Jewels from my garden

We have one Concord grape vine that was here when we bought the house.  It’s planted in a space where I wouldn’t have chosen for it, but I didn’t have the heart (or knowledge of how) to move it when I started planting my own garden.  Every year, I cut it back a couple of weeks before Halloween (I use the vines as decoration for the front of our house) and come spring, little buds inevitably appear which over the summer grow into a mass of vines that takes up almost half of the side wall of our house and get tangled among the flowers that are planted nearby.  Come October (just before I cut it back for Halloween), that one vine provides us with a large bowl full of beautiful, dark purple jewels!

This year, they’ve been transformed into delicious, maple syrup sweetened jelly using, for the first time, a book that I bought years ago but never referred to it because it just seemed too daunting, too technical for me.  And it is, but definitely proved to be worth the read!












It’s a wrap

In the spirit of #slowfashionoctober, I’ve been motivated to start going through my pile, okay, my rather large pile, of uncompleted knitting, crochet, patching, refashioning projects.  I probably should have started with the cotton crochet project that has been smushed in a plastic bag and pushed to the back of my sewing cabinet for about 10 years now (yes, that isn’t a typo, it has been there for a decade and, now that I look at it for the first time in years, I can’t recall why I ever thought it was remotely attractive!).  But I didn’t start with that.  I decided to start with the most recent uncompleted project.

It’s a crochet shawl/scarf/wrap of sorts (have no idea what wool this is – I no longer have the label.  I do know, however, that it is definitely soft and cuddly and made of 100% wool of some kind!) for a friend who I know loves and appreciates wrapping herself up in coziness.

Now to get going on the next item in my now diminishing pile while the motivation is still with me!







This moment

Inspired by Soulemama {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.