Friday, July 06, 2018

Making the Veggie Garden Fence... Because We Had To

That is if we wanted to have a garden that was not devoured by DEER.. Those nasty, hungry, sweet-eyed, 4 legged, pretty little monsters... don't be fooled by their  gentle faces.. they are tricksters of the highest degree. as soon as you are confident and your back is turned..  your Hosta  will be gone.. your beans, your broccoli, chard, carrots and on and on.  We have deer come through our property several times a day.... and at night when they are the bravest and greediest

So we are building a Garden fence. and I am so excited.

 John is cutting it all from 2 x 6 lumber...  he laid it out on the back deck ( he built last year) so he had a nice flat surface to work on. most of the trellis panels are 8' x 12' . and we need 10 panels and a door.

so here we go.

 in the background is the woodshed John built last fall just in time to stack our winter firewood

 we watched the location in the backyard that received sun the earliest in the morning. and plotted out where the big 6" x 6" posts would go and placed some concrete deck blocks in those spots.

 ...every panel going up was so exciting.

 the thought that my veggies would be protected from the deer. yes of course raccoons and squirrels can climb over it but one thing at a time 

 We prepped the garden area last year with many loads of organic seafood compost and covered it with a thick layer of straw/mulch for the entire winter in hopes of making a productive growing medium

 every time I looked at it I was so happy.

 John did such a great job and he never stopped till he had it all finished.. I just absolutely love it!!!

 all up ... yippeee...  
Then I took a 3 foot piece of plastic deer netting and fastened it to the bottom couple feet of the fence all the way around.. to discourage rabbits and other short walking around critters

last but most important.. a lovely door. 
so until deer can figure how to unlatch a door.. I am feeling pretty secure the deer will only be able to peer through with no tasting.
we did this in May ready for the growing season here.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

the process of making a pieced patchwork quilt

...also called a scrap quilt...
Designing and planning in my sketchbook

using all scrap materials that have accumulated over time

lots of pressing all the way along

laying out for colour placement... lots of shifting and moving around of the little blocks

... during the making of the quilt top we were renovating and rebuilding this little old house .. by the time I finished quilting it, we had finished laying the hardwood floors (that was back breaking work that we don't want to do again none too soon)

 the back was pieced

 the batt 

the top ... sandwich is complete... 3 layers... now into the frames

Quilting in progress

 rolled up so it doesn't take up so much room.

end of the first 200 m. spool of quilting thread

unwound and removing from frames

 binding has been cut, sewn into a very long strip, pressed in half and is being sewn onto the quilt

trimming the excess

 hand stitching the binding to the back

just wanted to see what it looked like in the winter light


The End ..
 or maybe just the Beginning... 
of enjoying a functional handmade beautiful object.

created at our little old homestead by Gwen Buchanan... with much Love