For as long as I can remember, every year my father has planted a garden.  Mostly tomatoes and cucumbers and strawberries, but with the occasional zucchini and grape vine and herb wandering in.  And ever since I moved in with my uncle, I’ve wanted to plant a garden of my own.  There’s just something about growing your own food that is so immensely satisfying, and let’s face it, it just plain tastes better than most of what you get in the supermarkets, because it doesn’t get any fresher than “walk outside and pluck it from the plant to put in the salad.”

But for some reason or another, every year I managed not to have time or to forget until it was too late, or whatever reason it was that kept me from doing what I wanted that year.  NOT THIS YEAR.  THIS YEAR I DECIDED I WAS PLANTING.  *firm nods*

Cut for babbling about planting things.  ^_^

The only thing was that I needed to coordinate with my father.  Because, you see… that house on the right hand side across the fence?  That’s my parents’ house.  So, let’s just say that plenty of food gets shared across the fence and there was no need to double-grow anything.  -.-;;;  SO.  Today my dad and I went to the nursery and coordinated planting.  He planted his usual: tomatoes and cucumbers, and already has the strawberries in the backyard.  My mom also planted some herbs – basil, parsley, and dill.

So, I went with chives (because some of my fondest planting memories are of finding chives outside, plucking them, and eating them right there ^_^), eggplant and zucchini.  I also chose lavender because it smells and looks pretty and it attracts bees and I had decided that if I was going to garden, I was going to do it responsibly and put in at least one plant that bees like.  *nodnod*  Then my dad popped his head over the fence to tell me that he ended up with one more grape tomato plant than he had room for and he didn’t know where to put it, so I offered to take it off his hands.  ^_^

So, now I have all kinds of yummy things just waiting to grow and I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.  ^_____________^

(I’m also excited that my dad’s sprinklers apparently reach that bed because it effectively means I won’t even have to water.  NOT A BAD THING.  ;D)



I was a bookcloth making MACHINE today.  😀  I made like… 10 different pieces of bookcloth.  I also printed a bunch of lined paper.  Because I basically got a request for a custom order for 11 journals.  Which is AWESOME.  ^_^

And the person who is buying them (my therapist, ironically ;D) said that she often gets people asking where she gets her journals and she’d be happy to send them my way when they ask and then asked if I had business cards for my store that she could give out and I realized… I don’t.  O_o;;;  So last night (with design help from the ever amazing Ve @thecoffeetragedy) I made up business cards and ordered them! 

So, basically I’m feeling all official and entrepreneurial and it’s all very exciting.  ^________^

Hope you’ve all been well, too!

…just realized it might be helpful if I actually attached the pictures of the cards, wouldn’t it?  ;D

Pictures behind the cut:



And the logo on the back is the one I actually made for my store.  ^_^

Wow.  I have NEVER had a book give me as much trouble as this one did.  O_o;;;  First of all, the paper I found, thought it’s gorgeous paper, is really just a hair too thick.  So it makes for very stiff page turns.  So that’s a problem.  It also made it really hard to cut down the text block.  So, AS YOU CAN SEE, it’s quite a bit smaller (5″ x 7.25″) than it was when it started out (5.5″ x 8.5″).  And I ended up having to hand-tear each page.  I actually really like the hand-torn effect and may try it again someday, but WOW this was not a good first intro to the technique.  😛

This was also my first time working with super as a reinforcement for the text block and I really liked it, but I need to invest in some wax paper.  Because, unlike using paper as a text block reinforcement, super has very large holes in the weave… and glue sticks to paper quite nicely through it.  OOPS.  Anyway, that was relatively easily taken care of by just gluing the endpapers in quickly, but still… lesson learned.  Wax paper is our friend.  ^_^

Finally, this was my first foray into making my own lined paper.  I AM really happy with how that came out, but I really need to find different paper.  *sigh*  Honestly, I LOVE the charcoal/drawing paper I buy in pads at Michael’s, but it’s 9 x 12, so my printer can’t do anything with it.  I guess I could invest in a paper cutter of some kind and just cut it down to 8.5 x 11, but that seems like such a massive pain in the rear.  There HAS to be a heavier-than-copy-paper-but-still-nice-for-writing-with-fountain-pens paper out there that’s 8.5 x 11.  I just need to FIND IT.

Anyway.  I’ll get all the final specs/official description up when I post it to my other blog, but for now… enjoy some pictures?  ^_^

So… we got a bit of snow the last couple of days.  😛  I think when all was said and done, we got about a foot and a half of snow.  But it was blizzard conditions.  So in some places of the yard, we didn’t have more than 6-12 inches.  IN OTHERS WE HAD CLOSER TO THREE FEET.  THIS SHIT WAS UP TO MY WAIST WHEN I WAS SHOVELING.  TT^TT  And of course, it was too wet, too heavy, and too high for the snow blower to be any help, so I actually did have to shovel.  Ugh.  At least my parents hired people to do the driveways, sidewalks, and front walks and clean off the cars.  That was a HUGE help.  All I had to do was shovel out the patio and get a path across our half of the yards.  …of course that’s where ALL THE DRIFTS WERE, but that’s OK.  It’s done and now I’m snuggled up with my kitty again.  Here’s hoping it all melts quickly?