snow in june

a little bittersweet isn’t it? the first day of summer marks the longest day of the year. so hooray for summer’s arrival! but you better enjoy every moment, because tomorrow, the days get incrementally shorter and shorter, collectively dragging the northern hemisphere towards a long and bitter winter. (can someone get me a drink? my cup is half empty it seems)…

speaking of winter, the other day i had to do a double take. i was hiking along a trail with my pup [insert gratuitous puppy photo here, who isn’t much of a puppy anymore]…

when i came across what looked like snowdrifts on the ground…

it is actually “fluff” most likely from cottonwood and poplar trees. some trees just drop their seeds below them, but some seeds need sun to germinate and will not grow in the shade of their parent’s canopy. so these pretty, fluffy things are a rather ingenious way to carry the seed far away, floating great distances on a breeze.

today also happens to be father’s day. happy father’s day to all the dads who raise their children to rise above and reach the greatest distances in life.

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and the winner of the craft fail book giveaway is…


thanks to everyone who entered!

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is this thing on? (an announcement, giveaway, and a word or two about failure)

well folks. it has been a while. but my blog is finally fixed and i’m here with some exciting news. i believe it is every writer’s (and hence blogger’s) dream to be forever immortalized in print. yes, it has finally happened to yours truly. i have been written about in a book with its very own ISBN!

here it is, see?

what? oh. you want to see the actual book?

well, never mind that. that’s just superfluous, and i don’t want to be flaunting my fame. just take my word for it. in a nutshell, the published tome expounds on my virtues as a talented craftard (that’s the combination of the words crafter+wizard). it will be available in libraries forevermore for future generations to reference and glean my creative wisdom and knowledge.

what do you mean “show the book already”? haven’t we built a trust over the years, you and i? you don’t need to actually see the book to believe it do you?

ok, ok. no need to get all unsubscribey on me, bossy boots.

if you must know, i’ll share the book.

you see, after years of sharing all of my crafting successes, my life’s work has been forever immortalized for…failure.

and to add insult to injury, the book’s author, heather mann, sent me an extra copy to give away. like this is something i want to actually share with the world.

(i really don’t get it. ONE disaster. ONE bad idea gone horribly wrong amongst hundreds of incredible, inspiring creations, and IT is the one that gets published!)


all kidding aside, because this is serious stuff folks… i am thrilled for heather’s new book, and tickled that my failed craft submission was included amongst other spectacular failures. the book, like the craft fail website, is a funny, often cringe-worthy look at how our good crafty intentions can go horribly wrong. and ultimately (this is my favourite part) it is a reminder that failure is an intrinsic part of the creative process. thank you heather, for celebrating this process and for reminding us that we’re not alone when our creations don’t go quite as planned…or don’t look quite the same as those photos on pinterest promised.

to be entered into the draw for this book, please comment below before march 1st 2015 (include your email, it will not be published — unlike my craft failure, which was published in all its glossy, full-colour glory). you can tweet about it, share it on Facebook, jump through all those hoops other bloggers make you do to enter their giveaways, but it won’t get you any more chances to win. sorry. this is how i roll here at i made it so, you should know this by now. i’ll choose a name at random and announce the winner here eventually. i may decide to send the book to the winner too. if i must.

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final harvests and collecting seeds

harvesting the last of the veggies these days, and collecting the seeds for next year.

autumn arrives tomorrow.

there is something very satisfying about the cycle of things and all that this season brings.


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tharrr she grows!

pardon the pirate-y vernacular. i’ve done something to my knee, and i’m hobbling along with a bit of a peg leg. it’s getting better really, and the real reason i’m here is to say we went away camping for a week and came home to find this:

my tomato and pea plants are taller than me! now, i know, that’s not saying much at 5’2″ or thereabouts, but still.

we’ve tied back the tomatoes to the fence with twine, and the peas continue to curl up and around the top of the bamboo stakes.

we will  plan better next year to make sure the shorter plants are closer to the edge that gets more light, but otherwise everything is doing well this year.


cabbage! (first time growing it…i still think of cabbage patch kids when i see them)…



i love the little pea flowers…

and tendrils twisting together…

i’m so happy with the marigolds which grew from seed. marigolds are a good companion plant for pest control and pollination…

and remember the garlic? they’re laden with scapes now.

i like this post and recipe for using scapes by tara at savvy gardening.

i also need your help, dear reader (i make a terrible pirate, i know, revealing my weakness and uncertainty)… this rogue plant below grew in one of my seedling pots. it was obviously not a seed i planted intentionally, but i didn’t want to toss it as it seemed so sturdy and interesting, so i put it in the ground off to the side of the garden. it has since grown to about 3 feet, and i still don’t know what it is. do you recognize it? is it “just a weed” or something else?

p.s. i’ve been searching images, and maybe it’s a sunflower?

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