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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Creature on: April 24, 2016 03:44:49 PM
from the Black Lagoon

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bat-broidery on: March 22, 2016 10:17:24 AM
A little Mexican Free-tailed Bat:

More about them:  http://www.batcon.org/resources/media-education/bats-magazine/bat_article/656
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Permaculture Food Forest Project on: March 06, 2016 05:42:58 AM
One of my major projects this year is to plant a food forest in an area behind the house where a bunch of Live Oaks are dead or dying of oak wilt.  I want to replace them with fruit trees and other food plants under the canopy of beautiful Cedar Elms.

The first part of this larger project is to prepare an area to plant plum trees next winter.  

I first laid out a contour line and built a low berm of logs and dirt to stop the runoff on this very slight slope.  The berm is curved a little to hold water, and has an overflow stabilized with rocks.  

Then next to where the plums will be planted, I dug a big hole down to bedrock and filled it with old logs.  This is a technique I use in my vegetable garden, which has made all the difference in being able to grow food during drought - the logs hold water as they decay slowly.

I soaked the logs in the hole with water and covered them with a thick layer of wood chips.  Then I fenced the area to keep out the hordes of deer and planted a whole bunch of seeds of plants which in the future will be cut as mulch for the plums. These are called "support plants" in permaculture.  Some kinds I planted were Thornless Honeylocust, Palo Verde, Moringa, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Esperanza.  Also seeds of various kinds of beans, squash, and melons, some tomatoes and peppers, and some flowers.  Then I put a light layer of wood chips over everything as a mulch and watered thoroughly.

This project is inspired by the work of Geoff Lawton, one of my heroes.  Here's a video of him explaining the stages of a food forest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2bvTeMUuO0

More permaculture videos by Geoff (you have to sign up to view them, but there's no cost, and they are so inspiring!): http://geofflawton.com/
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Farm stand crafts on: March 04, 2016 02:33:35 PM
I'm going to try to open a very tiny farm honor store this summer, and I'd like to also sell crafts there.  What sorts of things do you think might be popular?  I personally love dotees and I enjoy making them.  Maybe also fridge magnets of some kind?  Of the things I've shown here on Craftster, what do you think would make good farm stand goodies?

Thanks for any suggestions! Smiley

Here's an article about farm honor stores:  http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/06/11/154750001/the-psychology-of-the-honor-system-at-the-farm-stand
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bunny and dandelion on: February 24, 2016 06:01:34 AM
For noelle in the Woodland Creatures swap. 

16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Young Woman in a Kerchief on: February 16, 2016 02:48:32 PM
Here's the head for a trackside figure for my husband's slotcar racers; she'll be recording lap times.  She's inspired by the French actress and singer Francoise Hardy, who appeared in the race movie Grand Prix.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Rainwater harvesting projects on: February 11, 2016 04:53:37 PM
We have a seasonally flooding and eroding arroyo on our land which I'm trying to repair.  In this lower part I put a series of rock dams to slow the water and allow sediment to build up so grass can grow.

Rocks toted in the wheelbarrow and moved by my own little hands!  Smiley

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tufted Coquette on: February 03, 2016 05:58:43 AM
For LimeRiot in the One Tiny Bird Thing Swap.  Embroidery on linen.

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stumpwork Hedgie on: January 26, 2016 06:36:21 AM
For tapestrymlp in the Winter Wing Ding IYP Swap.  Approx 3.5 inches across

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fossil Fish on: January 13, 2016 03:53:09 PM
For rockingbearranch in the Dodo Swap.

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