Recently Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman had a joint contest called Fabric8 with the theme "geek chic",whatever that means. I decided to do something science-y. I'm actually not thrilled with how my final carbon cycle looks. I think it's a little busy:
However,as is often the case,I do really like some of the other designs I was able to generate off of this one:
The shade garden,the vegetable garden,the herb garden, the flower bed,& the hydrangeas are all coming along nicely. Of course,you just turn around & look northwest & this is what you see:
When my in-laws downsized,we snagged some weathered lanterns (the St. Lawrence River will do that to anything) . I recently repainted them to match Doug Buckner's crane:
I even entered Spoonflower's garden tool fabric contest. It looked like this:
WIC items are in bold.
Heat 1 T. olive oil.
Sweat 1 diced onion 6 minutes.
Add: 2 minced cloves garlic
1 inch fresh ginger,peeled & grated
1 jalapeno,de-seede & minced
1/4 t. each: turmeric,cumin,cayenne,black pepper
1 t. coriander
Cook 1 minute.
Add: 2 sweet potatoes,peeled & cut into cubes smaller than 1 inch
1 and 1/2 cup dried lentils
1 bay leaf
1 quart veegetable stock
Bring to a rolling boil. Boil 1 minute. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes.
Add 1 pound Swiss chard,de-stemmed and chiffonaded. Re-cover. Simmer another 25 minutes.
Add 1 and 1/4 t. salt, the juice of 1/2 a lime, & 1 chopped scallion.
Simmer another 15 minutes or until the lentils and sweet potatoes seem completely cooked. Season to taste.
I've entered a few Spoonflower contests lately. The one above was for a "Murder Mystery Toile du Jouy". It came in eleventh. I like the peeping Tom. Maybe he gets his own fabric ('cuz y'know there's a big call for peeping Tom fabric.)
The one above was for the Mardi Gras contest. I don't know yet how it did.
This one is for next week. The contest topic was "love letters". As is often the case I like some of the collateral designs better than the contest entry: