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Archive for February, 2012

Gardening,Hydro/Aquaponics

February 27, 2012

Natural pool

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This is beyond cool!  A natural pool!

If I had kids at home, this would be a must have!

Gardening,Hydro/Aquaponics,Plant Wall

February 26, 2012

Flood and drain versus drip

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The begonia in the gutter has more flower stalks and bigger leaves even though the plant is the wall is older and has more leaves.

My plant wall has two systems.  The wall itself is a drip system.  The nutrients drip down the roots.  The gutter, however, is a flood and drain system.

This morning I was catching up on posts on WindowFarms and read a post by Ed where he has modified the bottle window farm into a flood and drain system.  Brilliant!  His post caused me to look at my wall and evaluate its health/growth in comparison to the plants in the gutter.

The begonia in the gutter is faster growing with more flower stalks and bigger leaves.  That’s pretty definite as far as supporting evidence goes.

So the moral here is, if it’s food you’re interested in growing, flood and drain is going to be more efficient/effective.

Hydro/Aquaponics

Snail killer

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Yoyo loach

The loaches have done a wonderful job of snail removal.  It’s been over a week since I’ve seen a snail.  Prior to that, I’ve only seen two and they’ve been at the top out of the water and where the loaches couldn’t reach them.  <squish>  Wadly doesn’t like the loaches but I think they’re darn fun to watch.  He likes his slow and mild guppies.

Recipes

February 24, 2012

Chocolate worth mentioning

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Truly good chocolate

All chocolate is not created equal. Most chocolate I can’t eat and the chocolate I can eat isn’t anything to write home about. Just lately I’ve run across a chocolate worthy of mention.

I can’t eat the other chocolate this producer makes, but I can eat this one . . . and it’s heavenly.

Dogs/Pets

Adolescent eggs

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Adolescent egg compared to a standard small egg

When the young hens start laying, invariably their first egg is significantly smaller than a standard small egg.

The smaller egg pictured at the left is longer the average adolescent egg.

It had one more unique feature . . . no yolk.

Let’s call it the perfect diet egg!

Quilting

February 19, 2012

New page(s) on applique

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I’ve added a new page on the applique technique I’ve developed to get me away from pins and toward more accurate applique. It’s on the “long bits of stuff” menu on the right.

Tomorrow, easy very skinny stems. You won’t believe how really easy they are.

Quilting

February 10, 2012

A new project

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Nostrils and tail yet to do, but looking good!

I started a new project last night.  I haven’t been able to appliqué for a couple years so I’m really excited about this.

I’ve wanted to try some new stuff.  A friend supplied the material and will get the resulting coat.  I’ve made tests of the coat pattern (A Little Something), made the necessary adjustments and I’m ready to go!

This is a three color coat.  The left side of the jacket is purple batik.  The right is green batik and the accent is ink navy.  The sleeve bottom and coat bottom will be bordered in Oriental Dance blocks.

This bit of the project is all hand appliqué.  The horse head pattern is on a piece of paper on the back.  I sew the three layers together (paper, background and foreground) using a sewing machine and staying on the pattern lines.  From the front I carefully cut the foreground material away and, as I unpick the stitching, I turn the edge under on the stitching line and appliqué the foreground down to the background being careful not to catching the paper in the stitching.  This technique gives me accurate and flat appliqué.  It always looks like the appliqué was just ironed flat.  So far, so good!  I think it’s looking awesome!

I’m not sure how it’s going to be quilted.  I may give Karen the background and batting and have her pin the coat pieces to it and quilt them.  So far I’ve got the pattern pieces cut extra big so there’s room around the outside to stitch it down to the backing before it’s mounted on the quilting machine.  That might work.  You can tell I’m still pondering this part.