I’ve been so inspired by Halloween this year! I have a ton of ideas for cute Blythe stuff and have had time to create a few of them so far.

First, the panda:

Panda Hat and dress modeled by Willow

I have obviously been practicing my embroidery skills here – blanket stitch, you are now my bitch! I free-handed the pieces for this hat and I was really pleased with how well it turned out. I might make the ears bigger the next time, but overall I’m satisfied with it.

Next, we have Yoda:

Yoda Hat and dress modeled by Willow

I love, love, love this hat. It’s plain and simple, but wouldn’t Yoda prefer that? I can see making it with eyes, and perhaps I will next time, but I do like it this way.

And for Halloween, Candy Corn:

Candy Corn sweater modeled by Willow

I’m not really a fan of candy corn, but it’s so distinctive and such a staple of the Halloween season.

Finally, the Bee Girl!

Bee Girl Outfit modeled by Willow

I had the idea months ago to do a bee-stripe sweater, and then as Halloween crept closer and I finally got around to making it, I thought, why not do a skirt and headgear to go with it? I’m so happy with this look. I think it’s so cute!


bees knees

I was out photographing Ellis the other day and suddenly Karl pointed out that there was a bee about an inch from my hand, in the hyssop.

bee in the hyssop

I haven’t had quite as much time to spend standing still in the gardens this year (chasing after Coraline has cut down on quite moments overall) so I was really happy to see this.

bee in the hyssop

Go, pollinator, go!


end of summer

The end of summer is coming soon – much sooner than I realized! How is it already the middle of September? Time is moving way too quickly lately. The end of summer means it’s just past the time when I usually slack about weeding in the veg beds, and now it’s the time when I’ve had a chance to feel guilty and have done a little weeding but not nearly all that needs doing. Hence this contrast – the parts I caught up on:



where corn and potatoes were

aaaand the section that still needs help:

the weedy section of the main veg bed

crazy Dr. Seuss cabbage

These cabbages tried valiantly to escape the weeds that were surrounding them, and ended up very spindly and weird. I’ll get to the rest of the weeding, really. The propensity for weeds to grow in this main veg bed is causing me to consider building raised beds next year.

The sunflowers have gotten huge and tall again this year:


As you can see, some of them are so big they can’t hold their heads up anymore. The stakes I have aren’t tall enough to help that big guy. I love these red sunflowers! They do fade, becoming increasingly yellow the longer they’re around, but to begin with they’re stunning.


Finally, check out the slime trail on this slug!

slug with slime trail

Ewww! Karl took this photo and was generous enough to let the slug be after photographing it. I would have gotten rid of it! Hopefully it became a meal for one of the many toads that live in our back yard and gardens.

More photos on Flickr.


minty fresh

The mint is blooming like crazygonuts, and it’s been absolutely filled with insects enjoying the sweetness. It was mega sunny (not to mention swelteringly hot) yesterday, but we managed to get a little bit of decent footage.

You really can’t get the sense of just how many insects are in this area unless you’re actually here, but trust me when I say there are dozens at any given moment. Possibly over a hundred!

I took some close-up shots of some of the insects. I’m not sure what any of them are for certain.

Some sort of wasp?

unidentified insect on the mint

A moth?

unidentified insect on the mint

A very delicate blue butterfly?
EDIT: Identified! Summer Azure Celastrina neglecta

unidentified insect on the mint

A fly? Bee?
EDIT: possibly a Bot Fly

unidentified insect on the mint

This might be the same guy from a different angle:

unidentified insect on the mint

A bee:
EDIT: identified! Yellow Jacket Wasp

unidentified insect on the mint

And I think this one might be a Great Black Wasp (Katydid Killer):

unidentified insect on the mint

I can’t fathom how skinny this thing is:

unidentified insect on the mint

If anyone knows what any of these insects are, I’d love to know.

Lots more photos at Flickr.