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1  Eternal WIP Sampler in Needlework: Completed Projects by Katxena on: September 25, 2009 07:54:49 AM

I am working on an embroidery sampler.  It's going to be an eternal work in progress.  I was inspired by SharonB's sampler on pintangle.  I plan for my sampler to be 5.5 inches wide and however long it ends up.

So far, I've only worked this little redwork section, but I'm really liking it.  In this section, I am working only angular stitches, with no knots or round shapes at all.  With the exception of back stitch and straight stitch (which I'm using to define sections and emphasize the band shape, and also to rest my brain), I have tried to avoid repeating stitches, although I made one accidental repetition.  Here's a list of all the stitches I've used so far, by row:

1: back stitch
2: running stitch
3: back stitch
4: detached straight stitches, arranged like flower stems.
5: back stitch
6: half-cross stitch
7: chevron
8: half-cross, reversed
9: back stitch
10: fly stitch
11: cross stitch
12: detached straight stitches, stacked
13: back stitch
14: Bosnian stitch
15: sheaf stitch
16: back stitch
17: back stitch
18: straight stitch triangles (look at the left end of this row, I worked in the year, 2009)
19: Bosnian stitch, reversed
20: back stitch
21: St. George's cross stitch
22: back stitch
23: herringbone
24: buttonhole stitch
25: ermine stitch
26: zipper stitch
27: cross stitch
28: holbein stitch
29: back stitch
30: detached straight stitches
31 (in progress): back stitch
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2  Re: Tiny Farm (new pics added July 16!) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Katxena on: September 06, 2008 02:35:22 PM
Good luck with your garden @nat_attack!!!!  Gardening is very gratifying.

Here's the purple bell pepper:

It's very dark green on the inside, and tastes like a regular bell pepper.  It was very crisp.
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3  Re: Altered Ancestors Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Katxena on: September 05, 2008 09:18:30 AM
I'm sorry I haven't kept up with this swap.  Here's the amazing piece Phizzy made for me:

I love all the little details, but most especially the compass, because of course my adventurous ancestor would have had a compass!  Thank you Phizzy!

I'm on my way to the post office to mail amarylisroze's ancestor, and I've started on Babbetto's and Rackycoo's.  I'll confirm with Racky & A-roze after I've sent.
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4  Re: Tiny Farm (new pics added July 16!) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Katxena on: July 16, 2008 07:03:23 AM
I've been harvesting greens from my garden so far, but the other day I got my first few tomatoes, and tonight I'm going to harvest my first squash.  Look how cute they are!  The seed packet said they were the exact size, color and shape of a lemon -- I guess it was right:

The rest of the garden is also doing well.  Here's an overview of both beds:

I love my garden.  It's so full of life!
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5  Re: Tiny Farm (new pics May 27!) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Katxena on: May 29, 2008 09:17:53 AM
More pictures!

I don't like drip watering systems, but I do like steady watering, so I thought I'd try this idea from the You Grow Girl! book.  I cut the bottom off a 2-liter pop bottle, used a nail to poke a few holes in the cap, then buried it next to a tomato plant.  I've been watering the tomato by pouring water into the bottle.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but the bottle is at an angle and the cap is actually under the tomato plant.

I also tried out using the bottom of the pop bottles as a mini-greenhouse.  In the photo below, I planted four kohlrabi seeds in the square.  The two in front were planted on the same date, and I put a pop bottle bottom over one to see if it sprouted faster than the other one (the two seeds in th back row were planted a week earlier and have already sprouted).

Four days later, the seed under the mini-greenhouse sprouted (look to the left of the rock):

I tried hard to give them the same amount of water during that time, but the seed that sprouted is slightly downhill from the other one, so it may have received some runoff.  But I'm convinced that the mini-greenhouse helped.

I also got my herb containers planted.  I have two big 24-inch pots.  I planted them with sage (2 kinds), basil (2 kinds), lemon thyme, catnip, nasturtium and a dichrondia.  Everything but the dichrondia is edible -- it's just pretty!  Here's one of the containers:

And here's a glamor shot of one of the lemon thyme plants.  These are so pretty.

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6  Re: Tiny Farm in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Katxena on: May 27, 2008 07:01:42 AM
Here's an update on my garden.

First, a tiny French breakfast radish sprout!  These were the first seeds up, and I was so happy to see them!

Next, the Northeast bed.  It's got a lot planted in it, although I am saving some space for seeds that should be arriving this Saturday (5/31).  Right now, it has tomatoes, marigolds (to protect the tomatoes from harmful nematodes), jalapeno pepper, a bell pepper, two kinds of green beans, and New Zealand spinach. 

I'm planning to add more green beans (I'm succession planting these 3-6 plants per week through July 12), kholrabi, podding radishes, celery root, and scallions. 

The Southwest bed.  So far, I've planted tomatoes, lemon squash, beets, kholrabi, radishes, carrots, a purple bell pepper, and swiss chard.

Here's a picture of the tiny lemon squash plant:

And here's my purple bell pepper (if Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Purple Peppers, how many Purple Peppers would Peter Piper Pick?)
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7  Tiny Farm (new pics added July 16!) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Katxena on: May 19, 2008 02:02:31 PM
I've started a tiny farm in my back yard.  I've named it Tiny Farm.

Here's what my backyard looked like before I started.  The lawn is 12x20 feet (about 4x6 meters):

With my husband's help, I built two 3x6 foot (about 1x2 meter) garden beds out of 2x12 lumber.  Then I marked out a grid of 1x1 foot squares on each bed, using nylon cord looped around nails.  Here's a picture of one of the beds.  The other one looks just like it:

I'm using the square foot garden (SFG) method, which you can read more about here.  The grid is key to the SFG method:  you plant each grid intensively, and you only plant what you'll eat.  You time it so that not every thing ripens all at once.  For example, I will be planting 8 radishes a week for the next couple of weeks.  I'm the only radish-eater in my house, and 8 radishes a week is more than enough for me!

I've already planted some beets, radishes, carrots and kohlrabi.  I'll be planting my tomatoes and peppers this weekend.  Here's my planting plan for Spring 2008 (the beds are really about 10 feet apart, one on each side of the yard, against the fence.  They are pictured closer together for viewing convenience):

Click on the plan to see a larger version.

The gray area is the space I'm leaving open for the squash.  I'll plant fast growing stuff (like radishes!) around it until it needs the space.  The tomatoes and squash will be grown in cages.  To keep them from flopping over, the beans will have a tiny fence around them (made with those small white fence segments you buy for cheap at a home store), as will the New Zealand spinach.

What do you think?  This is my first in-ground veggie garden.  I've grown veggies in containers before (a lot of veggies in a lot of containers), and I have a flower bed out front.  But I've never before had an in-ground garden!  I'm super excited.
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8  Re: Katxena's Chunky Book Page Gallery (new pages May 10) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Katxena on: May 08, 2008 07:30:49 PM
More pages!  First up, an Asian themed page called "Breathing" that I made for a personal swap:

It's square in real life, I promise, I just took the picture at an angle.  Notice the bit of paper just above the word "breathing" -- it's kinda shiny.  It's from a piece of paper Alteredmommy gave me -- she collaged it all together from all sorts of things.  I love it!

Next, a tree-themed page called "Believe", for a swap on another site.  This one is thickly coated with gesso to create texture.

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9  Re: Shop the Swap 14 - Shop Posts Only in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Katxena on: April 30, 2008 03:37:50 PM
Katxena's Shop

All items are from my smoke free home in the USA.  I have two cats who get into everything.  Please feel free to PM me with any questions you have. 


Handcrafted Items

Denim & Crochet Brooches

These look great on a coat or a purse, or for hanging on a bulletin board or dresser or anywhere else you need the sunny cheer of a flower. Features a crocheted wool flower, button accent, and denim backing with hand embroidered blanket stitch.  The back is nicely finished with felt and a pin back closure. Size approximately 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter.

(please include brooch # in your claim!!!)

Pale Yellow (brooch #3).  1/2 point. Pale yellow flower with purple button accent and red stitching.

Just red (brooch #4).  1/2 point. Dark red flower with a shell button and denim blue stitching. 


Shell necklace.  1 point

21 inches (about 53 cm).  The necklace is made from disk-shaped beads -- I don't know what kind of shell they are.  I'm listing this as a supply, because it's not a very good necklace!  The beads are on a stretchy cord, which is not attractive when worn -- it stretches and gaps between beads.  However, the beads are pretty and could be made into something lovely.


Items claimed from me

katxena to catpants -- Earth-toned beaded choker (2 points) Mail by May 25 (sent May 21)

Items claimed by me

cookies to katxena -- 10 needle felted beads (1 point) Mail by May 28 (rec'd)
loves2experiment -- TREE PENDANT + CORD  1 point Mail by Jun 4

Starting Points: 3
Current Points:3
Pending Points: 0
Total Points: 3

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10  Re: Katxena's Chunky Book Page Gallery (new pages April 1) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Katxena on: April 29, 2008 06:18:39 AM
Another new page -- this one is for a swap with the theme "Creative Life" (not the one on this site, it's on another site). 

I think this page is done, but I'm not sure.  Usually chunky pages have fibers and chunks (beads, charms, etc.) on them.  That's why they are chunky!

But I like this page without chunks!  I'm hesitant to leave them out though, because I don't want anyone to be disappointed.
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