Caught in the Act

This has got to stop!!

(See my Ugh! Slug! post for further clarification if you’re new to my gardening trials.)

How shall I do the deed. All natural?

Or chemical? Hmmmm…….

I’ve heard that beer works. Pour it into a shallow dish and the slugs are attracted and drown. My husband is going to the store right now so I just asked him to pick up a beer. That’s actually an unusual request since neither of us drink. My son overheard and was seriously confused. Oh, how I love playing mind games on my children.

 

Ugh! Slug!

I have a great bed behind the house that was full of mint last year. I cleared it out and decided to plant my favorite flower, Gerbera Daisies. I just love them. Apparently, so do the slugs.  

The slugs like the petals as much as the leaves.

              

The amazing thing about this photo (to me, at least) is that I didn’t even notice the slug trails until I looked at the photo on my computer.

I also planted some herbs in the bed. I pictured luxurious, full herbs within easy reach of the kitchen. The slugs figured I opened a new restaurant.

They really like Basil.

Poor, little flower. Just waiting for the slug of death to arrive.

Laundry Hamper

I used to sew clothes for my girls when they were little. When they were babies, they wore whatever I made of course. Then they got old enough to choose their patterns and fabric. It was so fun until I finished the outfits and they decided they didn’t like them after all. Grrrr!

Nowadays, I sew for inanimate objects. The window never complains that the curtain is too short. The table never whines that the tablecloth makes its legs look fat.

My latest project is a basket liner. I found a basket in the garage to use as my hamper, but my clothes kept getting snagged on the inside. I’ve been kicking the idea around of making drop cloth slipcovers, so I already had a drop cloth bleached and washed for my fabric.

Basically, I measured that bottom of the basket and added 1/2 inch seam allowances on each side. I did the same thing for the sides.

The nice thing about this project, is that it doesn’t have to fit perfect. Who’s ever going to see it? Mine turned out a little big, but that has worked out well. The liner doesn’t fall into the basket when I throw clothes in it.

The drop cloth is pretty ravelly (is that a word), so I serged the seam together.

Originally, I thought I’d tie the flaps together at the corners, but the handle required that I make the side flap narrow. It works just fine the way it is, though.

Here’s a closeup of how the pieces fit together. Because the basket didn’t have sharp, perpendicular corners, seams just end up wherever. It’s all good.

The liner was just too boring, so I added this embroidery stitch available on my sewing machine.

There she is. Seems a shame to throw my dirty undies in it.