Growing Carrots in a Container

Growing Carrots in a Container {7}

I usually stay away from gimmicky gardening tips, the ones fraught with the requisite hoop-jumping to pick a mere peapod or pull a pound of potatoes. The truth is (at least from my experience) that most vegetables benefit from being grown in the ground as opposed to a container. As for my apartment dwelling pals, stick with containers(…)

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Knitting Up an Awesome Bulldog

Knitting Up an Awesome Bulldog {6}

I like surprises, not the kind that make you pee in your pants, and seek therapy and tubs of Haagen Dazs, but the sort that delight you for the sheer level of their consideration and thoughtfulness. I was the recipient of such a fine surprise this week in the form of a knitted bulldog, a wooly little(…)

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Vashon Island Style

The Twelve Days of Christmas Vashon Island Style {14}

While The Twelve Days of Christmas is not my favorite Christmas carol, I think I could embrace it more wholeheartedly if the song was less about eighteenth-century England and more about the place in which I live: Vashon Island. Here’s my tongue-in-cheek try at a Christmas classic gone local. The Twelve Days of Christmas Vashon Island Style(…)

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Christmas Lights, Madrona Trees, and a Cordless Phone

Christmas Lights, Madrona Trees, and a Cordless Phone {31}

  One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to install flood lights at the base of my century-old madrona trees. The underlit behemoths put on quite a show. In the Pacific Northwest, the iconic madrona tree stands unmatched in growth habit and sculptural beauty.  The sinewy, cinnamon-barked tree reaches for the sky in a pose seemingly(…)

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