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The Year In A Word

The Year In A Word

If there were a word to represent 2014, for us it would be change. I’m hardly the person whose shoes I wore in January, and as we wind down toward the holidays, looking back on the year and forward to the next, I could not feel more optimistic or joyful. The thematic transitioning of 2014 has […]

Lavender and Honey Gin Fizz

Lavender and Honey Gin Fizz

Last night we hosted the first of several Christmas celebrations. The evening comprised a small group of friends and family, a large piece of beef, oysters just plucked from the ocean, and delicious herbal cocktails. The cocktail, an herbal gin fizz made with lavender and honey, would be superb in warm weather but was also a lovely […]

Burlap Checkerboard and Tic-Tac-Toe

Burlap Checkerboard and Tic-Tac-Toe

These make great gifts and are dirt-cheap to make if you have a little paint lying around. They’re highly portable with the stones tucked away in little burlap sacks, so they’re fun to bring out for a summer picnic or for a winter fireside game. Light and dark stones hold down the burlap when it’s […]

How To Make A Fabulous Easy Wreath For Free

How To Make A Fabulous Easy Wreath For Free

I’ve been making wreaths from scavenged greenery since I was a small child, using anything from grass to ivy to palm fronds to conifer branches. This one took about 20 minutes and used nothing but the plants in my yard. Don’t have any trees to rob from? Christmas tree lots generally give away their trimmings […]

Staying Warm

Staying Warm

As we listened to stories of kayakers in Healdsburg’s parking lots and highway closures in San Francisco, as my mom complained that she thought her windows might shatter behind the wind and rain in Sonoma County, and as local people scrambled in the path of the anticipated “megastorm,” we went to bed last night under a […]

Handmade Holidays

Handmade Holidays

I’ve always been a lousy consumer. Handmade gifts are mandatory, and I almost never think beyond them. When time is tight and hands are rarely free, though, such little accomplishments become quite large indeed. These small hat and scarf sets make a simple bottle of wine far more meaningful. They’re quick and fun to make, because […]

The Christmas Stocking and Self-Gratitude

The Christmas Stocking and Self-Gratitude

The wi-fi wasn’t working, but I didn’t have the gumption to call the provider. The clock in the kitchen had just gonged 5, and I hadn’t even poured a cup of coffee. Instead I dug through my yarn. I’d squirreled it away over a year ago in disheveled heaps, not long after my daughter was […]

A Winter Hat

A Winter Hat

The cooler weather has begun to move in, and in spite of my little one’s resistance to wearing anything resembling a hat, I knew it would eventually become imperative that her nearly bald little head have some insulation. I haven’t picked up knitting needles or a crochet hook since before her birth– the longest interlude […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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