As the needle bends

A world view thru my hobbit hole door

Hopefully a successful start to a world of wonderful tomatoes

February 1, I “started” some tomato and pepper seeds to germinate… And immediately began wondering what was the most successful way I could bring these plants productivity. That lead me to adapt a design from a fellow Tomatovillian and this is how my version of Raybo’s EarthTainers came to be. I apologized to him because my ‘tainers have a common ancestry (plastic “tote”) and self-watering container concept. Anyway, here are some pictures of the insides of my “BobbiTainer” as Ray christened them – shortly before I gashed my finger with a box cutter ;0)

BobbiTainerCarcass

The inner portion of the lid was cut out, then cut down to sit down inside to make the “water table/planting medium support tray”, and holes were drilled to allow drainage. Most of my 10 ‘tainers have cut-down 1 quart Dannon yogurt containers for the wicking basket – but this one has a scrap piece of the perforated drain pipe my cohort in building decided would be a great support… then we decided to cut longer pieces and lay them horizontally.

The wicking basket is held in place with zip-ties, and the water fill-tube is just standing in the corner, through a hole cut with a hole saw.

TainerWFillTube

Anyway, I have all the components of the planting medium and plan to get it mixed, and the ‘tainers loaded this morning, giving the water time to drain some before transplanting my tomatoes and pepper plants later today. And hopefully, when I come home from work tomorrow, I’ll see happy plants growing in my “BobbiTainer Farm” ;0}

My garden area/container 'farm'

March 20, 2011 Posted by | Life and Ramblings, Quilting and Hobbies (wishing I had 'spare' time) | , | 3 Comments

A Wonderful Autumn Give-Away!

Ginger Doggie had her stitches out on Monday, and is pretty much back to her full-time job of being a doggie…which gave me a chance to do some blog-surfing this morning, and I ran across THIS wonderful give-away.

 Red Rooster's Pumpkins & Spice Fabrics by Whimsicals

Red Rooster's Pumpkins & Spice Fabrics by Whimsicals

 

Brenda, from Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilting, is having a Halloween giveaway of a whole FQ bundle of these oh-so-scrumptious fabrics. So hop on over and check it out.  They are just too perfect!

Thanks, Brenda, for having such a wonderful give-away!!!

October 25, 2009 Posted by | Life and Ramblings, Quilting and Hobbies (wishing I had 'spare' time) | , | Leave a comment

A Horse of a Different Hue – or my take on color theory

One of my quilting groups got into a discussion of Color Theory and some of the gals were confused because of the words used to describe colors. To me, it’s much easier to understand the confusion than the “theory” since “experts” over the centuries have not agreed about color descriptions! A simplistic way of thinking of it (and not all agree about this but it’s my simplistic way of thinking of it)is this:

HUE refers to the color – changes in HUE are made by adding varying amounts of another color (remember, in color theory there are only 3 colors)… Red, Blue and Yellow. (Remember your ziplock bags? Blue and Yellow make GREEN and mean the bag is zipped!)

Only 3 Primary Colors - Red, Blue, and Yellow

Only 3 Primary Colors - Red, Blue, and Yellow

 

Change color by adding black

Change color by adding black

 

SHADE refers to getting a darker version of the “Hue” by adding or subtracting black. Take that green you made when you zipped the bag, add a bit of black, and you get Forest Green

 

 

 TINT refers to getting a lighter version of the “Hue” by adding or substracting white. 

Changing the color by adding white

Changing the color by adding white

Take your basic green and add white – you get something like mint green.

(If you want lime green you add more yellow – but that’s changing the HUE – not the tint.) 

 

 

 

I think part of the confusion comes with trying to understand where  we get black and white, if there are only 3 colors – and those are RED, BLUE, and YELLOW?  Black is the PRESENCE of all colors, if you are referring to pigments but the ABSENCE of any color, if you are referring to light. Add the “fact” that white is the ABSENCE of any color, if you are referring to pigment, and the PRESENCE of all colors if you are referring to light – and I can’t imagine how your brain gets a cramp…. Mine stayed that way years ago.

September 6, 2008 Posted by | Life and Ramblings, Quilting and Hobbies (wishing I had 'spare' time) | , , , | Leave a comment

A give-away of a different kind

Helena, at Syverkstan, is having a give-away to celebrate her new quilting studio.  All you have to do is leave a comment, and link to her give-away to get a lovely stitchery pattern… Run on over and check it out – I think you’ll love it! Now I just have to figure out how to squeeze more hours into a day, so I can do all the different projects I dream of!

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Life and Ramblings, Quilting and Hobbies (wishing I had 'spare' time) | , | Leave a comment

If I Had a Nickel, I’d Take an Olympic Vacation

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the things I did during my stay-at-home retreat “vacation” was a Nickel Mystery Quilt, designed by Ann Smith, which she called “If I Had a Nickel.”

Tomorrow I go back to work, but today…. I finish assembling the sections into a “flimsy!”

Here’s a picture of the block that makes up the center of the “barn-raising” setting:

I love the Olympics!!!!

I love the Olympics!!!!

 

And here’s a picture of the whole thing. Borders will have to wait. In 12 hours, I have to be back at the hospital. But there will be other times off.

If I Had a Nickel Mystery Top

If I Had a Nickel Mystery Top

 Perhaps not next weekend. My DH thinks we need to do something together then!

August 17, 2008 Posted by | Life and Ramblings, Quilting and Hobbies (wishing I had 'spare' time) | , , | 2 Comments