Change is good

Change is good,change is good, change is good, ohm…… this has become my new mantra. I have to touch back on this thought often these days. There are big things…

Palette Challenge update: Crepe dress

We’ve been having some pretty nice weather in Seattle lately, so I’ve been doing more gardening than sewing lately. My dog Charlie, is usually my garden helper. He likes to…

Transplanting Tips: The quest for homemade sauerkraut continues!

Remember the cabbage seeds that I started indoors back in March? Well, here they are now and they are ready to be transplanted in the ground! I hardened them off…

Palette Challenge Project #1- Truffle Dress

I completed my first project for the Colette Patterns 2012 Spring/Summer Palette Challenge and I couldn’t be more pleased. I have to be honest, as my third ever handmade garment attempt, I…

Roasted Dandelion Root Tea

A cautionary note; if you are allergic to plants in the daisy family, take caution with dandelions.  Also, if you are harvesting dandelions, be sure to do so from areas…

A sunny Sunday in the garden: thinning’s not so painful when you have chickens… and a short rant on weeds.

Everything is growing in the garden right now, including the weeds. I have been told that a weed is just something in the garden you do not want. I also…

2012 Spring & Summer Palette Challenge

Woohoo! I’m going to do a sewing challenge! Apparently, twice a year, Colette Patterns hosts seasonal wardrobe “palette” challenges.  For this one, the idea is to pick a color palette for Spring…

A Pastille for Easter

I completed my first dress (my second garment and the second project in the Colette Sewing Handbook), just in time for Easter dinner at Flower’s house! My inspiration for the…

It’s a Spring Plant-o-rama!

Remember the nice fluffy beds I got ready a couple of weeks back? All that hard work made for some very quick and easy planting. In my first bed, I…

Psanky Brunch

We have talked for years about making Psanky (otherwise known as Ukranian) eggs. This year we finally did it! If you have not heard of Psanky, it is the craft…

Pysanky Tutorial

I swear it’s not in the Rake and Make submission guidelines that you have to be a retired rollergirl to submit, because we don’t have submission guidelines (yet)! It just…

Sew-along Tag-along: Pastille Muslin

There is currently a “sew-along” happening, where fans of the Colette Sewing Handbook, are “sewing along” with bloggers Rhinestones and Telephones and Miss Crayola Creepy as they sew all the projects from…