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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Molly Makes {A Deal}

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This is a teaser…

I can’t wait to share more about this project with you in upcoming weeks!


It’s still Tuesday, it’s still good

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Today was busy!  Errands run, a car cleaned out (you know the one that needed to be cleaned out before the baby arrived… yeah that car), weeding… lots of weeding, super to make laundry to do… oh the never-ending list, but I love it all so – most days.  It feels good to get things done and be productive after a rather disappointing weekend, but onwards and upwards.

Anyways here’s a garden update.  Other than fighting the white powdery mildew battle with my cucumbers (and finally realizing they needed a trellis to climb) things have been going quite well.

The Ghost of Pesto Yet to Come is calling my name…

Can’t wait for the tomato harvest.

Strawberries!  The runners are taking over, I spent today digging spots out of the mulch for them.

On our way to peppers!

Pumpkin or squash… can’t remember… but as of today it’s  little withered yellowing ball … any suggestions ( should these have vertical supports too?)

Running out of vertical space.

Yesterday’s itty bitty tomato is somewhere in this plant.  This is the tomato plant I didn’t think would make it.  The first picture I have of it is below looking puny and off colored, the stick is still in the pot… somewhere.

P.S.  The strawberry and pepper advice I got a few weeks ago was fantastic!

P.P.S  Any words of wisdom on cucumbers, zucchini and squash?

P.P.P.S Anyone know someone wanting to pass on some canning supplies in the Iowa City area?  I really want to start canning some jams and maybe some apple butter and would love to find someone with some hand-me-downs before I head to the store (the thrift stores have been a bust in the canning department)?

To get you through till tomorrow

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It’s been a busy weekend, and today the baby wanted nothing more to be “up” all day – he learned to signal up this weekend.  A bigger post tomorrow, but for now – finally a possible tomato on my largest tomato plant!


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Because it’s Friday.  Because it barely rained yesterday.  Because I really just couldn’t wait until Monday to show this off.


I think I have about 10 little shoots coming up, and my carrots finally sprouted and so much more, but you’ll have to wait for Monday for the rest!

{Weekend Wonders}

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{Weekend Wonders}  – A little something to read while drinking your coffee Saturday morning in the hopes that it will give you something to think about, talk about or the inspiration to do something!


Last year I worked on a musical called “She Loves Me” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  In it a character sings a song about the insignificance of himself and his problems when compared to the vastness of the universe.  After watching the video below, I have to agree.


The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.

Molly Makes {Things with Thread}

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This is not a test, you are actually seeing double… well kind of.  This cross-stitched saying is my copy of one I made for my dearest friends wedding two years ago.  I loved it so much and had plenty of leftover thread and stash of hand-me-down x-stitch fabric that I made myself one.

I’m actually considering this to be one of my submissions for the State Fair this year… if I can get around to it.  I might just have to stock pile things for next year when I can actually plan ahead.

The thread is variegated and though it might not show up well on my (last minute) photos it gives the stitching a nice depth without shouting “Look At My I’m Thread That Changes Color!”

What have you been making?


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I’m working on a series of posts for the blog o touching on the subjects of simple living/voluntary simplicity and (urban) homesteading while trying to figure out how I want this new blog to function.  So for now I’d like to share a video that I find rather inspiring from Jenna @ Cold Antler Farm.  Enjoy!

BTW How was your weekend?