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Today, I received a copy of Sew Liberated that I had ordered from Interweave back when they had their “Broken and Distressed” book sale.  When I first received my shipment, they had forgotten to include that book.  The order had taken so long in the first place because I had ordered it before the Canada Post mail strike.

So, today, it was a nice surprise to receive it in the mail.  The book consists of different patterns that include patchwork.  There is clothes (a neat skirt, a retro looking apron), household items (patchwork on linens) and fun bags.  The bag that jumped out at me was the market bag.  It’s probably due to the fact that I’ve harvested 9 (yes, 9!) zucchinis from my community garden plot.  I also have lots of cherry tomatoes (although the kids are eating them faster than I can pick them LOL), beans and peas that are ready.  I picked a green pepper and two cucumbers.  I even made some pesto with my basil last week.  Ah, I am in gardening heaven!  If only I had a great market bag to carry those fresh veggies…;)


This evening, after a very busy day at the park, my kids and I went to water the community garden.  Boy, were we in for a treat!  Lo and behold, there were some hot air balloons being set up for flight in Whittier Park, right next to our community garden patch.  Instead of helping me water, the children decided to go check out the hot air balloons. 

Well,  they had a prime seat.  I wish I had my camera…I’m sure it’s a moment in time that they will never forget (and nor will I ;).  They sat as close as they could safely be, right beside the hot air balloon that was slowly being filled and slowly raised up.  The whole process probably took about half an hour (I managed to water and plant a few last minute seeds while this was taking place).   They actually got to see people climb into the basket and wave “aurevoir” to them as the hot air balloon slowly ascended into the sky. 

What a beautiful evening!

When we moved in to our house, there was a small patch of strawberries growing in the garden against the garage.  Unfortunately, there were a couple of large trees in our neighbour’s yard overshadowing the little garden patch, so after trying to grow vegetables in that area, I finally gave up and decided to go the container gardening route and let the strawberries go wild.  Well, after 6 years, the small patch now spans the width of our one car garage.  This week, I picked one large bowlful of strawberries every day.  You can’t find anything more local than your own backyard.

As an ode to my plentiful strawberry patch that has made my children and me quite happy this week, I knit up a set of toy strawberries with crocheted calix.  Here are photos of the real thing and the not so real ones. 😉  Can you tell the difference?




If you like this set, it is listed in my Etsy shop:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/77045677/strawberry-knit-crochet-set-of-5

Mention that you saw this on my blog and I’ll ship it to you for free.

I checked out my backyard garden and the plants are looking  great.  Some of the seeds I planted last week are actually coming up.  I think we had a good mix of rain and hot weather in the past week that were just right to make things pop out of the earth.  Here are a few photos for your enjoyment. (Please don’t look at the weeds. 😦 I’ll try to get to that this weekend…)  The upside down plant is an experiment.  I’m trying to grow zucchini in the “topsy-turvy” planter.  We’ll see how that goes.

It’s Friday!  Finally! This weekend, I’m hoping to have a go at my gardens (the one in my yard and the community garden patch), drive out to the country to visit my friend who recently got a number of chicks (as in chickens LOL) and then on Monday afternoon, we are hoping to head out to Tinkertown with my kids and some our friends.

Oh, and one of the members of the Winnipeg Etsy Team is having a garage sale which I am hoping to check out tomorrow morning.  Not that I need any more yarn, but perhaps I could sneak some into the house without my husband noticing? LOL  We’ll see.

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I can’t wait until the weekend.  It is the May long weekend, the weekend when traditionally, garderners start planting their gardens.  It is usually safe to plant on the long weekend in Manitoba, as the risk of frost has passed.

I already have two begonias that my son and I bought.  I also have a few tomato plants, a pepper plant, some lettuce and herbs that need to be put in the ground pronto!

The forecast is calling for rain on Saturday and Sunday so we just might plant a few things this evening.  I can’t wait! 🙂

My son has recently mastered the skill of riding his bicycle without training wheels.  Seeing as the weather was beautiful yesterday, I decided to go for a bike ride with the kids and try to find the community garden plot that we will be renting this summer.

It was a good 15 minute ride to get to the park and we spent quite a while riding around to find the space we were allocated.  Just before we decided to give up and head home, we found it!!!

Our garden space is about 10X10.  One of my coworkers had it last year, but he moved away to Quebec for the year and asked the organizers if we could have it.  

My kids were so excited, even though there were mostly weeds and dead plants that needed to be cleaned out.  We did find a nice surprise, though.  There was a row of spinach that was coming up and a tiny bit of parsley.  Seems like there are a few rabbits who snack on things as there were two gardens surrounded by chicken wire…   

My daughter had so much fun that it was hard to get her back in the bike trailer.  My son discovered the compost piles and had the greatest fun throwing in the dead tomato plants. 

My husband and I made a list of what we want to plant and now I have to figure out what I want to plant at home and what I will plant in that garden.  I plant in containers and a raised bed at home.  Seeing as space is at a premium, I’ve been using the square foot gardening method.  So far, it’s worked well, although one of my husband’s friends’ mother who was visiting from Africa thought my tiny garden was the funniest thing she had ever seen.

I have visions of lush plants all over my yard…We’ll see how it goes because keeping all that up is not easy with two little kids, limited time and a limited budget. I will definitely post pictures as things progress throughout the summer.  😉