
Doesn't he know he's not due for another 3-5 years?!

Tell me: what's your favorite way to eat a tomato?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

sewing room floor restore, pt. 2

There's gold in them thar hills...

I left you last with the merest teaser of what all that digging was for: lovely, original '39 red oak peeking out from the edge.  Here's what I found a few seconds later:

We've hit bottom.

All clean and purty.

All that's left (for today) is to paint the newly-exposed bottom two inches (two inches!) of baseboard.  This floor (along with the rest) will eventually be sanded and refinished. Another day. For now I'm happy. I'll leave you with the final count on discarded strata of floor: 

Six strata, in order of greatest distance from the earth's core:
carpet, carpet pad, older carpet, tar, tile, staple-riddled plywood.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

sewing room floor restore, pt. 1

Oh, carpet!  You speckled abomination from 1995, your time has come! 

For the past three years, this space has been the locus (and beneficiary) of many creative pursuits. I've painted it a color I love, filled it with things I love...  Nevertheless, for three years I've kept one thing around that I truly, truly hate: the floor. 

I've investigated the edges and vents around the room enough to know that this floor is like seven layer dip.  Since '39, assorted flooring materials have been installed in this room, but none has ever been taken out... like a 72-year-old seven layer dip, comprising polyester loop carpet, polyester shag carpet, tar, adhesive tile, plywood, and probably a layer of wilted iceberg lettuce. Today, it all goes.

 So long carpets one and two.

Tack board and quarter-round, begone!

A promising peek...

More to come... in the meantime, please weigh in on the following: What's a girl to call her creative space?

I've discussed this with several friends on different occasions and we've sort of concluded that none of the names in popular circulation fit our spaces.

"Sewing Room," while sweet and old-fashioned, is mostly a misnomer, since a room facilitates everything from writing to carpentry. "Craft Room" just feels demeaning, and "Studio" is equal parts cold and pretentious. For now, I'm mostly satisfied with "Project Room," but it's kind of a mouthful. Your thoughts? What do you call your creative space?

Friday, June 3, 2011

road-trip ricrac scarf

Over Memorial Day weekend, M and I followed the yellow brick road (I-70W) all the way home to Kansas for three lovely days of picnics, reunions and barn kittens.  

Road trips are a perfect excuse to indulge in a little woolgathering (WOD), this time quite literally.  With my borrowed copy of The Happy Hooker (thanks, EJ!), I learned the double-crochet and shell stitches and, by their powers combined, created this little one-skein scarf during the last leg of the trip.  I'm almost sad this little guy will languish on a hook in my closet for the next four months ...almost.


Also, loving my circa 1970 "knitting basket."

Once more, featuring ricracky goodness.
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