Indoor Gardening For My Health

Since I have mast cell disease and since I have to eat fresh, whole, un-triggery foods and since it’s really difficult to find (and afford!) fresh, whole ingredients that don’t trigger my schizoid mast cells every day, all day…

…I decided to just grow my own culinary herbs!

I’m using the Chef’s Herb Garden Starter Kit for fun and I thought I’d do a review at the end of the entire experience (because I need more things to review here!). Hopefully they will get five full stars.

The kit itself was really cute and the instructions were easy to follow:

Each of these dirt pods has a hole in it to put the seeds in once they soak and expand (and then drain so they aren’t soggy!):

They expand pretty quickly, although I noticed some expanded much faster than others:

Once they were finished growing and I squeezed the excess water out, they went into the little adorable pots which I had labeled with the little adorable stickers:

Next, I carefully added the seeds down the hole in the dirt pods:

Then I covered the whole thing in cling wrap and set them near the window to do their thing.

I can adjust the light/warmth there and once they germinate I can let them have more sunlight.

My mast cell disease doesn’t tolerate indoor plants well, so hopefully these will sprout and be re-potted and transferred outdoors in a few weeks and both I and my mast cells will rejoice when they yield delicious herbs for my cooking:

Yay!

Jerk.

Anyway, wish me luck and happy (indoor) gardening!

 

xo Michelle Dellene

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And Now Red Takes A Turn!

Boy was I wrong when I thought the show was nearly over. Not only are these gorgeous tulips still giving us an extended springtime burst of gorgeous color…

 

…but my kids with fireflies statues I bought for next to nothing from LTD Commodities a couple of years ago are still holding up pretty well, too! Well, except the girl’s jar broke mysteriously one night (most likely the cat) so now it looks like she is just holding a firefly in her palm, which is fine with me! They are still adorable and both light up just as good as the first day I bought them.

And my goodness, these red tulips are just going and going and they are going strong! I forgot I ordered both early and late bloomers (cunning plan there!) so there are still baby blooms that have yet to open.

As you can see, this is a really nice way to carry us right into early summer…

 

Happy gardening!

 

xo Michelle Dellene

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Teddy Bear Tuesday: Finally, An Ear For Scragg!!

As you may have noticed, I took a bit of asabbatical from my heirloom bear making and cross stitching so I haven’t posted a Teddy Bear Tuesday for awhile.

I’m happy to be back into my sewing box and today I gave Scragg one of his ears (woohoo!). This time I squished them and I am very happy with how it came out but honestly? I’m nervous to do the other one now in case it doesn’t match!:P

Here’s the front:

And here’s the back:

Freddy’s ears were pretty roughly done but this time I hid the stitches so well I can’t find them unless I look really hard, so again, I’m pretty proud! Teddy bear ears are rather difficult for me to attach, I’ve found. Hopefully it will get better with practice. Which means I have to do the second ear for Scragg before I can move on and do my next bear (and then the next and the next..).

Hopefully I’ll learn quickly how to make these ears match, too.

🙂

 

xo Michelle Dellene

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