Saturday, July 16, 2016

a lavender farm and a garden update

 preparing for making lavender essential oil

the lavender labyrinth 
watching the eagles hunting the fields after the mowing - very hunger games like

 tide-pooling at double bluff beach

We spent last week over on the islands again, enjoying being up close to the water. While we were there, we went and checked out the Lavender Wind Farm, which was amazing. I'm excited to go back another time and learn more about the process of making essential oils. They also had a sweet little store in town where there was no shortage of every body product you could imagine. I have a lot of them here with me right now.

I had proper plans to start on my Dottie Angel frock, but I just can't seem to get started. Instead, I've just been sewing squares - all kinds really - and made of nearly everything. My favorites have been from old tablecloths, but I'm not discriminating.

I've included a few more pictures of the garden, which has been doing well so far. We've definitely had a lot of bugs this year though, especially aphids, so that has been a bit frustrating. I was quite happy to discover that while I thought that I bought a few cherry tomato varieties for one of the vegetable beds, at least one of the plants turned out to be some sort of heirloom tomatoes. I've always wanted to grow them, but haven't had the space before. Now I'm just hoping the rest of the summer brings a little more heat because they are going to need it!

One of my big projects this summer was to grow zucchini vertically. It's not been as easy as I had hoped, but it seems to be working. One plant seems to have gotten away from me, but the other two are growing up the stakes. We've had plenty to eat from the garden already this year, and are feeling very grateful. I think my favorite thing that I have been growing this year has been calendula, it's just been so gratifying to harvest the tops one by one, and then to dry them for when I need a little summer in winter. We've also been picking blackberries by the gallons, and although we aren't actually growing them, they are freely available to anyone who has the desire to pick them. We jokingly say that we go blackberry hunting, as it can be a truly painful task and I'll often find band-aids everywhere upon returning.

Hopefully I will come back with pictures of a finished frock later in the summer, although it may be a while! In the meantime - if you are on Instagram, I'd love to connect and see all of your inspiring photos and projects - I've just found that it's easier for me right now. Please find me @carlinsea.

I'm not leaving this blog for good - but at least for now - until I have more time to visit.

Happy Summering!

Friday, June 24, 2016

more shorts

I honestly can't believe that summer is here. I feel like for the first time since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I haven't been counting the days. I've also been able to get a second planting into many of the gardens, which has never happened before. I've happily planted a round of green beans and more lettuce, hoping that at least some will grow - I've forgotten how the giant maple above the back garden grows too quickly, shading a little more of the sun each year. Oh how I wish I could reach that tree.

I'm on the home stretch of Spring sewing, and gave myself a firm deadline for finishing all shorts in progress. Just because enough is enough. I mean, 2 years for one pair is a bit ridiculous! I finished up a few different pairs, this one being my favorite. And thankfully both girls will still wear handmade clothes, although the list of acceptable items is dwindling down quickly. 

After a late start to summer and a very late last day of school this year, our summer has finally begun. To celebrate, we spent this past weekend picking blueberries out in the sun. And now it really feels like summer - thankfully the sun has returned once again.

(The shorts are a pair of Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts - another free pattern)

Joining Nicole today

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

more growing and sewing

I've finally finished my first pair of the Purl Bee Gym Shorts. Aren't they lovely? They really are - I've been meaning to make them for so long, I'm so glad I finally did it. Even though I started them a year ago, they are a remarkably quick project and all sorts of comfortable.

The garden is growing quickly and I'm a bit worried that things might be planted a bit too close for comfort, but only time will tell. It sure is pretty though, and the flowering of the scarlet runner beans is a sure sign that summer is just around the corner.

In the meantime, we are enjoying a break from the heat that was upon us last week and patiently awaiting the long and lazy days of summer.

joining Nicole today

Thursday, May 26, 2016

flowers and an apron

I finally finished my new not-so-new fancy apron this past week. I made it out of some old curtains that I couldn't bear to part with, made out of some of my favorite Heather Bailey fabric. I ordered these amazing buttons to originally add onto the apron, but I'm feeling that it's done as it is. Admittedly, my sewing pace is quite slow these days. Plus, they just look a little too lovely in their little package.

The flowers are amazing around here right now, and everything seems to be growing at full speed this year. The nights are even starting to feel a bit more like summer already, but not too quickly. And there are absolutely no complaints coming from out this way about any of it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

the garden so far

Two weeks ago

 first ripe berries in May!
our new garden box planted with scarlet runner beans, pole beans, beets, zucchini, tomatoes, calendula, and cucumbers

 peas, kale, sorrel, cilantro, cabbage, and pole beans

our catnip and fairy flower garden
more tomatoes and cucumbers planted in root pouches - and too much lettuce!

Well, it's been a long time. I guess a new beginning for me meant a lot more time away from this space than with it. To be honest, it's been lovely - and just what I needed. All of my extra energy has been put into planting and preparing, I truly had forgotten how much work getting the garden going can be. The weather has been a bit warm out this way, so much so that our first squash is growing already, we are picking strawberries, and tomatoes are flowering.

I think we finally have everything planted, some of it in a more organized way than other parts, but all of it growing happily nonetheless. The rains have returned just in time to give us some rest. These are definitely my favorite days, more so every year.

Happy gardening!

Thursday, March 17, 2016


welcome to my new/old little corner, what is left after all of my decluttering this season once the dust settled. hopefully more projects, some ramblings, and a space I love to visit.

we have been anxiously awaiting spring this year.  it's late for us this year, and I'm wondering if we won't make rainforest status soon.  i miss the garden, and the sun, and the lack of spongy dampness that we had last year.

i've been all about making some serious headway on decluttering after a bit of a stir crazy obsession recently, when i was reminded that stuff and things were in fact still everywhere taunting me.  so things had to leave, especially things that I was uncertain of why they were there - or if I had really ever wanted them there at all.  all ended well, everything important is still here (people included), and here we are.

i have no less than 4 projects in the fire, which has made actually finishing a project quite hard at the moment. i need to buckle down and sort them out one by one, but what fun is that?

in all of the continuing rain, i'm left dreaming of my little kitchen garden - that may be quite quaint this year after all - but that will be, nonetheless.

and enjoying the last few days of winter, wishing it well on it's way out...

happy almost spring.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


my favorite time of year is here again, the time to declutter absolutely everything.  i have to admit that i've come a little off track recently, and it's nice to have a season like spring to nudge me back into the place i've missed so much.

i've decided to do a bit of decluttering on this blog as well.  until this point, my children have played a large role in the posts that i have written and the pictures that i have posted, but they have their preferences, and i have mine, and at this point we feel the same.  i've considered to start another blog, but since i wanted to take parts of this one down anyway, i thought this might be easier.  i'm not convinced quite yet, but we'll see.

and just to confuse you further,  i may even rename the blog because i'm just feeling like i'm ready for something new, a new chapter if you will.  i hope you'll hang with me, as i promise to post things from time to time.