My jewelry box is too small and stuffed with necklaces to the point where I find myself wearing the same four pieces all the time. I know there is more potential for my wardrobe but I just can't see it. I have been inspired by cool jewelry organization on Pinterest. I was explaining my delimma and ideas to Mike last night. He listened and thought about it and concluded he could build me my dream jewelry organization and all we would need is some hooks. Of course there are many different materials that could be used for hanging.
While we work out the details of my soon to be jewelry organizer here are some of the ideas that inspired me. Plus you can check out others on my jewelry organization board.
Mike found a picture of a bearded beanie on Facebook and asked if I could make him one. I did a search and found this pattern on Ravelry. I started to follow the pattern for the beanie but I ended up doing an alternation between double and single crochet because I didn't want to figure out the ribbing.
I made the beard with a strand of fun fur yarn and regular yarn to make it look fuzzy. The fun fur yarn was really hard to work with but it was worth it. It also hides any mistakes you may have made because it's so fuzzy.
I think this would be a little more practical if the beard was removable. That way the hat could also be worn by itself.
It's towards the end of October and as the temperatures drop it's the perfect time to plant garlic. I planted it for the first time last year and it's defintely won a place in my garden. Garlic is so easy to plant and it produces great results.
Last year I bought soft neck garlic from a garden center. I saved the biggest bulb from my harvest to plant this year. A few weeks ago I picked up a two other hardneck varieties at the farmers market, musica and extra hardy German white. I was excited to get some different varieties and they were grown organically which was a bonus for me since I grow an organic garden.
Musica, extra hardy German white, soft neck from my garden
First I separated the cloves.
Then I dug a hole about an inch deep and planted the clove pointy side up. I planted them 4 inches apart. I practice square foot gardening so this was 9 in a square foot.
I put down a layer of straw as mulch over my new plantings
I expect to see some growth this fall while the garlic is getting established. Now it's time to wait for next summer. The garlic should be ready around mid July and I can't wait.
As the summer gardening season is coming to a close it seems like all of my big Brandywine tomatoes are ripening at the same time. We just picked 18 and there are 5 or so ripening on the vine. There are a few more green ones too. We still are getting some off of our other two plants a small cherry sized Sungold and a grape tomato. We looked at all these tomatoes and thought this seems like a great time to make sauce. We can use up a lot of tomatoes at once and there is nothing like homemade sauce to liven up pasta!
Around 6-8 large tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
2 medium onions
1 cup mixed fresh herbs- parsley, basil, oregano, thyme (if you don't have fresh, dry will work but reduce the amount to around 2 tablespoons or to taste)
Chop up tomatoes and drain off excess liquid. Chop onions and herbs.
Add olive oil to the pan and preheat. We use a seasoned oil. We add dried herbs, salt and garlic to the oil in the bottle and it makes a really nice base for sauteing or as a tasting oil.
We also cooked the sauce in a stainless steel stockpot so we could saute and cook the sauce down in the same pan. A large saucepan or deep skillet could also work.
Add onions and saute until translucent.
Add chopped tomatoes and cook on low for about 30 minutes until they turn saucy.
Add herbs and continue to cook for about 30- min to 1 hour or until it's at the desired consistency.