And my front garden looks fab!
California poppies in abundance, rescued snap dragons and small roses to name just a few of my treasures!
Right in the centre is a little green shiny visitor – A humming bird. It was happily zipping around the front of the aloe flowers as I parked the car but as soon as I got the camera out it retreated to the back!
In the back garden the veggies are coming along with 3 cucumbers are already 4 inches long! Spinach, lettuce, onions, beets, chives, spring onions and herbs are growing well. The zucchini in the pots are doing better than those planted?! My self seeded toms are taking their own merry time, so I gave in and bought 2 tomato plants and I thought I’d try again with aubergine (a nicer name for eggplant!) I don’t know how many sweet pepper plants I sewed but I only have one left…its determined to do nothing so I might be buy a few of them as well!
I watched several inspirational gardening programs…one was about growing your own cut flowers! She suggested growing the herb dill for greenery and growing sweet peas. Cut the sweet peas daily and you’ll have sweat peas all summer. I was so inspired by this that I’ve sewn a row of sweet peas, some dill and I’m waiting to see what they do! I’ve also tried growing my own hollyhocks again only 2 have survived…Fingers crossed they are now big enough to survive and produce wonderful blooms.
In the mean time I’ve been experimenting with up-cycling clothing into bags… remember my lacy denim bags?
This one was a work in progress, I put cotton lace underneath, and changed the flowers from cream to white and turquoise instead of green and then added pearls to finish them. I finished it with the same lace on ribbon strap! I’m tempted to keep this one for me!
I couldn’t stop there though…I’ve taken 2 different sized girls dresses and I’m just finishing them as well.
It has a full bag inside (I forgot to take a photo!) I’m finishing the strap – I’ve made it a cross body strap with a fun buckle so it can be shortened to a shoulder bag, and I’m experimenting with crocheted butterflies for the tab at the front!
This used to be part of the skirt of a spotty flounced dress! I love spotty fabrics but have never really liked wearing them! I thought this might make a fun bag! I’ve constructed a real bag to go inside it and used as much of the fabric up as possible.
I loved this piece of the back of the dress so it became the front of my inside pocket…plus it created a secret pocket!
Hopefully these 2 bags will be speedily finished and then I can make some more in time for Art in the Yard on 26th April in Riverside, CA.