Thrift Style Thursday // Gingham Style

Whew! It's already THURSDAY, guys! Where has this week gone? Someone tell me, please, because last I looked, it was Monday and I was all "there are soooo many days before the weekend" (insert whiny voice). And now, it's all BAM! Weekend tomorrow. And it's a long one to boot.

Somehow, we got into the habit of celebrating the birthday of our dear Queen Victoria (she died in the early 1900s, but it's still a thing). Bless her soul, we still kick off our summer in her name and get drunk and plant flowers and wear plaid. 

Or in my case, Gingham. 

Remember at the beginning of the year when I swore I'd wear plaid? Yeah, it's not happening. This thrifted gingham tank may just be the closest thing I am going to get to plaid this summer. It's a little on the hick side, so I've dubbed it my farmer shirt. In that respect, it's light and airy, and perfect for a Sunday afternoon in the garden.

Of course, you wouldn't find me wearing wedges while farming. Instead, I'd have on my beat up birkenstock knock-offs, and that's just fine with me. I'd garden barefoot, if I could, but Nick mixed some used chicken coop shavings into the garden to decompose in the soil, and I'm not sure if I like the idea of bare footing through chicken poopies.

I'll just leave you with that thought. 

shirt // Garage, thrifted, Value Village
shorts // Tommy Hilfiger, thrifted
sunnies // Guess
wedges // Kenneth Cole, Winners/Marshalls

Thanks, Carissa for this awesome theme! I definitely think this was a solid add to my summer wardrobe. And let's give a huge TST welcome to our newest thrifty lady: Alison of Nouveau North Westerners! If you haven't yet, make sure you check out all our other lovely ladies, too.. I know they've done some awesome gingham styles!

A Very Finished Greenhouse and Garden Update

 Well, I think I promised these photos about a month ago. It's amazing how, when you decide that you're going to be diligent in your posting schedule (even coming up with posts and ideas that are under time constraints), life gets in the way. 

Our plants are all twice the size now, and we have moved the Butternut and Spaghetti Squash, as well as both the Yellow and Green Zucchinis to the garden. This weekend, upcoming, we'll transplant all the tomatoes and peppers to their new home. 

The temperatures this weekend hit about 28 celsius, and so it was a perfect Sunday afternoon to begin planting season. Because we had a bad case of airborne blight on all the tomatoes last year, we're going to be expanding the upper section of the garden by about 10 feet squared to make room for a new harvest, hopefully unaffected by last year's disease.

I'll also be adding a few more herbs to the garden, but more on that later.

In the meantime, we're trying to get our zucchini plants to take to the trellis. We've never grown zucchini up before, so this is going to be a bit of an experiment. I'm hoping that it'll take quite easily. Last year we had a lot of rotting fruit on our zucchini plant because it crawled along the ground. I'd rather not lose an entire harvest again this year.

I'm putting spaghetti squash in the ground. What? You thought I looked like I do for TST all the time? :P

Stay tuned for more garden updates. This upcoming long weekend is sure to mean lots more planting!


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