Friday, January 28, 2011

Seed Starting Chart

Still longing for spring to get here. Doesn't seem to be happening soon enough for me.

As I have been thinking about what I am going to plant this year, I came across this handy-dandy Lazy Gardener's Seed Starting Chart on You Grow Girl. All you have to do is input your last frost date for your zone and, voile!, all your seed starting dates are changed! What a great tool!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweater Guard Madness!

It is sweater guard madness over at Virgo's Vintage. I got my hands on a whole bunch of very awesome, very retro sweater guards (thanks Mom!) and have finally added them to the shop. Sweater guards for all occasions!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nursery Artwork by Johanna van der Sterre

I have some exciting news to share! Our family is growing. We will be adding a baby into the mix the end of July!

I also wanted to share with you the lovely artwork I will be hanging in the nursery. I have raved about my sister-in-law's artwork before, but I just can't get enough. I am now the proud owner of two beautiful original illustrations just perfect for the sweetest of nurseries. Thank you to my mom for getting these for us. You can find more original artwork at her Etsy shop.

On another note, the frames are from This place is amazing! Not only do they have an amazing selection of frames and mattes, but they are very reasonably priced and they are fast. I placed my order on Sunday and the frames were delivered on Thursday! And, just for a fraction of the cost it would be to take it to a framing store. Highly recommended!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Classic Baguettes

I am pretty new to making my own bread, but I am having so much fun! There is nothing better than warm bread fresh from the oven. In searching for good bread recipes, I found King Aurther's website. Their site has a TON of amazing recipes for not only bread, but for cakes, muffins, soups, pies, and more! I had been looking to make an Italian or French loaf with a soft and light inside and light-brown hard crust, and came across King Arther's Baguette Recipe.

I followed the directions completely (adding an extra misting of water about half way through baking to make the crust crunchier), and they turned out wonderfully! Just the kind of bread I was looking for!

Can't wait to have a piece with dinner tonight!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Grandma's Needlework

My most cherished possession is an embroidery my grandmother made in 1938 when she was 14 years old. It features the beginning of Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want".

Growing up, I spent the weekends with my grandma. This needlework was always hanging above her bed, and it is something that brought me great comfort—much like the psalm itself. Even though Grandma passed in 2008, I still feel close to her every time I look at it.

What is your most cherished possession?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Letterpress Tray Jewelry Organizer

This was my latest project. I turned an old letterpress type tray into a wall-hanging jewelry organizer and display! It took quite a while to complete, as I had to take breaks when my knuckles were getting raw from twisting and pushing the eye hooks into the hard wood of the trays. But all the pain and effort was worth it! I just love my new jewelry organization method! Check it out...

Monday, January 17, 2011

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