Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Propagating Rosemary

Rosemary Plant

If you have one good sized rosemary plant, you can have two very easily.

To grow this small rosemary, I bent a young branch from my large rosemary plant down to the ground, covered it loosely with dirt, and placed a stone on top of it to keep it weighted down.

I waited for about a month, and then removed the rock and gently pulled it up to check for new roots. Once I confirmed the branch had its own new roots, I cut the branch from the mother plant close to the new roots.

I planted the new plant in it's new home, and ta-da! New rosemary plant! A year later and it has quadrupled in size.

Now to trim back the rosebush so it doesn't eat the little guy ;)

I've got another one "started" that I need to check on, and I'll be able to plant a new bush in my front garden.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lunchtime Sanctuary

Someone at work mentioned to me that there is a Botanical Garden in the town where the company I work for is located. After a rough start to my workday, I headed over there at lunchtime.

It was lovely there - there are rosebushes blooming that are filling the air with their scent when just walking up to them.

That made me feel much better. I'm determined to go back with my camera soon!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Marathon TV Show Watching Weekend

I didn't get a whole lot done this last weekend. The weather was pretty gloomy Friday and part of Saturday, and unfortunately affected my mood a bit. But I did manage to do some straightening up in my craft room, and started cleaning the drawers out from the chest of drawers. I need to stop by the home improvement store and get some paint stripper. I've used 3M's Safest Stripper in the past with good results, so hopefully it's still a good product. I'll have to await a nice dry weekend, put down some plastic in the garage and do it in there, I guess. Then the question is, what color to re-paint it? :)

While puttering around in the craft room, I re-watched all of Season 1 of Bones, and about half of Season 2. That's one of my favorite shows, I just love the characters.

Didn't get any sewing done. I need to get some sewing machine oil and clean my Singer up a bit. It's been cranky lately, with the bobbin thread misbehaving. With a little cleaning and a new needle, maybe it will start behaving.

So I'll be off to the craft store at lunch, and when I get home, a little more puttering in the craft room. Perhaps I'll have some sewing soon to show off as an end result.

Monday, April 13, 2009

My Craft Room

My craft room is kinda messy. I planned on cleaning out the closet today, but ended up crocheting a hat and lazing around all day. I'm going to list off what I want to do in the room to give myself a checklist.

The pit of a closet
This is the closet. The horrifically messy closet. I have a lot of my fabric stash in the hanging thing in the middle, but it just ends up sagging. I am going to pull the fabric out of there and store it in the chest of drawers by the desk:

Craft Room Plans
The brown drawers on the left is what I mean. But I want to strip and repaint them. I'd like to hang some of these Ikea cabinets from the wall above the desk: Aspvik Cabinet. And make one of those ribbon criss-cross inspiration boards to hang below it. I also need to organize the white plastic drawers under the desk for paper arts supplies. I also need to come up with some sort of lighting solution. The lamp takes up too much prime space on the desk. Maybe strip lighting for under the Ikea cabinets.

Yarn Wall
I also want to get some organization going in the cube shelves. That's were I keep yarn, and some of my scrapbooking & other paper arts supplies, as well as my extra sewing machine. I want to put a window treatment on the window, and maybe get a taller bookshelf for the wall by the green banner.

Back over to the closet - there's tons of stuff in there that I probably don't need, and can be stored someplace else. But I am not sure what to actually keep in there, besides Blythe boxes :)

And the really big wanna for the room is paint and a wood floor. We shall see about that, though.

But that's enough about my craft room plans for now. I'm doing a giveaway of a Blythe hat on my doll Linden's blog. :) Head over there if you're interested!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Corsage Pins

Corsage Pins
Originally uploaded by paperspirit

I'm not sure how old this box of pins actually is, I it came from a house my mom and I cleaned out once for a realtor. I just love the vintage look of it, and it might even *be* authentically vintage. I know that the box is at over 20 years old now!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spring Fever

Originally uploaded by paperspirit

I think I need a vacation. I'm just itching for a road trip to someplace I haven't been before. I know that I want to take at least a weekend trip to Austin very soon.

The little bunny was a gift from my Mom & Dad a few years back. I love the little twisty ears!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

RAWR! Me fight!

This is kind of cute:

It's a little automated fighter. No button mashing, just beating up opponents :D

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cold Snap

The temperature took a little dip last night, but should be back up to 70 as a high today. Ah Texas... how your weather loves to confuse.

Bonus bear goodness :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Playing Catch up

So much has been going on!

I've been to a heavy metal music festival:

Disturbed Concert

90/365 - Darn these fused fingers!

Welcomed new dollies:

The Wyrd Sisters

And I enjoyed my garden:

Poor thing

Out in the garden

I even worked on my doll quilt from the Sew Mama Sew sew-along. No pictures of that yet - I quit in frustration last night when my bobbin decided not to cooperate when I was getting near being done.

My car is out of the shop, hooray! And has to go back (boo) for a quick look-see - two switches aren't working. But I did take it for a drive and it seems to be working fine otherwise.

So that's what's going on at Daisy House. What's happening with you? :)