Neat Stuff

Celebrating Midsummer - Margit's Story

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Open! Open! Open!

Please! Please! Please!

All the demanding and pleading I have done these past few days have been to no avail. This little pea flower refuses to open in time for Midsummer. It is probably waiting for something called sunshine!

I have a whole garden bursting with blossoms - why do I care so much about my sweet peas?

Had To Share: Beautiful Wild flowers and Clever Curtain Idea.

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Just got back from a short visit to Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands  off the northwest coast of Washington state.

Two things I just have to share!

The beautiful wild flowers growing at the edges of a wet lands just outside my MIL's front door and my MIL's very inexpensive and clever solution for making curtains for the 15 windows in her home.

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Painter's drop cloths!

She was lucky enough to find a couple packages at a thrift store, a pretty good way to create quick window covers at a very reasonable price. Even at retail, still a bargain!

She pre-washed the fabric before sewing and then simply hemmed the bottom and sides and top and used clip rings to hang them.

I was surprised at how pretty the fabric actually looked and it created complete privacy while allowing the light to filter through. And great body and drape.

So for what it is worthy - just sharing.

Giveaway Winners for the Christmas Zines

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I am so sorry! Can you believe I nearly forgot to post the winners!

The two lucky winners of "A Leftover Christmas" zine:

number 7 and number 8! The Random Number Generator did this! Weird.

Congratulations to April and Arielle.

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their excitement about Kristin's cool little mini holiday zines.

If you were not a lucky winner, you can still order copies right here.

Giveaway to Help You Get an Early Start on Christmas Gift Making

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I just think "A Leftover Christmas: one month at a time" is a totally great idea! Hatched by Kristin Roach, the driving force behind Craft Letfovers blog, it is a mini zine designed to help us all get an early start on making gifts for the Winter Holidays.

Like most of us, she admits to suffering through that "Christmas Crunch Time" every year. Hoping to spread her crafty gift making over the year, Kristin is publishing a new zine series, "A Leftover Christmas", and between January and December of this year, she is publishing a monthly mini zine featuring a how-to for making a hand made gift.

The first issue of Kristin's Christmas zine shared how to make bath salts, and issue two contained the instructions and pattern for the cutest little partridge silhouette ornament. Issue three is just now hot off the press and features how to stitch up dish cloths.

Diane has actually gifted me a year's subscription! And so far I love it! Love the idea! Love the projects!

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In fact, I am enjoying the series so much, I wrote Kristin and asked it I could giveaway a set of the first three issues. She suggested we give away two sets of issues one, two and three!

So there will be TWO winners drawn!

All you have to do to be a winner is to leave a comment on this post and let me know if you have started making Christmas gifts yet!

The giveaway will end at midnight PST on Saturday, May 28th. I am ending it a little early so that those readers who are not among the lucky winners can still pop over to Kristin's shop and order copies at 33% off - discount is in effect until May 31st.

The giveaway is open to everyone - worldwide!

You will no doubt notice that there are only three issues and it is now May! But you see, Kristin has been much busier than expected with the final production chores associated with her soon to be published new book! And she has moved her studio. I would say she has a good excuse, wouldn't you?

Good luck to all!

No More Complaining! It Be a Garden Here.

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Grab a cup of coffee or tea and come join me for an early morning walk in my garden.

Snowy white poppies just opened this morning!

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Silver Dollar and Bleeding Heart are at peak bloom.

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Breakfast berries coming soon! My sweetie's pickin' fingers are twitching already!

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The seedling children seem happy in the tomato beds.

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My beloved Shooting Star welcomes a new day.

Thank you for visiting and letting me share springtime in my garden.

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