Monday, September 14, 2009


I have been leaning towards sewing lately. Really the sewing of 60's fashion. I just ordered two vintage patterns from my snack pack sales. I previously ordered three vintage patterns and haven't even had the time to look at them, let alone make anything! However here I am ordering more!

The thing with vintage items is usually if you wait to buy something you really like, it'll be gone in the time you've been hemming and hawing. I've missed out on a number of fantastic vintage patterns and other such lovely things this way. So for now I'll just collect vintage patterns, in hopes of one day making a new wardrobe for myself!

In gardening news, the lettuce barrels are doing great! They've been loving the rain and cool weather. Also I've had another small crop of strawberries pop up, after we relocated the plants to planters in the front. The blackberries are almost done, most that we were waiting on never ripened, as the heat never came.

In the kitchen I've been making cheese scones, whole wheat french bread (i've given up on sourdough for now) and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Due to a shortage, I've found a fantastic addition to my cookie recipe! I was a cup short of oatmeal , and instead of running next door, decided to put in some ground flax seed. WOW!! what a difference! The cookies were much more airy, and melted in your mouth wonderfully! The men of the house prefer raisins to chocolate chips, so I just made a small batch for myself. I then ate them all in one day!

So now it's night time and we are all tired! Goodnight!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Homesteading and Looking Good

I've been doing a lot of thinking about our little homestead. It's great, but I don't know if urban homesteading is totally for me. Some part of me wants to be in the country. We are thinking of moving ..... out of the city a bit! I can't really imagine a life where I have to drive more than five minutes to downtown, but it may just happen. I'm also trying to push the chicken agenda again.

We went to the Saanich Fair and saw a whole barn full of gorgeous chickens. almost feinted with those beautiful gals surrounding me! I was in love and stayed for a long time after the rest of the family abandoned me. Jack was afraid of the roosters. They're loud, I don't blame him! Anyways I don't know if I can wait a year and a half for my babies!! I want them now!!

Okay onto something else (crazy chicken lady rants are never a good way to end a post!). I've been addicted to wearing skirts. Most of my pre maternity clothes fit, but my hips haven't shrunk back to what they once were. All my old skirts fit, as long as they are sitting above my hips. It all feels very 50's! SO I found a pattern (above) and plan to make some cute retro numbers! Wish me luck!

Friday, September 4, 2009


Something has devoured my lettuce! I haven't been paying as much attention to my little green barrels and they are mostly just little stems now. The Red Sail Lettuce is about the only thing left. It's rather dissapointing. It does however point to the fact that I just don't have time. Even for a micro garden!

I don't have the time to harvest, or the time to water. I suppose if there were a lot of plants it would be worth setting up a soaker hose. That would solve my watering problem. I am sure next year things will be a bit better in terms of harvesting. I hope to have a bit more time, or am i fooling myself? I'd like Jackson to have his own garden and I'd like some blueberry bushes and a few tomato plants at least!

Next door they have an insane amount of tomato plants. They are so tall they reach the second floor windows! I'm not sure what the plan is over there, but there are just a ton of little cherry tomatoes. Jackson loves to eat them right off the vine and I can't think of a better way for our little guy to get his veggies!

Cory was given a large bag of organic tomatoes from his dad's and i bought some more tomatoes, so plan to do some canning tonight or tomorrow. I am a bt nervous as I haven't done any canning before. I was hoping for my mom's help, but she is away this weekend and the tomoatoes just can't wait any longer. Wish me luck!