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April 13

A (non-Crafty) Update

So much seems to be happening in my life right now and it feels odd to not share it – even if it isn’t about sewing/knitting.

My last blog post was about my initial planning of my veggie garden – since then my little seedlings have been growing non-stop.

Seedlings

(Cilantro, Sun-Flowers, and Spaghetti Squash)

It’s so fun to watch them grow and know that they’re all doing good and are happy in my basement light set-up.  As a result, Felix and I had to get a move-on with building our raised planter boxes.

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Felix and I have been spending the last few weekends working on these boxes.  Boy are they huge!  They’re each roughly 6×4 feet and I love the way they’re turning out.

We’ve been talking about & thinking about these boxes and the construction almost non-stop for a solid 3 weeks now.

Raised Planter Boxes

I’ve been running errands to various garden stores – not an easy feat when you live in the city – and our supplies are busting at the seams.

Garden Box Supplies

I’m making a sub-irrigated type-system of planter bed.  It basically will always have a reservoir of water at the bottom and the soil has to be *just right* for the moisture to wick up to the plant roots.  I’m hoping they’ll work great for us and I’ll be able to water less over the summer and focus on other things while my veggies grow and feed us.

Other News:

My parents are moving.  My parents have been talking about moving out of the state for quite some time and all of a sudden it’s happening in less than a month from now.  This is my childhood home and I really haven’t taken the time to address my feelings about it yet.

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As happy as I am for my parents about this huge change, it’s going to be hard and I’m not looking forward to it.  We have a lot of memories together in this house – lots of growing has been done here and it’s hard not to associate the house with all of those good & bad times.

And one more thing:

I don’t think it comes as a shock to anyone, but I’ve gained a bit of weight; I’ve gotten a bit… shall we say… thick.  heh  My clothes do still fit – but I know once summer comes, those won’t be fitting.  Felix and I decided to bite the bullet and do something about it.

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We’ve done South Beach diet in the past and each time we see less dramatic results.  And that’s all right.  I’m just focusing on eating right and the S.B. diet really helps us on that path.  It’s a *reset* button for us/me to cut my addiction to all things sugar/chocolate and to re-train myself that protein & veggies are my friends.

And yes – we had one last indulgent meal at Bang Bang Pie Shop before S.B. day 1.

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Okay… a bit of Crafting talk:

I’m still sewing/knitting – but it just feels silly to sew something I’ll just have to possibly alter in a few weeks.  That being said – I’ve gotten creative while sewing up my garments.

I’ve been sewing my garments in a completely different way than pattern directions state.  I’ve been attaching a bodice FRONT to the skirt FRONT, bodice BACK to skirt BACK – THEN – sewing the side seams from skirt hem to the sleeve hem in one long pass.  I’m doing this so that I can super-easily alter any garments that may get too large (or small) at the side seams instead of having to unpick the whole waist seam to take out the side seams for more/less room.

Happy to share some images/how-to’s if you guys are interested.

Well… that’s about it for now.  It’s a lot to contend with and Felix and I are staying very busy.  Hopefully I’ll manage to get out this weekend and take a few photos of my recent makes – but if things go the way they’ve been going – I imagine I’ll be having garden box images to share instead.  :D

  1. Llynnda / Apr 13 2016

    Nice to see plants growing, sorry to hear you have to stop though.?

  2. Good luck on the weight loss journey! I’m 24 pounds down, but still loads to go, so I’m right there with you. That is a genius construction idea for the dresses. I’ve started making loads of Dottie Angel frocks that just don’t require the same level of fitting, so it doesn’t matter so much if I’m up or down on the weight. I do have to work on my skirt sloper, however, as I seem to be shrinking out of it every couple of weeks. It is annoying, because I do need skirts, but I hate to make things that I have to then take in a few weeks later. It is a conundrum. I like my skirts pretty fitted, so there’s that.

    Your plants look great–I had great ambitions of gardening in the city when we first moved here 9 years ago, but four kids later and the ambition is just gone. It’s too hard when Whole Foods and the farmer’s markets are around the corner. :)

  3. Michelle / Apr 13 2016

    You have SO MUCH happening. I’m very excited about your veggie garden! It truly is incredible to walk out your back door and pick your meal! Also, your construction method for altering makes SO MUCH SENSE. I’m totally going to steal the idea for the wedding dress I’m working on in case we have to make any last minute alterations for weight fluctuations the day(s) before. GENIUS!

  4. K-Line / Apr 13 2016

    I’m interested in hearing more about your easy-alteration method.

    And I can totally relate on the parents moving front. My parents moved back to the States when I was 19 (leaving me, the only member of my family, in Canada). It was exceedingly difficult, a time in my life that I do not remember fondly. Of course, I was very young and my parents were moving to another country (that I don’t identify with as home) so that added to the complexity. But since I have no other blood family here (except, now, for my daughter), it was very sad. And I still regularly dream about my family home 25 years later. I’m hoping that your parents don’t move too far out of state! PS: There are advantages to having family far away, but when you’re very close (as I know you are), it’s an adjustment.

  5. Nakisha / Apr 13 2016

    My parents moved out of state in 2009 and it was seriously the most awful thing ever. It’s still awful :-(

    How fun to DIY your planter boxes! Hope everything grows like crazy :)

    I construct dresses that way too. I’m even doing my daughter’s prom dress like that; front to front, back to back, insert zipper in back, shoulder seams…side seams last. It makes sense!

  6. MarrieB / Apr 13 2016

    The seedlings are so cute, it really makes me miss my garden. This year I think we are going to build some new planter boxes, I’m intrigued by the sub-irrigated system you mentioned, and will have to do some research, this might be a good idea for us.

  7. Jennifer Shaw / Apr 13 2016

    Wow, I am really envious of your gardening efforts. The seedlings look great and I really miss not having a garden. Your planter boxes and sub-irrigation system is fantastic!!

    I sure like your idea about constructing dresses!

  8. Erin / Apr 14 2016

    Your seedlings are looking great, and so are those planter boxes. We have some wicking beds set up here and so far the plants seem to love them (so handy that I don’t need to remember to water every day by hand as well!).
    I totally understand where you’re coming from regarding your sewing – I’m still learning how to sew but my pregnancy threw me off last year, I just didn’t know if or when my body would recover. Good luck with the new eating plan!

  9. Tasha / Apr 14 2016

    I’m so sorry to hear your parents are moving, I know you’re close! It’s odd when family moves away. I’m the only person left in Chicago… my mom and step-dad moved when I was in college before I even moved back, and then some years later my dad left, too. It still feels weird sometimes. {hugs}

    I’m excited to see more about your garden develop! You guys are just masters at your domain, my hat is off to you! I can barely think about just doing container plants. :)

  10. Kate / Apr 17 2016

    I have been doing the same thing with skirts. I put in and lose weight first off my stomach, and it’s so frustrating having things either falling off me or cutting in. Much better to be able to easily adjust!

    I made wicking beds too, about this time last year. I found them wonderful over summer and meant I had a bit more leeway with caring for my plants – I just am lot going to be out there every day. It meant I could check them every third day or so and they were fine! And in winter I basically don’t water at all.

  11. Ellen / Apr 17 2016

    Nice diy planter boxes. We made sth like that, but a lot smaler, a few years ago. We made a small mistake by not lining them with epdm foil. The wood started rotting very fast. We are now thinking about making new ones with proper lining. I’m very interested in following this new adventure. Good luck with it.

  12. Rebecca / Apr 20 2016

    Oh my, you really are working on so much! And holding down a job, too! I hope that the diet change-up feels good to you. About 9 months ago my husband and I did the same and I’ve never been as energetic or healthy!

    I love the construction idea. I think I will try to adapt it, as I’ll confirm, all the altering I need to do now is onerous!

  13. Elena Knits / Apr 26 2016

    I’d love to grow more plants in our balconies, but we have been so busy with the moving that things are going slowly over here.

    Due to health reasons (I have an autoimmune disorder) I started eating the autoimmune version of paleo (AIP), and one of the side effects was weight loss. And I can say that I’ve never eaten so much in my life and I don’t need to snack any more. It’s mainly eating meat/fish and veggies. Fruit in moderation and sweet potatoes to add carbs. A friend of mine started this diet to lose weight and it is working for her. I just wanted to let you know in case you were looking for something new.

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