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good morning! i was pleasantly surprised to wake up and find one of amy karol’s tutorials on making snack bags over on poppytalk! after perusing around a bit, i decided to share another one of her tutorials with you. :)

this tutorial is amy karol’s take on making homemade envelopes- lazy style!  author of angry chicken and accomplished book writer (one of my favorites- bend the rules sewing!), her world can keep you busy for hours.  i absolutely love her video tutorials- her voice is so soothing and her sense of humor will keep you laughing the whole way through.  she’s definitely my kind of gal, not following the rules, using what you got and getting it done! i hope you enjoy this, and don’t miss her tutorial on making easy snack bags with no velcro for back to school- they are cute, practical and easy!

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(note: once you click play, you’ll have to then click ‘watch on youtube’)

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Posted by in gardening

planting kitchen herbs

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there’s just nothing like using freshly picked herbs in the kitchen.  i cherish them dearly and they make our dishes so delectable, savory and often times more beautifully presented. most culinary herbs are easy to grow indoors and make it easy to pick from your own mini herb garden year round!  you can plant them in individual pots, or in one container easy to move around.  most herbs are easily germinated from seed but are often very affordable as starters at your local hardware store or nursery.

planting kitchen herbs

{sneak peek from sfgirlbybay}

best herbs for the kitchen:

basil: sweet, fragrant leaves that are commonly used in sauces, pesto, salads and italian dishes.  an easy grower that produces in the summer and fall and needs maximum sunlight.

chives: a member of the onion family; best used in potatoes, salads and on fish.

dill: used in many asian and mediterranean dishes, dill has aromatic fern like scrumptious tops.

mint: fresh and clean herb, best used in drinks, salads and sweet dishes.

oregano: often used in italian dishes, tomato sauces and on veggies.  easy to grow with many health benefits.

parsley: usually used uncooked and as a garnish; has a very mild flavor.

rosemary: woody and fragrant, best used on potatoes, bread or vegetables (my favorite!).

sage: has a slightly peppery flavor, often used in meats or in italian dishes.

thyme: a basic ingredient in numerous cuisines, an essential and aromatic herb to grow.

planting kitchen herbs

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growing tips: most herbs prefer sunny locations, either outside or in a south facing window. make sure the bottom of your pot or planting area has a drainage hole, as herbs prefer well drained soil. make sure that each herb has a depth 7-9 inches for root growth. consider keeping invasive herbs such as mint, lemon balm and peppermint growing separately so as not to overcrowd the others.

kitchen herbs

here’s my latest project and how i made my mini kitchen herb garden! i ran across this old tool box on a vintage hunt recently, and couldn’t wait to get home and plant it up.

kitchen herbs

after drilling a few holes in the bottom for proper drainage, i filled her with good organic potting soil and planted my sage, rosemary, basil, oregano and dill. i also added an aloe plant, a cactus and a succulent at the end, just to spruce it up  a bit.

kitchen herbs

i think this is my all time favorite garden project! i love the tool box because i can easily move into the sunshine, and then indoors for the winter.  happy planting!

simple living

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the ginger people

boy do i have a treat for you today! my very naughty mother has introduced to me my latest obsession- the ginger people! they make an abundance of all natural ginger products, everything from baked goods to beverages.  she’s made these ginger cookies for us twice now, and they don’t last very long- they are truly the best ginger cookies i have ever had! always moist and perfectly balanced, yum.

the ginger people

the ginger peopleIngredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
11/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
2
1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1
1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons Ginger People
Crystallized Ginger Chips

1 large egg at room temperature

the ginger people
 

Instructions

Adjust the oven racks to the upper and lower thirds and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line three cooking sheets with parchment paper. Place 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a mixing bowl, use the flat beater attachment or a hand-held mixer to beat the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the brown sugar and cream together well. Add the molasses and blend well. Sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add to the butter mixture in 3 stages blending well after each addition. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Stir in the ginger. Lightly beat the egg and add. Blend thoroughly. Scoop out large spoonfuls (about 1/4 cup each) and roll into balls. Drop the balls in the bowl of sugar and toss to coat completely. Place the balls on the cookie sheets leaving a 3-inch space between them. Bake for 8 minutes. Switch the racks the cookie sheets are on and bake another 7 minutes, until the tops are cracked. Remove and cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Yields: 16 4-inch round cookies.

{photos: bonnie forkner; recipe: the ginger people}

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Posted by in vintage finds

flea market find

during our travels last weekend, i was able to make it to one of my favorite spots, the raleigh flea market! that’s where i came across this beaut- and though i wasn’t sure what my plans were for her- i knew she had to be mine!

flea market find

the gal i bought it from (for $10!) said it used to be the top to an old tobacco smoker(?).  do you know anything about it?  at first my plan was to clean it up and paint it, but once i set it in my living room i think i’ve decided stick with the patina charm for now.  what do you think?

zinnia flowers

did you notice all my pretty pretty flowers? last week, i was also showered with some of the most beautiful birthday flowers from friends!  pretty yellow day lilies and pink and orange zinnias are making my house feel so bright and joyful right now.

zinnia flowers

aren’t these stunning? they are from my dear friend callie’s yard (talk about a green thumb).  i think the zinnia might just be my new favorite flower!

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happy monday dear ones!  did you have a good weekend? i stayed around the house and accomplished some neglected to-do’s, and even squeezed in a deep house cleaning!  yesterday i finally picked my muscadine grapes that have been longing for my attention and made some grape juice, then made david some hot sauce from our hot peppers that have been growing abundantly.  i used this chili garlic hot sauce recipe, and let me tell you, it’s is so good!!

rocky top studio

join me in welcoming the newest member of our sponsor family, rocky top studio! allison trentelman has been inspired by the natural landscape of maine’s coast for nearly ten years.  her beautiful work shows landscapes, wildlife, botanicals, birds and florals- all of which are absolutely breathtaking.  flipping through one photo to the next, she deepens your appreciation for what nature provides and shows you just how beautiful the little things can be.

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lola’s room photography

August 20, 2010

Posted by in photography

well this week has been up, down and all around for me!  thank you so much for hangin’ in there with me.  my birthday yesterday was fantabulous- thank you for all the sweet notes! i’m convinced i have the sweetest bloggie friends ever. :) my mister got us airplane tickets for coloardo springs in a few weeks, can you believe it?! i’ve never been and i am so excited!! i also got a wakom pad to start playing with, and i’ll have to share it with you.. once i get it figured out!

lola's room photography

i leave you for the weekend with cassia beck’s sweet, nostalgic photography.  lola’s room is full of images that remind me of warm summer days and simpler times.  she has three stunning shops all full of vintage inspiration, lola’s room, violet may and cassia beck.  enjoy! x, bonnie

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happy friday dear ones!  today i have a very special guest post for you from sharon of farm and fru fru!  when i saw her circle skirt i knew i wanted have her share the tutorial with you. farm and fru fru is where sharon attempts to mix the craziness of farm life with the simple beauty of fabric, ribbon, fibers, paper and whatever else she can find to live creatively…with cows. enjoy!

farm and fru fru

My circle skirt began with a thrifted 100% cotton skirt which I cut the sewn hem from, leaving the edge raw because I like the look and knit doesn’t ravel.

farm and fru fru

The circle details were added using a reverse appliqué technique. This simply means you will have two layers of knit, the top layer (the skirt itself) stenciled or drawn with the circles then stitched to the bottom layer which is sewn to the reverse side of the skirt. The interior of each circle is then cut away revealing the bottom layer on contrasting color. I used three colors for my circles…gray, white and khaki.

farm and fru fru

To begin the reverse appliqué, stencil or draw the circles onto the outside of your skirt. I did a wide border of circles that went up about 8” from the hem. Since my skirt was black, I used chalk to free-hand draw circles all over in varying sizes. You could use a disappearing pencil if your skirt is light. When you have drawn all the circles you want, cut circles of colored knit (in my case, gray, white and khaki) at least 1” larger than your drawn circles. Pin your colored circles onto the BACKSIDE of your skirt…you can do all of them at once or pin a few, stitch, then pin some more. I just scattered the colors randomly along the border. When the colored circles are pinned to the back of the skirt, stitch on the FRONT SIDE around the outline of each drawn circle using a simple running stitch in the thread color of your choice. I used white thread on all my circles because I liked the contrast. You make a knot at the beginning and end of each circle…do not try to join all the circles…stitch each separately. I like for the ends of my thread to show on the outside of the skirt so I leave a little ½” tail of thread at the beginning knot and at the ending knot, but if you prefer you can start on the back side, and your knots won’t show.

farm and fru fru

When you’ve stitched around each circle, you will cut out the inside of each little circle on the front of the skirt about 1/8” from the outline stitching to reveal the backing color! I use very sharp tiny scissors and clip a little hole in the center of each circle to give myself a place to start…be very careful not to cut the backing fabric.

farm and fru fru

When you have revealed all your colors, your skirt is basically done. I did add a contrasting 1” gray border around the bottom of my skirt using a running stitch, then a 11/2” black border under that. I cut that border wide enough to cover all my little colored circles on the reverse side of the skirt and tacked it in place just to give it a neater more finished look on the inside. That’s it! Of course, if you prefer, you can use other shapes like leaves or squares instead of circles.

farm and fru fru

If this project interests you, I highly recommend Natalie Chanin’s beautiful book Alabama Stitch which teaches lots of hand stitching techniques and includes a ton of projects, each beautifully photographed. I use this book all the time and am amazed and inspired each time I open the cover.

{photography by laura gordon}

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birthday

August 19, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

today is my birthday!

my birthday

{whydoihavesomany}

  • 1. my husband is the funniest person i know.
  • 2. i’m admittedly addicted to smoothies and watermelon.
  • 3. every time i finish decorating a room, i want to redo it.
  • 4. it’s hard to stick to just.one.thing.
  • 5. i still haven’t learned how to drive a manual.
  • 6. i’m the worst at remembering everyone else’s birthday!
  • 7. i once planned to through hike the appalachian trail.
  • 8. i prefer foot rubs to jewelry.
  • 9. sometimes i call myself a runner.
  • 10. other times i can’t remember the last time i ran.
  • 11. yard sales and junk stores make me excited.
  • 12. david’s pet name for me is ‘goat’.
  • 13. i love my job, i love to read and i love Jesus.
  • 14. i always notice how beautiful the trees are, and i love them.
  • 15. the only food i cannot eat is cilantro.  is that even a food?
  • 16. sometimes i make jewelry on long car rides.
  • 17. i do an outstanding number of handstands throughout the day.
  • 18. i gave up on pc’s a long time ago.
  • 19. i love my pillow. it goes everywhere with me.
  • 20. i have dreams.  big ones.
  • 21. my best kept secret is… lunges.
  • 22. my favorite morning shows are bonnie hunt and regis and kelly.
  • 23. i have a secret. two actually.
  • 24. you’ll find them out soon!

yes, i’m’ turning 24!


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