Monday, August 31, 2015

i get a kick out of gardening

Okay is this hilarious or what? Who knew a vegetable garden could inspire so many giggles or turn up so many surprises?
I think Adam had to think twice about munching on this one - it seemed to have too much of a personality to eat it for dinner.... but we managed to do it anyway.

My garden has been tons of fun this year. It helps to have a near perfect growing season (that is what the local experts are calling it anyway). Now there is talk around the house of doubling the garden's size next year. Do you think we can handle it?? I am sure that by April we will be so ready to take on a challenge like that.

Of course this week we are scrambling to find ideas for what to do with all our tomatoes. These babies were roasted up this morning for a cherry tomato sauce. Most of it went in the freezer but I did sample some for lunch - yum! Thank goodness for neighbors who are nice enough to take a few of these off our hands and for Pinterest for helping me find temping possibilities like this and this and this

I would love to hear how your garden did this year!

As I mentioned in my ONLY other post this month - it is TOUGH to get to the blog during the summer months but I hope to be here more often once school kicks into gear again. I have a craft confession to share this week too - it's a good one!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Crafting Confession July - Cast Concrete

concrete casting DIY garden projects with concrete

Finding time for extra crafting during the Summer can be tricky around here. Luckily my boys generally like taking on new creative challenges - which is good because they are around so much more in the summer months. They are not as patient while I am preoccupied with photo editing and blog post writing but who can blame them - that's not nearly as fun as getting your hands dirty with a project like this one. For July we took on Concrete Casting! You'll see a little shallow planter above that we made with concrete. I just put grass in it but wouldn't it look great as a base for bonsai or moss?

concrete garden projects DIY

This project incorporated three of my priorities for this month 1. It had to be something that the boys could help with 2. it had to be an OUTSIDE project that would STAY outside and 3. It had to be something I had not tried before. Step one - we gathered materials. We found some goodies at a local thrift store and our recycling bin and we picked up some concrete at the hardware store. I tried it with the countertop concrete shown here and also with some regular quikcrete. I liked how both turned out so I probably would not spend the extra money for the countertop stuff if I did this project again.

cast concrete pavers DIY garden projects

This little gem was cast from a bottle of "Simply Grapefruit" juice. Let me just stop right here and tell you that if you try this project you will never look at your recyclables in the same way. It didn't take long for all the interesting shapes, textures and designs found on plastic containers started to jump out at me. This was no exception. Wouldn't these make a lovely little garden border? I think so!

concrete garden globe DIY

We also took on this project that has been circulating on Pinterest. It was super easy and I love the way it turned out.
concrete garden globe projects

My boys like to take out the sidewalk chalk on draw on our new garden globe which is fine with me. It lets us change it up and adds some color and creativity to our garden. Now I just need to scout out some more glass globes at the thrift store so I can make a little set of these.

DIY garden projects with poured concrete

There were a few more little pieces that the kids made with silicon molds and mandarin orange cups. This is going to be one of the confession projects that lives on past it's designated month because I have ideas for even more things to cast and I of course I have a half bag of concrete left as well. Fun, easy, perfect for Summer - I am going to call this one a success.