Yes, this co-sleeper is homemade out of lumber from Lowes. With very basic tools and at 8 1/2 months preggo! It was so sweet and fun to make! Around 7 months pregnant I started looking for a bassinet/co-sleeper. I just couldn't find anything that suited me and the nicer new ones boosted quite a price tag. Then I started thinking, maybe I could make one? Smile! Ever since I made my first piece of furniture (a bookshelf) that is basically what I think when
If you are like me, spring never comes fast enough, and you can't wait to get your fingers in the dirt! Not to mention that after months of winter, I am simply starving for some fresh, homegrown salads. Sure you can eat all the salad you want from the store, but that is just not the same! This is where a hot bed can bring on the spring. It is a fun little project, and always rewarding to get a "wow, you have fresh salads already!" from gardening friends. You can even grow your seedlings in a hot bed. Growing up, my mom always started her tomato seeds in the house and then planted them into her hot bed to get an early start. She always had the stockiest, strongest tomato plants going into her garden!
So what is a hot bed? It is different from a cold frame in that it is dug several feet into the ground, and is heated with manure. You put a layer of fresh manure on the bottom and add a layer of soil on top to plant in. The manure heats as it decomposes, making a warm environment inside the box to grow things. That is why it's called a 'hot' bed!
Yes it's that time of the year! Time to get seeds in the dirt! Last fall I got some serious greenhouse fever and the result is this awesome little greenhouse! We did a lot of checking around and finally decided that the best way for us was to built one with some of our fencing supplies. Michael and I have had a great time building this together!
I decided to post a few pictures of the fun I've had decorating the last couple weeks! I love making my own things as much as possible and using whatever I can scrounge up around the place. It has taken me quite a while to figure out what I like, as decorating was not something that I was used to growing up. Of course we had our own traditional things around the house but nothing out of-the-box or creative. So I've been having a lot of fun! Woody things - which I love, and have an abundance of out back, go really well with my old house and its exposed beams. So I started by trumping through the woods and collecting a supply of whatever caught and pleased my eye...
It has been a very busy summer for my husband and I, and I was on the job with him a lot. Now that the work is slowing down just a tad, hopefully I'll have more time for blogging!
I have been working on cleaning out my garden and getting ready to till everything up and plant a cover crop. It really is time to get that done! I want the cover crop to get nice and green before the frost kills everything off. So today I harvested my winter squash and here are a few pictures and tips how to store them for the winter...
I have never had such a beautiful, bountiful, garden as I have this year. It is so amazing to get most of your meals from the freshest, most local, organic source possible - from your own garden to the table in just a few hours! This is food at its best. So here are a few pictures and updates of my garden along with some tips how to keep it healthy and producing nutritious food for your family.
The weather has finally been warm enough to plant some things out. I'm so excited! It is so satisfying to see the little plants you have been nurturing take off, and grow independently in the garden. Lettuce, the cabbage family, and onions can be planted early (several weeks to a month before the last frost date) as they are cold hardy plants and can withstand some frost. Make sure all danger of frost is past before planting tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. I always water plants well with a strong Liquid Fish solution (about 2 oz. per gallon of water) right after planting to help them take off faster.
Back with more updates! My plants have been growing for two weeks since the last update so you will see some more progress...
I have had a super busy week with work and traveling, and yes my update is a couple days late! Sorry guys. Thankfully my plants managed to survive - and even thrive! Most of them are ready to transplant so I included step by step pictures of the process below. Seedlings are usually ready to transplant in about 2 weeks from seeding or whenever they start growing their second set of leaves. So first I will show you some pictures of my seedlings and the progress they have made.
Only a week has passed and here are the many little miracles that have occurred. No matter how many times I do this, I'm always struck with a sense of awe and wonder at the life contained in each tiny little seed. There is something so satisfying about nurturing a seed and watching it grow. Everybody should do it, even if just to watch and experience it. Glory be to God the creator of life!