Monday, May 30, 2011

Swim Garden SWIM!

 I have been so looking forward to planting my garden this year.  So have the kids - they were great help in turning over the soil to get things ready to plant.
 I was careful to wait until the chance of frost was gone - I know how tender these little sprouts can be!
 Here is my 24 square garden Dan and the boys built for our family last year - ready to go!
The spinach seems to be doing great!

 So are the carrots...
But my cucumbers....I have been really excited to learn how to do pickling this year - I planted one Straight Eight for salads and two squares of Boston Picklers for well, pickles. 
And then the rains came...and came, and came, and came. 
My poor garden has been DROWNING in water!!!
 I might have to quickly replace these as well as my basil that Lauren decided was fun to dig up.  
At least my chive plant came back full force and is doing well though!  
Any advice for a first time cucumber grower in Utah?  
Other than better luck next year?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sock Monkey Gone Wild!

My super cool friend Fritzi Marie is making these darling sock monkeys now to sell in her Etsy Shop!  
Aren't they the cutest?  
You can customize them anyway you like - think college colors, princess, maybe an Elvis or Madonna one?  Ha!
I'm thinking my boys need pirate ones!  Argh!

Monday, May 23, 2011

ONE Single Errand

I tell the boys to get in the car.  We had ONE errand to run that would take no longer than 15 minutes tops to complete.

I go grab my keys and purse and I find these two at the door waiting with their "food stuffs and sundries" 
(I seriously love saying that btw)

I love that I have two boys - they crack me up.

Case in point for those I'm not friends with on Facebook:

Greg: "Mom - come and look at the baby snails that don't have their shells yet - they are SO cute!"
Mom:  "Greggie, that is a big pile of bird poop."

Oh my word they keep me laughing!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bad Landscaping

 Really...this is the best she could do?
 Oh look, two rocks and a tree - so creative!
 Wow - that dirt gives off some great curb appeal...could it get any better?
Of course she could - why not leave a TRASH CAN for heavens sake in the front yard next to a half dead hydrangea bush and an eternally unwrapped hose?  
Like my friend Leslie always says, "HOW EMBARRASSING!
I have been really looking forward to spring and stealing/asking for some starts from my friend Kari.  Her house has a shady yard and there are only certain things we can grow.
A girl can only take so much boxwood and begonias!
I was happy to dig those up with her and ohh and ahh over her pretty yard.  She has such a green thumb!
I found a new place (thank you Emily) called Okubo's in the valley that has rows of I bought and got to work!
$17.50 a flat there - such a great price!
 So pretty! I am loving all the shades of green...these are actually mostly for my backyard rock wall.

 The start of filling in with impatiens, yes, more begonias, but also some seedum and nettle.
There is a long way to go still but at least it's a start!  Tomorrow I'll show you my garden - if you show me yours??? ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Photos by WHO?  
With lots and lots of help from a totally cute girl named Emilie who owns Photo by Emilie here in Salt Lake.

I have been wanting to take one of her classes forever.
Ok, more like since I got this bad girl for Christmas:
 So so pretty!  
BUT - pretty is as pretty does and I could not get past auto on this thing!  I was so scared.  And auto was just easy and better, right?  
Emilie is SO talented!  She took these darling pictures of my minis for Christmas this year:

Emilie offers some great classes so I waited until one fit into my schedule and budget.  Last weekend I headed over to her place with five other Etsy owners/bloggers for a little workshop.  
I was beyond excited.  
(And glad there were no grades being handed out!)

It was really TOO MUCH FUN.  She is so sweet and nice and just makes everything SO easy and simple!  After some note taking we had a little hands on practice session.  

Want to see?
 Oooooh.  Ahhhhh.
 The light!  Let there be LIGHT!
 Look at this one - I am totally professional now.  
I'm sure Emilie is wanting to offer me an assistant job but she just can't find my phone number. ;)
 I tried out my new manual skills at breakfast Sunday morning.  This turned out way too dark. Yuck.
 A few flips of my settings and ta-da!  Light!  Cute bows!  Chubby cheeks full of cinnamon roll!

Joking aside I have a LONG way to go getting to know my camera.  BUT - I was so happy to spend 3 hours with Emilie learning about where to start and what I should do to get a great shot.  It gave me the confidence I needed to really get in there and learn what my awesome camera can do!  

If you are looking for a jump start of your own in photography, Photo by Emilie is the girl to call!  Even if you don't live in Salt Lake - she has 1-on-1 online classes and her website/blogs are awesome.  Tons of tips and tricks to be had! 

Thank you Emilie!