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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 […]

The Lyra Hat

The Lyra Hat

I’ve knitted several of these hats, inspired by The Golden Compass, from infant-size to adult. They’re simple, whimsical and warm. I made this one with the handiest yarn, which turned out to be nearly the same color as the last hat I made. Fortunately, the color suits my slightly red-headed daughter well.

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 […]

Basic Homemade Soap Recipe

Basic Homemade Soap Recipe

We’re due to make a batch of soap as our supply begins to dwindle. Switching to commercial soap would simply not be an option. Our homemade bars are silky, scent-free, and fantastic for the skin– I use it on my face and it’s been the first product to leave me with clear skin, even among […]

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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