Ta-Da!

We’ve had a heatwave.

Plain and simple, the vegies I usually plant for a later harvest have struggled.

So to compensate, I dug through my stash of old sheets and between the hubby and I, came up with an idea that just might do the trick.

I present the Cucumbers of July 16, 2018 complete with sunburn and impending death.Cucs shaded9.jpg

What our young cucs needed was some relief in the form of shade. So I looked into the mesh shade cloth that you see at greenhouses and larger gardens.

It’s very nice, but I want to save a few pennies. That’s the whole point of gardening right?! Grow your own vegies to save on the grocery bill? And of course there’s the flavor 😉

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So here’s what we came up with. Two giant ‘sails’. Really just a curtain with rod pockets at top and bottom. Some old pipe came in handy to attach it to our raised bed. And when storm clouds rise or the weather turns fair, we gather it in the middle and tie it up until danger of getting ripped passes.

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Taken just 1 week after assembling this shade curtain. And I will admit to having some nice rainfall to help the situation. Just a good all around combination.

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And here’s the mandatory garden view.

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Upcycled From My Closet/Letter U

I probably save too much stuff. But this is one fabric I really liked and couldn’t part with. So it is about to become a useful item. A bib. Something I need a lot of in my profession. And to be perfectly up front, I’ve even had requests for adult bibs. You just never know how large you’ll need to make  one 😉 But for the sake of this post, it’s for the babies.
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As you can see in the beginning tutorial above, it’s pretty much a straightforward idea.

I just wanted to show some minor improvements you’ll want to be aware of…Ironing is the best way to get a more desirable appearance.

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Also be sure to clip those curves. Home Economics class  101 lesson right here.

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Turn right sides out, press (again), pin opening closed and top stitch.

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All you need now is to decide if you want Velcro or Snaps for your closure. I don’t recommend Buttons. It’s better for it to be able to break free from babies who are learning to pull (or throwing a tantrum). Your daily baby care dose 🙂

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Bookmark, Bag, Birthday, Blessing/Letter B

Spent some time trying to figure out a present for my niece who is moving out of the nest. This A to Z challenge proved pretty timely as I’ll have some items piling up in my stash.

I’d like to first show you a tutorial in progressive photos of the bookmark.

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Note: be sure to tear off the paper before sewing backing on.

I used some old bluejeans fabric for the backing and added a rick rack tag.

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Hoping she’ll find some tasty recipes to share with me in the future.

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Baked Potato Bag is Bursting with “B”ears of course! Made by yours truly with love!

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Party at Bandana’s.

I nearly ended this post with that last line, but my niece suffered a huge loss very recently. I’ve decided to share a little ‘New Home Blessing” and dedicate it to her new abode.

Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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