Archive for February, 2011

project 365: week eight: February 19th – 25th, 2011

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

project 365: week eight: February 19th – 25th, 2011

February 19th, 2011 Rebecca and her Bff.
February 20th, 2011 Rebecca, the Rabbit and I pack seed orders.
February 21st, 2011 Rebecca paints with gusto.
February 22nd, 2011 Playing with shadows
February 23rd, 2011 Franny and Hazel are buddies.
February 24th, 2011 Every sick toddler should have a dog to sleep on.
February 25th, 2011 Rebecca is well enough to climb on the buffet and help herself to some cameras.

Things we love: Bare Organics & ClaireandJanae

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Back in the fall we came across a booth at the Royal Winter Fair selling the softest organic cotton baby things and certified organic skin care products.  It was the booth of Bare Organics, a mom run company out of Thunder Bay in North Ontario-i-o.  Having no need for anything at that moment I took their card and moved on.
Currently many of my friends are starting to have babies so baby showers are a constant in my life.  Normally I would pick up a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and call it a day, but the latest gift was for our friend the midwifery student whose head might explode if she reads another word about babies right now.
So I looked up the card and ordered the softest nursing pads I’ve ever seen.  Karen was kind enough to send along some of their super soft baby wipes and organic baby balm for us to try out.
We’re done with diapers around here, but we’ve been using it for everything else: chapped baby cheeks, little eczema patches, it’s a great cat scratch balm.  It’s really nice to have something that’s free of parabens without having a million ingredients and is unscented.
Our soon to be nursing friend is actually going to be having two babies, so I added a little more to her gift.  First, I made a few of the felt wool balls I’ve been perfecting.
I promise there’s a tutorial coming up but here’s a teaser:
Then I went Etsy shopping.
ClaireandJanae is actually mostly Janae, whom I met over on twitter while talking about what else than nursing babies.  Her shop is adorable and when I saw that she had made some baby tie-dye I knew the babies needed them. 

Needless to say the whole gift was a hit and I can’t wait to see mama and babies in action. Oh and danger parent papa in action will be great too.

project 365: week seven: February 12th – 18th, 2011

Saturday, February 19th, 2011
February 12th, 2011 Luna visits from Spain
February 13th, 2011 Seedy Sunday at Hart House in Toronto
February 14th, 2011 My Seedy Sunday haul of heirloom seed potatoes
February 15th, 2011 Ryan has pretty good taste in flowers.
February 16th, 2011 Bath time at magic hour
February 17th, 2011 Bedtime
February 18th, 2011 Rebecca’s hydrangea peeking through the melting ice.

Seedy Sunday Toronto Recap

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

We had such a great time on Seedy Sunday yesterday.  It is so much fun talking to people and selling our seeds in person. The excitement for spring is simply contagious.  Seeing friends, old Internet buddies and meeting people like Dana and Joel from Well Preserved was also great.  Getting out of our Internet bubbles and talking face-to-face is really refreshing, especially near the end of a long winter.

This year’s haul
I was able to keep my own seed hording under control this year with a just a few trades and just two seed purchases: some morning glories from my booth neighbors Terra Edibles and some Black Palm Kale from matchbox gardens.

What I mainly wanted was some more blue potatoes from Cedar Grove Organic Farm but I accidently grabbed purple. They’re gorgeous but I’ll have to keep looking for blue.  I’m really excited for the Rose Finn Apple potatoes though; they’re a really nice looking reddish fingerling variety.  I’ll grow these in the old claw foot bathtub in the back yard along with a bag of red potatoes from our good food box that accidently grew a million eyes.

Some of last year’s All Blues
I also picked up a bag of worm castings amended for growing tomatoes.  Its from Annelid Cycle out of London Ontario, which is apparently a great place to have a warehouse full of worms.  That’s right, a WAREHOUSE OF WORMS.   Our soil isn’t great and I’m hoping this will help. I’ll be running a few tests with this and will fill you in on the results in the spring.

The best thing we came across is this great little book by Lara Lucretia Mrosovsky.  An Illustrated Guide to Growing Food on Your Balcony is just packed with great information and really fun illustrations.  It goes through everything from what sized container to use for what plant to how to compost on your balcony.  I also like its Torontoness, the cover features an illustration of St James Town.  Lara is currently raising funds to publish a bigger run of her book over on kickstarter.  For a $10 contribution to her campaign you’ll get your own copy when she hits her target.  I’ll be talking about this again in a few weeks.

Here’s a video that shows the whole project in great detail:

Here are a few photos of the event:

Again, I cannot work without the Ergo
Messy seeds are serious business
Hart House was a really nice venue
Seed browsing at our table
We’ll be at both the North York and Scarborough Events in the next few weeks. Swing by and talk carrots.

Project 365: week six: February 5th – 11th, 2011

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Here’s our round up of Project 365 for the week. 

It’s all Rebecca all the time right now. I can’t wait for spring when we can spend more time outside and less time climbing onto the windowsill.

February 5th, 2011 Rebecca and Penny eat sushi.
February 6th, 2011 Rebecca steals a leek.
February 7th, 2011 Rebecca and Franny and what is possibly the best photograph I’ve ever taken.
February 8th, 2011 I built some chalk boards and then we drew cats.
February 9th, 2011 Rebecca practices giving her new asthma medicine to her bebe doe.
February 10th, 2011 Danger Parenting in action.  It’s actually more relaxing when she’s on the windowsill as I know what she’s up to.
February 11th, 2011 A portrait of the artist as a young girl.