We picked up this beautiful vintage sheet and duvet cover set at a charity shop in Llandudno, Wales when we were down for New Years. I love the charity shops down there. Honey spotted them thinking they were for a single bed and we could sew with them, but they are doubles in perfect shape!
Happy March! This month can never come soon enough for me because winter in Scotland is HARD. We finally leave the house in the morning and leave work at night (leaving on time) in the light. Over the month of February, we gained two hours of daylight.
We put up the greenhouses (we have a bonus one!) this weekend and are looking forward to filling them up with the more delicate crops of eggplant, cucumber, and peppers.
Gosh, I love spring bulbs!
I have decided to start proactively rooting cuttings from plants. My mom and dad have a wonderful kitchen windowsill that is constantly occupied by jars of things sprouting and rooting and that is my inspiration for expanding our garden and house plants. I plan on taking cuttings of our lavender, sage and rosemary to add to our aging bushes so I thought I would try first with two incidental plants.
My neighbour has a tall plant with yellow flowers and has told me that I can take cuttings when it is in bloom, so I snipped some to root instead in hopes that we can plant it under our tree. I also took some cuttings of ivy. Although I head off the ivy as it creeps into our yard each year, it is on the NASA top ten list for indoor plants (I’m working to collect them all) so I thought I’d try bringing it in! I put some honey at the bottom of the jar to dip the exposed stem in as I added each cutting, and then just topped it up with water.
Although my friend was due in December, this cardigan was complete around October. I held on to it until it was polite to send a gift, then tried to photograph it. In the dull weekend days we had in the fall, I found it hard to capture the true colour. My friend has since told me that the buttons sparkle like pomegranate seeds in the sun. Yes, she described it that beautifully!
So I held on to it. Then, life was hectic and the holidays came so we only sent this in February.
I keep going back to this pattern because it is the perfect train project; portable and easy to pick up after interruptions.
We planted seeds on Sunday night. Although the weather was miserable, it felt good to get one step closer to sitting outside and eating our own produce.
We have some regular F1, sterile, store-bought seeds still left over and have planted some of them but are focusing on real seeds this year. Real seeds that are either heritage varieties or not sterile so that we can build our seed story year after year. We ordered the new seeds from the Organic Catalogue and the Real Seed Catalogue. We were really impressed with the care that went into personalising our order from the Real Seed Catalogue. We received a print out with our list of seeds, and instructions for seed saving for each of those plants.
Snow peas (F1, 10 seeds)
Kelvendon wonder peas (F1, 10 seeds)
Asparagus pea (real, 1 seed)
Purple climbing bean (real, 5 seeds)
Latah tomatoes (real, 4 seeds)
Wautoma cucumber (real, 4 seeds)
Boothby’s Blonde cucumber (real, 4 seeds)
King of the North bell pepper (real, 4 seeds)
I’ve done some further wardrobe refinement over the last month or so. I found a dressy peacoat to replace the one I outgrew, which I had only recently passed on to a charity chop. I also picked up two more tops for the office.
The photos of the red shirt are actually from the charity shop as I tried it on, hence the ugly lighting. The construction of the neck and sleeves is really neat, with horizontal pleats; I asked Honey to snap the shots with the idea that I might use it for inspiration. She talked some sense into me and encouraged me to just buy it. I dumped two shirts in exchange.
The black one replaces what was my only remaining iron-free shirt for the office. When I removed the worn lace from my previously refashioned shirt, I realized that the shirt itself was a little snug now so I let it go too.
As you may have noticed, a lot of my posts have been about finding clothes that fit and letting go of those that don’t. My body changed in several ways since October and now I find myself just differently shaped. Without any extra noticeable gain, my shoulders, ribs and hips demand just a bit more space than they used to. After 3+ months of this shape, I accept that it is not temporary and have set out to make sure I am happy wearing my clothes.
Aside from filling up another three charity shop bags, one step in this was finding two basic blazers to build from. I did have to resort to store-bought and somewhat boring black and navy ones to replace my lovely green, but at least now I have blazers I can cross my arms in! I brought two in and donated three, which made me pleased with the deal.
In the charity shop the other week, I spotted a shirt that I loved! I tried it on and realized it was actually a dress: perfect for becoming a tunic.
The pockets hit right at the hips, so I chopped and hemmed just below the pocket. This opened up the pocket fabric to give a bit of hip space/flare.
I’ve now worn this to work several times and it has become my new favourite shirt. It fits perfectly in all the right places and all the right ways so I don’t even think about it when I’m wearing it; a perfect chest, neckline and length.