Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Garden Week 7

Things are really starting to pick up around here.

I have these strawberries that were a gift, they're a bit further along then the ones I planted several weeks ago, show offs! And next I have my basket of strawberries, lots of blooms, but not quite berries yet.

Next I have the snap peas. These really need to be staked, hopefully we'll take care of that this weekend. We had a little scare with something eating their leaves. We sprayed them with BTK and now they're doing great. I also replanted a few peas that never sprouted.

The fourth photo from left to right: A mix of lettuces; cilantro on top, peas on the bottom; finally carrots at the far right.

Fifth Photo: The never ending supply of Kale, we've eaten it three times and it just keeps coming back. The spinach is getting very close to eating size, zac wants to wait.

Sixth and final photo: Basil Town! We replanted as much of the basil as possible. There are over 50 plants, we would need more than 20 more containers to separate them all. Zac counted them, I laughed.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Garden Watch - Week 6

We consumed our first harvest this week!

Fresh kale! Zac steamed it lightly with sauteed garlic, bacon and onions, yum!

The main bed is now almost half full, we planted two more squares of carrots and the rest is reserved for tomatoes, basil and maybe peppers. Here it is before we harvested the Kale.

I also received some fun new plants for my birthday from lovely friends. We potted them over the weekend and they look great. In fact, this strawberry is farther along than the others I have.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Electronica Beads: A retrospective

I've been working with this style of beads for a long time. In fact I debuted them in large set in 2006 that you can view here. You can see that the lines are thick and not very detailed. Over time I've found that I can vary to thickness of the lines, the spacing, and the general shape to achieve different effects. I even tried a few different color combos. Here's one in copper green.

But I always come back to dark silver plum for the lines. Nothing else works quite the same way. Recently I've been experimenting with putting complex murrini canes in the centers. You'll see quite a few of these on ebay list:

Dragon Eyes: The one at the top has a transparent purple base with bright blue "dragon eyes" at the centers.

Aqua Electronica: This one in aqua features multi-colored silver glass rose murrini, they sort of jump out of the bead in blues/greens/golds.

Evil Electronica: This black one features bright red rose murrini. I intended it be romantic but as soon as the dark silver plum started to form, I couldn't shake the idea that it might be a little evil.

I guess I went on a little bit of a rose murrini kick, since the next one in red features pale pink rose buds. This one isn't quite what I pictured, but still interesting.

Next we have another purple base/multi-colored rose murrini.

Dark Portals: A nice black bead. I intended the silvery lines to be discrete, I layered black over the silver glass in hopes of creating two thin lines on either sides.

Electronica Star Portals: This green bead came out exactly how I envisioned it. The stars each sit at the base of their own "portal" magnified by clear glass.

Pale Blue Electronica: This bead features pale pink roses but I'm not sure that they contrast enough with the base.

Blue Electronica: This bead that I gave away last month features alabaster cobalt blue glass and murrini that was intended as a spiral pattern.

And lest you think I might be bored or done with this design...nope, I put a nice little six piece set of kaleras in black in the kiln today. Expect it on ebay the week after next.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Garden Watch - Week 5

Well things are coming right along this week. We planted additional spinach and some lettuce. I think these greens are about ready to be harvested:

The strawberries are moving along--I even found a couple of tiny flower buds:

I'm excited to see a second set of leaves on this spinach:

But I think the real top producer in our garden will be this:

It was here when we got here so I can't take much credit. Last year there were so many plums that we made copious amounts of jam and ate two or three a day each and still had trouble getting to them all.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Garden Watch - Week 4 - More Sprouts!

A pretty exciting week, first we have new sprouts:

Snap Peas are just peaking their way out. We'll be planting more of these this weekend, can never have too many snap peas.

The strawberries are coming along, no buds yet but lots of growth in the center.

Then we have the spinach coming in. Exactly 2/3 of the spinach has come up. Weird. We planted more last weekend and we'll probably replant these spotty beds this weekend. We also planted carrots, Cilantro and more spinach in the beds to the left.

Finally, we have my favorite sprouts - the Basil! These are doing lovely, all of them are over an inch tall now and just growing every day. I've been rotating the box nearly every day because they keep leaning towards the sun.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Beads - 3/2

I'm really excited about this mini set and focal. The colors are just stunning. A caramel to purple magenta base with bright turquoise/aqua blue scrolls. Just lovely! Look for them on ebay Thursday!

We have a winner!

A winner has been drawn for my free bead contest. They have been contacted by e-mail. Thanks for playing everyone!

Also, thanks to Hayley of for posting a quick tutorial on changing the width of your blog. Thank you, I love it!