Archive for July 3rd, 2012

More summer fun

July 3, 2012

Eleanore helped me make some felt pictures using the zip-lock bag wet felting technique I found via pinterest.  It’s super easy ~  you just make a design using wool, and place it carefully in a freezer bag, rearranging as needed.
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  Then pour in hot soapy water, soaking your wool design.  Squish extra water out of the bag , then seal and smash and squish it until it’s felted.
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Our finished picture:
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The girls have also been playing LOTS of dress up. Adelaide absolutely loves to dress up and dance around the room anytime music is on.
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Not too much to harvest from the garden quite yet (although I did pull out and harvest all our shelling peas a few weeks ago), but we let our yard grow a bit for a few weeks and were able to harvest lots of red clover for tea just from the lawn. I used my favorite trick to dry the herbs:
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You’ll notice I have lavender drying now. It’s the perfect way to dry small batches of herbs and doesn’t use any extra energy! I run the coffeepot once a day already, so I just make use of that little bit of heat to slowly dry whatever herb I’m harvesting at the moment. It only takes a few days to dry a batch, and it works great for small herbs like red clover, chamomile, etc. Right now I’m using paper towels, but I rarely have them so I usually use a thin dishcloth.
I’ve been making a delicious iced tea with red clover, a large black tea bag, dried hawthorn berries, oatstraw and sometimes a bit of lemon balm. We have lemon balm growing wild all over the yard, so last summer I transplanted a tiny bit into my front flower bed. This year, my lemon balm plant is HUGE. It’s a good thing I love lemon balm tea in the evening ;) It’s a great way to relax after a long day.


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