Wednesday, July 29, 2009

.....and more beads

More lampwork glass beads for sale on etsy.

Lampwork Glass Beads

Lots of goodies in my etsy shop

Little Critters

Bee on cucumber bloom

Where's Waldo? Baby praying mantis on corn

Soon to be butterfly

just emerged butterfly

Harvest Time

Russian heirloom tomatoes

heirloom zucchini


heirloom cantaloupe
and my supper....
mustard greens, cukes, red potatoes, onions and little fingers carrots.

I am so tickled with my carrots, I tried something new by growing them in a pot! After visiting the urban homestead website, a family in Pasadena CA raising a garden on a tenth of an acre using raised beads and pots and having great success I thought I would give it a try and what do ya know, it works! I've never had much luck growing carrots in my garden so from now on they will be pot bound. Organic gardening is lots more work but well worth it.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Garden Photo's

Upper garden with marigolds, buckwheat, corn and tomatoes.

Lower garden with blue lake green beans on "rustic" tepee's.

Windmill in my strawberry bed companion planted with sweet onions.

New Beads

Meet "Saturn" and "Ripe Plum", two new beads up on etsy.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Garden Babies

Just look at my little babies! First I have a zucchini then a national pickling cucumber, a cute little cantaloupe and my last two pictures are mexico midget tomatoes. I bought my cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes from heirloomvegetables on ebay, click here to see their stuff. I bought my cantaloupe named mamaw's sweetest from smokymistgardens on etsy, click here to see their seeds.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Today's Thoughts

Well yesterday was a difficult day, it's one that I have a lot where I feel the need to go back into the restaurant business. Have you ever had such a yearning for something it hurts? Well that's what it felt like. I tried to keep busy to get my mind off of it, so I did my usual days work of making glass beads and some busy work like cleaning my jewelry desk up (which always stays a mess). After supper, I dug up rocks to put in my walking path out to my studio, yep busy work.

Today is a different story. Today I am so thankful for what I have or should I say what I don't have?!?! Waking up with a terrible headache I pushed through it and got outside enjoying the beautiful day and the stress free life I have now. Those are hard to come by when your cooking and running a restaurant 12 hours a day.

I'm walking around our property munching out on the black raspberries and blueberries thinking how lucky am I! Worrying myself over something so silly when all that really matters in life is faith, family, friends, food and shelter.

While in my gardens I spotted a fuzzy antlered buck munching away. What a beautiful sight! Of course one I see regularly, but nice anyway. As long as he stays out of my garden that is!

So I walk back to my upper garden and work on my october beans tying them up a little from where their flopping around and spot that I have a mess of peas ready to be picked. I get on the picking right away and get a small mess, but this only the first picking. I got my peas in a late this year so I'm a little behind.

I take them to the front porch to shell as I'm watching the hummingbirds fighting over the sugar water, o yes this is a great life! Too many times we realize how blessed we are only after we've lost it. Daily I'm striving to see the beauty around me and stop to enjoy it.

In the Garden

Here are a few pictures from my flower gardens.

Newly listed beads on etsy

I listed these beads on etsy yesterday I call these melon and anemone. Click the picture to see more info.


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