almost summer

June 07, 2024



Hello friends. Today is the first day of summer vacation for my favorite little guy and is also the first day of the week long Grammy/Papa Sleepover Camp. But today Papa is golfing and Carter is still in his pjs (it's 11:39), alternating playing with his legos, his pokeman cards, me, and watching TV. He also just ate cookies and milk. I think a very laid back day is a very perfect way to start the summer vacay because starting tomorrow we have quite a few things planned and things will get a bit busy, BUT, I have factored in many lazy mornings and afternoons and plenty of pool time and cookie breaks because I know how important it is to relax during summer vacation, even for a 6 year old. He is seriously reading now and his favorite books are the Dog Man Series and Captain Underpants. Check them out if you have a young reader. They are pretty funny. 




The veggie garden practically overnight has decided to produce produce! The earliest tomatoes are still weeks away but we've got green beans, squashes and cucumbers and lots of fresh herbs. You have probably heard about the 30 plants in 7 days "diet". I decided to try it and see if my diet had enough diversity. That's 30 different plants, not 30 servings. It's supposed to boost immunity and support your gut health. But if you think 30 different plants is a lot, you can also count dry beans, fresh herbs, nuts and seeds. You aren't supposed to delete anything from your diet, just add, but say you eat a salad every day, you can only count lettuce once, because variety is what this diet is about. And fruit counts, so if you have a bowl of strawberries and blueberries, that counts as two varieties towards your 30. But if you have it the next day, you can't count it again, because it's not about servings, it's about diversity in your plant diet. This is for meat eaters and vegetarians alike, because we all eat plants no matter what diet we follow. I did it last week and wrote down everything I ate, and in just 5 days I had consumed 31 different plant varieties. But it helps that I have a garden and it's spring and I live near a beautiful vegetable stand  and I love vegetables. Try it! It was very fun! You can read about it here. 



A stir fry of beet greens, chard, and peppers and dill, so I knocked out 4 plant varieties right there!


And it just would not be a Kristen post if I did not share my most recent peg doll creations. Sunflower girls! 


I painted the peg doll bodies with a light honey brown, added green grass, then painted the heads with yellow, dotted black seeds on the back and a pretty face on the front. The individual felt petals were glued on with Aleene's Tacky Glue, a perfect crafting glue and must for the craft room. The doll bodies are the 2" girl dolls, but any doll size would work. They make me happy.


Knitting is happening and quite a lot of FOs, but modeled pictures won't be for a while yet, but here's what's on the needles now...Sipila above  is by Caitlin Hunter and it's so fun. I just started The Folk Bag for Kids but will make it deeper and wider so I can use it as a knitting bag. For me. Not a kid.


I can't remember if I showed this project to you yet. I hope to make minimum 6 Christmas balls this year. As soon as I get further along I'll make a post because I have found some free patterns for you, also some awesome paid patterns if you'd like to make some too.



We were having a terrible time with bunnies and squirrels eating our squash and green beans. We have repaired all the holes in the fence so hopefully that keeps the bunnies out, but I also placed small pans of a very stinky concoction to ward off the pests. It's working! We've been able to have some big harvests and have noticed that the bite marks are gone. Stinky concoction is vinegar, cayenne pepper and garlic. It's eyewatering, but it's working so I'm going to keep it up all summer.




Covid got in the way of me making a rose post, but I did get some pictures and here are the best. 

Climbing First Prize


Red Simplicity


Climbing Eden


Above are the different rose varieties that we grow. I picked one from every bush we had. Looks like I'm a pink girl, with a splash of yellow. The yellow flowers below are Graham Thomas from David Austin.  The white vases were Mother's Day gifts and come in sets of three for $20, and less is they are on sale! The tall set is here and the shorter set of three is here and is on sale right now. I love them because they are small enough to make an easy arrangement with few flowers but big enough to place around the house to make a nice impact. I also love putting three together.




The zinnia border in the back is just weeks away from blooming. I planted some new varieties that are just this year available for the home garden. Very excited.


I occasionally get questions about this baby vest pattern. I've made it a few times and while the pattern was free for many years, it seems to be no longer available. I can send it to you if you send me an email. My email is on the right hand side of my website.

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5 Comments

  1. I'm intrigued with the diet, but it includes fruit too, right? PS, cute dolls and gorgeous GARDEN!

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    1. Thank you and Yes! Fruit counts! I'll edit my post to include fruits.

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  2. That reminds me…i have a cucumber in the fridge to make cucumber and onion salad. Does that count as two veggies? I am sending your peg doll pix over to a-super crafty friend who does a lot of centerpieces for her church. And loves to paint. Chloe

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    1. Yep! So that's TWO varieties of veggies, even though it's only one serving. But if you have it again the next day, you do'n't count it. I'm going to edit my post because I don't think it's clear enough. (And thank you for the shout out to your friend!)

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  3. I think there must be 36 hours in your day. When do you have time to sleep?
    The tote bag is adorable and the grey and white sweater beautiful.
    Your garden is out of this world!

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