How to be a Gardener…

I discovered a great BBC gardening series on YouTube (uploaded by MrGrizzerBear) that I never heard of before called How to be a Gardener. I haven’t watched all the episodes, but I really like the first one I saw which was Episode 7 “The Productive Garden“. It showed vegetable gardening throughout the year. I created a playlist with the eight episodes so I can find them easily.


I was searching Vimeo for quilting videos and happen to stumble upon Jimmy McBride, a really talented quilter, in the’s video “Handmade Portraits: StellarQuilts“. I followed a link to his Etsy shop, stellarquilts, and found some pretty amazing quilts.


I then followed a link to his blog, Intergalactic Transport, and read some of his entries about how he made these space-inspired quilts. I love how he uses old shirts from thrift stores and it looks like he paper-pieced most of the quilt. That’s one thing I really want to learn.

I’m inspired and want to try out Jimmy’s techniques, so I’ll trying to think of a small project that I can possibly do… maybe a Christmas present for someone. Hmm?…

Green Curtain Idea…

Hmm, I wonder if I can implement a Green Curtain in front of my room window…

Source: via Joel on Pinterest

Alicia Merrett…

I just happened to stumble upon the contemporary art quilter Alicia Merrett on YouTube and watched her tutorials about sewing curvy lines. I use to think that they were hard to sew (i.e. making the edges match)… but after watching her, it actually doesn’t look so complicated. I want to try it myself and I think I’ll use this techniques for the Rossie’s Kelp/Brunkrissla Remix Quilt (Quilt 02) that I’ve been thinking about doing.

I also did a search on Google and found her website,, which show some beautiful contemporary quilts. I especially like her Mapping Earth and Mapping Earth 2 Quilts on the Mapping and Recording gallery page.

Here are the three video I watched:
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Free Twitter Icons…

Cute Twitter Icon by Mirjami ManninenI wanted to jazz up my Twitter feed posts, so I searched online for some free twitter icons that I can use. Here are several that caught my eye:

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Canon EOS 60D…

A few weeks I discovered a new Canon EOS DSLR—the Canon EOS 60D—with an articulating screen, which I’ve been waiting for!!! It was rumored back in January 2010, and was released in late August, but I just hear about it a few weeks ago (where have I been?).canon60d
Screenshot taken from Canon’s site.

I went to Best Buy to check it out and it is much bigger than my existing Canon Rebel XSi… I was hoping Canon would have a Rebel with an articulating screen, but I guess they never did release one.

After seeing the 60D I wanted to get it, but I didn’t want to make an impulse buy. So I’ve been doing research and reading reviews and I decided that I’m going for it… I ordered some Amazon Gift Cards from Wells Fargo Gift Card Mall (so I’ll get 3x the points) to cover the cost and I’m just waiting for those in the mail to place my Amazon order.

I was initally just going to get the 60D with the kit lens (18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens) which is currently $1,267. But I’ve also wanted a f/2.8 lens for a while now and had the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di LD Aspherical (IF) on my Wish List. So I may just get the 60D body only for $1,100 + the Tamron for $499… Hmm, a $332 difference. I’ll have to think about this…

On a side note. As I was looking for Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 reviews on YouTube, I discovered a photographer’s channel that has a lot of good tips. Check out Dom Bower’s Channel and Dom Bower Photo’s Channel on YouTube. He also has a blog.

Syngenta Flowers/Gilroy Rotary Flower Fest 2010…

One of my coworkers told me about a big annual flower sale that she’s been to in Gilroy. She described it as masses of flowers for sale, with people grabbing plants like crazy. The plants are probably the trail plants that they use to test the seeds… I did some searching online and found information about it.

Flower Fest

Syngenta Flowers/Gilroy Rotary Flower Fest 2010
April 24, 2010
7:30am to 1pm
Goldsmith Seeds – 2280 Hecker Pass Road, Gilroy, CA 95020

I think I’ll make make a day of this and take my Mom, then maybe visit my relatives in Santa Clara… It’ll be cool to see all the flowers and plants.

More Info:
☉ Rotary Club of Gilroy’s Flower Fest 2010
☉ Goldsmith Seeds’ Did You Know?


12:40am Statice Rainbow Mix is sprouting… #

12:50am I can see leaves emerging from the three Hippeastrums bulbs that overwintered outside. #

12:55am Forgot to post about some new sproutings:
Sunday 3/14 Black from Tula and Rutger-Select Tomatoes;
Monday 3/15 Beefsteak Tomato #

1:00am New sproutings:
Tues 3/18 African Orange Eggplant;
Wed 3/17 Red Bell Pepper and Easter Eggplant #

1:02am I was checking the seedlings outside and noticed that the Whirligig Zinnia sprouts was gone. I think I may need to plant more of those… #

3:23pm (Reposted from @megzzz) The Oldest Trees on the Planet #