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Waning Winter

Waning Winter

The first of the buds opened in January. Like a kaleidoscope of butterflies clinging to the silvery bare branch of the almond and plum trees, the blossoms arrived as a harbinger of the imminent spring. It’s been warm here– unseasonably warm. Alarmingly warm. But at times, in the evenings while my husband throws the ball […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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