Between Tuesday and Wednesday, Mother Nature decides to spice up life and throw around 7 inches of snow our way! Just look at the difference between the pollinator area from Sunday to Wednesday!
The chickens are not big fans of snowy days, so they decided to stayed tucked nicely in their house! But, their egg production is still increasing!
Every year around this time, I get tagged in the meme with the girl gardening in the snow! So, this year I recreated it! 😆
My good deed for the month of March is marked off! I went down to school (the one I teach at) and shoveled off as much of the playground area as I could for the kiddos. They really appreciated it today!
Im not going to lie and say that I was super productive on the days off from school/work because I wasn’t! I did manage to start making some curtains for the camper!
And below, the Mr. upcycled some spoons into curtain rod holders for the door curtain that I quickly sewed up!
The indoor plants under the grow lights are looking pretty awesome! The only veggies that I have planted are peppers, but I have also started lots of perennials for the pollinator area!
And I will be doing a diy post on fermenting seeds to save them! I had leftover tomatoes in the freezer, so I fermented the seeds. That way I can plant the loads of tomatoes that I need to without spending so much money on plants!
Did it snow where you are? And what do you have growing right now? Keep blooming friends!
Well that’s a mouthful title, isn’t it?! The Mr. has been working so hard on the camper, so I have finally had a chance to work on the cushions in the camper!
They weren’t horrible, but they had some stains, a tiny tear and a lot of boring-ness. I decided to document my easy way of making some slip covers! Here are my supplies: upholstery fabric (got this stuff at Joann’s half off clearance, so $2 a yard! And I got 7 yards for 3 cushions and the back cushion!), and you’ll also need sewing pins, velcro, sewing machine and scissors. (I also used a serger, but it isn’t necessary!)
Step 1.: cut out your fabric to have about an inch overlap length wise, and I left about 6 inches of extra fabric on the ends. Then, I serged the shorter edges, but you can fold it over and sew it under if you don’t have a serger.
Step 2: I sewed up the length of the fabric and it turned into a long tube! (I used the line of the fabric to keep it straight and about 1 inch seam)
Step 3: put the long tube back on the cushion to check for fit. It should have overlapped fabric on both ends.
Step 4: This part is hard to explain, so I’ll just describe it like fold it like a present. (Make sure the bottom of the fabric and bottom of the cushion are facing you!) Fold down the outer piece (it will be the flap that attaches with velcro) about an inch and pin. Then, that pin on top of the cushion is where the velcro will hold the flap shut. Which I found where to put it by pulling the fabric up!
Step 5: Slowly pull the fabric back off of the cushion. It’s not easy, because you want to keep the pins in place! Be patient and realize the longer the cushion, the harder to pull it off!
Step 6: Sew the perimeter of the trapezoid flap and cut velcro to fit. Then sew it on.
Step 7: sew the opposite side of the velcro where you put the pin to match up the velcro. (See photo below tonunderstand placement!)
Step 8: Put the big tube of fabric back on the cushion, and then fold it like it was!
Last step: attach the velcro and look at the beautiful cover that you created!
And just last night I was able to recover the backing board and staple the fabric on.
And now the finished project:
How the cushion looks from the front:
It was a lot of work, but I’m hoping to be able to report back after traveling this summer on how well everything is holding up! Happy sewing!
Hello March!! It definitely came in with crazy winds and some snow today! I am proud to say that we are getting a lot accomplished here!
1. Expand the garden- With the warm days last week, I was able to start taking down the fencing around the garden. It was a lot of work and I still have a lot more! But, that new area is going to looks great! (I hope!)
2. Fix the camper- The Mr.’s installed converter is working great! He also installed a new smoke detector and replaced the bulbs with leds. I made new curtains and he made a stove cover from some upcycked wood.
3.Travel out west- That camper is going to be making some trips this year! We have officially started reserving spots! We will be stopping at many Koa sites as well as mostly national parks!!
4. Create a certified wildlife habitat- There’s a grass patch in front of the garage that is begging to be returned to nature. I am stratifying 3 varieties of milkweed and gathered a bunch of my echinacea seeds. It’s going to be a mix of native plants and some non-native!
5. Reduce garbage- Last year we made 7 bags of garbage and we want to make less than 6 bags. Just on March first, we had to take out our first bag! So, we are off to a good start!
6. Volunteer/Donate/Do Good Every month- Last month I learned how to crochet knitted knockers. They are a pillowy prosthesis for women who have had a mastectomy. And I attended a master gardener meeting and will be finishing my 40 hours to become official!
And I signed up at the “be the match” program that matches you to patients that need marrow.
7. Repurpose, remake, mend, repair- For Valentine’s Day, my Mr. upcycled some old decking boards into a pollinator house! Now to add some bamboo and drilled wood!
8. Paw Paw trees- These native trees have grown near here for such a long time! I can’t wait to give it a try to grow them this year, and eventually (maybe) eat one!! The seeds were pulled from being cold stratified and now are in soil!
9. Build a pizza oven- this is the Mr.’s idea! He built his own Blacksmithing forge, so I’m sure he can do it! I’m definitely looking forward to having a delicious, out of the oven pizza! No real updates yet!
10. Grow different produce- I was able to pick up a majority of the seeds that I wanted online last month. And, I participated in a seed swap and got some Interesting varieties!!
11. Continue tracking the solar panels- It was a mixture of cold and warmer weather last month, but our electric bill was a whopping $0!
12. Work on garden cart sales- We will be doing some upcoming craft shows, but we won’t have any produce for sale for quite a while! However, we were able to harvest some honey (due to losing a hive) and will be using the money from the honey for some new bees!
Did you set any goals?! We are hoping to have checks next to them all at the end of the year! Keep blooming friends! 🌱💚
My Mr. has been working feverishly on the camper to get it ready for a trial run this Spring!
Do you remember that original sticky note with what seemed like an endless list of tasks that needed completed? Well look at it now:
The hot water heater looked like it had seen better days and not cared for properly! But look at that before and after:
He even decided to blacksmith a nice rack of hooks that is right by the bed. Maybe that will help us to not lose so much!
The table was an idea of his. This is where you take out the table and put down the other bed. The problem is where would you put the table when the bed is in use?! So, he made it adjustable and it slides down now so that the bed can be put right over it! Such a great idea!
Next up was what really impressed me! The converter was shot, as in it didn’t power anything anymore! My husband watched countless YouTube videos, questioned both my Dad and brother (both ridiculously handy!) and he was able to rewire it himself! It works perfectly now!
I have been slightly helpful as well! The curtains were not in awesome shape and needed some new life sewn into them! So, I got clearance fabric and did just that!
Next up for me is to make some slip covers for these!
Let me just end this by saying that I really appreciate how much time that my Mr. has dedicated to this project! I believe he is just as excited as the boy and myself to travel out west!
And now a question for you all! Where is a good place to visit for a weekend to camp in around western PA, WV or even Virginia? We need to find a place to try out this beast! Thanks all in advance!
Monday was called off due to the snow. With no school, I planned on getting to work around the house! On Saturday my momma let me know that the Mr. was on the front page of the newspaper. The roads were a mess Friday.
On the weekend I took our recycling plus all of the recycling from school to the recycling center. It closes around 3 everyday! I can only get there on the weekend.
While shopping for groceries, I found some butterfly weed! It’s a type of milkweed, so I’ll be starting that along with 2 other varieties soon!
I have some nice blisters on my fingers from where I’ve been scrubbing all of the dried out birdhouse gourds! Then, we dye them and clear coat them! They are going to (hopefully) be sold at the next craft show!
On Monday, I was able to hang out with my mom for a while. There is not a day that goes by that I take for granted having her. She is literally the nicest person that I’ve ever been around. ❤️ Her so much!
Then, I sewed new curtains for the camper! (A whole update will be coming soon for the camper reno!)
And I was also able to do my swab for the #bethematch bone marrow donation. I might not ever be matched, but I’m here for whoever does match!
And, of course, we spent some time relaxing!
Before we know it the weekend will be here again and we will be working on getting more accomplished! Keep blooming friends! 🌱💚
This beautiful weather awoken our working spirits this weekend. We came out of our hibernation mode for a bit!
My cousin is having a baby boy very soon and I made her a homemade gift, along with the wrapping paper that I upcycled from a paper bag! I even made a little card and bow from that single bag!
I also was able to enjoy some crocheting and finished off projects that were almost completed!
The boy and I whipped up a large batch of lip balm. We are going to use the profit that we make from selling them to buy food for the Union Rescue Mission. Good deeds are being done! ✅
The boy and Mr. helped to measure off the area of the garden that we are going to expand and I’m going to start planning where I’m going to plant everything! And I also started putting some planning into our pollinator garden area!
The Mr. was busy in the garage working on the camper, and doing other projects. I’m excited that he put together our bat house and that he even painted the Batman logo on it! I love it!
He also up cycled the mount from an old satellite dish into a holder for a flag. He’s been wanting to put a flag outside of his garage!
And now to brag on the boy! He made this nice trivet in shop class last marking period! I think he did a great job!
I’m going to enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts! Are you all starting to plan out your garden?! 🌱💚
Two goals for the year all depend on us fixing up an old truck bed camper. We chose this camper because we don’t have to pay to have tags on it, we got a great deal on it, the three of us can fit nicely in it and it really doesn’t need a ton of work! Oh, and did I mention how much money we will save by not staying in expensive hotels!!
The Mr. has managed to already start plugging away at fixing the legs (a previous owner just about ripped them off!) He also patched the holes in the canvas too! (He’s kind of amazing!) However, there’s plenty more to be done!
The toilet/shower: we need to put in storage and get a new shower curtain. The Mr. also will be fixing a leak from the water hose
This is a straight view from the door! The table is up on the bed because a certain child enjoys hanging out in here!
The flooring and cabinets are in great shape, so I won’t be changing them! But, I will show you that interesting fabric up close!
The loft/bed area just needs some sprucing up! We plan on buying a cozy comforter set, changing the curtains, and adding more lighting!
This is the dining/second bed area. When you put the cushion down, it creates an extra sleeping space. When it’s up, the table slides in the middle. We are looking at making the table area easier to take out/put in. And that fabric will be changed up! It has seen better days and is not comfy!
The tiny kitchen area is pretty great as is! We might put in a new faucet, if it needs it. We also need to figure out storage for reusable cups, plates and silverware! We don’t want to create a lot of trash on our trip!
And then there’s the list! I’m in charge of recovering cushions, making new curtains, adding organizational touches. And the Mr… well, he has a lot of not so fun jobs that I’ll be helping with too!
So, now on to what we have already completed: we managed to find a cheap comforter set that’s not girly. 😆
The Mr. forged a nice handle to put on the broken cabinet! It will also be a towel hanger for dishes, or whatnot!
So, we are going to keep working away at creating a nice space for future vacations! And, we are hoping to use this during Easter break to try it out!! Keep blooming friends!