family, knitting, living

Gardening May 20 and a Finished Object

Well, the garden is growing by leaps and bounds.  I am a week late in staking the tomatoes and like always…I regret it!  Good grief, they have taken on a life of their own and I am waiting for one of them to stand up and say “FEED ME.”  I started making tepees for the tomatoes and cutting them back, but only got through five or so. I went ahead and put the tepees in, but have not yet trimmed and tied up the rest.  I was too busy finally unfurling my espalier fruit trees.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espalier  We have five apples, a crab apple and two pears.  We have not been able to allow them to be completely untied because we had not finished the permanent support system for them.  Today Henry finished the work (with a little help from my dad) and we were able to remove all temporary support and attach them to their new home.  I am so thrilled.   They look stunning and I found a couple of pears growing and a lot of crab apples.  I was hoping for fruit this year, but not counting on it due to transplant shock.  I think we will get a little, but not much.  Next year should be great, though.

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In totally unrelated news, I finished the skirt I have been working on for about six weeks.  I sew on the bus and any time I am waiting in line or for the girls.  This skirt is from Natalie Chanin’s first book, Alabama Stitch Book.  http://www.amazon.com/Alabama-Stitch-Book-Celebrating-Contemporary/dp/B004KAB3FC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1337567159&sr=8-3  As you can see on her site, you can purchase a hand made skirt from her and would not have to do the work.  http://alabamachanin.com/store/collection  However, I am a little too stingy and a lot too interested in making to actually by one.  She shows all fo her techniques and even gives the patterns in her books.  I had the good fortune to meet her one time when I took a workshop with her and I must say…she is very genuine and warm.  I love her business model, her dedication to sustainability and her love of her home.  AND>>>>>>I LOVE MY SKIRT!

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I have to say…I am feeling a little lost without my skirt at my side, calling out to me to do a little stitching.  I have to decide what to start on next.  I really want to make a couple of tops from her newest book.  I wonder if I can get it done before our vacation???

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7 responses

  1. rebeccawip

    whoa! look at that skirt! ygg! appliqué? gorgeous! and look at those tomato plants! ahhh! roflol – reminds me of that movie. what was it called? little shop of horrors? with steve martin i think and that little short guy. one was a dentist and the plants got hhuge and ate people. oh well. anyhow, you’re really impressive with all your endeavors. i’m proud of you – you remind me of he proverbs 31 woman (industirous, hard working, loving and caring for her family, planning, etc…) or meme ; )
    love you

    May 21, 2012 at 3:11 am

  2. Aunt Nancy

    What a gift the Lord has given you! No, not gift but many gifts. That skirt looks great on you as well. You are precious!

    May 21, 2012 at 5:09 am

  3. catheadalaboheme

    Can’t wait to eat some good stuff from that beautiful garden! Your skirt looks AMAZING and now I am energized to finish the one I’m working on so I’ve got a new pretty thing to wear on vacation!

    May 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

  4. judy

    looks like garden is going gang busters! love the skirt. need to borrow it for emmie’s grad tomorrow (just kidding) i really need to go clothes shopping – but still have the good suit to be buried in! it’s only bout 10-22 years old. have girls slippers complete. love u, mama

    May 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    • slippingthroughmyfingers

      You and Emmy could BOTH fit into any skirt of mine!

      May 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

  5. camille

    The finished skirt is GORGEOUS!!! The individual pieces were so lovely all by themselves, but together, this thing is breathtaking. You are my sewing hero, Dianne!!

    June 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  6. camille

    Totally just Pinned you and your kick a** skirt, girl!

    June 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm