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About The Swivlettes

Melody & Katy are the Swivlettes. The Swivlettes started out simply as two best friends making bits of music together for fun. It didn't take long to discover they shared a musical chemistry with a sound heavily influenced by folk and faith. Soon after, they decided to engage in a full project with their experience. Now, with fiddle and guitar in hand, they share the songs they've created during their musical adventure. Welcome to the Swivlettes' project!

Hand Written Letters

Hello! It has been a loooong time since we’ve posted an update. Sorry about that!

I wanted to write about writing letters.

Recently, I joined a group of penpals called the League of Extraordinary Penpals. If you are looking to join back onto the snail mail bandwagon, I highly recommend this group! It’s really wonderful.

The thing about writing letters is that it is so personal. I had forgotten the joy of getting hand-addressed envelopes in my mailbox. It’s so nice to get something other than bills or credit card applications. Letter writing takes effort, but learning about strangers through through hand-written letters is really wonderful. If you haven’t ever had a penpal, you should definitely check it out. It’s really fun and I get really excited to check the mail these days. Or, if you don’t feel comfortable writing to strangers, write a letter to your grandma, or send a birthday card to your second cousin. It’s worth the 47 cents.

Here are some envelopes I’ve “doodled” recently..

peter pan bird harry potter star wars cat alice walle mermaid mary poppins-Katy

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Manatees Are The Best

If you know me, you know that I’m a bit obsessed with manatees (as is Melody).

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This is my desktop wallpaper.. Not even kidding.

So it all started when my brothers introduced Melody and I to “Mermaids the Body Found” on Animal planet. Remember that show? It was weird and creepy and apparently mermaids are real.
ImageAnyways… On the “documentary” they said that manatees were often mistaken for mermaids and they showed video of manatees just hanging out in the water, being awesome. This brought us to wonder “what sounds do manatees make”? We decided that it had to be a lazy “muhhh” sound (it’s a squeaky sound in real life). We went on YouTube in search of the song of the manatee. What we found was the most awesome song sung by this kid that was hilarious but has since been removed from YouTube (maybe the Swivlettes will cover it in the future).

From what I can remember, the song went as follows:

Manatee, oh manatee
Cow OF the sea
Your face looks like a vacuum
You don’t really look like a sea cow you look more like a sea pig

There were other verses but you get the gist. We have taken this song to heart and embarrassed many a person while singing it at random. I’ve seen one in the wild before and it was magical. I just really love manatees. If I ever live in Florida I am totally getting that manatee license plate.

I will leave you with this.

~Katy

St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!

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Since we are both part Irish AND we will be going to Ireland later this year (EEP!), we are big fans of this holiday.

This year I made a very Irish dinner consisting of corned beef, cabbage, and smashed potatoes.

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The corned beef was made straight from the package, I used the Pioneer Woman’s cabbage recipe as well as her smashed potatoes recipe (found here and here). So good!

Dessert was an Irish car bomb in dessert form! ImageClick HERE for the recipe if you’d like to try it. It turned out absolutely deliciously. Seriously. So yummy.

After the feasting, Melody and I decided to break out the instruments and play some Irish tunes. Here’s a really fun Irish jig called King of the Fairies.

Thanks for watching! – Katy

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Starting an Organic Garden

Starting an Organic Garden

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It’s finally coming! Spring is almost here!

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the seasons of the year for their unique treasures, but I’m ready for warmth. Picnics, the beach, swimming, sunshine, oh the possibilities! Plus, this year I’m cultivating my largest garden project yet. I’ll be sharing my successes (and failures) with you guys. i’ve planted small gardens in the past, but I’m expanding the turf this go ’round.

Ready to get dirty, sweat lots, play outside and enjoy the fruits of your labor (yum yum)? OR maybe you just want a small window garden to grow herbs for fragrance and cooking. Either way, I’ll be posting tips for loving and cultivating an organic garden. Let’s do this thing.

  • First: Pick what you want to grow! Do you want a heap of veggies and herbs? That’s what I’m planting this season. I’m hoping for a small crop of eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet peppers, basil and mint. Try to pick things that grow well in your zone. You can find out what zone you are in fairly easily by searching the internet.
  • Second: Decide where you are going to put your garden. Do you have space in your yard for the crop you want? Maybe you live in an apartment and you’re trying for a small window garden? Remember that different plants require more or less sunlight in comparison with others. Don’t haphazardly place your seeds in the darkest corner of your yard. Find out what your seedlings and transplants like.
  • Third: Make way for the growth! Prepare the space you’ve picked for your little ones. If you’re planting outside then you may need to do a soil test. You can get a test kit for roughly 4 bucks at any feed/seed place. They might even have them at Home Depot (I love that place). If you’re planting inside then you’ll need an attractive looking container that has good drainage for the water you’ll be feeding your plants. If you’re like me, and you want to tackle a big space outside, you’ll need to till the ground. I bought a refurbished till machine for $80 at Home Depot. It was a steal. It works like a charm, unless you’re running over giant roots and/or rocks. Check out this giant boulder my machine found earlier! 
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Okay, there’s your homework. Now, go get started on your organic garden! I’ll be posting more 

Oh, and post comments or questions below!

-Melody

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 My sweet, bargain tiller.

Welcome

Welcome to the Swivlettes.com! We are so thrilled to share bits of our lives with you. We’re taking on several projects this year.

We are always working on new music together. We are adding more instruments to our repertoire as well. You can check out our YouTube page for our videos. Also, our first EP is available for purchase on iTunes!! Eep! You can click the picture for the direct link!

We are also writing a book together. I won’t give anything away at this point, but it’s based in Ireland and we will actually be traveling to Ireland for most of July to work on a farm at get some research done for our book! We’ll post more details as the travel date grows nearer.

We are really into crochet and jewelry making. Our Etsy shop will be live soon with items that we have made that will be for sale.

Thanks for checking out our new website. As always, just send us a message if you’re interested in booking us, or if you just want to chat.

–Katy