This summer my daughter and I planted a dwarf variety of sunflowers, and when they reached maturity and bloomed we thought it would be a good idea to bring some inside. Then we decided it would be a good idea to paint them. Then I decided it would be a good idea to learn about a famous artist and his Sunflowers painting. The painting was inspiring; his wiki page was not. Van Gogh had issues, man.
Miss Alexandra turned 5 this past May. I’ve never featured her much on the blog because she didn’t understand what it meant to give me her permission to post photos of and stories about her previously. It’s important to me that she’s cool with being on the internet and obviously I’d like to keep her safe from weirdos, but we live in a different age of technology now and I also don’t want her to feel left out if I’m NOT allowing her to have some sort of internet presence. Anyway, on to the art project…
We hauled our sunflowers and zinnias inside and made our little still life setup happen on the dining room table. That’s a $10 tablecloth from TJ Maxx, in case you were wondering if I was crazy enough to paint on some fancy flaxen table dressing. Next, we made our outlines with black paint and basically colored in from there. The blue background was applied last.
Our paints were a hodge podge of Basic acrylics and children’s washable paints, and our brushes were some Crayola and whatever I’ve found at Michael’s over the years that were in my art bin, which is super well-organized; in fact, it’s so perfect I’m not even going to show it to you. Just look at Pinterest photos some other mom has taken of her perfectly curated art/craft closet and you’ll see what I mean, wink, wink.
The whole project took about an hour from start to finish. And I only know this because I was looking to fill my hour of anxiety on a Sunday evening before her father was due to pick her up. It worked, and we successfully avoided the yuckies while making something beautiful with things we had grown ourselves while spending quality time together. I hope if you have kids that sometime you can find the time to paint something from your garden with them. And if you didn’t grow anything this year, paint some rocks as plant identifiers for what you want to grow next year!
Hi everyone. I feel like I ghosted this blog and its readers the past 12 months, and while I’m not ready to really discuss things, I thought I would just post an update about my current garden. Hopefully it will suffice til I start blogging regularly again.
So, it’s August here in zone 6b, and I would love to say I’ve had a wildly successful garden this year, that would be a lie. Here’s what: I have zinnias that are off the chain, cilantro that wouldn’t stop until it did (no surprise), basil growing like weeds next to tomatoes I never staked, and peppers that are 1/3 still thinking about producing.
I’m going to continue the blog, but I’m probably not going to be all LOOK I POSTED about it for now. I do have a lot of updates I want to write about, so if you’re still following I hope you enjoy.
Japanese hand hoe–it’s a legit tool that makes weeding super easy. I’m so enthralled by it that I took video with my phone and created a YouTube channel so you can see how it works. The Japanese hand hoe cuts under the soil and cuts the roots of the weeds. As a follow-up to prevent them from coming back you just need to cover up the soil with black weed paper, mulch, or straw.
I didn’t know this tool even existed until my landlord, who is an organic farmer, saw me weeding by hand one day and took pity on me. He brought me his and loaned it to me. I’m looking at some on Amazon when I decided to get around to ordering my own. They’re not expensive; the ones I’ve looked at are anywhere from $10-$25.
What do you think? Have you ever used one of these? If so, why didn’t you tell me about it?!
I’ve shared this before but that was a spring or two ago, and since all my old posts are gone, I thought I’d add it again. Here is a handy dandy infographic showing you how to prep your garden for planting, and some ways to start seeds indoors.
To grow a garden? I don’t know; has anyone ever counted the number it takes to grow a garden in xyz amount of space? That seems unlikely. Here’s what I do know: I bought about 30 packets of seeds today. (4/6/17)
UPDATE: (4/26/17) Shortly after I began this post, my landlord decided for me that I couldn’t handle a garden that large and seeded 2/3 of it with grass seed. I’ll leave you to your own conclusions as to how I felt about that.
I’m now working with an apparently much more manageable area and have seeded one plot with different varieties of zinnia, and sowed marigold seeds (that I saved the past two years) all around the border of this newest iteration of backyard garden plot.
This weekend I’ll be re-mapping this garden. I had everything mapped out about 8 weeks ago, but life happens and things change and landlords have other ideas and…there you are.
It’s April, and we have definitely had some showers. I sowed spinach, kale, and radishes a few weeks ago and they are popping up in the garden. Last Friday the Kroger outdoor display of pansies sucked me in and I bought some to brighten the front porch. The entire yard is full of violets anhad dandelions, and every other house I pass has tons of daffodils and hyacinths in bloom. Spring has sprung.
As I get back into the swing of blogging regularly again, I’m just going to post pretty randomly. Sometimes I’ll have time to upload and edit photos and sometimes I won’t. I’d rather post more frequently at this point then worry about SEO and whether something is post-worthy, and spend extra time making sure it’s perfect. I worried a lot about those things with my first attempt/first few years writing this blog and it was pointless. I’m just going to have fun with it now instead. It’s good to be posting again!
Whatever happened to Her Emerald Thumb? I’m sure this was the question on everyone’s mind since last October, because it was just another boring fall with no election or anything.
A lot has changed in my life during these past few months, and I’m excited to share with you my new garden and adventures within it. The first iteration of Her Emerald Thumb is lost as I let my web hosting lapse, but if you would like to dig up any old posts, let me know and I can help you find them through the Wayback Machine, or you can search it yourself.
Stay tuned for lots of exciting additions to this site.