A Quick Retaining Wall

One of my dear friends who is getting on in years asked for my help creating a small retaining wall by her deck.

The wall blocks are such a wonderful product to use. So easy to put in place. The only thing you have to make sure of is that the ground you are putting them on is flat.

So as you see I have dug out the dirt to create a space for the wall and leveled the bottom so it was perfectly flat. This was so easy to do in her yard because the dirt was soft. This is not always the case.

Then just stack those bricks up and make sure your line follows the direction you want it to go.

You will note that she wanted the wall perfectly straight so I put a line up with stakes to make sure it ended up straight.

Now her mowing will be easier and she can put her pots of tomatoes on the wall in the full southern sun.

Thanks for the job my friend!

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Patio Gardening

Greenery makes me very calm and happy. I guess that’s why I love where I live. Having trees and shrubs is good but growing your own culinary herbs and spices is even better.

One herb that I use extensively is mint.  I use it in mixed drinks, soft drinks, salads, cooking and baking. The freshness of mint is always welcome.

There are so many different kinds of mint that can be used for savory and sweet concoctions.

I have planted chocolate mint, pineapple mint, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint and 3 different kinds of basil in my patio garden. I also have lemon balm which is wonderful to rub on the skin to keep away mosquitoes.

All mint plants will tend to take over any space that they are planted in which is why I have chosen the patio for this project. I get a hearty harvest to dry and use fresh without having the plants spread like weeds.

It’s a pretty smart way to go. You can plant cucumbers this way as well as other vine plants. They love the warmth of the cement in the summer. Just remember to keep them well watered.

Enjoy your summer!

look for future posts on leather work. I have several projects that will be coming up at once so I need the time to do the prep work.

God Bless you!

Seedlings

seedlingsIt’s that time of the year again. I like to grow my own veges because I know what kind of fertilizer I use and I know that I’m not using anything chemical that may potentially cause harm in the long run to the people eating these veges.

I have a big window in my kitchen that is perfect for seed germination. Now that the seedlings are large enough to transplant, they will be put into larger pots and transferred to the green house. There they will grow a little more and in time be transplanted into the garden.

If you have the ability to grow your own food, it is highly recommended so you can avoid the nasty chemicals that ends up in the fields in America. There are a few sustainable farms in the Pacific Northwest that carry only organic produce and the things that I can’t grow myself I buy there.

It makes a discernible difference in the taste of the food when you buy organic or grow your own.

Try growing in pots if you don’t have a yard big enough to have a garden.

God Bless and happy growing!

Tropical Glass Mosaic

Stained Glass work has been a passion of mine since I took my first class in college. I love all of the techniques used with this medium but one of my favorite is the mosaic. I’ve given tutorials for this method in previous posts so you may refer back to them to get the idea of how to accomplish this art form or craft form if you will.

Here are two panels that I have created for a lighted bar top. Very cool. I never got to see the end product as there was another craftsman building the bar but as soon as I see it I’ll pass on the pics.

God Bless!

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Beach Bag 1

Although it is only April, I start thinking about the warmth of the summer days approaching. I love the beach and all of the wonders to be found there but alas I have to drag a few things with me. Thus I have created a fun beach bag to tote all of those little things that I feel I need either for sand sculpture or lunch.

Here is the first version of said bag:

If you’d like a custom bag to fit your style let me know!

Have a great sunny day!

Hot Breakfast Porridge

As a child I loved Hot, Chocolate Malto meal™. I loved the richness and the chocolate intensity of it because my father always used baking chocolate in the preparation. I still love hot breakfast porridge. The downside to the things that I most love to eat is the weight gain that goes with them and the achy joints.
I have been playing around with “clean” ingredients to achieve some of the same tastes that I experienced as a child.

I have finally created a recipe that follows the clean eating guidelines that I have determined that I need to adhere to if I ever can shed these pounds that must go.

Paleo Breakfast prooage

1 cup Teff

1 cup Quinoa

3 squares baking chocolate

1/4 cup Coconut oil

4 cups Almond Milk

2 cups water

4 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup
1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

1/2 teaspoon salt (pink)

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Put everything in a sauce pan and boil until thick stirringionally in the beginning and constantly toward the end of the cooking process.