Yesterday, we trimmed our Christmas tree and I realized that we didn’t have anything to go on top! A couple of years ago I got a silver star from the Dollar Store as a temporary tree topper and had tried to modify it with glitter, which ended up being very tacky (and not in a good tacky kind of way.) So, in a burst of glue gunning, I covered that silver star with a crocheted doiley that I had snagged at Value Village! I love it. It’s got an old-fashioned, yet simple look and finishes the tree off nicely with a touch of something handmade. If I had thought to take some before and during pictures, I would post them, but, alas. Basically, all you need is a doiley, a hot glue gun, and something to glue it on to (in this case, the star.) Start at the center of the front with dabs of glue under the doiley and work your way out. As hard as it was to take a pair of scissors to a handmade doiley, I trimmed it to fit and folded it around to the back side. Because you can see our tree from all sides, I used some of bits of lace that I trimmed off to cover the rest of the back.
I’m having a fun time this fall/winter making containers. Everyone needs to organize their stuff, right? It feels like that perfect mix of crafting something fun and beautiful, yet useful. Here I used the Design*Sponge tutorial on recycled paper baskets, using strips of folded paper. Because I didn’t have enough paper to make all the strips I needed, I substituted in some birch bark strips, which go well with the leathery, wooden look of the paper. (The bark was taken from already-fallen found logs, people! Never from standing trees.) It’s a little bit wonky, but still easy and fun. Here’s the tutorial link: http://www.designsponge.com/2012/01/sewing-101-recycled-paper-basket.html
This summer, for the second year, I’ve grown my grandfather’s beans.
In our family, homemade baked beans are a staple, almost like potatoes or rice. When my Grampie was younger, he would grow his own beans for drying, which my Gran would bake. Everyone in the family agreed that his were far superior to the store-bought.
Anyway, in recent years, Grampie was unable to garden. After he passed away, Gran gave me some of his beans that she had saved, and I’ve grown them and collected the dried beans.
Last summer, I saved some of the beans for seed and gave the rest to Gran for baking. This time, I think I’ll try my hand at baking them. I’ll let you know how they turn out…
The community garden looks so absolutely gorgeous right now! I invite everyone to drop by and pick some flowers from the communal centre plot. For those of you who prefer to “virtually” go to the garden (or just can’t wait!) click here for more snapshots.
p.s. The Sunnyside Community Garden is on MacDonnell Street at Brock St (beside the daycare.)
I mentioned to some of the other gardeners to feel free to try some of the tatsoi growing in my bed. Here’s a picture so that you can identify it. It’s delicious raw or steamed like spinach, especially when small.
There’s also lots Lamb’s Quarters coming up around the garden, if not in your plot, then in the communal bed and definitely in the unused PAL daycare bed. It’s an edible weed and delicious (like buttery spinach.) Try it raw or bring it home to cook. Here’s a website with some recipes (I haven’t tried any of them.)