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Friday, September 24, 2010

Garden for Mom and the spider is back!

It felt so good to take a week off from blogging, but I didn't spend it sitting in the house or just creating. I actually spent most of my free time after work and the weekend working in the yard with my Dad. Dad is trying to do some vegetable planting and also a new crop of sunflowers. My mission was to clean up all of those nasty weeds that never go away and to plant a little flower garden of red ginger plants so when they bloom, we can take them to Mom. We go every week to visit and it would be nice to cut some flowers from the garden to take with us instead of visiting the flower shops. The area I chose in the back yard was filled with wild weeds and unwanted plants, so once I cleaned the area, I was able to move these red ginger plants that my brother-in-law helped to plant in another area in the yard. I wanted to move these red gingers to an area that would be easier for Dad to water so he wouldn't have to drag the garden hose so far. Anyway, I took a photo of the newly planted red ginger plants. It might not look like anything spectacular to anyone else but me, but it was definately satisfying to know that I did this all by myself and I did it with my Mom in mind. Can you believe that it's been almost 9 months? There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about her. I'm sure Mom would be proud of me for making this little garden just for her! Needless to say, every part of my body is aching from the constant workout in the yard and I am really not an outdoorsy person (is that a word??). It's just that I really couldn't stand seeing Dad do it all by himself. He's really excited to get back into his garden and it makes me happy when he is happy! Anyway, here is what I planted...
This is just a small section of what I accomplished. Our yard is pretty huge and I think I worked on almost the whole yard except maybe for one area...I think I need a little break from the yard. Did I mention that I broke lots of fingernails and met a ton of geckos???? Eeks!!
Anyway, thanks for letting me yakk about the garden...today, I am also sharing this cute little bag that I made using SU's fancy favor die. This die has really been one of my favorites! I cut the basket out using our black CS. I can't believe that I did not order any of the new Halloween DSP! I think I still have time to get some for more Halloween projects. Do you see the huge rick-rack? I cut it out using my new XL die called Tasteful Trim. There are 4 trims that you can cut from this die and I love all of them! I decorated this bag with my Spider friend that I created using the 1 3/4" circle punch and a swirl punch (not SU) for the legs. Isn't he so cute?? The sentiment "Got Treats" is from a set with the same name. I punched the sentiment out with the word window punch and adhered it on the modern label punch.
For the handle, I used one of the trims and folded it in half and adhered it together. It made a really sturdy handle! I attached the handle to the bag using the new glitter brads - I just love them!
Thanks to all of you for your continued support! I am overwhelmed and overjoyed that there were so many of you that came to visit me and commented on my post yesterday. I thought everyone forgot me because I abandoned my blog for a week. I am really on the fence to stop blogging since my priorities have changed and there's not much time left for me to get on the blog. We'll see how long I can do this. Thanks for letting me be a cry baby about this, I know all of this whining must be getting old.
Well, happy Aloha Friday to you all. It's a furlough day for me and I'm getting a massage this morning! I really, really need it! Thanks for stopping in today. I do have more Halloween projects to share with you and I promise the sneak peek on the Holiday Tags class too so I'll see you soon!

17 comments:

Janis said...

aww...love the red ginger garden. It will be fabulous once it's established. Great job on the spider!!!

eunice said...

Teri, you are indeed the sweetest, most thoughtful girl I always knew you were. Reading about your garden for mom and how you are always thinking about your dad's happiness and welfare just proves what a very special person you are!
Oh! and what a super cute Halloween goodie bag...love that spider!

Joy said...

what a cute bag! love what you did! thanks for explaining it to me! gotta get myself in the mood to start creating for Halloween! thanks for the talk today! so glad to know you are there for me! well talk to you soon! oh and love that garden for mom! will keep dad busy =) or at least you...lol!

Colleen said...

Sure missed logging onto your blog each day, but I know you have have had other priorities. I try to log onto your blog each day to take a peak to if you posted anything new. I always love seeing what you come up with. The goodie bag with the spider is very cute. Love his fancy legs. You did a great job on the garden for you mom too. So glad to hear that you your dad excited about gardening again. Have a nice massage today.

Linda said...

Great work on the garden T - I know your Dad is happy too! Super cute Halloween goodie bag! Enjoy your massage and your long weekend! Take care.

Cheryl said...

Glad to hear you're ok and spending your time in the yard. Cute bag and I love that die too. Call me next week.

charlotte said...

Do what makes you happy, even if it's blogging once a week. I'm glad you found time to work in the garden and still craft.

Brenda said...

I love your little garden! Each time we buy flowers to take to the graveyard, my mom always tells me that we need to grow our own. I can't believe you did that all by yourself... I know your Mom must have been smiling down on you! Maybe next time I need to have Bryleigh help you catch all those geckos... lol! Take care!

mst822 said...

What a wonderful job on creating your garden! It's so nice that you & your dad are spending time together in the yard! I luv your Halloween treat bag! That spider of yours is so adorable! I hope you enjoyed your massage!
Tammy

Leanne said...

You're a wonderful daughter to think of both of your parents that way.
Love this cute little treat bag and that spider is hilarious and cute at the same time. You're a genius! Have a wonderful weekend!! TFS, hugs,

Jenny said...

You go girl! Your dad must be so happy you helped him out. And I'm sure your mom will really appreciate those home grown flowers. (Homemade stuff is the best right?). Did I tell you that I totally loved your spider from last year and am planning on CASEing it (if OK with you!)- he is just too too cute. Take care!

Ilissa said...

Hi Teri~ Im not a "outdoorsy" person but for my DAD, I'd do the same! Glad to hear your getting some quality free time!! It's good to do "nothing". I love Halloween, good to see your friendly spider again. Enjoy your weekend~~

Allison said...

What a fun idea for a spider creation...I could totally case that with my Silhouette flourish...TFS!

Joyce J said...

What a nice job you did with the garden! Such a nice tribute for your mom. I know what you mean ... it's been a year since my mom passed away and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of her, too. Glad you found/made the time to do the garden, Teri. Your mom will definitely appreciate and enjoy the flowers from your garden. I wish we could do the same for my mom, but with all of us so far away, that's not possible. Hugs to you!

kraftkat said...

What a great green thumb you have, grooming a lovely garden for your Mom, and being there for your Dad. Appreciate that you even took time to craft & share with us...whenever you create, it's a bonus. Life is so precious that you just gotta go with what sustains it. Be happy and keep doing stuff that makes YOU happy. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea.

Jackie said...

You set a great example for the kind of daughter we should all be. I think your working alongside your dad was probably the best time he's had in the garden.

donna mikasa said...

What a lovely post, Teri! I know your Mom is smiling down at you for all the "blood, sweat and tears" that went into your weeding effort! And your Dad must be the happiest gardener in Waimanalo!