Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sharing a Little Love

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm sharing a little love with you.

Coffee and hearts and love.  Is there a better way to start the day?

This is one of my favorite cups.

Morning Love Photo by Tori Beveridge
I used a beautiful texture named Sybil from Kim Klassen's Downtown Collection to enhance this photo.

I love the little message on the inside of the cup and the swirling hearts on the outside.

Swirling Hearts Photo by Tori Beveridge
I used the textures Isobel and Violet from Kim Klassen's Downtown II Collection to enhance this photo.

"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real." ~ Billy Graham

I hope you have a day filled with romance.

I'm linking up with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday and Sharing a Little Texture Love.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Egg Shell Seed Starters

Guess what I'm doing?

Egg shells, potting soil, a spoon, seeds and water are all you need.

I'm planning my garden, organizing my seeds and determining which seeds need to be started indoors when.

Since I have lots of egg shells supplied by our seven beautiful hens, I'm going to be using them as starter pots for my seeds this year.  I'll be starting seeds starting about now through the end of March, so I'll be saving lots of egg shells.

If you're going to do the same, there are a few things to remember:
Remember to crack your eggs near the small end of the egg, when using your eggs, so you have most of the shell left to plant in.

Poke a small hole with a needle in the bottom of the egg shell for drainage.

Plant 2 seeds in each shell, in case one doesn't germinate.  You can always pull the weak one if both come up.

Keep the soil moist but not drenched.

Keep near a sunny window.

I'll be lightly covering mine with saran wrap until the seeds germinate, creating "a greenhouse effect".  I'll remove it once the seedlings are up.

When planting time comes around, simply pick up the egg shell, crack it slightly and plant it in the ground with your seedling. 

Easy Peasy!

Oh, before I go, look what I found!

Art journal pages that I did in the fall with chicken feathers.

Our chickens have grown so much since then that their feathers are twice the size now.

It's nice to remember how little they once were.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Morning Thoughts

A Meme

One of my favorite things is rising early, when the world around me is still asleep, then watching and listening to it awake.

Outside my window the sun shines, fooling me into thinking it's warm.

I am thinking of spring, gardens, planting, daffodils and tulips.

From the kitchen comes the aroma of coffee, calling me to pour a cup.

I am wearing blue, denim and a cotton tee, trimmed with picot lace and a tiny bow.

I am reading The Southern Exposure Seed Exchange 2013 Catalog and Garden Guide; vegetables like Royal Black Peppers speak to me, along with  Statice, Love-in-a-Mist, Strawflower and Globe Amaranth, flowers to dry and keep in everlasting bouquets and wreaths through next winter.

I am hearing the kneading of a cat's claws on the dog's bed behind me, as she joins the dogs and other cats, in a sleepy, warm pile of fur, for a morning nap.

I am hoping that my family and friends are well and happy today and everyday.

Around the room the sun filters through the dust particles, creating rays of sparkling magic.

I am going to mix up a sourdough bread starter.

I am creating art, inspired by my thoughts of flowers and spring.

I am thankful for the pleasures found in the magic of ordinary days.

Here is a picture thought I am sharingcreated from my daydreams of flowers and spring.

Morning Glory Birdhouse by Tori Beveridge

I found this meme at A Haven for Vee, who found it at Cait's .

This meme was a pleasure to write, and I encourage you to share your thoughts in words and pictures too.  Please let me know if you do, I'd love to read your meme.