Garden Produce

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Sep 192018
 

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Food From The Garden Scrapbook Layout

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Anybody who visits my blog regularly may well have realised by now that, as well as crafting, I like gardening.  But my health/disability problems means I can not do what I’d like or as much as I’d like.  So these days a lot of my gardening is done in raised beds, hanging baskets, barrels, etc.  There are fruit trees and bushes in the garden, but I can pick from them while sitting in one of the numerous chairs I have dotted all around the garden.  the only two crops that are sewn directly into the ground are peas and runner beans, and I had help to sew them, and again picked them by having strategically placed garden chairs.

Some things have been a bit of a disapointment, crop wise, this year, but mostly I’ve got a fair assortment of things from the garden that have given myself and my mother a nice variety in our food, as well as giving some away to friends and family.

So I thought I’d show you some of what I’ve grown by creating a digital scrapbook layout of what I brought in one day. (I must admit to not going out and picking every day but try to pick something three or four times a week even if I don’t make it all the way around.)

So, I took a bag out on the morning of the 10-9-2018 and picked, and then tripped the whole lot out onto the kitchen table, and this is what I’d got.

After a bit of a sort out they looked like this –

 

  • A bowl full of cherry tomatoes, both yellow and red tumblers grown in two hanging baskets.
  • The seeds from Nasturtiums soaking in salted water in a cup to make poor man’s capers.
  • Runner Beans – ready for my mother to string and cut up.
  • Assorted cut and come again mixed letyuce leaves with nasturtium flowers ready to add a few things to make a smoothie.
  • Eating apples and pears.
  • Yelliw and green courgettes that have grown well in my “jungle raised bed”.

And this is the digital scrapbook layout I made using these photos. I used the Citrus Celebrations Digital Mini Kit from Dragons Lair Designs. I worked on the layout in My Craft Studio Elite software.

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I’ll still have a variety of craft I’m working on, as well as some that I have finished, that I need to blog, so please do pop back to have a look.

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A Bit Of A Catchup And A Layout

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Jul 312018
 

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A Bit Of A Catchup And A Digital Scrapbook Layout

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Several of those amongst my online friends have noticed that I’ve not been very active online for the last few weeks – thank you for noticing and commenting.  There’s nothing to worry about – it’s just that I’ve been using what little energy I’ve had on other things, and, although I have been online a bit every day I’ve just been too exhausted to do as much commenting and be as active in FB crafting groups as I like to be.  I’ve even realised now that I’ve not even been in some groups and put up links to the small number of my own blog posts that have gone live this month.

So, What have I been up to? —

My main activity has been puttering around in the garden.  I would like to be able to tell you that I’ve got everything I wanted to do all finished in the garden, but unfortunately not.  With my health issues and disabling conditions I can only do little bits at a time, and need help with some things, and with the high temperatures we’ve had lately those “little bits at a time” have had to be early in the morning or late at night.

It started off in April with more weeds than plants.

And half the garden is still more weeds than plants I want, but one half is getting closer to what I’d like.  I’m hopeing to do some scrapbook layouts, progress report blog posts, or slideshows of how I progressed, in due course, and hopefully I’ll get more of the half I’m working on this year into a more organised state before the summer ends.

But now it’s raining and I can do a bit of catching up.  Hurray!

So, although I’ve not posted a lot to my blog this month, I know that I’ve missed posting in some FB groups when some of my posts have gone live, I thought I’d give you a list of all my July posts to start off with.

3rd – Birthday Cards And More

28th – June/July Colouring Challenge in DLD Fan Group

29th – More Christmas Cards

30th – July’s Calendar Page

So, other than gardening, what else have I been up to? – Not a lot!

With the temperature being so high I just couldn’t face getting out my sewing machinen and continuing work on my “Big Work In Progress” – just the thought of having the quilts on my lap and manouvering them round as I did more quilting on them was enough to bring me out in a sweat.  Once the temperature cools, and once I have less to do in the garden, I will be back quilting, and I will keep the update posts comming.

But, although I haven’t had my big sewing project out I have had my sewing machine out and sewn a couple of pairs of shorts for the youngest nephews.  I’ve got a blog post part written about them, though I’ve only managed to get one nephew to stand still long enough to photograph him wearing his shorts yet.

I’ve also made another couple of batches of Christmas Cards.  Brain not in gear to go all out for a big batch yet, but have put some together to sell at our chapel when a proportion of the proceeds go towards the work of the Sunday School.  I’ve been requested for some simple cards that will go through the post as a standard letter – many don’t want to pay for elaborate cards or to pay for a Large Letter stamp, so what I’ve made so far fits into the not to expensive or large category.  Others want a small number of more elaborate cards for delivering by hand or putting in with gifts for special friends and family, so I’ll have to start thinking of those cards over the next month or so.  I will get what I’ve done photographed and blogged before long, so keep  an eye out for those posts as well.

To finish I thought I’d show you my strawberries!

I made a post of a layout “Strawberries Digital Scrapbook Page” back in May.

This is what I showed you then –

I decided to make a further Digital Scrapbook Page, using the same Cirtus Celebrations mini kit as I’d used before to show what we got from the strawberry barrel at the end of June.

There are two breeds of stawberries in the tub, ordinary sized ones round the sides and plants that produce giant strawberries in the top.

That’s my hand in the picture – the giant strawberries were more than 2″ across.

We had lots to eat, some to freeze, some in smoothies, and I even dried some in a food dehydrator I got for my birthday – these dried strawberries I used when makeing a type  of fruit and nut bar.

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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May 252018
 

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Digital Scrapbook Page

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If you’ve followed my blog post for any length of time you will have realised that gardening is one of my other hobbies in addition to crafting. Because of my disabling conditions the vast majority of my gardening is done in a variety of containers while I’m sitting down.

My tower of strawberry plants looked rather dismal last month, before I cut off all the dead or old leaves, fed the tower with liquid fertiliser, and put a net onto the frame around it to give it some protection.

By May the plants are in bloom and look as if I may get a bumper crop.

This month, on the Dragons Lair Designs Blog there is a challenge to creat something using one kit – Citrus Celebrations.

To take part in the challenge you need to go to the DLD Etsy store and buy the Cirtus Celebrations mini kit.

Then collect the 2 parts of the free download from the blog.

Then have fun makeing something using items from the digital downloads.  Full instructions are on the blog.

I decided to make a digital scrapbook layout showing my strawberry tower before I worked on it, and how it looks now with flowers all over it.

This is what I came up with.

Hopefully, before the end of next month, I’ll have red strawberries to photograph and eat. Then I can create another scrapbook layout to show you.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • DLD Blog – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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