I already have quite a few plants in my kitchen for being a pretty small space, but I was really disappointed that the flower seeds I planted in my community garden box a few weeks ago never sprouted. This might sound weird, but I think ants carried the seeds away…I have a huge ant problem in my garden, every time I water swarms of ants come out- like seriously hundreds! I think the box is on an ant nest! I can’t really do anything about them because its an organic garden (I’ve tried diamataceous earth, but it didn’t help much). So yes, I read online that ants will sometimes carry the seeds away.In comes the egg carton! On some gardening blogs and sites I’ve seen recommendations to start your seeds indoors in an old egg carton. Then, when the sprout is ready, you can put the egg straight into the ground and the egg shell will provide nutrients to the soil. I thought this would be a good way to grow some flowers in my kitchen. Continue reading
On Sunday we celebrate Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year 😦 but also the beginning of our stretch towards Summer!! And while we may have a whole season of winter ahead of us, longer days are in sight.
I decided to collect the last of my garden this week- as a celebration of the end of fall. I planted all of it back on September 19th. So after 91 days, this is what I got:
And a look at how it progressed:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…in Santa Barbara! Not only is my house looking festive, but so is the rest of State Street. And while we may not have any snow, it still feels like the holidays around here. Continue reading
While in Cambria for Thanksgiving, my sister and I went out to a preserve called Fiscalini Ranch to take pictures for our Christmas card. Continue reading
It was hard to do, but I waited until after Thanksgiving to start my Christmas decorating! I think it is important to give Thanksgiving its moment- it’s a special holiday that focuses on family and gratitude while others can sometimes get lost in the materialism. Anyways, I really like decorating for Christmas, I think it’s just a fun time of year to celebrate and be happy! Plus it’s a good excuse to change up the look of your house, especially when we are spending more and more time indoors with Winter’s arrival.
I decided I wanted to make an Advent calendar for J so that he could have smaller presents spread out over 12 days. So Saturday night he went to work and I got busy transforming our main room!
We don’t really have a focal point in our living room- except maybe the TV- so I turned our bookshelf into a fireplace, covering the front with cardboard that I stamped to look like bricks. I’d seen this jute twine sheet stuff at ACE earlier and I knew I wanted to decorate with it somehow and this seemed like a good opportunity. I just draped it over the top of our fireplace and then used it as a tree skirt below.