I've been baking bread for years, so I decided to up my game with doughnuts and macarons. The macs are still a work in progress.
Potted zebra toms because extra time=extra plants
My Grandma passed away in early March, just before lock down began.
I was given her quilting racks upon which I made this blanket. It was so lovely to have the time to spend working at a craft which she enjoyed so much over the years.
We perfected the art of Wild raspberry jam using berries harvested from our backyard!
Such a delicious treat made, made even better having used ingredients we grew ourselves!
I constructed a web site, called gotoseed.net, to gather together all the seed sowing information that I had accumulated over the years from my gardening, writing, and research.
I've learned how to make Kaiser buns. They are delicious!
I use my photos from my yard and make cards.
My felt Valentines all hand crafted by me.
I have always loved bead weaving. I found a wonderful French designer who designs these adorable dolls. I have bought lots more patterns from her since making these. It is very addictive.
We call this our "pond-demic project" :) which included the entire front yard landscaping, building the pond, installation of the deck and pergola, and the boardwalk. This was 100% DIY and a first for us. We have had so much fun with this project, and have learned a ton!
2020 had already been chosen last fall as the year for a complete makeover of our vegetable garden. It involved replacing older 1'high raised beds with 3' high beds and adding a deer fence. It certainly kept us well occupied through the peak of the Pandemic and material deliveries were challenging
We planted wildflower seeds in the meadow area near the high power lines on our property. Now we have lots of wild flowers for honey bees, and lots of other native bees, hummingbirds and butterflies!
During this lockdown, I identified all the pictures of plants I had. I made a list of their scientific names, families, and pronunciations. I used Davesgarden.com for pronunciations. The list currently has 251 plants. I have yet to add their locations and whether they're invasive or not.
I've started to make my own bread and the sourdough bread is my favorite. I make it with my own wild sourdough starter. It was hard to revive it, after not using it for many months, but I did it and I have been making sourdough bread weekly, especially on week-ends, when I have more time.
Recycled Pallet Tool Rack
Required two repurposed pallets, claw hammer, dry wall screws and two utility hooks. Top board is removed from each pallet; pallets are standing on the floor on their own weight, but utility hooks (orange) prevent them from tipping forward. A modest but successful project!
My husband painted this picture of my beloved dogs that are no longer with us.
I learned to felt during the pandemic. This little penguin was my first attempt.
So many members of my wonderful community are homeless or food insecure. Preparing and sharing spreads love.
This is my conversion to a keyhole garden after discovering the concept a few months ago. I began composting in 2004 to address waste, but it took ALL my 4 X 8 raised bed space a few years ago! This solution combines both in one spot for me! I will plant in a few days after the soil settles.
Finally finished that sofa in family and friends guest space. No problem. No guests.
Hatched out baby quail for the first time!
Tried growing Borneo Okra for the first time, plants are over 7' tall now and fruits are still good eating even after getting over a foot long!
Using plans found on the Web, my Sweetie & I created this Kitty Abode using leftover house paint & shingles. It features a front lanai, front & rear Parisian oilcloth flaps for easy access, & catnip-scented towels inside. Just the thing for the stylin' neighborhood ferals guarding our Garden!
I've been taking a lot of photos in the yard & garden beds & combining them to make collages. Usually I feature blooms, but this one shows insects found in 2 days in our organic backyard. The mantis was originally on my arm - causing me to shriek like Fay Wray.
A new cabin on our wooded property... Now that the exterior is built, our work has begun.
With a limited budget, some hand-me-down items & determination, I dug a hole & made a pond. Built a boggy-plant pond filter with a pot & plants. Added some ancient bricks & stones laying around the yard & made a patio/pond oasis from the pandemic in my wooded hillside backyard.
This is the view from the chairs facing my pond with the homemade boggy plant filter in my pond/patio oasis. I come here to just breathe.
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