Friday, March 31, 2017
Most of my early garden is planted. I'm late this year, but the weather has been uncooperative. The sorrel from the previous three years is back in full swing. Seriously, you cannot kill sorrel. We took a trip to the garden centre for seed potatoes and decided on Yukon Gold. I've never grown Yukons, but they're Mr. ETB's favourites so it seemed worth a try. They mature early. I have a large bag bed to grow them in.
One thing I love about Mulhall's is the longevity of the employees. Many have been there for years, and they not only remember customers by name, but by garden as well. They ask after your perennials the way some people ask about your children. I could buy less expensive plants at a big-box home store, but they wouldn't know about the strange micro-zones in my garden. They also wouldn't replace plants that die. Mulhall's is my, "Happy Place" where I go to escape life-you don't get that at Home Depot. Well, I don't.
This year's early garden so far:
Peas-Little Marvel Dwarf, Little Marvel, Lincoln, and Cascadia Sugar Snap
Purple Sprouting Broccoli-Summer Purple
Spinach-Teton Hybrid, Bloomsdale Long Standing
Poppy Seed-Hungarian Blue
Mache-Big Seeded Corn Salad
Mesclun Lettuce mix
Yukon Gold Potatoes
The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum has their plant sale at the end of April, so we'll pick up herbs like sage, basil and thyme there. I like to support the programme.
As for the heat of summer-I'm undecided. Probably some tomatoes, beans, possibly corn. Definitely more lettuce. We have such radically different growing conditions from the front and back of the house due to the large maple tree's shade that we can grow a wide variety of items. Last summer I planted loads of red salvia and it brought out several hummingbirds, so we'll probably try that again. The sweet woodruff didn't do well, so we'll give up on that.
Have a lovely weekend.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
1970's polyester skirt-Goodwill
Knit Pendleton jacket-Goodwill
Vintage Naturalizer bag-Goodwill (I think)
Wedge heel sneakers-Goodwill
No lippy because I had my teeth cleaned. I swear, I'd feel less naked going bare-assed.
Still no perfume, but I was delighted to see K Mart is now selling Florida Water cologne. I bought a bottle and I'll be dousing myself in it as soon as the weather warms up. For five dollars, you can't beat the stuff for refreshing cologne-unless of course if you don't like the medicinal anise scent. I love it.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Deb sells wonderful vintage accessories at mind-blowing prices. Fast, friendly, and honest, what you see on the page is what arrives at your house. I have my eye on a few other items currently in the shop as well. Now I just need a vintage mantilla to wear with the comb! I'm not being compensated by Deb-just a happy customer. I'd been searching for a comb like this for years, but couldn't afford the ones I saw.
I'll try to do more of these posts devoted to items you wouldn't otherwise get a good look at in an outfit post. One of these days I need to devote some time to the handbag collection threatening to overtake the house.
Would you look at that? Monday is nearly over. Well done.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Never underestimate my determination to make something work! I did manage to put together an outfit that showcased the print of the skirt without causing anyone's eye to notice the uneven seams.
Personally, when in doubt, I go for big necklaces.
Paganne skirt (probably originally a maxi dress)-Goodwill
Polo neck-K Mart
Vintage tapestry jacket-Hand-Me-Ups
Egyptian necklace-New Life Thrift
Metallic bronze boots-Goodwill
1970's metal mesh bag with lucite handles-Hand-Me-Ups
I adore these boots. I wasn't sure I'd be able to walk in them, but they're as comfortable as can be, and as fate would have it-very on-trend. Boots go in and out of fashion, and I generally wear what I like, but it was kind of a thrill to get something that ticks two trends (metallic and low boot) at once. Paying $3.99 was even better.
Saw this tea at the Family Fare supermarket. I love the idea of a tea made just for nanas! Unfortunately, it turns out, Nana is a type of mint. Boo. Ah well, my nana drank Swee Touch Nee tea anyway,
We made it to Gibbon, Nebraska to see the crane migration. there are no cranes in this photo, but there's an egret.
We all have our egrets...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
I do love a good statement sleeve. Unfortunately, it is still cold here, and my arms are shockingly pale-so I improvised arm warmers from a pair of old knee socks. Gotta do what you gotta do.
90's Chetta B dress-Goodwill
Vintage 80's boots-Goodwill
Vintage Naturalizer handbag-Can't remember, probably Goodwill or New Life Thrift
Note to self-get out the suede brush before taking photos.
I couldn't leave without mentioning the wonderful children's book, A Bad Case of Stripes
For my part, I'd rather have a bad case of the stripes than spots!
Somewhere in the world it is already Friday-have a great weekend.
P.S. Dig the heavy eyeliner flick.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Belt-Von Maur about 15 years ago
Sheer nylon tights-K Mart
Fragrance-None as we're still dealing with allergies/asthma. Had I worn something, it probably would have been Coriandre.
I know not to pack the winter coats just yet. Mornings and evenings are still cool and the wind can be strong out on the prairie. Layering is the best approach, when I think of it.
There's a matching jacket as well, but even I know that's too much. Sadly, you CAN overdo Ultra Suede. Speaking of Ultrasuede, I was lucky enough to snag a vintage Halston men's jacket at the Goodwill. Danny can't quite wear it as the sleeves are a bit long, but by next year it should be a perfect fit. Being Ultrasuede, it laundered beautifully and looks as good as it would have in the 70's when new. I'm amazed at the things that end up in our thrift stores.
Green Ultrasuede skirt and waistcoat-Goodwill
Vntage polyester blouse-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage suede shoulder bag-Goodwill
Green enamel clamper bracelets-Both Target, early 2000's
Vintage leather coat-Goodwill
Old Lady over-shades-Walgreens (don't laugh, they're the best sunnies I own, and they block light from the sides as well).
I hope to finish planting the spring garden this week. There will be peas, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach ,rocket, and of course the sorrel that comes back every year. I'm going to try growing potatoes in our large bag bed this year, which should be an interesting experiment. I haven't planned ahead to summer yet, but I suppose there will be tomatoes, lettuces, and herbs. I won't be growing okra again as the boys didn't care for it, and it grew like crazy. I couldn't give the stuff away before there were dozens more ready to harvest.
Have a great week.