Archive for July, 2012

Etsy, round 2

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

I used to be pretty active on Etsy until I got busy doing some other stuff like, well, raising my first baby, moving to a new house, having a second baby, trying to wring a productive hobby farm from land that had been woods for 50 years or more, you know, the usual. Well, now that […]

Bacon trois

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

I recently found out about a local farmer who delivers free-range, organic, pastured meats to a a little flower shop just five minutes away. And lo and behold, the same day that I picked up, we ran out of BACON! Tragedy averted – I bought 10 pounds of pork belly and we’ll have more bacon […]

Shirt makeover tutorial

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Sofía goes to this awesome preschool that does field trips all the time, to parks, the zoo, the library, that sort of thing. They all wear red shirts when they go out together. We looked around for a few days for solid red shirts for her, but all we could find was a Snow White […]

And long may she reign

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Well, I did two splits with Ceylon and neither one prompted them to make any new queen cells, so I gave up and installed a mail-order queen instead. I had been looking forward to some feral bee stock (they are said to be hardier than the domestics), oh well. Just two days later I’m seeing a […]

Bath paint

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Did you know you can make great bath paints out of just shaving foam and food coloring? True!


Monday, July 23rd, 2012

A bored little Sofía and I had an hour or two to kill, and I suggested we make a craft. So we started browsing through all the kid friendly craft ideas I had pinned on Pinterest, and she saw something that caught her eye. It’s not a liquid. It’s not a solid. It’s FLUBBER. Luckily […]

Buttercup dress

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Just whipped up another American Girl doll ball gown for a friend’s daughter’s birthday. It seems everyone around here has one of those dolls! I should mention that I am NOT a doll person. However, I remember all too well how much I used to enjoy them (their dresses, mostly) when I was a kid. […]

Bee checkup, July

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

I went and checked on the bee rescue colony (Ceylon) today – it was as bad as I feared. None of the brood or eggs that we had carefully framed up, were alive… well maybe they weren’t all dead. There were two solitary queen cells that were new; that was the only activity in the […]

Bees in the trees

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

I had the BEST Sunday this past weekend – wanna know why? Well, a friend of a friend had a bee tree come down in the recent storm, and instead of calling the exterminator they called me instead! And thanks to Backwards Beekeepers, I’d read enough tutorials on wild swarm cutouts that I felt confident […]

Sofía’s swim bag

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Sofía’s started taking swim lessons at our local aquatic center. She loves them! But sharing a gym bag with her when she goes twice a week and I try to go at least 4x a week – which entailed a complete emptying and refilling of the bag’s contents each time – was becoming quite a […]