Posts Tagged With: nature

Things are moving right along

Well, time seems to be just speeding away from me it feels like. Once again pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t been much more than a week since I last posted for you all.  I’ve been doing some yard work for the past two days, mowing the grass and digging up dandelions~ Some really big ones too! I did think about making an Alraun (as per Ms. Sarah Lawless’ post over here ) But I have this lovely habit of not doing things I’m even slightly scared of and an Alraun would be one of those things, so I decided against it and simply went along thanking them and leaving offerings as I took them home to make a dandelion tincture. I sliced everything very very small, and it took so long my grandmother checked on me four times! I labeled the jar, and have been shaking it up every day since. I’ll check on it in a couple weeks or so and we’ll go from there~

I don’t know if I mentioned it before or not but fairly recently I also started an orange oil infusion. Jars of pretty things to be shaken daily~ haha. (And if you can’t tell from my gratuitous use of the tilde key, I’m quite excited!)

Though there is a bit of sadness, the broccoli seeds I planted either died, were eaten, or were duds. In any case, as my brother told me, if they haven’t sprouted by now, they aren’t going to.  But, I had many more seeds where that came from and so with a new technique my brother told me, I’ve already got about 5 seeds barely breaking out of their shells.

This technique is one I’m sure most of you garden aficionados know of. Starting the seeds in paper towels.  My bro told me basically take about 3 paper towels, in a bow, soak it enough to where there’s just a tiny bit of water on top of the towel, place the seeds and take about 5 layers of paper towel on top of it, and cover the whole bowl with saran wrap and place in a sunny window.  Works like a charm! but as  we’re already in april now, I’m gonna have to get a few more grow-bowls goin’. So much to do so little time it feels like haha.

So how has your week been? Any garden adventures? Interesting crafts? Questions? Suggestions?
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Spring has sprung! Or at least it was here yesterday…

Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to get outside to get some things done. I’d spotted a little hole in the roof of the garage and having seen hornets buzzing all about on the sunny days and wanted to plug that up. I got a bit of plywood from a man that goes to my church and he was happy to be rid of the scraps. When we got home after a potluck after church the neighbors were out using the good weather as an opportunity to get shit done! Tim was working on something or another with his truck, but kindly let me use his ladder and then cut the plywood into the right shape for me on his circular saw (It was hooked up to some kind of table guide-thing. Don’t ask me the only power tools I know how to use are a dremel tool and a nailgun!). Then I grabbed a hammer, and his daughter kindly helped out by getting some nails for me and holding the ladder.

One of the nails wouldn’t go in all the way for some reason, but the others went pretty well and no the garage is defended against hornets!

Next it was time for a foray into the garden. (It’d been raining for what seems like 3 days straight before that) I was gonna start digging but when I got back there I realized  it had never been cleaned out, so the neighbor girl helped me pull out the dead weeds and leaves. and we got quite a big pile. I might have to invest in a 55 gallon drum to turn into a composter! After which we all hung out on their back stairs and chatted till I got thirsty and came inside haha.

Then, still feeling productive, it was time for me to finally utilize my dried orange peels and get going with some herbalism practice.

Unfortunately, many of them were rotted since, when I wasn’t  watching, my grandmother continued to add fresh and wet orange peels to the bag >___> Many were still good and so I was able to grate and chop them up (more of a labor intensive process than I anticipated) and I then put them in a jar and covered with enough olive oil to cover the plant material (2 cups in this case). I labeled the jar with contents and date and I now have it in a paper bag. In approximately 3-4 weeks, provided it works well, I should have some orangey oil with which to experiment~

Today I was planning to get back into the garden and finish weeding, but we got a sudden cold snap!  It’s roughly 45 degrees out there right now! But that’s quite alright, I’ve got plenty of things to putter around with indoors. (Not to mention I’ve got a speech due in class on wednesday. Ah procrastination!!)

How are you enjoying spring in your area? Have any big projects underway? Questions? Suggestions?
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Snow, and the need to know your Zone

Well, we got roughly 7 inches of snow yesterday. Yep. You can no longer see the grass haha. So, I talked to some people, my brother included, and recently learned what hardiness zone I’m dealing with here in Wisconsin. Well… I’m hearing conflicting things here, but I’m either zone 1 or 4b or 5a… Either way it’s a shorter growing season than other places. I also found out that the other blogs and people I’ve been hearing from who are getting their gardens underway are… much further south than I haha. But I’ve received some good advice concerning when to start my plants. (Including a suggestion on a type of tomato to grow to get big ones). Some plants I might just grow inside anyways, though I dunno yet.
For those curious, here’s what I plan on growing this year (in addition to helping with what my gma wants, and maybe helping my cousins.):

Broccoli (Calabrese green sprouting)
Beets (detroit dark red)
Parsley
Sweet Basil
Carrots (nantes coreless)
Green onions
and lastly,
Beefsteak tomatoes (Although maybe a smaller variety might be wiser… not sure yet.)

I have all the seeds but the ones for the tomatoes, so I’m still waffling on the variety of tomato to get. I’ve never grown anything before (as stated in my last post on the subject). So if anyone has any tomato-specific advice on an easy-to-grow variety (But not cherry tomatoes mind you.) then go ahead and leave a comment to let me know! Though looking outside it seems like it’ll be a while before I need to make that final decision haha.

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Welcome!

Hi there! I’m the titular Crafty Girl (Or rather I’m in process of becoming that but I’ll discuss that in a little bit.) Name’s Tessa (though you may call me Sikura if you like), I’m a 22 year old college student living in Wisconsin. (and for your information, yes I fucking love cheese.) I’m into about a thousand things right now but to break it down simply I’m into Nature, Survivalism, Magic(k), and crafts!
And it’s because of all of these things that I call myself ‘Crafty girl’. After all, Nature, Survivalism, and Magic all require some level of varying types of craftiness do they not?

And so as I make my way through all the various little tidbits I’m bound to learn, there’s nothing I’d like more to record my findings and experiences here for you all, perhaps to help someone who has similar interests get started and avoid the inevitable mistakes I’m bound to make.

I’ve been making my way into magical things for over a year now, starting with divination by Norse runes and slowly getting deeper into it. Herbalism has interested me for just as long (if not longer) but I haven’t done anything with that yet (aside from making tea if that counts?). Though this year I plan to have a garden and get much more into that! As for survival I’ve been into that for a little less than a year now I suppose, just slowly patiently gathering things. Very slowly (a student doesn’t exactly have much expendable income y’know.) Though I do intend to go hunting for the first time later this year! And lastly… crafts.

Well, I draw, which I’ve been doing forever it seems; I woodwork, crochet, make jewelry on occasion (I just learned wire-weaving, very exciting for me), and Soapmaking is my big project that I’ve yet to start (still collecting the ‘hardware’ :T ) Oh there are more things i’d like to do as well but there’s only so much time and money at one’s disposal haha.

I will admit that part of the reason I’m making this blog is to maybe, as I really sit down and focus, narrow down the things that I really want to do. Or maybe figure out a miraculous method to do everything i’d like haha.  In any case, that’s all for now.

I’d really love to hear from you! So please leave comments, even/especially if you disagree with something!
(Though if necessary I’ll kindly remind you that there’s a difference between disagreeing, flaming, and just plain being an asshat. [x] )

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