Friday, May 29, 2009

Summer Time Lists

summer list

Whether you or your littles have started your summer vacation or not, it's always a good idea to have a plan. I tend to think of things 2 seasons ahead... not sure why...but now I am craving pumpkin pie and crisp autumn nights??? Good thing I already made my summer list of things to do.

Read through ours (somewhat vintage inspired) and then make one of your own. Think about what you or your family really needs this summer. Is it more quality time? A great road trip? Or living more simply? We'd love to feature your list on this blog when you are done. Send your list, blog info, and a picture to cardigancakeblog at gmail dot com and we'll post them!



The tutorial for Jess's paper mache project can be found here:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

On a Line

For as long as I can remember, clotheslines have been an important part of the history of the women in my family. As a little girl and even now one of my favorite moments with my Grandma is hanging clothes on the line with her. When I was small it was my job to hand her the pins. I loved feeling the cool dampness of the clothes while she'd pin them up.

When I got my first house in New Mexico, my Grandpa made me my own clothesline and drove it all the way down from Idaho for me. I loved having it to hang the cloth diapers on. Especially living there, everything dried so fast in the heat. I was sick when we had to move and leave it behind.

It's been 4 years since I've lived somewhere that I'm able to finally dry clothes on the line again. Last weekend my sweet husband broke out the "Honey Do" list and made me my own in my backyard. I painted it blue and added the copper tops. As soon as the paint was dry I grabbed all the sheets in the house and washed them. The kids handed me the pins while I shook the sheets out and hung them up. Today it's towels and tomorrow it's shirts. Now if I can just get the garden to grow, that would be something!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lazy Sunday

I love this time of year. Right when the weather is starting to warm up. Right before school gets out. When you still have some routine, but are about to lose it to summer and really you're ok with that. Dinners are more enjoyable and lingering thanks to the longer light. One thing we're going to try and do this summer is have a nightly game out on the front porch before bed. I can't wait to start the summer plans. We'll have to make new library tote bags for library day. Maybe the tote bags will also be used for swim gear on swimmming day. This summer we're also going to read Nancy Drew and watch Hailey Mills movies. Picnics at the park and clothesline tents in the backyard. A lot of nonscheduled free play will be a must. Thank goodness for lazy Sundays to sit back and be inspired!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How Does your garden grow?

8 bags of topsoil, 4 bags of sheep manure mixed with compost, one nicked sprinkler line, a bazillion tree roots and much rototilling here it is. I present to you.... my first garden! It's the great experiment of the summer. I originally had high hopes of planting all my little seeds indoors weeks ago. Then I was going to transplant them all carefully outside after the danger of frost. Funny what happens with high hopes. Instead I took all my seeds and gently planted them into the soil. My 2 year old came along behind and helped me cover them up. Hopefully they are all still in their rows. At some point this summer I want to get a couple of raspberry plants to plant in the middle of the 2 garden beds. I do have dreams of being able to send the kids out to pick salad for dinner. Drying out the gourds and turning them into birdhouses for all the robins who live in my trees. Watching the kids sit outside after running through the sprinklers eating watermelon and having seed spitting contests. I'll post updates frequently. Wish me luck!

Squash, birdhouse gourds, cantaloupe and watermelon.

tomatoes, pablono peppers, walla walla onions, lettuce, carrotts, beats, sweet peppers, and banana peppers.