Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer Plans and projects

I like summer projects - every summer I seem to get a little overly ambitious and plan these huge grand schemes. Unfortunately, I then find that somehow life gets in the way, and I don't have time to complete them. The first project was of course my garden a few years back. We had just moved into a new house, and the previous owners had only planted a few bushes. This needed fixing - immediately. So, instead of working around the bushes, and making the garden just a wee bit bigger - I dig out the whole front yard, and planned this english cottage garden. My house is not huge, and the front yard is also not that big - but... it is long, as I've got a corner lot.

The amount of work just removing all the sod, and replacing the soil took most of the first year. I can assure you, my neighbors were thrilled. They got to look at a mud pile for a year :-)

Year two was of course spent attempting to fill this massive garden with flowers. One thing I neglected to plan, was of course how much it would cost to plant this massive garden. Let's just say this is now the third year since I started planting, and I've still got a few bare spots...well, they're bare when I manage to control the weeds.

I have learned my lesson (well sorta - well see) ;-)

This year, I've decided to make my summer project a little more manageable. I want to focus my time on learning how to work with the new metal clay's - particularly copper, and bronze. I'm excited, and a little bit hopeful. With the cost of the silver clay sky rocketing, being able to combine the two or three clays will make for a more affoardable and unique product.

Over the course of the summer, I'll post about my experiments with the clay, and any tips, ideas, and failures along with it.

What are your summer plans? Any major projects? I'm curious to know that I'm not the only one who makes overly ambitious plans!

Speaking of ambitious plans - as if I don't have enough to do. I started another blog - more general crafting, and the main purpose is to be a repository of sorts for my etsy addiction - if I post pictures of what I like, I can enjoy looking at them - as of course, I can't actually buy them all!, and links to craft tutorials that I can do with my kids. I'm hoping to update it daily....well that's the plan anyway ;-)

1 comment:

Rosemary said...

I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures in the other metal clays. I love the silver but as a beginning clayer, the price really inhibits a lot of playing around learning. My goofs in the other metals won't be quite as pricey as the silver ones. lol