Sunday, 13 February 2011

I made a decision....

Okay, I have made my choice.

As you may know we have a Raspberry Patch and in it I placed, lovingly I might add, a whole array of raspberry bushes and carefully labelled each one.  These labels then disappeared... every one.  And I was left with a sea of raspberries, unknown to man nor beast.  This didn't matter year one as I had no need to prune but now the time has come to separate Autumn from Summer fruiting.  I need to prune Autumn and leave Summer alone (basically).

So today I stood amongst my bushes and torn fruit net and flattened support poles - yes, the raspberry patch was a mess, apparently vast quantities of snow on a flimsy net makes for turmoil.  And when your dad says "you'll need to knock the snow off that net or it'll squash everything" he's right - so do it!  But I made my choice about which were which and have pruned accordingly...

I will let you know what occurs and whether I was right... cross what you got people!!

In other news the old potato patch is weed free still (how does it do it) and the garlic I planted there last autumn is coming through.  The five remaining brussel plants are still there Brusselling away but I will need to lift them, we have not been short of sprouts!  This bed is to become the beans and peas bed and the new bed to be dug will take over potatoes, cabbages, sprouts and carrots.

I have placed my seed order today so you will be seeing all the same again plus onions, celery, cabbage, string beans and I may even have turnips as I seem to have two packets of seeds... where'd they come from... answers on a postcard!  Oh yes and soon I will plant out some winter lettuce seeds I have discovered... ah the seed tin....

Strawberries will return and I am going to try my best to encourage the blueberries and blackberries (brambles) this year to do more than a polite fruiting.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The Flower Patch Dress or a Practice Run!

Right, I warned you that there was a dress on the way, this isn't it!  But it is a starter for it.  I have bought some amazingly cute fabric - let's hear it for eBay - which I am awaiting but I wanted to get a practice before I commit to my expensive fabric. Well, okay my NEW fabric, I may love Farm Baby but until she stops growing at a rate you can actually SEE I will limit my budget on fabrics!

I had this intense 60's flower power fabric in the stash and I had always wanted to use it for something, but it is a bit intense for an adult sized outfit, unless you are considering some form of time travel.  But for baby clothes it is just right. 

This dress not only allowed me to practice my ideas for the main dress but also let me use my fabric and, if I have done it right, this should do Farm Baby from now (4 1/2 months) to 9 months-ish, with only the minor alteration of a couple of button moves.

I thought I would post just to give you a sneak peek at what the dress will look like, this is the basic shape and the method of fastening that I will use.  It will have different 'flourishes' - did you spot the re-emergence of the Rolled Fabric Rose?  What a versatile little thing it is!  

I struggled with what to do at the neckline, I toyed with collars and ruffles and more roses but in the end decided that as the fabric was so fussy that less was more and went with a modern looking little square patch.

This hasn't been finished perfectly, the 'official dress' will have nice binding around the edges but I am pleased with how it turned out and I am looking forward to its first outing.

Can't wait for the new fabric to arrive!!