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higgledy-piggledy garden wall

When I moved into our home nearly 19 years ago, I was eager to create a lush garden, but like most new homeowners with a single income and a 7-month-old baby, money was TIGHT! I quickly became queen of the free plants. I was happy to take in anyone’s unwanted plants as they thinned out their gardens. Irises, daylilies, hostas, and liriope/lily turf where widely available to me at what time. I had long been an avid Saturday morning PBS fan. This Old House and The Victory Garden taught me everything I knew about gardening. Of course, my friend Martha taught me a lot too. So I took my garden hose and arranged it in an attractive curve and laid out my first garden bed in my front yard. I took all that free liriope and divided it up into little chunks and used it to plant a sweeping border, separating the garden from the yard. Darn it, hindsight is 20/20. The liriope that I was given wasn’t the beautiful little plants that behave, nnnoooo, …

Quick and Easy S’mores

As you know, I’m hosting a blog series in support of Ink and Arrow Fabric’s new fabric line Camp S’mores, designed by Lisa Jane Smith. Shortly after getting the fabric I knew I had to make a big plate of s’mores. I don’t need to explain why right? Anyone that knows me well knows that I have a soft spot for marshmallows. So I thought I’d take a break from sewing and crafting and share with my no-fail s’more recipe. These are so simple to make; even your kids could whip these up for you! Step One: Lay out 4  individual graham crackers squares and top with 1/3 cup of Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chunk Chips. I like to use these chunky chips because they melt faster than candy bars do and I always have them in the house. But, mostly because they are oooooh so darn good. Microwave for a full 30 seconds. Step 2: Next, add an s’more friendly marshmallow on top and microwave for 10 seconds and smooch. Repeat this one more time …

Make Art that Sells: April Assignement

I can’t even tell you how hard the April project for the Make Art That Sells class was for me to do. We were assigned to dig into our past and find 5 situations that we conquer courageously, then we needed to create imagery to go along with all the feelings. In the end, our primary task was to make a mind map of sorts. My mind map became more a journey map of my life. I broke it down into 5 different sections. College, freelancing as a customer in my 20’s, becoming a wife and mother, the Modern June years, and coming home to be a homeschooling SAHM again. It’s my life on a page. I had a rough childhood, so I feel like my life began when I went off to college. I was the first in my family to go. I was made to feel like I was “too big for my britches” to think that I could do such a thing. My mom told me that I should just go to …