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301  A Spring Morning in the Greenhouse in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: April 12, 2011 07:23:36 AM
It's a hoop house, actually.  My genius husband built it for us from a kit.  It's got an interior raised bed.  We've been enjoying lettuce, spinach, carrots and beets all winter.


One of my requirements when we were deciding on the size was it had to be big enough for a table.  We've hosted luncheons and dinners out there.  Today, the table is holding my tea, cucumber seedlings and the season's final daffodils.  




I've had cut organic blue seed potatoes drying out there for a few days.  They're now ready to go into our garden bed.


We supplement our raised bed gardening with a lot of potted plants.  Tomatoes, hot peppers and cucumbers mostly.  For those of you who don't have the ground space to garden in, try some potted plants this summer.  We load our back deck with them.  I make my own potting mixture.  It's mostly garden soil, the kind you can get in bags at the garden center.  In a large container I add in some compost, a little peat moss, a few handfuls of vermiculite and about 1/4 cup of Soil Moist crystals to help the pots hold moisture.  


Today, I potted up tomatoes.  To cover those drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, I put in a layer of skirting.  That's the scrap fleece leftover from shearing.  It acts both as a barrier and helps with fertilization.  You can also cover those drainage holes with a bit of broken flower pot, fabric, packing peanuts, any number of things.


On top of the skirting I put a trowel of my potting mixture.  I tear the bottom of the peat pot that my tomatoes have been growing in and set it in the pot.  It's important not to touch the stem of a tomato.  Just touch the peat pot or the leaves if you have to.


When you pot up a tomato plant, it's important to plant it as deep as you can.  Just leave the very top leaves showing.  By doing this, the plant will develop more roots along the buried stem and will give you a more vigorous plant.  



We use the greenhouse as a season extender.  We'll keep our potted plants in there under protection until our last frost. Then we'll use it again at the end of the growing season for our plants when the first frost is predicted.
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302  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Discussion** in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissingWillow on: April 09, 2011 10:23:11 AM
I just added some Indian textiles to my shop (mirrored dupatta and beaded scarf).



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303  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 08, 2011 01:54:48 PM
Sold to Zelda_Suicide.  Thanks so much for the claim!

Upcycled Toddler Pants


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304  Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 1st Quarter 2011 in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: April 07, 2011 10:54:30 AM
Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 1st Quarter 2011

Crafty Housewares: General

Felt Circle Pillows! by mimiw



Crafty Housewares: Reconstructed

The Great Caravan/Trailer Makeover! by sparrowarms


Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) by Phantome


Interior Decorating

my green diningroom by miep


Little Mermaid nursery mural by chughes225




Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening

Bird Nest Station by lunamadre



Grow Your Own Tomatoes from Seed by MissingWillow




Pet-Related Crafts

Dog crate kennel by 3RaysOfSunshine


Hooded Sleeping Bag for Doxies by LimeRiot
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305  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 06, 2011 02:21:45 PM
Sold to TLK - thanks so much!

Choli Pattern (out of print)


Chocolate Raspberry Jam


And a cranberry chrysthemum soap.
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306  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 01, 2011 11:25:11 AM
My turn!  I received from calluna today and I love it!  I told her I like the sideshow, particularly the tattooed lady.  Here's the outside.  It's got a chain attached so it will hang on the wall.  She's one of the brave who cut the embossed part out.  What could be behind the curtain??



A conjoined tattooed aerialist.  Isn't she cool??


There's a curtain on the left, here's what's underneath.


And the back has circus stamps and an angry zebra.


I have a reproduction side show poster of a tattooed lady in my craft room.  Now she's got a friend.  Thank you so much for the awesome piece of art, Calluna!
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307  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Shops Only** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: March 31, 2011 05:09:30 PM

Missing Willow's Shop is Open

We are a non-smoking household in Virginia with a hairless cat and one indoor dog only allowed in her kennel.

Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers - 1 point



Knitting Book (new)- 1 point




Tea Cup Pincushion - 2 points



Miniature Witch Curio - 2 points
To get an idea of the scale, the crystal ball is a marble.



Close up of the spell book and the opposite side of the photo frame.  It has a flying monkey on one side and the Wicked Witch of the West on the other.



Rainbow Pet Food Rug - 1 point



An action shot of our Bindi with hers:


Sweater Vase - 1 point
Made from a felted sweater, this container has a plastic cup inside to hold water for flowers or pens/craft supplies.  



Homemade Laundry Soap
Two cups for one point.  Contains Fels-Naptha laundry soap, sodium carbonate and sodium tetraborate (borax). Use 1 Tbsp for a regular load, 2 Tbsp for an extra soiled load.    

 

 
Strawberry Cream Pie Soap - 1 point
This M&P soap has a vanilla scented crust topped with a layer of cream and strawberries, topped with strawberry glaze.  If you cut it into 4, you can get bath sized bars.  6 slices make guest bath sized soaps.



Dupatta - 2 points
Indian cotton dupatta with shisha mirror and bell trim.  Can be used as a wrap or can be upcycled into something fabulous.  



Tie Dye Scarf
- 1 point
This cotton scarf is from India and has beaded detailing on the corners.  Use as-is or upcycle.






Panel Skirt - 1 point

This wine colored panel skirt is sewn by me and shown worn with black harem pants.  It ties on one side and is trimmed with kuchi coins.  Should fit a dancer between 5'6" and 5'8".



Jams & Jellies - 1 point each
We had such an abundance of honey from our bees this year, I think I used honey in all of my canning so if you have allergies to honey, please be aware.  Where appropriate, I'm showing the ribbon earned from last month's county fair. These are all half pint jars.  U.S. shipping only please.


Peach Jam


Cherry Jelly


Blackberry Jam


Raw Texel Fleece - 16 oz. for 1 point



Indian Coin Necklace - 1 point


Individual Soaps - 1/2 point each
Claim these M&P soaps as follows (clockwise from top left):
Canteloupe ducky
Lavender sheep (contains goats milk)
Cranberry flower
Strawberry sheep (contains goats milk)
Cucumber fish (small fish toy inside)
Chocolate cupcake
Peaches & Cream goat (contains goats milk)



Cigar Boxes for Altering - 1 point each.  Claim either as Sun Grown or Autumn Collection




Bag of Dominoes and Tri-Ominoes - 1 point
You'll receive a bag that contains 20 each of both dominoes and tri-ominoes.  




Earrings - 1/2 point each

Claim as blue earrings


Claim as green earrings


Claim as red earrings


Claim as orange & black earrings


Sewing Patterns - I inherited these, LMK if you have any questions.  They are 0.25 points each

Size 6-8-10.  Claim as 3597 (uncut).


Shoulder pads (!) and a Parsons School of Design bridal veil pattern.  Both uncut.


These are juniors 3/4 thru 9/10.  Claim as 5666 or 3501 uncut).


Youth patterns.  Claim as 9936 or 3338.


Kids clothing.  Claim as 2885 (sizes 1-2-3, uncut), 6362 (size 2 Toddler), 3343 robe (size 4, uncut) or 7790 (18 months, uncut)


These are size S-XL.  All are uncut. Claim as 4808, 6835 or 7150.


Size 8-10-12.  Claim as 3227 (uncut), 5642 (uncut) or 6415.


Size 14-16-18.  Claim as 3135, 3444 (uncut) or 4463 (uncut)


These are size 12-14-16. Claim as 4004, 6879 or 5577 (uncut).


Size 12.  Albert Nipon.  I actually owned this dress in the 80s.  Uncut.


Size 10-12-14.  Claim as 3007 (uncut)


Size 14.  Claim as 9091





Claims from me:
TLK - Chocolate Raspberry Jam (1)
TLK - Choli pattern & cranberry mum soap (1)
Zelda.Suicide - Upcycled Toddler Pants - (1)
A2K - Peach jelly (1)
A2K - Blackberry jelly (1)


Claims by me
pseudo_pix - Felting supplies (2)
pseudo_pix  - A little compass, a divers helmet and lantern (1)
thelastkodama - Custom basic tea wallet (1)
thelastkodama - Confetti coiled fabric bowl (2)
audio - zombie shrine (1)

Starting Points - 7
Current Points - 5
Pending Points - 0
Total Points - 5
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308  Shearing Beatrice in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: March 22, 2011 11:55:07 AM
We had our sheep shorn last weekend.  Their fleece is heavy and our days are getting warmer so it was time.  We raise two breeds of sheep- texel and katahdin.  The katahdin are hair sheep, they don't have wool.  They have coats similar to dogs.  The texels are the only ones that get shorn.  Beatrice is one of our texels.  We put them up the night before in close quarters to keep them warm so their lanolin will flow.  It makes the job easier for both the shearer and the sheep.  When we first got sheep, I thought we would shear them ourselves.  We purchased a how-to DVD and realized how absolutely backbreaking it looked so we decided to have a professional come do it for us.  Two years ago, our sheep met up with a skunk a few days before the shearer arrived.  All of our wool that year went into the garden!    



The shearer usually does 80-100 sheep in a day.  Can you imagine?  You need to be strong, flexible and have a very good back to do this.  


He's got a set pattern that he follows, and uses his elbows and knees to restrain her as he's working.  He starts with the belly wool and discards it as it's inferior for spinning.  The sheep are surprisingly calm during their ordeal.  



Her fleece stays together in one piece.  It weighs almost 7 pounds.  Her wool locks are very springy with good crimp. I learned this from some local spinners.  I, alas, don't spin or knit.  My fleece will go with me to the farmer's market when it opens next month.  



She's much happier without her winter coat and is due to lamb any day now.  She's very sweet, loves to be scratched and likes to smell my face.  She's my favorite, can you tell?   Smiley


Beatrice finally had her lamb, a little ewe.  Isn't she cute?
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309  Re: Shop the Swap 48 **Discussion Thread** in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissingWillow on: March 19, 2011 03:34:50 PM
I'm open again.  I just added a pair of upcycled toddler sweater pants.  Makes me wish I had a toddler in my life! 

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310  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: March 17, 2011 12:31:34 PM
I received my final puzzle piece from curiousfae today.  It's just perfect!  I love the saying and the little bees.  She also sent me some bee ephemera that I will put to good use!!  Thank you so much, Kelli! 



I just posted my completed puzzle at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375744.0
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