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*Veggie Garden Progress

  • Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:00 am

I’ve been asked to report on the progress of my/our veggie garden.  So far, so good!! Although we have not planted anything yet. Our garden plans for this year include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchinis, onions, pumpkins, watermelons and corn. Oh, and I’m going to put a few luffa gourd vines on some of the fences.

In mid February, I started planting seeds – tomato and peppers and a few miscellaneous flowers.

Seeds in PeatPots

Seeds in PeatPots

Near the beginning of March, after about 2 weeks, my tomato seeds had taken off and were doing great.

Seeds Planted

Seedlings Growing

All this time, we’ve kept them warm and moist and they have had plenty of light from the fluorescent lights on the light cart. Then a few weeks ago I started taking the largest ones and planting them into small pots so that they could spread their roots out and really get going.

I took a look at them yesterday and ‘Holy Seedlings, Batman’. Look at how well they’re doing. I’m so excited I can’t wait for the weather to warm up enough to plant them out. Last night was in the 30’s and while the days and nights are still fluctuating, I will keep them safe and warm in the greenroom.

 

 

Still growing

Still growing

Oh? You ask where we are going to be planting these lovely tomatoes..and other great veggies/plants? I’ll show you. the garden is 3 tiered beds about 7’x40′ so in all it’s about 21′ x 40′. Plenty of room for wonderful veggies this summer…. I can’t wait!1

 

Garden

Garden

Hugs – and Happy Gardening – Ellen

*Bucca – 1st Cart Practice

  • Posted on March 30, 2009 at 5:00 am

Husband & I and Bucca headed out this morning to Little Rock to have a great playday. The girls, Corena and Rebel, stayed home to relax because Rebel has been traveling a lot for the dog shows.

Our good friends, Charity & Gary, had asked us over to visit.  They had visited us last summer for some Newfie fun at the lake.  We got there and let Bucca get reacquainted with Louie and Katie, this involved butt sniffing, a bit of jumping and lots of slime. It was a good thing we had planned this for outside.

We had a great time and got to see their lovely house in a beautifully redeveloped part of Little Rock. Lunch was terrific, a veggie quiche and an apple pancake.

Louis, Katie and Bucca

Louie, Katie and Bucca

Time passed quickly. We also all planned to go visit Pat and her Schipperke for some drafting practice. Bill & Bonnie (of Wilbon Newfs) would be joining us as well. So off we went for Round 2 of the playday!

Husband and Bucca

Husband and Bucca

Bucca had never even been in harness before so we worked with him a bit in the harness while Newfs, Katie and Cowboy pulled their carts and Flash the tiny Schipperke pulled his small cart. 

Bucca - 1st try at Carting

Bucca - 1st try at Carting

We all went for a long walk and the dogs did such a great job. I think Bonnie and Charity might have done videos – if so will get them linked up soon. Here is Charity taking pics and videoing.

Husband/Bucca and Charity/Katie

Husband/Bucca and Charity/Katie

Bill & Bonnie and Cowboy were kind enough to let us borrow their cart for a practice walk for Bucca. After an initial hesitation to the  shafts, he really got it and took off. We thought he did a great job.

Bucca - Carting

Bucca - Carting

 After a bit of practice, we finished thanking everyone for letting us join for the practice and we headed out for home. Bucca was VERY tired the rest of the evening, but I think he had a good time. I know we did.

Here is a video that Charity did she has been kind enough to let us show you. Her blog site is welcome to the Happy Haus, so be sure to check it out! Thanks Charity.

I think Husband is going to look at building a cart for us. I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Ellen and Bucca

Ellen and Bucca

What a fun day!! What did you do? – Hugs – Ellen

*Newf, Newf, Newf

  • Posted on March 29, 2009 at 3:00 am

It’s getting to close to Spring and we have 3 dogs that love to get out and run around in the yard. They also are blowing coat like crazy, we brush and brush and there is still more undercoat. Hopefully it will all be out soon.

Here are some pics of our Newfs enjoying a cloudy afternoon outside.

Corena

Corena

Corena almost never loses all her undercoat, she seems to grow it and blow it all at the same time.

Bucca

Bucca

Bucca, the ‘big bear’. He is just such a loving dog.

Rebel

Rebel

Rebel has her undercoat pretty much stripped out from intense show grooming the last few months, but she still has undercoat.

Newfie kisses to all.. thanks for stopping by – Ellen

*”Make a Box” Contest – Winners

  • Posted on March 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

The contest was great and all the entrants did a fabulous job. The voters had lots to say about them besides voting and I think that is the absolute best. I’ve noted a few of the best comments below for you. To be honest, everyone had different favorites and isn’t that what this hobby is all about.  I had so much fun talking with all of you and all the voters and the non-miniaturists that stopped by to check it out.

Here are the entries, there are 5 of them. My decision for this 1st contest is that they are ALL WINNERS!!!!!  All 5 will get a $25 gift certificate to my mini-store here off this site.  You can either order from the site, or email me (ellen@riverswood.com) and tell me what you would like. I will be sending out emails to everyone, but email me directly if you don’t receive yours.

BOX #1 –  Pam in MT (is that Montana?)

Box #1 - Used in bakery scene as silverware drawer

Box #1 - Used in roombox scene on bakers rack as silverware chest

  •  Vote  for box#1 please Ellen as I could see the scale in context :)
  • It’s great to see how one fits into a scene
  • Oh wow, that’s so tiny.. 

BOX #2 – Cynthia – Texas

Box #2 - Sweet Violets

Sweet Violets

  • Was this a decal or a handpainting – I love it either way, blue is my favorite color
  • Very simple and sweet

BOX #3 – This miniaturist used her cell to take a picture as she doesn’t currently have a digital camera. She sent them along just to show me, but I thought you would like to see them too.  She used the ‘half boxes’ and did extra lids in case she wanted to switch them out. Teresa  (morningcoffeeneeded)

 

Box #3 - Double Fun

Box #3 - Double Fun

  • They are all lovely but I vote for number 3 ..I like the idea of switching out the lids ….me thinks this is a fellow furniture mover so I give her my vote..
  • Great idea having multiple lids.

BOX #4’s Miniaturist had this to say..”This little box (one of the oriental ones) is painted with black gloss paint and rubbed with antique gold rub and buff.  It has the red velvet lining. I enjoyed this little project immensely. I also made a plain one in black and gold with the blue lining.” – Marcie in Montana

 

Box #4 - Antiqued Oriental Chest

Box #4 - Antiqued Oriental Chest

 

Box #4 - Antiqued Oriental Box

Box #4 – Antiqued Oriental Box
  •  THis is absolutely the best, I have some of the chests and I have to give one a try, thanks for the idea
  • Just beautiful

Box #5 – Annette – Tennessee

Box #5 - Lovely rosewood stained chest

Box #5 - Lovely rosewood stained chest

  • Dainty and lovely – I like it
  • I like the woodtone

 

Thanks so much to all the entrants and let me know what you would like.

There will be another contest soon, so stay in touch.

Thanks so much – Ellen