Stained glass/main door concept 1

In the main bathroom, there will be a rather large stained glass window helping to bring in natural light. 🙂 Daniel asked me this late evening before heading off to bed: “Creating this stained glass window is going to be a pain.” This had me instantly think: “I’ll just paint the Orchids on the glass instead.” 🙂 We do have plenty of flourishes and details enough as it is for the main house. 😛 Maybe one should create a few ‘shortcuts’ here or there, but still pleasing to the eye.. Maybe not. 😉 🙂

The main door concept might very well change in appearance, as we flow on in the early planning stages. 🙂 I was thinking of drawing a round door as a Hobbit house would properly be. Daniel shook his head and told me to be realistic in care of less hard work. 😛 haha .. “Okay. Just this once“, I playfully replied. 😉

Zinnia Flower Seedlings

The first time I have chosen to grow Zinnias [zinnia elegans Jacq, Youth-and-old-age].
Type: State Fair Giant, Mixed Colors.
Height: 2 1/2 – 4 ft

Since hearing of the beautiful Monarch butterflies still struggling, I felt it was vastly important to do my part and help out. 🙂
When I was a child, I adored watching the majestic Monarch flutter by me on a hot summers day. Captivated by them, I would commonly find myself searching them out on daily hiking trips as a teenager-young adult; with my camera in hopes to snap a quick photo.

Sadly, these days you are lucky to even find one flying in a Vermonter’s back flower garden.. or anywhere in particular. :/
I have heard these lovely flowers are not only for attracting the admiring eye. The Common Zinnia is also used for it’s medicinal properties as well [I shall have to do further research to clarify the uses if really worth my while]. 🙂 Hummingbirds are also found visiting the Common Zinnia. My dear Grandmother is fond of them. 🙂

Paragraphs of quite interesting information, presented bySusan Peterson and the SFGATE Website.
“Zinnias attract and benefit pollinators. Zinnias themselves are pollinated by insects, typically bees and butterflies. Their bright colors draw pollinators to a garden. Monarch butterflies, in particular, love zinnias and pollinate them and use them for food and egg-laying habitat. Insect ecologist Chip Taylor, of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, suggests planting zinnias at Monarch butterfly way stations along the Monarch’s migration route. At these way stations, the butterflies can get the nectar they need for their long journey from North American to Mexico and back. Honeybees also benefit from zinnia pollen and nectar.”

“Normally we think of flower beds and vegetable beds as being separate. Zinnias, however, are good companion plants for vegetables and deserve a place in your vegetable garden. Zinnias deter cucumber beetles and tomato worms. They attract predatory wasps and hover flies, which eat insects that would destroy garden plants. They attract hummingbirds, which eat whiteflies before those flies can damage tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes.”

Goat Care Training

At the end of this month to mid April, I shall be in a work exchange. The Goat Farm I will be helping specializes in making goat’s cheeses [soft and hard] and raw goats milk. Other skills I shall be acquiring will be from trimming goats hooves, milking does, administering vaccines, hand feeding new kids, assisting with doe birthing, cleaning and helping maintain the farm basically. 🙂

So many wonderful new skills will be learned in such a short time period. 😀

Giving the Herb Seed Starters another go

As a personal experience of mine with a particular bio dome I had previously purchased and tried; sadly the product was a total failure to have spent money on. Nonetheless, as optimistic, positive thinker, open mindedness and my stubbornness to succeed; I have simply gone back to the traditional way I tend to start gardens.

Organic soil, water, sunlight, love and organic seed. 🙂

From this experience I learned and found to laugh at myself upon how I was trying to “cheat” Mother Nature, by trying to skip some basic steps with making something happen. Laziness, or trying to jump ahead – or – speed something up when it shouldn’t be, is not the best thing to place into action. 🙂 😉 haha

Plus, I enjoy getting my hands dirty and working hard to the raw basics of the creation process. 🙂
Taking sheer enjoyment out of building an object or project from scratch and knowing that everything you do for it; no matter how insignificant it may be, is critical to it’s success. 😀

*Once I have transplanted the developed seedlings into large pots, I shall take some photos. 🙂

Creating Signs for Beds

After work tomorrow, I’ll be hand painting some signs for all of the seedlings I have sown into the beds for easy identification. 
The idea, is to paint a cute colored image next to each name: i.e. 
German Chamomile gets a pair of the plant with smiles on the faces of the flowers, next to the name it’s self. .. Something sweet and happy like that.  

I’m also thinking of making a sign that reads:
Butterfly Forests: 1st Herbal Garden.” At the main entrance of the Herb Bed.  🙂

Figuring out Licenses for selling Herbal Tinctures

In the state of Massachusetts, I am currently looking up what licenses and permits I may need in order to sell organic Tinctures, Herbal Teas, Herbal Salves at the Boston Common.

In terms of the baked goods, per City of Boston regulations, I must have them prepared in a licensed commercial kitchen and unfortunately Boston doesn’t license home kitchens. I do not believe this pertains to what I am planning to create and sell to customers. I shall be contacting a few friends who are also Herbalists and may have some insight on the matter. 🙂

Building raised beds from scratch.

This morning, I shall be building two raised beds for my Medicinal Herbs. After watching a few DIY videos and a lovely website, I thought: it is time. A lead tester is also in order, due of hearing how Massachusetts is known for its lead content in it’s soil. Purchasing a Lead Tester, will be done also this morning- even before thinking of transplanting any of my seedlings into backyard ground soil. Since, lead can be absorbed into the plants themselves and I do not want this chance to happen [whether the plant’s finished product is edible or placed on the hair/skin].

The raised beds will be shaped in a ‘U’ formation and about hip height. This will make harvesting easier, weeding easier and keeping the herbs which are known to “spread like wildfire” when untended on a non-raised bed not an issue.

When I am done, I will upload a photo with the finished project.