Thursday, June 9, 2011

Garden Up

I love planning, creating, building, and gardening. So when I learned about raised beds and square foot gardening, I couldn't wait to get started! After two years with some great garden success I decided to add to it. I didn't want to take up more lawn space so I had to find a way to be inventive. I found the book "Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space" by Derek Fell and I was inspired! It was a great book about gardening in general. I have to admit that it didn't go into building the actual structures as much as I would have liked it to. But, it gave me what I needed to figure out what I could create and be successful with it. Dave and I took a trip to the hardware store and looked at our options. We decided to go with a PVC structure. Seriously this project took less than a half a day and only that long because we had to go shopping for the materials. We purchased 4-foot rod iron bars and hammered them as far as they would go into the ground. We cut the pipe to fit the garden boxes. We placed the upright pipes over the rod iron placed the elbow connectors on the top and connected each of the uprights with the cross bars. We thread the pipes through nylon garden net. Finished! So easy and it ended up looking better than we imagined. The book explained what plants could be trained on the netting and which plants to plant in front of them. So in the middle we have zuchini, summer squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, and cucumbers. We have a box with just tomatoes and Yanna's merigolds in front of them which she loves watering each day. In front of the squashes I have a variety of peppers and herbs. I then have another box with my salad garden which I am picking from right now. YUM!! You can definitely do this as well as so many other vertical gardening ideas for your space!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Say it with a Diaper!

 
We have received some really sweet gifts from friends and family for Clara. I needed a nice way of saying thank you. And of course I am a designer, so I couldn't just buy them, I had to make them. I played around for a bit and came up with these! I had to make them so that they had dimension but were simple to put together (I am still sleep deprived over here ya know). I had seen diaper cards before but wanted to add some Poshness to them. I am so excited with how they turned out. I also created matching envelopes for them. Hopefully everyone will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed their gifts. I am now tweaking them to offer in the shop later this week!

Monday, June 6, 2011

We Are Back!

The past few weeks have been out-of-this-world CRAZY! But hopefully things will now calm down and I can get back to business!!
In April we welcomed to the family Clara Louise! She is perfect! We love her so much and are so happy to have her. The mystery was of course solved when she was born whether she was a girl or boy, but she decided to keep us guessing with her eye color. But now we are pretty sure she will have blue eyes.
I had a cesarean section so recovery was interesting but I am finally getting around pretty well. But I have new respect for all mothers of multiple children! I was getting next to no sleep what-so-ever! Clara wanted to feed every 2-3 hours and I still had to stay conscience in the day for Yanna. My family was a huge help. I love them so much for everything they did for us.

We took Yanna for a tour of preschools in our area and she ended up coming down with a virus that had her quite miserable with a 104.0 degree fever! During this time I wasn't sure if my sanity would make it. Between her being so sick and me still having to look after Clara and trying to make sure she didn't catch anything I just couldn't get to sleep.

So then things seemed to finally calm down as Yanna's fever broke and Clara started sleeping 4 hours in the night. We took a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Train with the family and went to see Thomas The Train. We had such a great time. Although I do not know who had more fun, Yanna or my Dad!

We must had forgotten to knock on wood because as Yanna ran into the kitchen to cook with her Opa (grandpa in German) and I, Diesel our dog attacked her face. I have never let out a louder scream in my life nor have I ever moved to fast. We rushed her to the hospital where I held a tissue to her face holding together the gash on her cheek. Yanna wasn't even crying, she was instead trying to calm me down. "Don't worry mommy, everything will be ok." "Please stop crying mommy, I forgive you." My heart was broken. Writing this now still makes my stomach turn. At the hospital they were amazing with her and they patched her up quite well with surgical glue and steristrips. Unfortunately, we have to figure out what to do with Diesel which is also heartbreaking but necessary.

Now, Knock On Wood, I am hoping to get back to work. When I originally opened the shop back up I had almost 600 Etsy convos to respond to! This made me super happy but, wow, I am still working on getting everyone a response. My email went crazy as well! So I have been playing some major catch up. But we have also been adding onto the shop. This weekend we put together a number of new products and have now officially a standard color chart! So many great things on the way! I can't wait to catch up with everyone!

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