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 are super cute and come with great instructions and patterns, so they look doable for a beginner like me. I figured this book would be a great way to get…

More gardening inspiration

Before I bought my house, when I lived in a loft in Pioneer Square, with no place to even think of growing anything, I started photo assisting for photographer Jim Henkens. Jim is another reason why I started gardening. If there was down time on shoots, he would tell me about his vegetable garden and the delicious things he cooked from the…

Welcome to Rake and Make!

Five years ago, when I first bought my house and was trying to figure out what I was going to do with the intimidating grassy area in my front yard, I took the Comprehensive Organic Gardeners class at Seattle Tilth. The COG class provided me with a great foundation of knowledge to utilize that big grassy area in a productive way, by getting rid…