Saturday, September 18, 2010

Craft show season is here!!!!!

I have really surprised myself about doing craft shows.  I'm not a very outgoing person, find it hard to talk to people, but I love doing shows.  It seems I'm an entirely different person.  I'll be very busy the next 4 weeks since I have 2 weekend shows back to back, then skip a week & then my last show.  I hate missing church so much, but shows are only held on weekends.  I'll be in Crossville, TN Sept. 25-26 at the Homestead Towers Apple Festival, in Cleveland, TN for the Nillie Bipper show and at Ketner's Mill in Whitwell, TN on Oct 16 & 17.

I took some quick pictures of new pieces that I'll have at the shows.  I know they are poor quality & the true beauty of the stones doesn't come through because I didn't set up my lights or anything, but I just wanted to show off a few of them.

With being at the hospital & all, I've had to stay up til 2 AM a lot of nights working on jewelry because it's too late to get my booth fees back.  Now I've got to get busy & put clasps on. (I always make a lot of pieces, then go back & finish them later.)   Wish me luck for successful shows because financially I really need it right now.

My First Fall Garden

September has been a very tough month after my mom had complications from surgery, but things are finally settling down.

This is the first time I have seriously tried to have a Fall garden & I'm quite pleased with it considering it has had quite a bit of neglect.  Fortunately no weeding had to be done with Mel's Mix & I watered my seedlings as best I could.  The only thing I had that didn't sprout was a second planting of Brussell sprouts, they evidently didn't have enough water.

Here's the main section of my garden.  Maybe next year I'll have some paths & the area will be neater since I'll be retiring in February, God willing, & I can garden & make jewelry til I get sick of it.

The first bed has rutabaga, parsnip, carrots, onions from seed as an experiment &

The rutabaga's grew much faster than the others - the seeds were all planted at the same time, except the cauliflower.  The parsnips have been the slowest.  

This second bed has the salvaged carrots that Kujo the wolf used for a bed, Bok Choy, one remaining tomato at the end.  I used a piece of vinyl lattice on inverted fence posts for my shade cover.  It's not much to look at, but worked really well.  The fence posts lying across the boards was to keep Kujo out.

This has been mainly my seed bed.  On the left is my last cucumber crop, on the right is delicata squash, underneath are some Romaine lettuce transplants & leek seedlings.  I used cattle panel fencing over the pipe to make a trellis for the vines & made a good shade panel too.   Then powdery mildew & aphids attacked & the vines are about dead.

 This is my amazing asparagus patch - first year & what a difference the Mel's mix & composted manure made.  I'll be able to pick a lot in the Spring.  The stalks were finger sized this year, but I refrained from picking any.  I probably could have without hurting the roots, but I didn't want to take any chances.

This section is the corner at the driveway & sidewalk.  This area has carrots, the smaller ones were just recentlyl planted where I pulled out some pepper plants.   

Garlic from grocery store bulbs at the end of the carrot bed.  On the other bed in the front are turnips & in the back I have planted garlic that I ordered from We Grow Garlic.  
A great site where you can buy garlic by the bulb, not the pound.  I was able to try several different kinds:
Thai Fire
German Hardneck
Red Toch
Persian Star
Krasnodar white
                                                                                    Italian mountain red
                                                                                    Italian late
                                                                                    Early Portugese

On the left are shallots from the grocery store & Egyptian walking onions from a friend on Square Foot Gardening. 

This baby box is planted with Cascadia sugar snap peas.

All in all it has been a wonderful gardening season and I wish I had tried square foot gardening years ago.  Several things I will do differently next year regarding plant spacing.  I didn't realize how huge things would grow.

I hope everyone else has had a successful gardening season.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Potato Onions from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

I had placed my order back in the Spring for some potato (multiplier) onions.  They arrived today & I will be planting them in a few weeks.  I have never grown them before, so I will stagger the plantings every 2 weeks & label them to see what works best since I've heard times from Sept 15 til the week of Thanksgiving.   I'll save a few of them to start in the Spring.  I ordered them from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Now it's time for jewelry!

I love the Fall season because I get to do craft shows.  I only do fairly local shows right now since I'm still working full time, but I hope to retire in February & do more.

I am doing three shows this year:
Nillie Bipper, Cleveland, TN, October 2-3, 2010
Homestead Towers Apple Festival, Crossville, TN, September 25-26, 2010
Ketner's Mill, Whitwell, TN October 16-17, 2010

I have made a lot of new pieces for the shows, but have only photographed a few of them so far & have not yet added them to my website because I'm in designer mode.  After the shows are over I'll start working on my website again. Here are a few pieces I have pictures of.  I can't wait to show you how the Fire Agate worked up! Fantastic.

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