Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sugar pumpkins are small and quick, but have a deceptively tough skin.
Traditonal Jack-o-lantern pumpkins.
I couldn't resist doing a cannabalistic pumpkin.
All pumpkins are from Cox Farms and any templates used are from Martha.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
This one's my favorite.
Kit of varying sized of crochet hooks (JoAnn's Fabrics)
Yarn (Vanna's Choice in Terracotta, Red Heart Soft Yarn Solids in Tangerine, Lion Brand Fun in Brown and Caron Simply Soft Eco in Forest Floor, all purchased at JoAnn's)
Tapestry needles (Michael's)
Double pointed needles (Michael's)
Time Spent: An average of 2 days per pumpkin.
Difficulty: Easy, basic crochet skills needed.
Book #100 of 2010 is Bag of Bones by Stephen King. I read this as part of the RIP V Challenge and as the October book for the Nest Book Club (join the discussion today).
This one is another long book for me, and took awhile to get through because my reading time was limited the past couple weeks. This book is advertised as a haunted love story, and I halfway agree. Haunted? Yes. A love story? That's a stretch.
The main character's wife dies at the beginning of the story, and he spends the next four years basically catatonic with grief. Then he stumbles upon some information about his wife that he's unprepared for, and with the introduction of a powerful bullying grandfather trying to steal his grandchild from a young and poor single mother and the discovery that his house is haunted, this guy is in for one wild ride.
I consider myself to be a Stephen King veteran, and this is definitely one of his better books.
This book is available from Amazon.com, but I got it from my local library.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Measure the circumference of the top of your pot (mine was 9 inches) and using a sharp knife cut a corresponding circle in the top of the pumpkin. Since my flowerpot is smaller than my pumpkin, I made my cuts with a sligtly slanted edge so that the pot would balance on the pumpkin. You could also put newspapers or some other filler inside the pumpkin to bring your pot to the correct height.
Carvable pumkin (Michael's)
Potted plant (Home Depot)
Knife, measuring tape, pencil for marking cuts on pumpkin
Time spent: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Very easy
Also shown in bottom photo: Mums in jack-o-lantern pot (both from Home Depot), small sugar pumpkin (Cox Farms) and wooden outdoor table (rescued).
Friday, October 22, 2010
For this project, I used a tutorial from Little Miss Momma. Using an elastic Goody headband that I had sitting around (most likely purchased from Target), some black embroidery thread and different colored buttons, I put this headband together in roughly half an hour, from measurement to pictures.
Package of Favorite Findings buttons (Michael's)
Navy blue elastic headband (Target)
black embriodery thread (Michael's)
Time spent: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Very easy
Monday, October 18, 2010
Book #99 for 2010 is The Passage by Justin Cronin. I read this book as part of the RIP V challenge.
This book is available at Amazon.com, but I got it from my local library.
Friday, October 15, 2010
White Excelsior Dutch Iris (Merrifield Garden Center) - 10
Pink Jewel Late Tulip (MGC) - 20
Cheerfulness Double Narcissus (MGC) - 20
Salome Daffodils (Tulip World) - 35
Misty Glenn Daffodils (American Meadows) - 16
White Ranunculus (TW) - 10
Carnegie Hyacinth (MGC) - 10
Allium Neapolitanum (TW) - 25
Giant Snowdrops (AM) - 15
Wild Blue Star Flower (AM) - 30
Prins Claus Crocus (TW) - 25
Blue Pearl Wild Crocus (AM) - 25
Ruby Giant Specie Crocus (TW) - 25
Joan of Arc Crocus (TW) - 25
I ordered the TW and AM bulbs online several months ago during their 50% off pre-order sale. MGC is very close to me, and I am always impressed with the knowledge of the staff and the quality of their stock. They are, however, pretty expensive. But you do get what you pay for...
We should have color pretty much all of late winter through early summer. It was my original plan to plant some summer bloomers in the spring, but at this point the bed is so full of bulbs that I am positive I would cut them with the spade if I tried to dig in there anymore. I will have to think of something else for that area when the time comes.
Pansies, the 97 cent special at Craven's Nursery & Pottery in Fairfax, VA. I also picked up a very pretty blue glazed strawberry pot for next year (in the background of the above picture) for $20, at 60% off. I have lots of medium and small pots from when we lived in a condo and only had a balcony, and yet every year I feel the need to buy more! I just love container gardens.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Items already owned: Size 6 knitting needles (Boyle)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
9mm Bobbin Ribbon (Michael's)
Items already owned: hot glue gun, black embroidery thread, large-ish needles
Time spent: about 30 minutes from first bead strung to completion.
In retrospect: the embroidery thread kept getting caught in itself. Next time I'll separate the strands.
Difficulty: Piece of cake.