Sunday, 26 October 2014

Last of the harvest

I have enjoyed a weekend sorting out my garden. I even had to cut the lawn as it is still growing. This is everything tidied up this afternoon. There is still a lot of colour out there despite it nearly being November.

My tiny garden is still giving me some last harvests. Today I picked the very last tomatoes but my chilies are still bearing fruit. Long may this mild autumn weather last. This was how my baby chilli plants arrived in April through the post.
 I planted them up

 and labelled them (edit; in response to Helen's comment/ question) and kept them on my window sill indoors until mid May. I then stood them out on my patio in the garden.
 and all through the summer they fruited their little hearts out

 and they are still out there doing so even now.
 My Hb keeps cropping and drying them out and they last us right through until next year...mmmm
It is wonderful to taste them in the depth of winter, it reminds us of the long hot sunny days of summer.
It's great to have memories of summer when the nights are cold and dark.

And on the subject of memories for my challenge piece today I wanted to show you the Memories box I made recently when I attended my great and super talented  blogging friend Brenda's workshop a few weeks ago. I had to finish it when I got home.
 It opens out like this
and inside is a secret box to hold some special memories

a couple of close ups of the details of the stamping and extras I added for decoration.
This is the back
and lastly a top view .
 I wonder if I should put a couple of my chilies in here.....I'm joking but it would be a safe place for some of my summer memories
I really enjoyed making it despite all the cutting and measuring involved. I never excelled at maths and this gave my brain a good work out. It was a super ink filled day. Below is a fun photo of us all.....(that's me front far right stroking the caretaker's dog and trying to look at the camera at the same that multitasking I wonder?)

I would like to enter my Memory Box into the following challenges;

Party Time Tuesday anything goes
The Artistic Stamper Memories
Rhedd's Creative Spirit Halloween or not!
Simon Says Stamp Monday anything goes
Sweet stampin anything but a card
Fashionable Stamping Weather forecast mine is summer sunshine!

The clocks went back last night and by just gone 5pm tonight it was already dark......winter approaches. Keep snug and carry on crafting,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. You have done so well with your garden, those chilli plants are amazing. Did you grow them in a greenhouse?

    The secret box is lovely.


  2. Your chilli plants look great, I especially love the purple one!
    What a brilliant little box, you could keep all sorts of secrets in there, never mind the chillies!! :)
    I know, dark evenings are back again! :( oh well only 66 days to pre-spring! ;)

    Have a good week my friend,
    V x

  3. Gorgeous project! Thanks so much for participating in our Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge.

  4. Gorgeous creation! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  5. I don't measure anything either. Almost never! But this fit together and is so gorgeously colored! I hope you find some great memories to put in it. Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at Party Time Tuesdays!

  6. A fantastic project, so many wonderful stamping details. Thank you for sharing your summer memories with us at FSC this time.

  7. Hi dear Jane, Loved seeing your chili plants, love the colors! I have never grown or eaten any of that type! I think they are really spicy hot?! Right? Certainty a treat come winter. We turn back our clocks on Nov. 2nd this year, then it will really feel like winter. Love the box, it is so clever and detailed, wonderful job! Great multitasking on the last photo!! Not a surprise ;)
    Enjoy the week ahead, xoRobin

  8. Wonderful photos of your beautiful garden, the chilli plants look fantastic, as does your beautiful memory box! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  9. That memory box is just lovely Jane as is the photo of you all :) I love chilli plants, I grew several the other year, maybe I ought to have done this year as your crop is a bumper one!! My grass is still growing too, although the last cut was last weekend, not sure it will get another one before the Spring.

  10. Amazing box! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Team challenge this month :)

  11. Hello dear Jane,

    Your garden still looks amazing, all that beautiful green and wow! those chilies! And it is almost November.

    Your Memory Box is so beautiful, I can imagine that it took quite a lot work - but it will be perfect to hold all those special memories.

    Wishing you happy last days of October!


  12. Your garden looks very nice.. we need to so some of that tidying when we get home from our week at the beach. I loved all your pepper photos! I love those black peppers.. I've raised them but never ate them. Have you heard of a "Peter Pepper"? :-) I had a plant of them in Louisiana. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. Your memory box is gorgeous, loving all the stamped images,so much to see...a great entry in to our challenge over Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  14. The last of my tomatoes are on my kitchen counter trying to finish getting ripe but my peppers are still producing too. Could we hope for an easy winter? Lovely box :)

  15. Hi Jane,
    Your Memory Box is spectacular and I've enjoyed the progression of your peppers. You have quite the Green Thumb!
    Thank You!!

  16. Hi Jane, Enjoy those peppers and I LOVE your memory box.
    Happy very late October....
    Anne D.T. xx
    Kisses to Daisy and Billy!!

  17. This is really lovely! I just love the mixed media look. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  18. What a fantastic memory box, I just love it so well thought out and decorated.

    Thank you for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx (DT Member)


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