This week is my favorite when it comes to gardening. The soil is fresh, perennials are emerging and the worst weeds are crab grass and dandelions. For the first time in years, the spinach and peas are both in the ground and sprouting. Inside tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, herbs, zinnias are showing their second leaves and beginning to look like real plants. Anything is possible and my head is full of big ideas!
The challenges are coming. Along with the hosta, the weeds are beginning to pop out. The three spearmint nursed through the winter need a home sequestered from anyone else but safe from the weedeater. Luna has already helped by digging in the compost and spreading it across the lawn. Rob demonstrated the new power trimmer turning our front bushes into stick sculptures.
A friend picked up these beaded placemats to use under the centerpieces at our wedding. They had been floating around the studio for years since. Sarah Jo took them and created these stunning clutch purses. Each one has been reinforced with a cotton lining, then hand sewn to form the purse body. She finished them with a pocket and magnetic clasp. There are three each in orange and pink and one turquoise clutch.
How perfect would these beaded clutches be for bridesmaid gifts?
The month of exploring my inspirations continues. I spent last summer working on a friend’s vegetable farm. One of my goals was to take lots of pictures and create a fan page on Facebook. Midsummer I took this pre-cook shot of dinner and began to fantasize about making stuffed peppers.
Here are a few of my creations starting with the blue hubbard squash.