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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


daily_lolita

[ celestila ]
11:17p
April Outfits



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gardening

[ arksnay ]
8:54a
Your favorite shade-loving plants native to the Pacific Northwest?

I live in a little house in Seattle, WA, owned by a landlord who is a passionate flower gardener and has the house surrounded by pretty perennials. Last fall a cedar tree put its roots through the sewer pipes, and in the process of fixing them, the plumber dug up and killed almost everything growing in the backyard. The landlord wants to replant this month and is asking what we'd like to see. Everyone agrees on plants native to the area.

Thing is, the space is VERY shady. The same cedar tree that knocked out the plumbing, combined with some smaller trees, puts the yard in dappled shade for most of the day. Before everything was dug up, there were some plants I think of as shade tolerant, like a camellia bush, that were struggling with the low light. Hellebore, ferns, and bluebells thrive in the backyard, and there was barely any grass growing there before.

I'm mostly a vegetable gardener and am not sure what to recommend. We definitely need a very shade-tolerant ground cover, some flowering perennials, and some shrubs or slow-growing vines. I'm capable of googling things but want recommendations from people. What have you grown in a space like this that you would recommend?

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gardening

[ rhodielady_47 ]
9:45a
Are Wasps and Hornets Bugging You???

I just found this video on how to make wasp repellant and a wasp trap over on youtube and thought I'd share with the rest of you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR1sM1YTIU4

Luckily I'm not be bothered by them but having a hive of them take up residence on, in, or near your house can be a real PITA.
(You have NO idea how bad it can get until you live in the deep south and have wasps or hornets find a way into your attic where they can survive the short winter months. The nest gets HUGE and with size they get uppity and aggressive. I knew someone once who had to have their house tented and heat-treated to finally get them out of her attic space. MUCHO EXPENSIVE!)

I hope none of you ever need this information.

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Monday, April 21st, 2014


daily_lolita

[ bisko_chan ]
12:08a
Spring Bunny


What I wore for Easter!

Pink and teal and bunny rabbits this way!Collapse )


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Sunday, April 20th, 2014


gardening

[ squid_ink ]
1:04p
@#$% raspberries

any idea on how to keep raspberries under control (besides ripping the little monsters out?)

for those who don't know... raspberries spread via rhizomes and can spread like wildfire.

I was thinking of a metal 'shield' buried under the ground around the bed but I'm not sure how deep it should be

personally I'm for ripping the buggers out but its not my call/my garden, I volunteer at this place

thanks in advance

Pertinent info : I'm on the border of zones 5 and 6, in the NE US (Connecticut)

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daily_lolita

[ gaia_vedai ]
6:47p
Outfits Galore!

I haven't been wearing lolita a lot, but I have so many pics of outfits I wore that I hadn't uploaded and showed you!

So here they are:)

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gardening

[ arylkin ]
9:41a
garden bloom tracker?

I'm looking for a garden bloom tracker, online maybe?  Does such a thing exist?  I'd like to keep track of when specific plants are blooming and for how long over the season in my garden.  I know it's probably doable on excel, but I don't really know how to use the program.  The only thing I could find while googleing was Folia, but it didn't really seem to do what I wanted.

I guess I could just keep a list on my computer, but it would be cool if there was a website that would do it.

Any thoughts?

Happy Easter!

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craftgrrl

[ timna ]
10:14a
Pipe Cleaner Crafts, part II

Hi, this is my second post here. I make pipe cleaner crafts and also make the tutorials that explain how I make these things. I do it for fun. I actually make more flowers than doll house items, but I already demonstrated my flowers here a couple of weeks ago. Here you have my pipe cleaner doll house furniture and also my new obsession - pipe cleaner bridal bouquet for dolls (or let's put it this way - they really look like bridal bouquets to me :)))! You are welcome on my website as well, of course.
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Saturday, April 19th, 2014


craftgrrl

[ kkkketamine ]
8:02p
Owl Obsession

So, as some of you may remember, I've been working on a blanket from the Owl Obsession pattern by TheHatAndI. This is the second one that I've made, and I've finally finished it!

So! Here's some pictures!

Hoot!Collapse )


What to start next?!

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gardening

[ whyintellectual ]
5:58p
Today's Project

Well, today was the day. My wonderful boyfriend came to the store with me to pick up all of my supplies and load them in the car for me. I purchased: 1 roll of weed netting, 2 bags of Perlite, 2 (2 ft) bags of Miracle Grow potting soil, 2 (1ft) bags of peat moss, and 2 bags of Black Cow fertilizer/compost. (I ended up returning 1 bag of perlite and the second bag of Black Cow.)

I know that this mixture is not exactly "Mel's Mix" for my square foot garden but I chose based on what works best in the Florida heat. The entire project took me about two hours and a good portion of that was just mixing the soil ingredients.

This square foot garden is replacing my 5 gallon bucket container garden from the past two years. I chose an area with less sun as the sun was scorching my plants last year. I will have an hour and a half of direct overhead Florida sun, about an hour of indirect slightly angled sun, and late afternoon sun as well. With the heat in Florida and scorching of the plants I am hoping for more robust and less long spindly tomato plants.

The actual garden back to front
row four: Tomatoes from seed (Juliet Hybrid and Little Golden Sun)
row three: Totem Tomato from seed, green pepper, jalapeño pepper, red pepper
row two: Basil, Eggplant from seed, Lemon balm
row one: Yellow Squash
Interspersed: Sweet Texas Onion

The photos show today's progress.
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gardening

[ virginiadear ]
4:35p
Help? The Color of My Asiatic Lily "Montenegro" Blossoms Is Fading....

A few years ago I bought an Asiatic lily, "Montenegro," to be specific.    Deep, deep red which glows so hot it looks as if it could give third degree burns if you were to touch it.
That was its first year.
Its second year, it was bigger and very exuberant (despite a mishap with the lawn mower, go figure) and still that stop-you-in-your-tracks glowing, lit-from-within deep, deep red.

ETA:  Photo behind cut.  These blossoms aren't as dark and rich as they were the first year; they are the lily's second full season of bloom, which would have been in summer of 2011.

Photo (2nd year of blooms) behind cutCollapse )



And the last two years, the color has been looking faded and tired.
The soil's sandy and organic matter is too easily flushed out of it.

It does occur to me that keeping this lily in a large container in the garden might be one way to make sure its soil holds on to the nutrients the plant needs, longer, but what are those?  I'm assuming the color fades because something's missing.

This is such a gorgeous color, when it's fresh, bright and right, I'd like to keep it looking that way.
Vegetables and some flowers, I understand, but while this lily is supposed to be hardy and a fairly easy keeper (of course I'm assuming this past winter hasn't killed it off), my flower-gardening knowledge is spotty at best.

Help?

Thanks in advance!


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craftgrrl

[ zafania ]
6:07p
Some men's shirts I made this weekend
http://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/something-modern-for-a-change/

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craftgrrl

[ 13thpomegranate ]
10:24a
SIMPLICITY 5092

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daily_lolita

[ mlle_chantilly ]
2:34a
Lolita and (motsly) otome ♥

outfit

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Friday, April 18th, 2014


gardening

[ singeaddams ]
6:49p
Sta-Green Potting Soil

Just a slight word of warning for anyone in the States thinking to save a few dollars by buying Sta-Green Potting Soil at Lowe's or your local nursery. It's pure cow/horse/donkey/goat shit. Granted, any potting soil has its fair share of manure but this stuff is still in solid, briquette "What is that poor beast eating?" form. I WAS going to re-pot some house plants with it but I don't want a tub o' turds on my shelves or tables. It's dense, too, so I can't recommend it for ivy or anything that needs freedom of circulation around its roots. The outside plants love it, though, and my mums, petunias, pansies etc...have doubled in size already.

Good stuff, really, if you can bring yourself to touch it.

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daily_lolita

[ xsapphiradollx ]
7:34p
Classic, casual and otome outfits



Lots of outfits!Collapse )

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


daily_lolita

[ iowngameware ]
6:09p
14 Outfits: A Box of Chocolates


~ sweet, classic, and inbetween! ~ all in brown and green! ~Collapse )

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014


daily_lolita

[ yuuki_rose ]
4:58p
Recent outfits~

Hello, everyone!
I would like to show you some of my latest outfits, from January to April.(◕‿◕✿)

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014


daily_lolita

[ amytasukada ]
10:34a
classic and gothic under

DSCN1135

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


wtf_nature

[ lishd ]
12:17p




There goes nature being incredibly awesome again. You may think you’re looking at a couple dried leaves, but you aren’t. These astonishing beauties are moths, specifically Uropyia meticulodina, from the family Notodontidae. Found in parts of China and Taiwan, the patterns on their wings mimic dead leaves so convincingly that they are considered to be one of the finest examples of camouflage in the animal kingdom.

Click here to watch brief video footage of Uropyia meticulodina in the wild. You still won’t believe your eyes.

Photos taken by Bettaman and enyagene respectively.

(originally seen here.)

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craftgrrl

[ sexy_bex_e ]
7:19p
Oscar-esque Awards

Hey there, fellow crafters! It's been a long time since I've actually contributed to this page. Today, I'm only half contributing because I'm linking to my personal craft blog (still here on LJ) for my most recent entry.

See, I'm on a roller derby team, and a pair of us volunteered to make awards for the bouts. Have a peek at our first round of awards!

http://paradiseoflife.livejournal.com/12985.html

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craftgrrl

[ zafania ]
12:43p
A finished medieval hood, embroidered and darned
http://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/finished-hood-and-some-creative-darning/

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craftgrrl

[ kathy_kostinsky ]
3:45a
Two animated beading tutorials

Hello, everyone!
Let me show you two my new cartooned beading tutorials
Square Stitch and Peyote and Herringbone stitch TriangleCollapse )

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Monday, April 14th, 2014


craftgrrl

[ crimson_flygon ]
9:49a
Triceratops Plush

It's been awhile since I've posted. I'm happy to share some of the products of a pattern I just made yesterday. In conjunction with the various dinosaurs I like to make, I recently designed a Triceratops one.

 photo DSC_0452_zpse9b5ac2f.jpg

They're all handmade from fleece, and of course I can't make up my mind on what colors I like to use - u -

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wtf_nature

[ drhoz ]
8:24p
Sure, Australia has 9 out of 10 of the world's deadliest snakes. We also have these.

Fraser’s Delma, Delma fraseri. One of Australia’s legless geckos, family Pygopodidae. AKA Flap-footed Lizards, or Snake-lizards, and found here and in Papua New Guinea



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Sunday, April 13th, 2014


gardening

[ whyintellectual ]
8:20p
My seeds have sprouted!

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 8.19.00 PM

I am making a pretty big home depot garden run this weekend and I cannot wait to get my garden started!!!

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starlight_music

[ hellbelle ]
1:24p
The Jem Movie: My Audition Video! #jemthemovie

So, the upcoming Hollywood film about JEM put out a casting call to fans around the world (i.e. video auditions to be cast somewhere in the film) - I could NOT pass up the opportunity to try my luck! Jem (ok, more like The Misfits and Stingers...) was my everything as a child and it would be a dream come true to be involved in this. Hope you enjoy my submission! Any likes/comments/shares of my video are always greatly appreciated! :)

ps. MISFITS AND STINGERS ALL THE WAY! >;}



pps. Anyone else submit an audition? I'd love to see! Post your links! :)

#jemthemovie

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daily_lolita

[ jola ]
11:10a
pretty sure it's been a year since i last posted

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current mood: relaxed

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014


backyard_birds

[ bliss_street ]
10:36p
White-throated Sparrow with a seed in its beak


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gardening

[ rose_may2000 ]
8:56a
Front yard.

Good morning everyone

 

I had both a Robin and a Bluejay in my yard yesterday so spring must finally be here. I'm ignoring that last bit of snow :)

 

I'm in a new house this year and picked it partially for the yard. The lot size is 50 x 120. I'm not sure yet of the front yards exact measurements but I plan on making it all garden.

 

I haven't been able to find much online on how to get started. Do you have any ideas? I thought I would buy a rototiller and just go to town on it.

 

I'd like to plant white lilacs down the side for shelter,to define the yard and to keep people from walking across it. Along the front I'm adding a white picket fence. In front of the fence I'd like zinnias.  Behind the fence I'd like to put white hydrangea. 


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Friday, April 11th, 2014


daily_lolita

[ celticfreefall ]
7:47p
Quick and Classic

Just wanted to dress up nice to have lunch with a friend!Collapse )

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craftgrrl

[ lindapendant ]
2:20p
Boxed Bag and Sewing Needle Holder/Pincushion

I made this boxed bag to hold some of my knitting tools, and a matching felt needle holder to keep track of my darning needles which are forever impossible to find.

 photo Boxedbagampneedleholder002_zps680d214d.jpg

 photo Boxedbagampneedleholder003_zps4d7bf992-1.jpg

I used a tutorial to make the boxed bag, there are several great ones online.

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daily_lolita

[ with_a_zacky ]
4:59p
2014: From New Year to Enchanted


10 outfits of different styles!Collapse )


current mood: hungry

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daily_lolita

[ mlle_camelia ]
10:00a
Nine months of outfits.

dl






A couple of classic and mori-classic outfits :)Collapse )

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craftgrrl

[ zafania ]
2:52p
more lutrell marginalia

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daily_lolita

[ that_chick13 ]
12:23a
Wow...long time no post. It has literally been years!

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A few of my outfits from March 2014Collapse )

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014


daily_lolita

[ teacupcracked ]
6:23p
Two Bodyline JSK Coords

Two coords up for judgement... Looking for honest / brutal advice on these two spring looks.
begin the public criticizium!Collapse )

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gardening

[ dickgloucester ]
9:08a
Three garden photos

Two years ago, when we were new to this house and garden, I looked out of a window and thought, "Oh, dear, a piece of plastic has blown into the garden," because there was something bright pink where I wasn't expecting it. But no. There, hidden behind an enormous clump of pampas grass, was a camellia!

My trusty spade and I got rid of the pampas grass right away. We only had the one flower that year, and a couple last year, but this year:
the rest is under hereCollapse )

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gardening

[ rhodielady_47 ]
3:27a
The Gardener's Book Shelf: Which Gardening Books are on YOUR Book Shelf?

My oldest gardening book is THE WEEKEND GARDENER by Dorothy H. Jenkins and it dates back to 1950.
I got it mainly because I was interested in seeing how much gardening had changed over the years. A lot of its material is still quite useful.

The newest addition to my gardener's bookshelf is a large copy of Steven M. Still's MANUAL OF HERBACEOUS ORNAMENTAL PLANTS. (It runs to a little over 800 pages.) I'm finding lots of useful tidbits of information in it.
[I bought it for a buck at the library sale the first Saturday in April.)

Two very lovely and handy Christmas presents that were given to me this year are:
FOLIAGE by Nancy J. Ondra
THE GOURMET GARDEN by Virginia Hayes
These two books are going to heavily influence my gardening this year since I've decided I absolutely MUST have a kitchen garden this year!

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NOTE: This is just four of many...WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES???

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


backyard_birds

[ light_of_summer ]
9:14p
Lesser Goldfinch (Male)

Photo taken 04/09/14, in the East Bay part of California's San Francisco Bay Area.


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gardening

[ ravena_kade ]
6:09p
Anyone out there know about lawn care?

A few years ago I bought an old house and this year is the year to get the yard in order. May Dad though he was doing a good thing and went out in the yard and raked last week. He thought he would rake up the dead grass. I went out today and I see that he raked down to bare dirt in huge sections. I don't know if the grass just does, or the grown was too wet (I am in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts) and he just pulled everything up. Does anyone know if it is too early for grass seed? Also, does anyone have any ideas on how to keep the birds from eating all the seed? The neighbor's trees are filled with sparrows and I just didn't want to create a buffet for them.

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gardening

[ virginiadear ]
12:20p
Have You Made Your Own Rain-Water [Storage] Barrel?

Has anyone here tried this?  Done it, successfully?  It doesn't look all that difficult, if you have the skill in your hands but the truth is that I'm not all that handy with a variable speed drill, and since the idea behind this is not only to salvage and recycle some rain water but to save money over purchasing a ready-made rain barrel and, hopefully, on the water bill, too, I'd rather not mess it up, so I'll probably ask a drill-capable friend for some assistance.
Unless, of course, this is just not so good an idea as it seems.

I've been wanting a rain barrel, and I'm thinking of rain barrels more and more the further into the year we get: the various "Old Almanacs" and gardening guides are predicting disrupted weather patterns and, for my area, unusually high temperatures and drought, or what is considered drought in these parts.
This morning I stumbled across this DIY project:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/tools/make-a-rain-barrel-save-water/#page=1

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/tools/make-a-rain-barrel-save-water/#page=2

...and from there you can click your way through the rest of the pages in the tutorial.

Am I mistaken in thinking this is a cool idea?
If you've done this---made your own water barrel or barrels---have you and do you consider it worth your while?  Cost effective?

It's an exciting idea, at least in theory, so I'm very keen to hear your input!
Thanks!

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gardening

[ lupinelullaby ]
9:15a
Identification Help

Hi! I live in Las Vegas, right on the border of zone 9a and 8b. I live in a Town House community and a few of my neighbors have some beautiful roses that just seem to absolutely thrive here. They bloom constantly from early spring to late fall. But I'm horrible with recognition of plants and varieties, so I was hoping maybe someone here could help. I would love to put some of these in front and back of my home. Anything beautiful that can survive in the Vegas heat so well, I definitely want to get my hands on.

Here are a few pictures.Collapse )

Thanks in advance for any help!

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backyard_birds

[ bliss_street ]
12:07p
Song Sparrow


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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


craftgrrl

[ zafania ]
7:55p
Instructions to embroider a Viking border pattern freehand

http://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/a-simple-version-of-the-mammen-vine-scroll-and-how-to-sew-it-freehand/

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


t_shirt_surgery

[ red_qat ]
9:23a
R.I.P.
I'll miss you guys.

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