Friday, September 19, 2014

{this moment}


{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.


Friday, September 12, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grumpy Cat Dress


A few months back I taught a 2 day class on beginning sewing and pattern drafting the Schoodic Arts Festival. My first time teaching experience was a success although I am not sure if I am the best instructor. Oftentimes my brain/mouth translations didn't go well and all I ended up saying was "Just wing it" which you can imagine makes a first time sewster a little nervous. Nonetheless my students each walked away with 2 articles of clothing; having drafted the pattern themselves and harnessed the power of the sewing machine.

While my class was busy sewing away I decided to make a few outfits for Audrey (along with a shirt and vest for myself).  This Grumpy Cat dress was made from leftovers from the Grumpy Cat diaper made from fabric purchased on spoonflower. I love Grumpy Cat and although the coloring on the dress is more creepy fleshtone than kitty coloring I still love the concept.

 



sew anything lately?

shelby g

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Garden Update: First of September

Well we have been busy!  We had an amazing corn harvest this year and hardly any bugs so I've been blanching and freezing as much as I can. It was delicious and prolific this year so we have frozen about 40 ears of it for good winter eating! Mind you, most ears have toddler teeth marks on them but other then that they will taste great.  Those ears that had bugs went to the chickens who in turn spent the afternoon happily pecking way.

The potatoes are ready to harvest since the plants are finally dying down. I didn't hill up well this year but know I will get plenty of potatoes for us and to share.  What's picture in the basket was picked from a few plants. I've also harvested summer squash, about 5 orange pumpkins, the rest of the green beans, and the beets. There is a creature in the garden somewhere that has been gnawing on the beets and carrots all summer and I had to throw at least 5 of each to the chickens. Not sure what kind of critter it is but I know it is watching me!


And apples!  Boy am I ambitious.  I have hopes to make at least 6 apple pies to stick in the freezer. These apples were harvested from 3 of our trees and although none of the trees are particularly well cared for they still bloom every year and share their fruit with us... and the deer.  Carlie has taken to barking wildly at 1am every night. Thank you Harvest Moon! 


How's your garden at this time of year?


take care, shelby g

Friday, September 5, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Garden Update Week: August







There are at least 3 things I am proud of in regards to the garden this year. First our carrots are GIGANTIC!  I am amazed at the epic proportions of these roots. And I planted a ton... so we'll be eating carrots until we have a lovely orange glow midwinter. I mounded the dirt in the rows which helped the roots grow large and I will make a mental note to do this next year! 

Second after a long wait (because of late planting) the corn is ready to eat. Man, is it delicious!  We've been snacking on it straight from the garden... loved by toddler and chickens alike.  I am going to harvest some today and blanch/freeze it and probably eat a few ears for lunch.  I am so glad Audrey has at least 12 healthy chompers in her mouth which makes for great 'corn/cucumber/biting holes in all the ripe veggies' eating.

Lastly I have kept this hanging plant alive. If I have achieved anything in my life it is this (not keeping a 17-month-old alive... no. it's keeping a plant alive!)  This is the pinnacle of my stay-at-home- mom achievements. When working out of the house my hanging plants would always sizzle by late summer but not this year.  Although it doesn't look fabulous and we had some dry spells plus a hurricane or 2, it's still alive and blooming. Huzzah!

Did you have any garden achievements this summer?

Have a great weekend... there's a chill in the air here in Maine!

shelby g 

Friday, August 29, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama