Thursday, April 29, 2010

peas and garlic

1. Pea sprouts in the garden Corey and I are growing!
2. Wild garlic found and identified in Corey's backyard--a LOT of it.
3. Heirloom garlic at my friend Brandon's garden, cultivated from his grandmother's garlic.
4. Brandon and Jessica's cat.
5. Brandon and Jessica's seedlings before transplanting. Many of these popped up in their compost bin so they potted them!

My local food photography project is going really well. I'm having such a good time with it. Gardening with Corey is also fun! Our plants are getting bigger. I can't wait until we are able to eat something we grew ourselves.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

playing in the dirt

I'm loving having a garden! I can't wait until we get to harvest something. It seems like we've been waiting a long time already, since planting the first seeds about 7 weeks ago.

There's something magical, rewarding, and therapeutic about getting your hands in the dirt. It's wonderful.

I've worked on two gardens before but this is the first one that I've had any real ownership over. So it's just a little different.

More pictures to come! We've planted strawberries, lettuce, peas, tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, catnip, and poppies. Only a little of each...the garden is about 30 square feet total.

Friday, April 16, 2010

the cultivation of community


My photography project is going so well. I've been two one farm and two gardens, Corey and I are planting our own small plot (the seedlings we started weeks ago have finally been going in the ground this week, little by little!), and I have plans to visit several more places in the coming weeks and months.

Through this project, though I set out to learn more about growing vegetables--and I am!--I am also learning about community and the generosity of strangers. I feel like I am part of something a little bigger, if you know what I mean.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Things I love this month:
- baking delicious asparagus every other day
- gardening with Corey
- photographing local food happenings
- spending my spare time outdoors to the point of sunburn

I'm working on new innovations for the One Lonely Apricot shop. Stay tuned!

Monday, April 12, 2010

a cheers

My room is Just Right. For me, having the "perfect" bedroom setup has long been a priority. In this context, I define "perfect" as holding just the right mix of function, memories, style, and significance. I need photographs of loved ones, souvenirs of places I've been, a pleasing color palette, and a little feng shui, not to mention the functional pieces of a bedroom that make it what it is. And it's not in vain that I put my efforts into creating these pleasing spaces again and again (oh, and I've had many, especially during my college years). They are havens, if you will, for my creative thoughts and processes, and a little down time here and there. So, here's a little cheers to our secret places that are the think tanks for the thoughts that will change the world. Keep on creating. And don't forget your dreams. If you need a place of inspiration, don't waste any time before you make one. You'll be surprised at what it can do for you.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

I've started a new documentary photography project which will take me through the summer. I'm documenting the local food movement in the area. I started with a trip to a wonderful farm yesterday. Here are a few peeks from my digital camera, but I think the true gems are on film so you'll have to wait a bit for those.



Lately I have been soaking up spring to the fullest. What I enjoy about spring:

- Leaving the window open all day and not relying on the heat or air.
- Exploring in the sunshine on my bike or walking.
- Picnics in Corey's backyard.
- Small seedlings growing bigger and getting ready for transplanting.
- Short sleeves, flats, and rolled up jeans replacing heavy coats, boots, and gloves.
- Lengthening days.

I'm looking forward to:

- The opening of the farmers' market.
- Harvesting our very own vegetables with Corey.
- The semester ending, which will mean campus is more available for walking and biking purposes, as well as there being much less traffic in town. :)

I've also been doing a lot of doodling and loving it! Here are a few of my latest doodles. I've been experimenting with new borders to mix things up a little.