Crooked Fence Gifts

Crooked Fence Gifts focuses on new trends in Jewelry, Home decor, Wedding, One of A kind Vintage & Holiday decor. We strive to create gifts from our own designs and to use Vintage and USA Items as often as possible.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Look Out Spring

Times are tough all over. There is a lot you can do to save money and time. How about a garden ? Even a small one or just a few containers on your porch. You can start small. Most garden centers or nurseries carry everything you'll need to get started.
You can be adventurous and start from SCRATCH, or you can get "starts" and play it safe. If you start from scratch you can use seeds and watch your plants grow from almost microscopic size all the way up to fruition. The difficult part of this is transferring the plant as it grows. You might want to start with a big container, so you wont have to transfer it so many times before it finally makes it into your garden. If you decide to go with "starts" (a lot of people do this, even seasoned gardeners use starts for finicky plants) you have the advantage of someone else doing a lot of the work for you.
But: Don't do what I did the first time.... I started about 100 plants in my kitchen (which isn't very big) and it was messy, and they were too early, so I had to start them AGAIN ! I'm in Washington and it is cold here and can freeze up into April sometimes. It did last year.
It was a learning experience and thank goodness seeds don't cost very much. I used mostly middle of the road (not too cheap or expensive) seeds and did just fine. I cheated on my tomatoes. A good freind of mine does all organic gardening, so I got my tomato starts from her. We had more tomatoes than we could eat.
Your garden may not come out right the first time. Big Deal ! Try and try again. I used a lot of the things I grew for my business. I did flowers and sold starts and small containers and even dried some. I also have begun to sell seeds I harvest from my garden. It was really nice to take a bag of vegetables to freinds who didn't have a garden also. If you haven't had fresh from the garden tomatoes, you have to try. They taste nothing like the store or street side market type. Delicious, Fresh and Healthy ! Not to mention saving money all summer. Make sure you check out your zone, and always follow directions on the seed packets. They are not all the same, and different vegetables start at different times.
Good luck ! Until next time ! Follow your heart !

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just Do It

As a young girl I began making crafts and jewelry out of discarded items I would receive as payment for odd jobs in our neighborhood. As a teen eventually as money would allow began to purchase new supplies to make my own designs.

Creating is a form of expression and is good for your soul. You are not going to "Love" every item you create. Maybe no one will. Who cares ?

You create because there is a drive in you to do so.

Into my twenties I began to sell my creations to small independent boutiques and at flea markets. Eventually into my thirties, began a website, started my own "markets" with other vendors through trial and error.

I always wanted my own little shop. I found it in Enumclaw, Washington. Just big enough for me, and at the worst time of the year. Right AFTER Christmas. But, it was a Great location and a Great price so... I put the pedal to the metal.

To borrow a phrase from Tim Gunn: "It's make it work time".

There are many things that have driven me, encouraged me and helped me to get to here. One of them is my other favorite quote by Michael Jordan: "Just Do It", short, sweet, true and to the point.

No matter how long it takes, no matter what it took to get there, if you just keep going you'll get there. Even if you have to start over everyday.

So, do what makes you happy, and do it a lot because there will be sun...