Life Lately

These aren’t the greatest pictures because they were all taken with my phone.  I was trying to upload them to word press so I could edit them, and it decided to go ahead and publish the whole post for me instead! Then number one question customers of it is what it is have every summer is not “how do you get to the beach.” Actually, it’s “what are those little red ball things that look like cherry tomatoes growing outside by the fence?” They are rose hips!  I have no idea why they are so big (I didn’t know they were big- I didn’t even know what rose hips were until 2 years ago when we opened up the shop). But everyone says they are unusually big.  If you know anything about rose hips, please share your info with me so I can pass it along to my curious customers.  Here they are: We ignored our garden at home over the weekend.  If you would like some cucumbers, let me know!  This bowl full of giant cucumbers does not even come close to showing how many are actually still out in the garden.  Anybody have a good pickle recipe? On Monday, August 5, 2013, it was 59 degrees in our house.  I had to document it.  We haven’t had the air conditioning on for about 3 weeks! The other night, we chopped up some jalapenos and red onions from the garden and enjoyed them with tortilla chips and salsa.  It was so good! And last night, we got our first Christmas card order of the season!  It’s going to South...

All in a Golden Afternoon

all these flowers from our garden lately make me think of the alice in wonderland song “all in a golden afternoon.” just thought i’d share! I’m going to be experimenting with matted art prints for some of my paintings in the very near future....

Busy-ness and Clean Eating update

Here are some Polka Dot Mitten signs on display at It Is What It Is!     And here is what my counter looks like this week: I would like my husband to take me on vacation for my 30th birthday this winter… because I will appreciate it more than I have ever, ever, ever appreciated a vacation in my life.   I am seriously thankful for all of these orders. I never would have imagined this is where I would be right now.  Our garden is coming along nicely!  Here are the sugar snap peas (my favorite): The only thing ready in the garden right now is the spinach and lettuce.  We have been having lots of salads with tomatoes, chickpeas, avocado, walnuts and balsamic vinegar!  I have made it almost 3 weeks now on the un-processed food diet and I have lost about 5 lbs.  I even made it through my daughter’s birthday last weekend (a total of 3 parties… and we even went out saturday night with friends…) without having a bunch of junk.  I just stuck to lots of veggies and hummus and salads.  I did have a turkey burger on Sunday night… but not on a bun!  I also enjoyed some michigan wine.    ...

This has nothing to do with signs.

This is kind of off topic, but my husband has a really big, awesome garden going on in our back yard!  Last night we were talking about how cool (and hard) and possibly cheaper it would be to try to eat only food from our garden and/or food grown in Michigan, or not processed food for the summer.  Seems to be all the rage on Pinterest and Facebook lately.  Since I can stand to lose a few pounds, I’m all for this idea.  I don’t think the kids will complain too much… since they helped plant most of the food in our garden.  And they love pretty much any type of food.  Here is the garden today, at the beginning of the...
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