Dreaming of my March Garden

Can you believe it’s almost March?  After this long, cold winter, I’m so excited for spring.   I can already taste the tomatoes and cucumbers from this year’s garden!



But…I don’t want to get in too much of a hurry.  We’ve been prone to Easter freezes.  Victoryseeds.com has Shreveport’s last frost as April 2.   Five more weeks!  Woo Hoo!

This gives me just enough time to start my tomatoes!

Here’s my plan:

  • Start my tomatoes NOW!
  • Start my squash and zucchini around March 15.
  • Start my cucumbers the last week of March.
  • Keep enjoying my brocoli, cabbage, and spinach.
  • My beans and all my baby plants will go in the ground after April 2.  (I’ll have to buy pepper transplants since I waited to late to start those!)

If you haven’t already nabbed it, go grab March 2014′s Southern Living!  It has the most wonderful article about a garden just south of Natchitoches!  It also has a list of some Southern veggie classics.  I will be choosing my veggies by their list this year.

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March Sewing Classes in Shreveport Bossier

March Sewing Classes in Shreveport/Bossier

Hey Y’all!  Here’s March’s Sewing Class Schedule:

March Sewing Classes in Shreveport Bossier

I’m excited to offer you a new class:  The Emmaline Dress.  For this class, you will need to purchase and download the pdf version of the pattern from http://violettefieldthreads.com/.  You must have your own copy of this pattern.

March Sewing Day is The first sewing day is March 13.   It features 3 45-minute tutorials.  The schedule is:

  • 11:00 What Size do I make?  Not sure what size pattern to purchase or stitch up.  I’ll show you the key measurements to use when deciding.
  • 12:00 Twin Needle Sewing:  What is a twin needle and why on earth would you want to use it???
  • 1:00  Hemming Feet:  One of my most favorite and most used presser feet.

Each session is $15 or enjoy all 3 for $40.  Just bring your machine, your presser feet (if you have them, your sewing kit, and a yard or so of scrap fabric.

I am available for private lessons most Thursdays and Fridays.  If you are interested in private lessons, email me ASAP as March is already 75% booked.


{ Home }: Pineapples and Hospitality

Oh my goodness.  The March Southern Living just came to me!  I enjoy the magazine, but every once in a while, they produce an issue that I just read again and again and again.  This is one of those issues!!!  (I’m sure I’ll mention it again to you!)

An article in the magazine showcases some fun pineapple finds and briefly explains one thought behind the pineapple as a symbol of hospitality.  I’ve always been curious about this too.  In my mind, pineapples = Hawaii, so…

Here’s what I found after a little more research:

The pineapple is used as a symbol of hospitality today in the South and along the Atlantic Coast.  That may be based on the Early American tradition of a returning sailor placing a pineapple high outside his home, announcing his return and inviting friends to stop buy and trade stories.  However, it may just be because someone suggested it in the early 1900s and we all just followed suit.

No matter how the tradition started, it’s a beautiful way to welcome guests into your home.

Naturally, I took to Etsy to find some fun pineapple finds of my own:

‘Pineapples’ by personalitychildrens

My favorite finds featuring this symbol of hospitality.

Purple Pineapple Trio Print


Poster Size Reproduction of …


Pineapples, Fruit, Food, Hou…




Pineapple giclee print, yell…


Pineapple Pillow Cover – For…




Pineapple Art Watercolor Pai…


Pineapple welcome print Anti…


Large Solid Raw Brass Pineap…


cotton linen Fabrics Decorat…


Pineapple – Original Art Pri…


Burlap Door Hanger Pineapple…


Fruits poster Pineapple post…


Pineapple (Cream) – Microfib…


Pineapple Welcome Sign Art T…


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