So, May. May has been busy. Catching up on things that didn't get done in early April and then tackling a couple of big projects I created for myself. The first of the big projects is one I started back in March that got put on hold for much of April. When we lived out in the "country" for a year, my daughter took sewing classes from a woman who worked in the office at her school. Mrs. H had a tiny room upstairs in her home where she had four sewing machines and taught a sewing curriculum just for kids. I loved the idea, so I decided to start my own sewing school. I purchased a license to teach the Kids Can Sew program in my area.
I converted my sewing room into a sewing studio. I started making up samples back in March along with getting "business stuff" taken care of. Earlier this month, I purchased four new computerized Brother sewing machines.
I'm still putting the finishing touches on the studio and we had a little dry-run with a group of girls who were over for a slumber party. This isn't my ideal set-up, but I wanted to make sure that things go well before I invest in nice sewing furniture for four.
It's been fun purchasing fabric and getting supplies ready. I had planned a summer full of day camps, but I didn't get any promoting at all done in April; I'm really behind and have only a couple of sign-ups thus far. The curriculum is actually written for a once-weekly one hour classes to be held year-round, so even if I don't have a full summer, I can hopefully start filling spots for the after school classes in the fall.
I haven't done much quilting lately, but I've been sewing like crazy. That's my new sewing corner above. I had to fit myself into a much smaller area of the room to accommodate the "classroom" furniture and I moved all of my fabric into the closet. Luckily, this room has been the sewing room since we built the house last year, so the closet is all shelves and the fabric fit nicely.
We get tiny little harvests throughout the week, but I'm just giddy at the fact that I grew that stuff from seeds! The carrots aren't ready, but Shea was itching to pull one, so she had a baby carrot and said it was delicious.
Just in case the veggie garden and the new sewing school wasn't keeping me busy enough, I decided to forgo the front lawn and put in a cottage garden. (I don't know what's wrong me with sometimes.) When we re-built the house last year, the existing lawn was completely trashed. The city put down some sod between the street and the sidewalk when they repaved the street, but it wasn't really the right time of year to lay sod, so we just over seeded the remainder of the yard with annual ryegrass. When it warmed up and was safe to lay sod, I decided I didn't want any and started digging instead.
My yard has been in serious transition for almost a month now. I'm doing 95% of the work all by myself. When I overload the wheelbarrow and can't move it, I have to call in the hubby for some muscle and he pitches in that other 5%. Kind of a funny story, but those larger rocks lining the pathway were my nemesis earlier in the spring. Every time I stuck my shovel in the ground, I hit one. I'm not kidding, every time. I had to plant pansies with a pickaxe! I was cursing those stupid rocks like crazy and wondering how on earth I'd ever get rid of them all. I even wrote a scathing poem about how much I hated these rocks. But when I decided to put in pathways and plant a cottage garden... well talk about making lemonade out of lemons! Now when I hit one of those limestone beasts, I can't wait to unearth it and see if it's big enough to use for my garden. The photo above was taken in the morning on May 13th.
Here it is that afternoon.
In my part of north Texas, we have this dreadful black, heavy clay soil. When dry it's like digging in concrete and when wet it's like digging in, well, packed clay. I've been removing a few inches of soil and amending the clay with a variety of organic matter (a mixture of different composts mostly) as I go.
I've decided that my favorite part of getting older is the fact that I begin to care less and less what other people think about me. Ten years ago, I wouldn't have dreamt of putting a fence around my front yard and planting the entire thing with flowers, herbs, and vegetables, even though a lush garden has always been a dream of mine. I would have worried too much about what the neighbors thought. That said, I'm still mindful of how the yard looks from the street and I'm not going for that Sanford & Son look, but I'm just glad that I feel okay with doing something I consider a bit out of the norm.
This is my fourth attempt at this post. I posted it earlier today with more photos and it wouldn't display correctly. I tried all kinds of things (I hope it hasn't showed up three or four times in your reader), but I couldn't find a solution and I won't know if this worked until I post it. Take care everyone and thanks again for the thoughts, prayers and kid comments.