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…

Getting Ready to Garden- Part 2: Preparing Beds

Q: What’s the most important ingredient in your garden? A: Your soil! The folks at Seattle Tilth, in my training and in the Maritime NW Garden Guide, have always emphasized…

Flower’s first post- Making a pattern, otherwise known as winging it!

Introducing… Flower! Yes, I have a very good friend named Flower, it’s no joke. Funny story: One time, at a bar, we were asked our names by a couple of…

My “Meringue” skirt- dance party tested, sewing nerd approved

For a long time, I have dreamed of making my own clothes, so this is kind of a milestone for me. Last weekend, I completed my first ever garment; the…

Starting Seeds Indoors and the Quest for Homemade Sauerkraut

I used to hate sauerkraut when I was a kid. I thought it smelled like boiling, smelly socks. Now I love it! When I started growing vegetables, I was so…

Getting the novelty prints out of my system…

I found these chicken and egg contrasting fabrics at Pacific Fabrics and since I have chickens, I had to get them! My first apron! The instructions came from the book, Sew…

Getting Ready to Garden- Part 1: Garden Planning

In the northwest, if you cover your soil with a cloche, or plastic, early enough in the season for the ground to dry and warm up a little, planting peas…

Overwintering Vegetables- what’s in my garden now

I have had so-so success with overwintering vegetables. I seem to do better ever year, so that is something, I guess. Last Fall, I planted beets and cabbage under my…

Garden Helpers

In 2010, I participated in a program called the “Garden Helpers” that was a collaboration between Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle and Seattle Tilth. It was basically the Comprehensive Organic Gardening course that…

Cute as a button sewing machine cover

When I took my Pattern Reading class at the West Seattle Fabric Company, I picked up a book called One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects. All the projects in it…