Posts Tagged ‘giveaway’

New in the Shop! Cubit’s Farm & Food Photos on Etsy

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Once upon a time, I used to sell my art. Unfortunately I found the whole ordeal extraordinarily stressful. I think back to the stress of openings, the expense of showing in galleries, and enormous effort of the outdoor shows and just shudder. So a few years ago, I decided that I needed a nice long break from publicly showing and that I would use my nice art background to sell something else. Cubit’s was born and I got to combine making art with gardening and use my photography and design skills to sell my seeds.  I even developed a business that could grow while worked at home with my family.

The only real problem was people kept asking to buy my photographs.

So three years later, I’m taking baby steps into selling my actual art work again and have introduced a new section in cubit’s etsy shop with small postcard prints of my photography. They’re perfect to send to your favourite foodie or hang in your kitchen. I’m hoping to expand this shop section in the next few months and offer larger scale prints.

To kick off finally offering these in my etsy shop Moo has generously offered 4 prizes to my readers to help me celebrate. I’ve been using them for much of my printing for a few years now and am always impressed.  The photo quality of their printing, combined with how easy it is to order and their eco friendly options just aren’t offered by anyone else.

3 readers will win sets of 100 business cards, like these coupons I made, and one will also win a set of 20 postcards, either with my images or your own.

To enter I’m asking that you share one of my images, listing or posts somewhere on the internet; pinterest, twitter, facebook, stumbleupon, anywhere really.  You can use the handy buttons at the bottom of each post or on the right side of each etsy listing and then report back by simply leaving a comment with the link and your twitter or email so I can contact you if you win.

Contest is closed.


Internet Inspiration, an Easy Growing Giveaway, and a New Herb Garden

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Our last frost date has passed and the pressure’s on. Having entered motherhood almost 3 years ago now, I know this round just how all encompassing the first few months, if not a year of new baby’s life will be.  It’s all well and good to be self employed and a bit of a work-a-holic but a new baby has a way of making sure no task can actually be finished no matter how much you wear them in a sling and try and keep your garden and family thriving.

So we’re finishing projects, both here in the city and at the farm in the county.  We’ve finally hooked up the potting sink in the back yard, officially finished the tiny bathroom reno (photos of both to come). We’re setting up Cubit’s to need less attention than normal this fall, making sure the gardens are easy to harvest once baby is here and set up to reseed next spring without too much fuss.

In the city we planted an obscene amount of basil and then the rest of our herbs in containers as usual.  I’ve had the same technique for years.  Inspired by Gayla Trail’s You Grow Girl book and site when I first started growing my own food, we take almost any food safe container, add drainage holes, put a layer of stones or broken terra cotta pots along the bottom, and then try to replicate real soil by combining good top soil and compost.

This year I was inspired by Gayla’s new book “Easy Growing; Organic Herbs & Edible Flowers from Small Spaces” to add some more exotic basils like “Blue Spice” to the mix,. The biggest advantages to growing herbs in containers for me  are invasive plants like mint and lemon balm can be contained and you can take advantage of small patches of good sunlight, like the porch steps.

As much as I love my containers, we also took on a rather frivolous project; a new herb garden at the farm.  Totally unnecessary, but I’ve been dreaming of having the space for one for years. Inspired but all these gorgeous round herb gardens that keep showing up on pinterest we set out to make our own.  Using the new Mantis Tiller ( I let Ryan do it this time), leaf compost from our Toronto garden, and some discarded pieces of the old barn we have the basis for a new herb garden and some great tool storage to boot.

I’d love to know where you’re finding your inspiration these days and have a copy of Gayla Trail’s great new book Easy Growing along with 6 packs of Cubit’s herbs to send out to a North American reader.  Just leave a comment letting me know what has inspired you lately. Link up and share with us if it’s online. A great recipe? An over the top English Garden on pinterest? A website like yougrowgirl that you’ve been visiting for a decade now? Share and I’ll pick a winner at random on June 1st. 2012.

Thank everyone! Such great answers.  Contest is now closed.

Cheerful Cloth Napkins and a Giveaway So You Can Have Some Too

Friday, August 26th, 2011
Sometimes the simplest things can make you happy.

 Like 20 year old cloth napkins stolen from your mother.

 Or actually using all those vintage handkerchiefs for something.

 Trading seeds for napkins on etsy is also nice.

 As is receiving kitchy gifts in the mail from Rosa.

 Matching dishes with napkins is strangely satisfying.

Gillian of Craftzilla agrees and she’s whipped up these charming summertime cloth napkins for one of my readers. Simply visit her new etsy shop and then come back here and share either what you like best in her shop or one of your simple summer pleasures.  Like napkins, or mismatched spoons.  Don’t forget to include your email or twitter handle so we can find you if you win. We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday September 2nd, 2011.

Internet Excitement! Clawfoot bathtub potatoes are a hit!

Monday, June 20th, 2011
Much excitement on the blog this weekend. Our clawfoot bathtub potatoes are a runaway hit!

This post about growing potatoes in containers:

That was also posted over here on Julia’s goat-notes:

Went from twitter, to treehugger where Colleen wrote up this nice little post about our bathtub of potatoes:

Which then ended up on Apartment Therapy’s reNest which exploded my blog. Ah! This is a site I read every single day so to see Rebecca and I along with that extremely heavy bathtub & kind words was a great treat.

To clarify a few things, the tub is positioned so the drain is slightly down hill and there are two layers of loosely stacked bricks at the bottom.  In our climate we have never had issues with sogginess but I can see how you might.  We have typically used the tub for beets and carrots, especially at our old apartment where we were worried about heavy metal contamination in the soil. Since we moved we’re no longer worried and now are on very sandy soil they go in the ground.  Since potatoes are such nutrient suckers, they are in the grow bags this year and the tub is full on greens like mizuna and a bunch of beans.

e=”font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;”>Growing up, my mother also had a spare clawfoot tub which she kept all the laundry waiting to be folded in.  Later on it was in my brothers’ room and it made a great bed for teddy bears.  So I guess the love of the clawfoot tub is breed right into some of us, and repurposing too.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways at the end of the two original posts, there’s a few days left and we’re giveaway an awesome book on container gardening along with some great companion seeds for potatoes.

Beans Glorious Beans & A Hip Girl Giveaway

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
This year is the year of the bean in our garden.  Our soil composition and amount of sun light limits the amount of tomatoes we can grow so I’ve planted them in other gardens and am replacing two beds of tomatoes with beans.
Since we’re growing so many beans we’re also building quite a few trelisises for them.  A few months back I was sent a copy of Kate Payne’s The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking and have used the adorable instructions for guidance and inspiration while building my bean climbing structures. 

I’ll be giving away a copy of this fun, well illustrated book at the end of this post.

Here’s a photographic list of our beans so far.  Don’t worry, I know this is completely insane.

Stunning Poltschka Pole beans from the Populuxe seed bank.
Petaluma Goldrush from the Natural Gardening Company.  A gorgeous bush bean for drying that was originally brought to America from Peru in 1840.  These are the only bean I actually purchased, how could I resist?
Sunset Runner Beans from a trade with Julianna who I met years ago over on  These pole beans are jaw dropingly beautiful, light and dark purple markings on giant beans and the flowers will be salmon coloured setting it apart from the similar Scarlet runner bean.
Some Gold Rush snap beans I found in my seed stash.  Who knows where these came from. They’re ancient too so I’m thinking they’ll be a fairly low germination rate.
Mr Tung’s from Kelly at the Populuxe seed bank.  These pole beans are a heirloom from originally from China with 100 years of history in British Columbia Canada. Almost extinct, some beans were discovered in an old shed on the deserted family farm & germinated after 50 years! If you are interested in growing these please contact Kelly to be a grower fo
r her seed bank.
Monk Peas.  Not actually a bean I know.  An excellent soup pea from Fox Fire Farm and the Sister’s of Providence Seed Sanctuary. 
 Rebecca found these Purple Peacocks in Almerida’s shack. Described as a beautiful pole bean with dark purple pods, twinning stems, light purple flowers, dark leaves and white beans I’m very excited for them and will be planting them in the backyard bathtub this evening.
Dragon Langerie were a gift from Almerinda, also from Fox Fire Farm and the Sister’s of Providence Seed Sanctuary.  These bush snap beans have purple striped pods, are Dutch in origin, have been documented since 1880, and are also known as Dragon Tongue beans.  They can be eaten right away or used for baked beans.
Slenderette Beans are a bush bean that make perfect 5′ green long french snap beans in a relatively short season (45-55 days).
Vermont Cranberry.  I think I am most excited for these New England Heirloom beans.  A bush bean that dates back to 1797 know for its reliability and hardiness.
Musica are a from the seedbank and produce 9 inch pods on 9 foot plants or something crazy like that. I am not planting these in my yard but have tucked some into my friend Sarah’s garden.  Surprise!
Mystery bean.  hmmmm, this is why you need to label things right away.
Black turtle make a dwarf bush plant so I’m trying these in a container.  These pre 1832 beans are well suited to Northern regions.
Mayflower beans from Julianna.  A prolific pole bean perfect from soup that was brought to North America on the Mayflower.
Cannellino beans are the quintessential milestone soup bean,  another bush bean from Julianna that is growing in Sarah’s yard.
Here’s a happy Sunset runner seedling with true leaves.
The Chickpeas from Gayla are really growing now.

I’ve built numerous trellises, teepees and ladders for all these beans but they’re really hard to photograph. Mine are also not as cute as Kate’s book would like them to be.
My rustic-ness vs the books tidiness aside, this is a nice addition to my DIY library. With great green instructions on basic preserving, gardening and home repairs I will be sharing it with friends and I’d like to start by sharing a copy with one of my readers.

To win your own copy of the book The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking
just leave a comment telling us what you’re most excited to grow this year and a email or twitter address so I can contact you.  Rebecca will choose a winner at random one week from today on Wednesday June 8th and Harper Collins will send you a copy.