Thursday, June 24, 2010

Green find o' the week.

I bought this J Crew dress in "dusty sage" (a soft, greenish blue) for my cousin's wedding in a few weeks. I had a hard time not getting the very green one below, but I was thinking versatility and practicality. "Can I wear it three out of the four season?" is the new question to myself when buying clothes. It's either going to be one thrifty saver idea or a big fashion mistake. We'll see!

I love the dress' simplicity, airiness, and length. Wait, airiness. That makes it unwearable in the winter, right?! Should have gone green.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Favorite finds

In celebration of my favorite day of the week, Thursday, I am going to start posting a favorite local and/or indie green find. As you'll notice, my first fav is not green. But it's Mexican so it fits with the blog theme. And Mexico beat France today en la Copa Mundial (¡Que viva Mexico!), so celebration is in order!

Check out this beautiful vintage Mexican dress cerca 1960s or 1970s. I love the color, the embroidery, the flowers, the puff sleeves. A new garden outfit, perhaps.

I found this through my new favorite hobby -- cruising Etsy's "Treasury" section. It comes from Honeywood Vintage. I'm in love.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The girls next door

I met my first garden neighbor. And I think I've found my long lost gardening twin! Someone else who doesn't like to work too hard. Who I overheard gave up at the garden today because the soil was too hard. Who bossed me around last night because I wasn't pulling the weeds correctly. Or at least I think that's what she was saying -- I don't speak an East African dialect.

Meet Fadumo, my garden neighbor (who looks like she's watering her friend)
After we become better friends I'll take an actual photo of her (one where she knows I'm taking it). It'll be a unique friendship we have. One where she talks, I listen, I have no idea what she's saying, I smile, I make up what I think it was she said and then I respond. And she repeats. I learned today that Fadumo doesn't want to learn English. I'm still trying to conquer Spanish so I won't be adding any African language to the mix just yet.

It's a collective group of women that garden the neighboring plot with Fadumo.

It looks like they each take a row or two.

Their neat, organized, well-planned garden.

Mine. No wonder Fadumo was bossing me around about the weeds.

I want to be a part of their gardening club. One because their garden is so orderly. But more so because they cheer, laugh, chat a mile a minute their way through gardening. It's like girls night out at the garden. Today there were cheers all around for the first cucumber plant to sprout.

Fadumo, can I quit my garden and join yours instead? Woo hoo is universal, right?! I'll bring the matching gardening tools.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

More plants, less weeds

Mis suenos (dreams) did not come true. I do not have a weed-free garden. See photo below. Embarrassing. And, no, those aren't plants in the upper left-hand corner. My mom informed me they are extra large weeds. I was thinking they were spinach plants.

Weeds with a few plants mixed in.

Luckily, my sister just gave me some garden tools to help with the weed removal. The tools were given to her by someone special. Any guesses who? (If you can't read that logo is says Grand Casino Hinkley.)

The tools are compliments of grandma, and the many nickels she's donated to Grand Casino Hinkley. Conveniently, they fit with the green theme of the garden. (Otherwise I would not be using them).

Despite the weeds, plants are starting to sprout. It's exciting to see them growing.



The next photos will be more plants and less weeds.