03 February 2011

my creative space 'garden craft'

Greetings all,
Seeing my studio is sweltering in unairconditioned heat, i haven't been sewing as much i should be with a huge Handmade market looming 2 weeks away . . . but it's still school holidays, i have extra children over & the garden is always an ace place to entertain children. 
 I selected my supplies from the hardware store, swung the pick into the ground & put up a mini wooden fence for my mini pumpkin patch.
 Several bags of potting mix & special vegetable boost enhanced fancy top soil later . . . my willing helpers transplanted the 8 germinated pumpkin seeds into position.
 With carrots down the centre as an experiment, water, then the magic touch of sugar cane mulch.
 It was so hot i had that eye-stinging-sweat-dripping-off-my-face thing going on, at 9.30a.m. & when we checked on our cool new pumpkin patch, the pumpkin leaves were frying in the sun, so it lost all street cred & i put a beach umbrella over it.  There were also German Shepherd paw skid marks across the carrots, he is SO serious chasing butterflies, he clearly forgot the mini wooden fence was meant to keep large dogs out??!! 
 The lettuce continues to grow like crazy, loving my fresh herb salads at lunch.
 Don't you wish you were the mother of these girls??  Or the cleaner of their shower??  Or the washer of their fluffy towels??  Mud pies, they made them for HOURS!!
 Freshly squeezed orange juice for the masses of children.  I'm practising my mother-of-the-year wave as i pick orange pith out of my teeth.
 Easiest way to feed a group of hungry children after running around the garden all morning . . . a platter of simple sandwiches & where would a mother be without a stack of IKEA plates & cups??  Then i made up some cookie dough & broke it up into vanilla icecream for poor man's Cold Rock/ Ben&Jerry's icecream.  When one mummy collected her son, it was at icecream serving time so i fed her boys in the car too, i was very popular in the driveway!!
 They decorated the fish bowls & we swapped the fish around, yes i had unpaid child labour doing the dirty work all day.
 I can seriously imagine these two girls on Survivor, they look like they'd fit right in & yes i know they need back to school hair cuts!!  I actually had a dream once they were on a Survivor series & they were twins, but pretended to not know each other (extra sneaky) & set up alliances which were so clever . . . they ended up being runner up & winner, splitting the cash!!  Hmmm, evil twins, brilliant!!  Oh, to be the mother of reality show children, so NOT brilliant.
For proper sewing, crocheting & knitting type Creative Spaces, check out Kootoyoo, love Posie


Cate said...

Oh, definitely mother of the year - ice cream AND mud pies - my kids would so love your house!!

Mama of 2 boys said...

I love the beach umbrella over the pumpkin patch, beautiful! Poor little pumpkin leaves :o(
I enjoy reading your posts so much, thank you!

Rebecca said...

This is great! I can't wait to do our garden this year...the Crazies have been talking about it all winter!

Fresh squeezed orange juice...go you!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Ha ha Jennie had to have a chuckle at the brolly over the pumpkins...Good one...I love it...Dzintra

The Handmaden said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

Sarah B said...

What a great vegie patch! I just love how you covered it with an umbrella. Yes, I often have canine skid marks over my vegie patch :)

Angela Furlong said...

Hi there... thanks so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I just adore your blog and will add you to my blogroll! What a super, creative mama you are... inspirational!

Angela x
Mama & The Monkey

Anonymous said...

Yours sounds like the house that all kids would love to hang out at :)

Loving your gardens, and laughed at the umbrella..very novel.

Enjoy the end of your holidays

Felicity said...

Mother of the year - without a doubt!
So love your stylish vege patch - you crack me up - I wouldn't have even thought of this = you're so clever.

Felicity x

Anonymous said...

That's ingenuity using an umbrella on your vegie patch! I love it!!

Posie Patchwork said...

I have to say, i was ready to throw my own body across the pumpkin patch to protect those sizzling freshly germinated leaves, i have my moments, aha, yes Oprah, you're right Rihanna, the beach umbrella, ella, ella, ella, a, a, love Posie

Exquisite Accessories said...

Girls look like they are having fun!! I will have to get some tips of you I want to do a vegi patch :))

Kerryanne English said...

Any mother who can do all that in a day and keep her sanity deserves the 'Mother of the Year' award Jennie - LOL.
Perhaps next time you can get the kids to give you a mud pack facial and foot massage. They'd still be playing with mud but you'd also benefit.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

by marie-nicole said...

What a nice relief the rain is from those dreadful hot days we have had... we too do not have air con.

Your garden looks great, we're missing our freshly picked greens for our lunches ;-(

Looking forward to seeing you soon! Maybe at Handmade Market!!!

Have a fabulous day Jennie.

Vic said...

What a fabulous day!

garcia.sol said...

Amazing!!! haha and I love the umbrella..brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Can my children come and visit you? please xxx

Catherine said...

Loving your place today Posie, lots of fun stuff happening there. xo

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

How beautiful are these 2 lovely little ladies!!
Cannot wait to start throwing my seedlings in the mud too xxxxx

Kellie Collis said...

Awesome garden! I'm pretty sure the kids loved being dirty! Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

Heidi said...

This is so strange to see pumpkins growing and I just got 8-10inches of snow!!

Kylie said...

Looks like lots of fun in the garden. Be prepared for pumkin vines everywhere soon - so much fun attempting to make them stay where you want them too:)

Love the muddy hands and faces (bath and towels not so much)

The lettuce looks great - I have to get some in the ground next week.