Monday, March 30, 2015

Strawberries, Crochet and Hard Work


Happy Monday!  

In my last post, I promised an update on my crochet project.  
I'm in the fourth color section of the mosaic and I am really enjoying the pattern.  I'm using Vanna's Choice yarn, which is one of my favorites to work with.  It is cushy, soft and feels more luxurious than the cost per skein.  


The yarn I ordered to complete the 2nd half of the blanket came in last week.  Since I don't have any spring flowers yet, I'll revel in the pretty yarn colors.  

:-)

I also ordered yarn for my next project.


I'll share more on that when I get closer to working on it.  
Both projects are gifts for family members.


Our fence was complete last Wednesday.  They finished two days early, which worked out great as the next day it poured down rain!


The fence allows our dog to roam freely and we can play fetch with her without the worry of her running off.  

It also gives some dimension to our yard.  


I've already started to dream (and plot out) different landscape ideas.  
It all takes time (and money), so we'll do things as both allow.


We built our first raised bed on Saturday.  
We mixed our soil, and planted 75 strawberry plants.  I could barely move by the end of the day.  Who knew it would be such hard work!


The strawberries are bare root.  I've never worked with bare root plants before; I hope they will grow.  Dear son has claimed three of the squares as "his".  Hopefully he'll share his harvest.  

:-)

I hope your week gets off to a great start!

Heather


28 comments:

  1. Love the garden gate, it really has got charm. Good luck with the growing venture, it is so much fun and hard work but worth it when you are eating the produce. The blanket is looking a real delight, such beautiful colours.

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    1. Thank you! :-) Have a great day. Heather

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  2. I admire you always trying new stitches. I'm so lazy in that regard. If it seems too difficult, I don't even bother. Your fence looks great -- what a big yard you have, and such a relief to know that your big pup will be safe. Fantastic idea to do raised beds. I hope everything grows beautifully and abundantly. Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment Tammy. Heather

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  3. Your blanket is beautiful so far, Heather :-) I love working with Vanna yarn; it's so pretty and soft. But I love that green from Red Heart; I look forward to seeing what you make with it. The fence is wonderful! Have fun planning out all your landscaping.

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    1. Thanks Kate. I thought that was a pretty color green in the RHSS also. I'm looking forward to the new project, but don't want to put my cart in front of my horse so to speak. I'm a one project at a time gal. Have a great day! Heather

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  4. Love the fence! Looks like a top notch job was done. And your blanket looks wonderful with all those intricate looking stitches. Can't wait to see how it looks at the end. We are in the waiting game with all of our seeds in the greenhouse. A few sprouts were spotted yesterday so there is hope. : )

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    1. Hi Kar, thank you for the nice comment. The stitches are just simple drop stitches (or long stitches). Once the pattern is established, it's easy to see where they go. I'm a little behind getting out tomatoes and peppers started, but hope to do it this week (or weekend). Enjoy your day, Heather

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  5. Your blanket is wonderful! I've never tried a mosaic before. Too intimidating! :)
    Wow! 75 strawberry plants will quickly multiply into over a hundred just this year. Next year you will be able to transplant some to keep room in your bed. I need to transplant some of mine here in the next week or two. They are starting to come up.
    The fence is great!!!!!!!! Your pets will have a wonderful time running around that space.
    Hope you have a wonderful week Heather!

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    1. I've never planted strawberries, so there will definitely be a learning curve! :-) We bought the supplies to build two beds this weekend, but ran out of time and I wanted to be sure to get those plants in the ground. I didn't know they multiplied that quickly. 25 of them are June bearing, so I don't think they will grow fruit until next year. Thanks for your great comment. I love to hear from other gardeners. Have a great day, Heather

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  6. Congratulations on the completion of your fence Heather what a fabulous huge space to play in, it will take some planning but just do it bit by bit and before you know it it will be all done. Bare root plants usually do very well so I'm sure that you will soon be eating luscious strawberries. Your crochet is beautiful and I love the new yarn, have a great week. :) xx

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  7. I love that blanket! I've never worked with the Vanna yarn before. My favorite yarn is the Caron Simply Soft.

    (visiting from the Art of Homemaking link-up)

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  8. Hi Heather - I love your mosaic blanket - I've never seen anything in that pattern and think it's beautiful!
    Like you, I find myself enjoying the lovely spring colors of the yarn and fabrics I have around since the color outside is basically brown.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  9. Heather you have been working hard. New fence looks fab.
    Rosezeeta

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  10. Your blanket is looking great and your fence does too. We've had to walk our Nellie Belle all winter when her duty calls. I wish we could have a fence. Nellie has turned into a chunky little chihuahua who will greatly benefit from our back yarn in Kentucky when we get back there. Take care, Sharon

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  11. Wonderful - both projects! Such an amazing piece of property and I love the fence! Your blanket has lovely colors. xo Karen

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  12. That is a beautiful fence. I wish we had LAND like that around Chicago!!

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  13. Your blanket is so pretty. I have a couple of projects I need to start too. Love the fence, and that makes sense why you are doing it, and it's so pretty. I hope your strawberries grow nicely. We always loose ours unless we use netting. The birds just love them. :)

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  14. Oh Heather...the fence is lovely (love the gate!) and I know it is a relief to not have to worry about Blackie running off and yet she still has room to run around! The yarn colors are lovely, as is the afghan! I hope your strawberry plants do well. There is nothing like having your own. The year before our daughter started Bible college we planted 500 strawberry plants so we could sell berries. That money went a very long way in paying her expenses for college.

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  15. The colors for your project are so pretty, Heather. Your fence looks fabulous and after all your hard work, I hope your strawberries produce so much for you to enjoy. Happy Easter!

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  16. Hi Heather, So nice to meet you and I have so enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Thank you for stopping by to visit me as well and your new following. I am a happy new follower here too.
    I just love the blanket you are working on. What a gorgeous pattern. The colors are so spring and inspiring. Your new gate and fence is wonderful. The whole country setting is beautiful and peaceful. I planted 2 small pots of strawberries. Not a big deal but enough for a little snack.LOL

    Wishing you a wonderful Easter week filled with blessings.
    Hugs, CM

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  17. Your fence came out beautiful! You live in a very lovely location! What a blessing :) And your crochet work is coming along wonderfully too! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!

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  18. Your crocheting project is so beautiful, I like the pattern and the colors!
    Wishing you a Happy and Joyful Easter!
    Blessings from Nina

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  19. Hi there I found you via Meredith's blog mereknits, your crochet is lovely, I tried some Vannas choice earlier this year and didn't really get on with it, I used a variegated one so maybe that has a different texture. Your colours are really lovely together.
    Looking forward to reading more of your blog! Would be lovely to see you over at mine emeraldcottage.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. That looks like one big fenced in area. It is nice the dog has a place to run and roam. Looks like you have enough room for a playmate. Cool gate....

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  21. Love the mosaic crochet. I'm not sure if I've ever done that stitch or not, but I'm a crocheter & knitter, too, so I appreciate seeing what others are working on. Love the raised bed for strawberries. This is the second year for our strawberry plants so I'm hoping for a good harvest. Hope yours do well, also.
    Have a great day!

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  22. What a gorgeous fence!!! And a pretty and interesting gate. Such a great idea for keeping your dog safe and giving him space to run besides! Hope your strawberries work out. If we ever get warm weather, we should have a good crop this year. I need to water them lots.

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  23. The mosaic crochet pattern is beautiful. I like Vanna's Choice yarn for many projects (especially blankets). It's just the right combination of structure and softness, I think.

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