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Kesa the Fuzz, Tiny Kitten Fluff!

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Oh my goodness, what a puffy little fluff of a kitten Kesa was!

Look at her little fuzz! So TINY!!

Kesa in the Tub

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Kesa is my noodle!

This photo was taken in Santa Clara a few years back on a particularly warm day in the apartment. Kesa got warm and decided to lay in the tub.

Needle Felted Merino Cloche-style Hat

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I finally broke down a few months ago and bought a needle felting hat form. I just recently finished my first piece on it, a merino needle felted cloche in grey with a two-tone purple braided wool trim that has also been needle felted on.

I know it's a little late in the season to be making wool hats, but I love the classic style of this type of hat. I'll definitely save it for next year. Plus, I bet I get at least one night's wear out in it soon, it's still kind of cold in the bay area in the evenings.

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Here's the hat alone. It's thick enough that it can stand up by itself.

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Here's a detail shot of the braided purple trim. Also, if you look carefully at the rim, you can see just how much my kitties like my hat as well. *sigh*

I can't wait to wear this thing out!

Victory Seeds - Heirloom, open-pollinated, and non-hybrid seed varieties

I am becoming more and more aware every day of the dangers of genetically modified and hybrid seeds. I did not do so this year, but next year I will be planting my entire garden from non-hybrid varieties.

Here is a great website that I found with a selection of seeds. Herbs, flowers, vegetables, etc.

Victory Seeds.

If we lose our traditional seeds, we lose control of our food supply. Preserve sustainable food, plant heirloom non-GMO seeds.

Diz tries some corn

Diz tries some corn
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So I've seen several videos lately with cats enjoying corn, often straight from the cob. I guess they enjoy how sweet it is.

Well, we got a cob of corn the other day to try out on the girls, and though neither of them would eat it straight from the cob, they both ate some when I took it off the cob!

Here's a photo of Diz with a few niblets. Nom nom nom!

WOTD - April 16, 2008 - WhooshClang Juggling Video

Ok, so it's not a whole website this time. It's a single YouTube video. But this man is amazing!

He's created a juggling routine for a really cool piece of music, and his motions work so fluidly with it. I really enjoyed it.


WOTD - April 15, 2008 - The TreePee Company

I think these are designed for kids. It's pretty dang likely that's the case. But DUDE, I want one.

Can't I have a secret hideout now that I'm no longer a kid?


Planting Seeds in Chalkboard Starter Pots

Here's my pots, all filled and ready. I have a few mosaic pots from a while ago as well. They'll be holding catnip and lavender.

You can view my tutorial for these pots in the craft section, or by clicking here: Chalkboard Starter Pots Tutorial

My pinky makes the perfect sized hole in these little pots to drop a few seeds into.

Those thyme seeds were so tiny!

I lay my pots out on cookie sheets lined with paper towels while they're in the starters.

Here I'm closing the hole where I just dropped my seeds.

I'm using chalk pastel here to write the name of my seeds on the rim. I like lots of color, and i had these on hand, so I used the pastels. You could use regular white chalk or regular colored chalk as well.

Give everything enough water to moisten but not flood the seeds. Water lightly every day, unless soil is still very moist.

Here I'm watering the sugar snap peas and green onions.

Everything on its trays, awaiting a trip outside tomorrow morning.

I love the trays because i can move them outside for the sunlight during the day, but easily bring them back in at night to protect the sensitive little seedlings from the cold until they're ready to be planted.

Painted Plant Marker Tutorial

Gardening is a great, useful way to perk up your outdoor areas. I love my balcony container garden, I always have fresh herbs at hand. I get to cultivate my favorite veggies, and it adds comfort and beauty to my view.

With the amount of plants I grow in my small space, sometimes I can't remember which plants are which variety. I don't like to keep the tags that come with seedlings (what, they don't match!) and I start about half my plants from seeds as well. This technique is great for an at-a-glance of what is what, is inexpensive, easy, and can be completely customized.

For this project you'll need:

Craft sticks
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Surface protector (I use a reusable drawer liner)
Permanent marker or paint pen

Paint craft stick
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Coat both sides of craft stick with paint. A brighter background color is usually better so you can label your plants easily.

Cover all the edges, and put a second coat on the front side of the stick. With the yellow, I actually did 3 coats on the front so it would be nice and vibrant.

Paint veggie illustrations
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At the top of each stick, illustrate the vegetable, fruit, or herb you are growing. This is definitely optional. You can also use a stamp and paint, or use the same design on each stick. Omit it if you'd like.

I like to have the veggie at the top so I know kind of what I'm expecting. It's also just cute!

Newly Labeled Plants
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Allow paint to dry completely. Label craft sticks with permanent marker or paint pen, leaving a few inches at the bottom of the stick to insert into the ground.

Place stick close to plant, and enjoy your newly labeled garden!

Chalkboard Starter Pots Tutorial

In this tutorial, we'll be learning how to make our own reusable chalkboard seed starter pots. Use these pots to plant seeds, label with chalk to know which seedling is which. Once you plant your new sprout, rinse off the chalk and start again! Use them season after season. No waste.

You'll need for this project:

Several terra cotta pots with a flat rim
Chalkboard paint (I chose black, but you can also get it in green)
Screw driver
Paint Brush
Paper Towels and Covered Painting Surface

Wipe surface clean
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Using a moist (but not wet) paper towel, wipe any dirt, pottery dust, or debris from the area you'll be painting. Set aside and let dry, which doesn't take long.

Apply first coat of paint
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Holding the pot in your non-dominant hand as shown, rest the entire side of your hand on the working surface. This creates stability. Place your working hand in position to paint the rim, but extend your pinky and rest the entire side of that hand on the working surface as well.

Putting your brush loaded with paint to the rim, allow the bristles to widen out. Holding the brush in the same position, slowly rotate the pot away from you. Not moving the brush gives you more control to create an even line that is straight on both sides.

Gently lift off when you need more paint, and start again, slightly overlapping previous beginning and end points.

After first coat is completely dry, finish with a second coat of chalkboard paint. Make this layer a little thicker and try for as even a finish as possible. This layer will not sink into the terra cotta as much, so it will look a little more like its original placement than the previous.

Set aside to dry completely, approximately 45 minutes to an hour. (Note: if you're using this paint on a less-porous surface, it may take longer for each layer to dry.)

A selection of drying pots
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Here's all my pots, lined up and drying. When they're completely ready, fill each pot with soil, plant seeds, dust rim, then label edge with chalk. Water, and wait for your little babies to sprout!!

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