Archive for August, 2010

August 9, 2010

Blind Faith

Let’s face it–this world is {un}perfect.  WE are {un}perfect.  Fortunately for us, Jesus came to bridge that gap between our {un}perfection and God’s total perfection.  Through him, our weaknesses are made strong.  Take a look at this video…and maybe grab some Kleenex 🙂

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August 8, 2010

How does my garden grow?

…with some success and a lot of mess and green beans all in a row.

Some of the vegetables in my garden have run their course for the season.  The zucchini and peas are pretty much done.  I planted a second crop of peas, but unfortunately I’ve got mutant ninja watermelon vines taking over my pea trellis!   Tonight as I went out to the garden to take stock of what can be harvested, what can be composted {yep, we’re composting now}, and what’s dead, I spotted the black bean plants.

Now, I love black beans and had such high hopes for growing my own.  Unfortunately these plants had been a bit of a disappointment from the beginning.  When they started to grow they looked just like the green beans.  What?!  I asked around to see if this was normal {not sure what I was expecting them to look like?}, but nobody here in Michigan seems to be growing black beans.  My other frustration was that when the rabbits would get into the garden {and that’s a whole ‘nother story}, they’d make a beeline for the black bean leaves.  Nevermind the fact that the green bean plants were right next to the black beans and {to me, anyway} they looked just alike.  The rabbits never touched the green bean leaves.  Umm…ok.  So I just sort of left the plants alone.  Stopped caring that there were no leaves left on the plants and the beans were brown/drying up.

{Sad, sad black bean plants}

{Little brown bean}

Ok, back to tonight.  For some reason I decided to split open one of these dried up ol’ beans and {gasp} inside were black beans!  I’d checked a few weeks ago and there were white beans inside, so I wasn’t hopeful.  I excitedly grabbed a bowl and started harvesting my precious black bean pods.  After my “shelling” I ended up with a whopping 2.57oz {yes, ounces} of black beans.  Not much, but you’d better believe I’ve got them soaking in the kitchen right now!

{YAY for little black beans!}

Another disappointment is the carrots in my garden.  I suspect my soil isn’t loose enough, so I’ll give them one more shot next year when we bring new soil in and do a better job tilling.  Anyway… I felt like my carrots had “cooked” long enough  and I decided to pull them all.  Bummer, bummer, bummer.  I got three that even resembled carrots.  Even through my disappointment I was proud enough of my three baby carrots to throw them into my chopped salad 🙂

{silly little carrots}

So there’s the skinny on my latest {un}perfect gardening goings-on.  In the next week or so our watermelons should be ready to harvest–yum!

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August 5, 2010

Zippity-Do-This

***Contest closed {although you may still comment if you like 🙂 } RANDOM.ORG has chosen comment #3 – April Gann.  Congratulations, April!  Guess we have to get together 🙂 ***

{All zipped up}

Reconstructed zippers are all the rage these days.  Rather than shelling out for some designer YKKs, I thought I’d DIY a little zipper bling for myself.  While out garage saling a few Saturdays back with Monkey A, I found a bin full of old {still-in-their-packages} zippers for $0.10 and {joy!} since it was raining and the last day of the sale, everything was 1/2 off!  I bought a whopping $0.20 worth of zippers to play around with…and now I’m kicking myself for not snatching them all up.

{HOW TO}

Get yourself a zipper.  Any zipper will do, but I personally like the look of zippers with metal teeth better.

Cut off both ends of the zipper, separate the two sides and discard the zipper pull

{Cut off ends}

{All the pieces}

Cut off all but about 1/4″ of the fabric tape and throw it away {or save it for another project–any ideas?}

{leave 1/4" of fabric}

Fold the first couple of teeth back toward the rest of the zipper and make a few stitches to tack it down

Continue wrapping the zipper around and stitch through the entire spiral every 1/8″ or so.  Keep the needle as close to the teeth as you can to avoid stitching through the unraveling part of the fabric tape.

Once you reach the end of the zipper, secure with a few extra stitches and tie off

{back of your zipper spiral}

Once I finished my first two spirals I thought they were cute…but now what?   Earrings?  Hair pretties for Monkey A?  Then I remembered I had some ring blanks saved away from a fabric-covered-button project that never happened {typical!}–perfect!  I super glued the spiral to the ring blank and VOILA!  Or so I thought…

You probably already knew this, but super glue doesn’t adhere fabric to smooth, shiny metal very well.  So…I used hot glue.  I didn’t trust the hot glue too much, but I’ve been wearing my ring for a few days now and everything’s stayed together quite nicely, thank-you-very-much!  I wanted to try some Aleene’s Jewelry & Metal Glue, but the top was stuck.  Again, typical–I’m impulsive and didn’t think the project through all the way to the end…but I made it work.  Tim Gunn would be proud 😉

{front side with ring blank}

***Now for the fun part: use this tutorial to make your own zipper spiral ring…OR win this one!  All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me what other {un}Perfect types of things you’d like to see on my blog.  At midnight {EST} Friday I’ll randomly choose a winner.  Get an extra entry by sharing this contest with a friend {or your whole FB friend list or all of your Twitter followers 🙂 }.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you shared.  Good luck!***

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