Thursday, October 30, 2014

#Gardening - Testing my options

The really good thing about the place we rented: It has a sun room.
So, lacking a green house or hot bed, I'll see if I can get stuff to grow in here. 

Some of the store bought plants are already   doing well, flowers as well as herbs. 

Today I planted quite a few heritage seeds from 'The Seed guy'
- Sweet Spanish Onions x 4
(green Onions would have been better, but I Don't have any)
-Bloomsdale Spinach x 4
- Scarlet Nantes Carrot x 3
- Red Cored Chanteney Carrot x 3
- Ruby red swiss chard x 2
- Morris heading Collards x 3
- Snowball Cauliflower x 4
- Arugula x 4
- Siberian Kale x 2
- Bok Choy Cabbage x 3

Those are planted in an egg carton, egg shells on bottom for nutrition, watered and seeds set with a giant tooth pick thingy, protected with an old water bottle
for what will hopefully give me some hit house effect.

Heritage seeds Planted in clay pots:
- Italian giant parsley x 10
- Parris Island Romaine lettuce x 10
- Leisure Coriander x 5

The clay pots are by the way sponsored by 'Canadian gardens'!
They took petty on me and gave me a bunch of Clay and plastic pots they didn't need to more,
when I went shopping there a short while back - Thanks guys!

Watered and covered with recycled plastic bags. 

Also planted:
2 x store bought organic garlic
6 x store bought lemon seeds

And also one of my store bought (non-organic) garlics has started sprouting last week

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#365 - Natural Texas Honey

YumYum, got me some natural Texas honey!
Wish I had known about their soap and candles before :-)

Thanks, Savannah & Daniel! Keep up the good work!

Monday, October 13, 2014

#365 - Leaving Germany

Two from my flight, phone pics only, but better than nothing ;-)

I was surprised when we passed near my home town and I saw the 'Laacher See' :-)

And this one should be somewhere near Cologne or Duesseldorf.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

#365 - Settling in

Bought a poor neglected outside chair the other day at the thrift shop.
Just a little help and it's almost new :-)

Finally found some herbs and did a little 'starter' garden.
Some heritage seeds are on their way for a real garden :-)

I put a potato in there, see if it will give me a starter potato

And after a days work, time for some knitting and a beer on my new chair, waiting for someone to do the BBQ :-)

Enjoying the sunset

While the dogs would prefer to play ;-)

Monday, June 9, 2014

#Handmade - Two Doilys

Not everybody's piece of pie, I kinda like them :)

Flower Doily by Coats Design Team
(free pattern)

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And Liz Snella's Heirloom Doily by Vintage
(free pattern)
Just edited the border a bit :-)

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#Kuwait - Arab Fund Building #2

Arab Fund Building / Arab Organizations Headquarters Building

A little bit more of the entrance door.
I will get past that point sooner or later ;-)

From Kuwait 2013 / 14
Some more details from the massive wooden doors (which I failed to take a photo of).
The pieces are set in in a way, so they can expand and shrink with heat & cold.

From Kuwait 2013 / 14

Too be continued....

Sunday, June 8, 2014

#Kuwait - Arab Fund Building #1

What I've been doing yesterday,

I got invited to a tour of the Arab Fund Building (Arab Organizations Headquarters Building).
I'm not easily impressed, but boy, I certainly was this time!

Don't have the brain capacity to do more editing today, so, here's just the not-so-impressive (from the optics) exterior.
Why are the windows indented? To save energy and keep the dust out.
Why can they not do that all over Kuwait?
Nobody knows. Sigh.

From Kuwait 2013 / 14

Detail from the door frame you see above.
It is hand carved and goes not only around, but is also a solid wall left and right of the door.

From Kuwait 2013 / 14

To be continued....

Thursday, June 5, 2014

#Handmade - Iced Jacket

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Using the yarn from my frogged oversized Cardigan (read - I made it about 10” too big ;-))
Frogging while knitting since it takes forever :-)
Started this morning and it knits fast so far.
This is my first try for a Raglan and also my first for a Top-down Cardi.
One day later and I’m 3/4 finished with the body.
I love fast knits :-)
OK, finished - next time I will pick up ALL stitches along the border, not 3 out of 4 as the pattern suggests. It looks ok, when worn correctly, I just wanted to show that it IS a tad short…..
I would also decrease at least two more stitches for the arms to make them a tad tighter at the bottom.
Anyway, I love the pattern and the fit!
Make sure you go by the pattern suggestion and choose the bigger size!
And keep measuring while you knit.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#Handmade - Shawlette Wellenreiter

Stitch pattern from ’1500 patterns’ - I am sure there’s already a shawlette out there, designed like this.
I just had this in my head & it needed to come out :-)

 Should I add some buttons? Should I write a pattern?

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

#Handmade - Banana bag

Made with 'Banana yarn' from Nepal - gift from a friend.
The yarn is made from the fibers of the Banana tree trunk.
The old parts of the tree trunk are peeled off, soaked and then worked into fiber.....or something like that :-)

The bag's small, but big enough for small projects or just 'stuff' :-)

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