Thursday, May 14, 2009

Red Plaid Jumper


This is my latest attempt at sewing. My boys are going through camera fatigue - tired of Mommy sticking a camera in their faces. Their preferred response is to not look at the camera and wiggle as much as possible. Consequently, a flash is usually mandatory unless I want a big blur of a boy. I made this for Monkey out of some plaid remnant fabric my Mom gave me. Its heavier fabric than I would normally use, probably suited for drapery, but I thought it was cute. I've made several of these jumper outfits, but this is my first short-all. I'm pretty happy with it, especially since the pattern is relatively lined up at the center vertical seam. I think I've got enough left to make some shorts for No. 1. Yes, sometimes I dress my boys alike. I've become THAT mother. But they just look so darn cute when they match!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dark Green Thumb: Phlox Rox


Last weekend my family went to the U.S. Botanic Garden. It is a little oasis on the National Mall, a stone's throw from the Capitol, with gardens and an atrium. The gardens were in the in-between stage where early spring bloomers like tulips and daffodils were dying back and summer flowers hadn't opened up yet. But one plant was bridging the transition putting on its own show - Creeping Phlox.

Most of the year its a ground cover evergreen, but for a few weeks in the early spring it puts out small, star-like blooms in shades of pale pink, white and lavender. It's great for filling in areas of the garden and looks nice set against elegant, large-leaf plants like hosta. CP can handle some sun, but does better in part shade. I bought three plants two years ago, each the size of my open hand, and they've quadrupled in size. Once established they spread quickly, so give them room to grow.