Greening and Leathering

Gardening Here are pictures of the balcony garden plants to show how they’ve been doing the past little while. The pepper plants just shot up the past few weeks, still no flowers yet but I expect they’ll have them probably in a couple weeks. The Tiny Tom’s are this tall now, they probably would’ve done…

Newness

I guess this Rhapis palm isn’t doing so bad even though the shorter branch’s new leaves all look dried up. This new leaf in the middle of the taller branch has yet to unfurl but it’s at least a third longer than when I first brought it home. I haven’t shown the succulent babies in…

Case for Mum

Here are some pics from this past week’s final leather fundamentals class. The color turned out beautifully! We put some neatsfoot oil on… Here’s a close-up of the not so perfect rose stamp which turns out ok with the stain. It’s kind of nice that it is not such a hard impression. Prepunching some holes…

Sew Crafty

Taking leather working classes has really given me a push towards getting back into sewing. I think working with my hands basically is giving me some confidence to use my hands or at least the rewarding feeling from finishing these projects has kickstarted a cycle of creation. Here’s the completed card holder and belt. Also…

Banana fan(a) fern(a)

I’ve decided to measure some of the plants to really track their growth. Doing it each time will be tedious but I think once a month would be cool, at least on the woody plants. For some reason I think I should do the calathea as well as the pilea. The only thing is that…

Progress: Equal Distribution Not Guaranteed

I may be freaking out for nothing. Maybe peppers always take this long to grow bigger and I forget every season but these are still tiny in comparison to how big some of the other upper balcony plants have grown. I will try moving them to the other side of the balcony for next week….

Cut, Bevel, Punch, Skiv, Dye

In tonight’s leather working class, we cut strips of hide to make leather belts. We also had the option to bevel the edges if we wanted to. Here we have some tools used to cut out the shape at the end of a belt on the right. On the left is what’s called a skiving…

A Very Green Weekend

I brought the aloe back inside for about a day and I believe it has recovered some of its green color, I think. Hopefully it is slowly coming back. I feel so bad for making the wrong decision about it. When the leaves started browning and flattening out, it developed bends at two tips and…

Leather Is Better

My friend from work asked me to join her for a 4 week beginner leather workshop a little while ago and tonight was the first class. They gave us a preview of the things we will be making and I am so excited. Pretty much hooked already! I’ve always wanted to play with leather even…

Fingers crossed for a greener upper balcony

I went to the nursery today and bought a couple more long planters and sowed some nasturtiums in hopes of training them up the balcony railing to improve this wonderful view of the building wall. I also put a couple sprouted baby red potatoes in there from the kitchen that I found, just for the…