You may remember my last veggie embroidery post a while back, New & In Season. Well, keeping with the theme I thought I’d share with you the latest addition to my stitched up produce wall pieces: The Radish.
Back when I first started these little pieces, I certainly didn’t think that they would be as popular as they had. The beet and broccoli pieces have been such a hit. I fully intend to keep on going with this theme and following up with a farm to table recipe to match. Stay tuned for next week’s blog on a roasted radish recipe.
As promised, I’ve got a kale wall hanging coming up next, so don’t worry!
A little bit more about these is that they are three inch hoops, which are smaller sized hoops than I typically do, but I wanted to allow for focus on the intricacy of stitching while keeping the cost down. Visit the shop and fill up your cart with this radish hoop, beets, broccoli, and an “Eat Your Veggies” Towel.
Is there a fruit or veggie that you’d like to have an embroidery hoop of? Let me know and I’ll get stitching!
I’ve been quiet on the blog the last month, my apologies. If you have time, I have a lot to share. Take a break, grab a cup of tea and let’s catch up….
Spring is here. There is something magical that happens amongst the flora and fauna as warmer weather begins to creep in. It’s a time of rebirth and growth. I feel as both my personal and professional life are experiencing this same seasonal change as well.
As may or may not know or noticed, I came home to Massachusetts over the Christmas holiday and have been helping family and friends with farms, recovery from surgeries, etc. Life has a funny way of working sometimes and as many of us know, it can certainly be unexpected. Without going into too much detail, I have decided to stay in Massachusetts to continue to help my father on his farm as well as take up a new position at Paisley’s Farmstand and Greenhouse.
Paisley’s & I
I spent my high school years living around the corner and down the way from Paisley’s Farm. I began working there sometime between my junior and senior year of high school and quickly acquired the nickname, “Field Hoe” as I spent a majority of my time in the fields picking produce fresh for the farm stand. I potted plants, worked the farm stand, and so much more. It’s been years, but I still have held the job as one of my favorites. It’s been my dream to own my own farm someday, hopefully sooner rather than later, but I’m excited to be back learning everything I can to prepare me for my own operation.
made by laura lee
What does taking a full-time job mean for made by laura lee? Honestly, not much will change! Perhaps the access to wonderful fresh produce for recipes and canning, the endless inspiration for the blog, and running the business out of Massachusetts. In my mind, these are all good things. I feel like when good things happen, they snowball and I am excited to announce that WickedLocal.com, a Massachusetts publication, interviewed me about the news and the business. Make sure to check it out and give it a share. Please.
There have been a lot of sudden changes this year. Moving, new job, new plans & permits for made by laura lee, etc. It’s exciting but in the midst of it all, I unexpectedly lost a dear, dear friend last week. I’ve been working through my grief and am slowly coming to peace with the loss. Of course, there are still moments of collapsing into an ugly-face crying puddle, but as I planted thousands of geraniums last week it gave me time to reflect and realize the beauty in life, loss, and love. Geraniums symbolize so many different things, depending on the color. Overall, they represent love, friendship, happiness, and positivity. All feelings I’ve been meditating on as I plant each one in remembrance of my first love and best friend.
With that I leave you with nothing but love and appreciation. Remember to tell the ones you love that you love them. Live each day with kindness. Take pleasure in the little things. Most importantly, make sure that you are living the life you want to lead.
Are you expecting a farm to table like post listing all the veggies that are in season during the month of January? Well, while this isn’t exactly what this post is, I’m certainly playing off of it though. As you know, I love vegetables. I love growing them, cooking with them, and most definitely, eating them!
As part of my goal for 2021, I wanted to have my embroidery reflect my love of produce and my embroidery skills. With that being said, here are the first of many new mini veggie hoops I will be introducing to the shop. First to be released are beets and broccoli!
And, yes… beets and broccoli are in season this month. I will be releasing new vegetable embroidery as the veggies are in season. Next on the list are radishes and kale. A little bit more about these is that they are three inch hoops, which are on the smaller than I typically do, but I wanted to allow for focus on the intricacy of stitching while keeping the cost down. Visit the shop and fill up your cart with beets, broccoli, and an “Eat Your Veggies” Towel.
Is there a fruit or veggie that you’d like to have an embroidery hoop of? Let me know and I’ll get stitching!
I would like to take the time to formally introduce you to my new babies. My chicken babies, that is. Three weeks ago, ten little chicks from the New Braunfels Feed Supply Store made their way back to the homestead. The line of people at the store was out the front door at 7:30 AM. I guess Texans want the chicks!
The first thing everyone asks is, “Are they for eggs or eating?” These girls are for their eggs, just their eggs. In fact, we strategically picked the breeds for their laying ability.
Red Sex Links
Gold Sex Links
Black Sex Links
Ok, the Polish Gal is more for show with her feather tufted cap, but the others are going to be good layers.
When we first brought the girls home, they were little balls of downy fluff. Three and a half weeks in, their feathers are pushing through, they are getting gangly and awkward, just like a teenager. Their personalities are evolving and their curiosity is exciting. I’ve never raised chickens from just two days old and this is proving to be a learning experience. Forming a bond with them has been quite rewarding as well. While you may not think a little chicken can bond with a human, they certainly know who we are. Rosie always runs to my hand first and Vicky always to her daddy.
This is just the beginning of our chicken story and I’m looking forward to sharing more of our journey as we learn, raise, and collect eggs from our girls.
Good morning, happy Monday! I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend. I’m slowly on the mend, just feeling really running down, but at least my cough has subsided. As I’m coming back around to feeling better, I realized I hadn’t shared too much about the Mother Earth News Conference that I was so excited about.
While Belton isn’t exactly a the thriving metropolis that you dream about spending a weekend away in, it sure had it’s gems. Saturday morning before the conference, we discovered a charming little coffee shop, Arusha Coffee, where we spent the bulk of time caffeinating when not at the conference. Ample time was also spent day dreaming about future homestead plans, the idea for another new book, and more.
I digress…. the conference though was fun and educational. Not all the speakers were as captivating as others, here are the highlights:
Texas Food Laws – there has been a major update on some of the Texas Cottage Laws for food makers like myself and I am happy to announce that I will be able to start selling some of my fermented goodies very soon.
Homestead Air B&B – while I don’t have a homestead geared up for a bed and breakfast, it’s nice to know that there are easy options out there when I am ready to go.
Other workshops and lectures I attended were Ladies in Homesteading, Growing Mushrooms, Homesteading Laws in Texas, Gardening in Small Spaces, and Companion Gardening, just to name a few. I’m looking forward to next years conference already!
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and, clearly, reorganizing my shop wasn’t enough in the getting dirty department. This past week I brought in four yards of dirt to revive what once was a kitchen garden.
It needed a little love, but after cutting down the three-foot tall weeds, laying down cardboard, layering leaves and compost, I laid down the dirt, with a little help from the manpower on the property.What can I say, I’m not in the shape I used to be, after hauling 3.5 yards with a shovel and wheel-borrow, I was a little tuckered out and needed to call in reinforcements.
The manpower also framed in our garden gate, restructured our compost bins, and got the worm farm constructed and operational.
While we are not quite out of the clutches of the late winter freezes, (it was 20 degrees here two nights ago), we’re looking forward to seeing the following lovelies in the sprout for eating, canning, and more: beets, basil, carrots, collards, and rainbow chard!
Spring in Texas has its ups and downs.This year has proven to be no exception.With 90 degree weather this past Friday to 32 degrees two nights later, there is really no way to know what to expect.I don’t envy the weatherman’s job right about now, I’m sure he’s receiving hate mail.
The animals are all feisty with the cold weather and the poor plants don’t know what to do.Every time the sun comes out, they jump at the chance to bloom, only to retreat the following day.I, myself, am getting a little cabin fever.While I love a roaring fire in our living room, I’m itching to plant seeds, prep space for the chickens, and work in my wood shop.
In the Northeast, there were always sure-fire signs that Spring was really on the way.While Groundhog Day was always a charming notion, however unreliable, my Father always said when the crocus and iris are in bloom, Spring is just around the corner.
You can imagine my excitement and, admittedly, an overwhelming sense of relief to see the white iris blossoming outside our little farmhouse this past weekend.Not only a white flag from Winter, but the solid green light and invitation from Spring to finally start prepping the beds for planting.
While I have been relatively quiet on the blog front, I have several projects brewing. I have also turned into a little bit of an introvert since the last few weeks in Austin, the weather is slowly morphing into that of Seattle. Grey, cold, and rainy. I don’t mind the grey if it’s warmer, I don’t mind the cold if it’s sunny, but it seems like it has been an eternity since the sun has warmed my skin. That being said, it has been perfect “curl up with a book” weather and I am glad to announce that I have completed my second book of 2015.
February’s Book: Grow the Good Life by Michelle Owens
My brother gave me this book a couple of years ago. Itching for Spring and the chance to play in the dirt, I figured this little gem would be great inspiration for my next plant project. I’ve always loved growing food and flowers. Ten years ago worked on a small farm called Paisley’s Farm & Greenhouse. To this day, it is still the best job I have ever had. I never recall a day I didn’t want to get out of bed and go to work. If I wasn’t at the Paisleys, I was bringing home the sickly looking plants to my dads farm to nurse them back to health. Rain or shine, I was outside, playing in the dirt, repotting perennials, etc. What I would give to be able to have that again?!
I have always known gardening was a wonderful thing, but Owens book gave some very interesting insight as to why it is so important and why as a society we have moved away and back towards gardening. I must say I am completely envious of Owens given description of her house and her garden bursting with colors, vegetables, and greenery, especially since I live in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment that has a nonexistent balcony. I make do with the walkway space and have a small collection of potted plants and window boxes. Knock on wood, no one has yet to complain about my taking up of valuable walkway real estate.
That being said, today I finally breathed some life back into my little garden. The cold had done a number on a few of my fragile friends and I knew that planting some spring flowers would lift my spirits. How could it not? Digging in the soil, the bright colors of the blooms, and the hope for sun…
I cannot believe I am half way through my 12 days of crafting. I’ve really enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, dreaming up new projects, planning my posts, and the most important part of doing these daily blogs is that they are forcing me to finish a few projects! I am the queen of having little projects that are almost done and just need the finishing touches. Thank you to all of you that have put up with my posts, clicked on them, even read them, or liked them. It’s nice to know I have your support.
Now down to todays feature: Succulents in Mason Jars. I love gardening. Unfortunately, apartment living is not conducive to having beds beyond beds of billowing blooming beauties. Despite my green thumb, potted plants don’t always seem to cut it on my tiny balcony. The one thing that I seem to have the most luck with here in Texas are succulents! They seem to be resilient and able to roll with the punches of daily temperature swings, a day of missed watering, or my neighbors cat chewing on them.
Throw a tiny succulent in a mason jar, you’ve got yourself something pretty alright. Throw a tiny succulent in a painted mason jar and you’ve got something pretty damn cute! It also makes the perfect gift or centerpiece. *Hint, hint, wink, wink*
Come on by the Bluebonnet Bazaar next Saturday, December 13th from 10 AM – 3 PM and pick one up! I’m looking forward to seeing you there!