Wild and Free Wristbands

My second knitting project ever! These were actually belated Christmas presents for some girlfriends of mine that have lovingly become known as “wild and free” (vs. “tamed and tied down” like the rest of us). Meaning, they’re spontaneous and do cool shit like go to France on a whim, sip tequila in fake eyelashes and have impromptu dance parties. They’re…

Dairy-free “Buttermilk” Banana Nut Waffles

Ahh… waffles. I’ve never been a lover of pancakes, but I am certainly a waffle convert now. It all started with the waffles Matt’s mom always makes us when we visit his family in Vermont. The smell of waffles now evokes memories of cozy holidays and relaxing vacations in a picturesque environment. So it was only fitting that Matt’s folks…

Sparkly Striped Cowl Neck Renfrew Top

I haven’t been sewing as much as I had hoped to this Winter, but I did manage to whip up another Sewaholic Renfrew Top. This is my second Renfrew top that I have made. I blogged about the first one I made here. I said I would make this pattern again and I meant it! I found the fabric at Pacific…

Cook the Books: Chicken Breasts Diable, Crumb-Coated Broccoli and Cheesy Rice with Spinach

In my last post, I mentioned that something I have been looking forward to is Meg of Grow and Resist and Oh Briggsy‘s Cook the Books Cookbook Challenge. They are co-hosting a year long cookbook challenge, where they pick a cookbook a month to cook from. I love blog challenges and they sold me on it with their amazing, interesting and…

2012 Year in Review

So I had plans for the some blog posts that I just haven’t had a chance to get around to, such as post about my lovely Renfrew cowl neck shirt that I made to wear to holiday parties (and did wear…a lot). I will do a full post later, but here are a couple of photos in the meantime. I…

Last minute holiday gift idea: cloth napkins!

Hi there! There’s less than a week until Christmas! Do you have all your shopping and/or gift making done? If you are looking for a last minute homemade gift idea that is quick, easy, cheap and sure to please, you might think about whipping up some cloth napkins as gifts. They are great because you can pick out a fun…

Guest Post by Kate: Cold Process Soap Tutorial

I am proud to announce, that here to kick of the holiday season, with an amazing and inspiring tutorial on soap making, is guest blogger, Kate Baker! Fun fact, Kate is the sister of Rake and Make logo designer, Chip Baker. Talented family! Thanks Kate for this post! I totally want to try this now. Or I might just try…

Go-Go Garter Stitch Scarf

Learning how to knit has been on my list of things I want to learn for a long time. I learned to crochet on a school trip to Italy in 2001. There was a yarn store right by our flat, so I bought a crochet hook and some yarn and a classmate taught me whatever the basic crochet stitch is.…

Putting my garden to bed

It’s been raining like crazy (even for Seattle), so I hadn’t gotten out in the yard in awhile. The dead pole beans, wilted eggplants and red, cracked jalapeños had been haunting me every time I pulled into the driveway, so I finally got out there last weekend. It was a super foggy morning, but it wasn’t raining and the forecast was…

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

I might be stirring shit up by saying this, but I am not a fan of many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. I’m sure some people love the canned candied yams topped with melted marshmellows, the green beans with cream of mushroom soup and the crunchy dried onions on top. I know I have heard a friend or two confess that…