Saturday, August 24, 2013

Another Hot Day

 I put up more pickles, hot peppers and salsa this week and as we speak, I have another counter full of ripening tomatoes.  I've got my pork roast in the crock pot and I have to say it's a great recipe with 2 cans of  Dr. Pepper added.

The recipe includes an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. It is absolutely the best bar-b-q.

I got a few more of the digital designs done this week and listed them on Etsy.  I have had so much fun doing these and printed a lot of them just for myself.  Last week I listed instant downloads of the apples, bluebirds, cows, flower pots, pineapple, roses, patriotic stars, and watermelon designs.   I just listed pumpkins, bees, pigs and cats today.

There are twelve different paper designs on there so far.  See them all on the Etsy site HERE.

I figured I'd better get the pumpkins up here, after all, it's almost pumpkin time!  I'm in the mood to decorate for fall even though it's 95 degrees out there today.   It won't be long and we'll all be cutting back the gardens to prepare for winter.  Sad.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Summer is Almost Over!

It is almost the middle of August and the days are flying by.  I have been so busy this summer with garden, canning and watercolors.  Yep, that's right- I've been working for many months to get watercolors of my quilts and I have had so much fun.
I designed paper note pads, To-do lists, quilt labels, greeting cards and stationary for instant download.  I have a few more things going but for now, these are the ones I have finished and ready to list.  Some of these will be on my website in the next few days.  I actually started them last year and it's been a labor of love. So far I have well over 100 different designs.


My garden is in full swing and we are enjoying fresh vegetables each day.
The deer trimmed my peppers back for me but they are finally recovering and producing.
I am drying herbs- here is a few peppermint plants planted in a small area by the A/C.  There is no wasted space around here anymore- I claim it for herbs! It works out well to keep them trimmed so they stay contained.  These are Peppermint and Lemon Thyme.  I have a lot more tucked into different spots.  I'm going to try to make homemade peppermint extract with these.  Sounds fun!

My impatiens are doing wonderful - it must be the Miracle Gro soil I used. We put nine planter boxes along the outside deck railing and I just love my little sanctuary on the deck.  I have a bunch of bird feeders hanging in my big tree that overhangs the deck so the birds visit all day.  I have a little squirrel who frequents my tree and entertains me and taunts my Yorkie as well.