It is hard to believe that it is August already- the summer is flying by!
The daylilies are starting to wind down,and they have been spectacular. I am not sure if it was all the rain in June or the hot weather in early July, but the blooms were amazing. I am planning a major perennial garden overhaul, and will probably start rearranging this September. My vegetable gardening always seems to end up with disappointing results, except for tomatoes and things grown in pots on the deck. This year, the green bean yield was about 6 pods, the beets shriveled up to nothing, and all the patty-pan squash blossoms fell off and did not form little squashes. The carrots are the only bright spot. Last year, it was the marauding chipmunks and dry weather that did the garden in. This year, it was probably the extreme hot weather and monsoon rains early on.
Since I have always wanted a lush and colorful cottage garden with lots of blossoms to cut and bring inside, that is the goal for upcoming years. I ordered a bunch of perennial seeds and plan to sow some of them this fall and start the rest indoors next winter for spring planting.
On the sewing front, the consignment business is booming and the Bags of a Feather etsy shop is absolutely dead, which is not uncommon in the summer. I cut way back on my online inventory and sent a lot of those bags to some new retail venues like Mutability in Motion in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and a new gallery called Art Alive opening in Amherst in late August. It just makes no sense to have an online inventory of almost 200 items that sit there for months on end.
I also made some chicken-themed zipper pouches for the late August re-opening of the Chicken Store in Key West Florida. This was a fun project and hopefully will lead to more wholesale orders. The pictures below are shots of the bags in progress:Chicken fabric bags are very popular, and have always been one of the best-selling designs in my shop. There are a lot of hobby chicken farmers around here, and it is not uncommon to be driving down the road and see a chicken foraging in the grass or dirt on the side of the road. The eggs we buy from our neighbors at the end of the road are great and much better than the eggs in the supermarket.
Stay tuned for more updates and the latest from Bags of a Feather. Enjoy the rest of your summer!