Busybee Thursday

This time of year, a glorious day can quickly become a turbulent storm, so we try to take advantage of every great warm day when we can.

Yesterday we….

Went to “the gym”, had lunch with Papa, took a walk, checked the garden….

And our shovel… (Yup still looks good)

Cooked hamburgers on the grill and had ice cream for dinner…

And pretty much by this morning…

We were still tired.

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Baby’s First Pillow

Our little munchkin is still sleeping in his crib for now, but as he is almost one and a half we have added a blanket and several “peeps”. “Peeps” is our term for the plethora of stuffed animals that fills his crib. His quick witted cousin coined the term for his own animals and it has stuck. Just clarifying in case you thought he was sleeping with those edible marshmallow chicks. HA!

Another one of our recent adds was a baby pillow.

My Mom handmade this pillow for our little mini cupcake, isn’t it adorable?! She makes them for each of the grandkids and they absolutely love them. She makes them small and flat, with double stitching, so they are perfect for a first pillow. She also makes the little pillowcases that go on them, this one matches our munchkin’s bedroom decor. In addition she double stitches the pillow cases, so there are no strings or threads. They are so sweet, and travel well too!

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Scoop, Scoop!

Our temperatures have fluctuated between 70 degrees and sunny, to around freezing and snow in a matter of about two days. Knowing that this weather was coming we nevertheless decided to get out while it was still nice on Saturday and refurbish the garden. A trip to Lowe’s, one tomato plant, a shovel, and four new bags of soil later we were out working in the yard on what became a larger overhaul than we thought!

First, the “garden” area had a lot more dirt, roots, weeds, and grass than we expected. Second, the bed was FULL of ants. It has literally become its own ant farm. This alone made me want to wash our hands in the deal and pesticide the whole area. Did I mention they were biting ants? Yes. Of course they were! Before we had the hoards of ants come out we did manage to get some outside time before I ran our little mini cupcake in the house. He was so excited to be outside, he was joyfully playing around the garden scooping little bits of dirt with his mini shovel, and placing the rain gauge in various spots. He gleefully exclaimed “scoop, scoop!” each time he dug up a little piece of dirt, and then carefully placed the dirt in the trash can, one finger pinch at a time.

Unfortunately, the ants took over and we had to come inside. He was SO disappointed that not even two episodes of Little Einsteins and pizza for lunch made him happy. I guess we have an outdoorsy child after all! I’m not sure how our allergies are going to handle that!

The garden make-over begins
Preparing to remove grass roots
Checking out the dirt
Helping dig dirt out
Did I hear the ice cream truck?
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The Before…or the After Before the After

Doesn’t this make you want to run out and start your own garden? The twisty branches, dead grass, and leaves that are mulching themselves make me wonder if there is any possibility that this compost looking heap can actually turn into a real garden again. I especially laughed at the tiny rain gauge sitting in the front. It’s just a little piece of gangrene colored eye candy to brighten up the brown. As our mini cupcake is on the constant quest to find the perfect stick this is the immediate place he runs to outside. So…it does serve some purpose right?

I only wish that I had remembered to take a picture of the herb pot sitting by our backdoor. Somehow the parsley survived the winter, but the basil turned into a barrage of sharp sticks…I don’t think it’s coming back this year. HA! The point is…I can’t be trusted with a garden. However, my husband is on a quest to “make it work” (so said Tim Gunn), and so this weekend we are planning to overhaul both areas and plant our little cabbages and basil. Then hope for the best!

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Liberty of London

I have literally been waiting months for the new collection that Target has brought to its stores. It is called Liberty of London and obviously it is from London. It’s a complete collection from clothes to home decor…what I love about it is that they specialize in actually making textiles (not just creating collections, but also designing fabrics). Much of their products look similar to items that you find at Anthropologie, etc., but at a much more reasonable price! Almost all of their home decor has already sold out on-line, but I’m sure you can still find some things at your local Target. They are supposed to be continuing to get more things in stock coming soon. I am hoping that it is popular enough that they will decide to carry the brand longer than their usual month or so. Here are some of my favorites of their products!

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