Posts Tagged ‘children

I just found out that I got a spot in a community garden in my neighbourhood.  I am very excited!  Even though we can’t really plant anything until the May long weekend, I am already planning what I want to grow.

I bought a book last year about gardening in small spaces called “Incredible Edibles” by Sonia Day.  It focuses on planting in containers and in small spaces, which is perfect for my yard.  Plus, it’s Canadian, which is a big plus.  I took out a book from the library that says that you can grow lemons trees and banana trees in your living room.  My husband sure got a kick out of that one (He grew up around these trees in Africa. LOL)

Last year, I planted potatoes in an old tin washbasin.  I think we ended up with about 6 very small potatoes but boy, did we have fun digging them up!  Just for the fun factor, I would love to plant those again!

I’ve been  trying to grow eggplant for years but with very minimal success.  I think I’ll give up on that one because it’s too hard.

I’ll try my hand again at spinach and plant it right after the last frost. I think my major problem had been planting it too late.

Of course, there are the good old standbys like peas, beans and lettuce and of course, tomatoes.  We’ll also plant carrots andI would love to try melon.

I ordered some herbs from a coworker who was selling plants as a fundraiser for his church.  I think I may have gotten a variety of lettuce from him as well.

We also have a small strawberry patch that is fairly prolific.  I suspect there may be some fighting over strawberries this year because my daughter will definitely have caught on to how to pick them.

Oh, I can’t wait.  If only it would get warmer!  It’ll be so much fun to see things grow!


I am in limbo with the hat and mitten set because I am half way through finishing the second mitt but have run out of wool 😦  I do have a few tricks up my sleeve to remedy the situation so hopefully one of them will work out (fingers crossed).

We had a bit of a busy weekend as we celebrated my daughter’s second birthday on Saturday although I did manage to fit in a few little projects.  Once the dust settled (or should I say the balloons started falling off the walls :P) and the kids were in bed, I finally got around to making my son’s DS cover. 

I followed the pattern found here on It’s a crayon disaster’s blog.  I made an I-cord instead of the stockinette cords and made the change she had suggested about the purl row between the 9″ mark and the 1 1/2″ piece.  The final touch was to adorn it with those cute mean looking black kitty buttons.  I love the fact that the design has room to fit in those small pesky games taht always get misplaced!

Here it is:

This Nintendo DS cover is available for purchase on my Etsy site for 15$ (Canadian) and is a custom order only.

My next short project: another coffee sleeve and then, on to my sister’s request for a sweater, hat, baby mitts and botties for her niece or nephew on  the way for March.

My son is a crafter in training.  There is nothing he loves best than to do crafts with me.  For Christmas, my sister-in-law gave him the BEST present EVER!  A full box of craft supplies and a list of 12 crafts to make with what was in the box.

We did the first January craft which involved colouring a piece of paper, then colouring over the design with a black crayon and scratching out the pattern or drawing to expose the colours underneath.  This was great fun!

However, I must admit here that we cheated and couldn’t wait until February to do the next one.  I hope she won’t be mad! LOL

I was blown away when I opened the box and found a original jar of (wait for it!) Podgy!  And from Lewiscraft no less!  I don’t know if you can walk into Michael’s and find the stuff anymore!!!  This brought back memories of my childhood and the crafting classes I used to take in this little craft shop in my neighbourhood!  I’m sure all you 30 something crafters and your mothers can remember those days!

So February’s project was to glue some dried beans, split peas and lentils to a soup can.  By the end of it, all three of us (my 2 year old daughter too), were trying to get the beans to stick.  Our fingers were covered in glue and as the glue started drying on the can, it got easier to get the bigger ones to stick.  Our end result was great and we decided that we would try our hand at making a decorated can with scraps of yarn that we will wind around the soup can.  We had lots and lots fun, especially when my son figured out that his skin wasn’t peeling, it was just the glue on his fingers that he was pulling off. LOL