3.20.2007

dishes and shin splints

for shari
yesterday i was in the kitchen enjoying the sunshine and all the colors when i thought of shari and grabbed the camera. it felt good to get some things done around the house, open up the windows and linger with the longer days. if you need any sort of encouragement about spring, read this. i am excited about spring, but in my heart of hearts i am a summer girl. warm concrete, drippy ice cream, buzzing bees. i love it all. even the humidity. and this i know ranks me as crazy among most. but i am ok with that. speaking of crazy, i have volunteered to "make" shirts for david and his friends who are playing in a basketball tournament in a few weeks. by make i mean freezer paper stencil numbers and logos (the shin splints) on six shirts. not too nutty, but still lots of cutting and painting on my part. i think i can run freezer paper through the printer right? anyone have any tips on this? while we are talking tips, i need some planting ones. every year i say that i am going to plant an potted herb garden for myself and every year i do not. my front porch gets pretty intense sun until about 10 or 11 am. i envision basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and maybe some flat leaf parsley. will that work? i have to tell you that i have no green in my thumb. not even a tint, but i really want to try!

i was so happy that so many of you also have secret crushes on ira. if we are revealing secret crushes, i think i need to add a new one to my list. mr. sidney poitier. so handsome. so dapper. so cool. we watched for love of ivy last night and mr. poitier was delightful to say the least.

21 Comments:

Blogger shari said...

love your dishwashing portrait hannah! your plans for a potted herb garden sound excellent. we have rosemary and thyme in a planter outside and they both love sun. i must say that i think your husband's basketball team name is great. the shin splints! how perfect. thanks also for the movie recommendation. i just added it to my netflix queue. xo

11:58 AM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

hey happy banner.

i tape the freezer paper wax side down to regular paper and then run it through.

pots! hooray. just keep your mint separate from everything else, because it will take over. and only get one kind because they cross pollinate. and then jam those baskets full. you can always transplant later. i could go on and on. don't plant your basil til after monther's day. um, that's all for now.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous sally said...

Love the new spring banner.

Shin splints...ha...I know about those...can't wait to see their shirts. =)

12:34 PM  
Blogger molly said...

who knew melissa had such a green thumb??!! wow, I'm going to her for garden counseling this year...

so, I'm spotting (no pun intended) those martha stewart polka dot towels. I have the same ones and I love them, but are yours totally not absorbent? it's like they still have this brand new starchy feel to them and I've washed them MANY times!!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Felicia said...

My favorite Sydney Poitier movie is Patch of Blue. So sweet.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

i, too, have always wanted a potted herb garden so i will be checking in to see what people say. melissa's little tidbit about mint is so true...my neighbor put some in the ground and now cannot get rid of it.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous laeroport said...

Yeah, I volunteered to make t-shirts for our belly dance troupe. So I'll be right there with you cutting and painting.

And ditto to the mint comments. My parents have a mint yard. It smells really good, though, when they mow.

Cheers!

1:26 PM  
Blogger vwiese said...

Hannah,
your friend Melissa is right, you have to take it on to the paper or the wax will melt in your printer and then you will have one big costly mess. Hey, let me know if you want help making these.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous kyrie said...

oh, my favorite sidney film is "to sir with love." isn't he amazing?

1:54 PM  
Blogger Abbey said...

When I lived in Kansas, I had thyme and chives on the west side of the house (intense late afternoon sun).. they did really well there. I also had basil that grew like wildfire on the south east corner of the house.

Here in NY I put the chives and thyme on the south side of the house, and they are doing well (but the sun is not nearly as intense here in the summer as it is in KS)

It sounds like you want to plant them on the East side...your RoseMary and basil might need a little extra sun.. but you never know.. it's worth a shot!

It's great to have herbs growing in your own garden. good luck!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Allison said...

I'm with you. I love, love, love Summer. And Spring is only sweet to me because I know Summer is just around the corner.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

yes, Mint is nice for Mojitos and such, but can be a pain when planted in a pot or plot...headache and swearing...really!!

(delurking, by the way- I am that passionate about mint!)

9:02 PM  
Anonymous toby said...

Mr. Poitier in "Lilies of the Valley." Awesome.

Let me know when you start cutting out, and I will be happy to help.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous david said...

those Martha Stewart towels are about as absorbant as a piece of cardboard. actually, now that i really think about it, not even as absorbant.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Malinda said...

Speaking of Martha, I picked up her magazine last night and it has an article on herb garden planters. Very pretty! Got me wanting to make some too.

And I noticed the little cups in the picture, are they from World Market?

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Sounds like the towels want to be tote bags. The dots are awesome.

And I love the crocuses in the new banner!

For a team's worth of shirts, I would really consider learning to silkscreen. I did a bunch of lettered shirts for my extended family at Christmas and eek--the cutting! Do-able, of course, but hurts the hands after a while. Honestly though, I'd probably procrastinate on the learning-to-silkscreen thing and end up cutting all the stencils and painting the shirts at the last minute. So my only advice is to pick a fat font.

11:04 AM  
Blogger julieree said...

oh yeah. summer girl here too. Spring can be pretty and all, but I can never enjoy it as much because I am so impatient for it to get hot and humid.

Mr. Poitier is lovely. Adding that movie to my queue.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Hi!
I'm no green thumb but do plant a potted herb garden every year. I get pretty intense morning sun on my deck, and I have to say it has burned some of my herbs, namely the flat-leaf parsley, cilantro and sometimes the chives. The basil does great. The thyme seemed OK, but I think the other plants shaded it somewhat. It is SO lovely to have an herb garden, good luck!

12:42 PM  
Blogger tracy said...

oh that new banner. love.

and mr. s.p. too.

good luck with the gardening. melissa is my guru;)

11:32 AM  
Blogger lisa s said...

the new banner SCREAMS spring... love.

ditto on the mint separate and so glad you did a dishwashing portrait. i have been meaning to do one, but just haven't gotten it together.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Joyce Collins said...

I grow basil and thyme and sage together in a pot on the northside of the house. The basil I grew last year was called chocolate basil. I actually let it flower because the flowers were so pretty and smelled so good.
If you eat a papaya...save the seeds and put a couple in a pot. It makes for a pretty tree(check my February archives for a picture) Every avocado I eat gets its seed planted immediately. I get surprises as I forget where I have planted them. When I bring a tree in in the Winter it continues to grow. I have had them reach the ceiling of my great room!
I like to plant a rosemary bush in a pot surrounded by petunias! The combination smells wonderful in the evening.
Come and see me sometime! I may have some sharable plants~

6:50 PM  

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