Monday, April 30, 2012

This morning Hunter and I went to Menard's to get fencing for the garden, stakes, 6 seed packets, and 2 solar lights on clearance for $1.50. At check out Hunter kept talking, hanging on the cart, and the women behind us was uncomfortably close, and the debit card thingy had 2-4 questions and I kept getting distracted, why are all the stores different- walmart has one question, target has like 5? And oh, you have to bag your own stuff, and I don't like taking a bag... Nevertheless, we took our stuff, loaded up the car, and went grocery shopping. When we got home, I unloaded the car, put away groceries, ate lunch and went to work in the yard with Hunter. When I went to plant squash seeds I realized I could not find the seeds I had bought at Menard's. I looked all around the kitchen, car, living room, everywhere. Nothing.

So this evening when I was putting up the fence around the garden and I realized I needed a few more poles I also decided I would check to see if I had left the seeds at the check out. The guy working the later shift did not find the clerk had left the seeds anywhere, so I was sent to the return desk to reprint my reciept (also no where to be found). Sure enough the seeds are on the reciept. The man working the return desk was super patient with me, and asked the supervisor desk if they had the seeds up there anywhere. The supervisor was actually able to check the video footage by having the return desk clerk give her the time and register number. I was thrilled! Thank goodness a video to tell me what happened to these seeds. Turns out, the clerk put the seeds in my hands and I set them on the top of my purse.

Okay, so now where are they?

While I was waiting for the lady to watch the survielance I noticed they actually charged me for 3 $1.50 solar lights, and I only bought two.  The supervisor noted that on the video, so she was able to tell the guy at the return desk. I had to go back to the garden center to get the stakes, so I stopped at the supervisor desk and asked the lady if she could check the parking lot surviellance or ask the cart guys if they had found them. If I can figure out where the seeds are (if someone else found them in the cart and kept them, or if the cart collectors never saw them) I can stop looking for them at home. The return desk guy said if things got slow he would check the carts that had been brought in that evening to see if they were in there.

I explained to both the return desk man and supervisor lady that I have memory problems. I think I may have told them more than once, which probably made me sound even more nuts.

How ridiculous is this? I mean, seriously, I am 33. I think.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Garden Labels

Haven't had any time to craft lately, been spending so much time in the yard cleaning things up, potting and sowing and unpacking from our trip, and trying to keep our house clean. Last night I was itching to make something- so I pulled out the clay I bought weeks ago and made some garden labels. For about what I pay for a bag of plastic labels (that the pernanent marker washes off of, I might add) I found some baking clay. Tada!  
I love that I was able to customize them. For instance, my mom sent me several kinds of zinnia seed packets and I have some I harvested on my own last year- so instead of a million different markers labelled, "zinnia," - like I would have it I bought clay markers from a boutique, I have labels with, "Fastasy" "Big Tetra" "Thumbelina," and so on...
They aren't perfect, but they are exactly what I wanted. I wasn't trying to get each and every one the same shapes, etc. Perfection takes the fun right out of playing with clay, lol. I used ruber stamps to get the letters indented in the clay.
I am unsure how they'll hold up to all the variables in moisture, etc. that come from being in dirt all summer long, or whether they'll be winter safe, etc. but for now, I'm super happy with the amount of labels I got for the money spent. I LOVE how they turned out!

Friday, April 27, 2012

New Bike for Ben

Ben learned to ride a two-wheeler just a few weeks ago. The bike he was learning on was a 16 inch, and he had it for a long time- just never quite getting up on it and going. He needed a taller one and as luck would have it, his little brother Hunter needed a bigger one, too. Enter the hand me down for Hunter, who doesn't seem to mind one bit. He actually ran into the garage to get Ben's hand-me-down bike yelling, "New bike!" when we brought Ben's new bike home. lol. Here is Ben on his new bike- he's doing great riding it, and fits perfectly. This one is 20".

Thanks Grandma Anita!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Crabapple Blossoms

The crabapple blossoms are blooming in our yard right now, and I am so smitten.  I can't help but sit there and take pictures. I laid on the grass and watched the bee. It was so relaxing.
The scent it awesome!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I can already smell the clove like smell of these pinks coming soon! Isn't this silvery foliage great? I know I usually keep this kind of stuff to the garden blog, but I'm sure everyone can appreciate spring growth!
 I can't wait to see the outcome of all the columbines I have coming along. Two years ago I winter sowed a bunch of seeds (in milk jugs on the back porch). The first year they did not bloom, as expected, but this year I should see them all make flowers. For now, I'm enjoying the little cabbage like leaves.
 Can't wait to use up this rhubarb!!! On the list, strawberry rhubarb pie, and crumble.
On a delicious side note, have you tried the new Yoplait Freezer Smoothies? We saw them on Biggest Loser a few weeks ago, and ran out. I finally got around to making one, and OH MY! I made the chocolate banana, and added 2T of peanut butter. Yum, yum, and yum. I will making these all the time!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

This little circle flower is a hair barrette. I think it would so cute on a little girl! But I'd wear it also... one of my favore things about selling on Etsy is being able to make the simplest and most complex things, and keep them super affordable. This guy sells for $5.
 And this is one of my favorite things I have made lately... I took a gorgeous floral fabric with red, aqua, yellow, brown, and green and rolled up into this little gem. I topped it with a simple red button, and some beads. Practically brooch perfection, if you ask me. I can't seem to keep rolled fabric flowers in stock! This one is $8.
Enjoy! I'm off to smell the tulips!