The Great Chicken Coop Remodel of 2015

Okay, now that the Coop Tour is over, I can finally share some of the prep work we did for it. One huge thing we did was finally remodel the chicken coop. Not only was the fence behind the coop rotting, but the coop itself had a dirt floor, so rats were getting in. I had also always wanted to paint the coop, so…

Simply Sewing Magazine Feature

I have been reading Tilly and Buttons, since I started sewing clothes a few years ago and have watched her publish a book and be on the Great British Sewing Bee. She’s a sewing celeb in the online sewing world and I am a big fan. I discovered Madalynne’s blog more recently, but was so impressed with her beautiful photos and…

Urban Farm and Coop Tour Recap

Last weekend was my 3rd time being a host on the Seattle Tilth Urban Farm and Chicken Coop tour and I think it was my favorite year. It was certainly the biggest turn-out we had ever had! There was a steady stream of people from 10am when we opened until 4pm when we closed and that was a first for us.…

Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour

“Rake and Make Ranch” (as I so dubbed it in this year’s application) was accepted to Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour, listing it as one of Seattle’s top 25 urban farms! I’ve been a host before in 2010 and 2012, but I’m especially excited about this year, as Matt and I have been working really hard on our coop and garden lately. The…

Guest post by Flower- Fermented Lettuce

Every year I find myself elbow deep in greens. Early this year I planted four varieties of lettuce, two of them mustard greens. After many an inventive salad, it dawned on me: Could I ferment my greens? Lilly blessed me with an amazing crock so I have been doing quite a few ferments lately. Not only is fermented food delicious,…

Me-Made-May ’15 Recap

Hi strangers! Here is my slightly belated Me-Made-May ’15 recap! I sort of half assedly participated in this year’s Me-Made-May. So half assedly, that I never even really announced that I was doing it. So the least I can do is a little recap! In case you don’t know what Me-Made-May is, it’s something Zoe from the blog So Zo’…

Colette Patterns Moneta “Kentucky Derby” Dress

I recently made my first Colette Patterns Moneta dress and I can see why the blogisphere is abuzz about it. I made mine out of this fun “horse and jockey” vintage knit fabric that was in my stash (courtesy of Flower). It still had the dollar price tag on it from Goodwill. I made version 1 with the roll collar from the…

Ukulele Fun!-damentals Recap and Recital Video

So many great experiences start as a gift from my husband; the first one being the sewing machine he got me three years ago, that started my garment sewing obsession. I had off-handedly mentioned to Matt that I was interested in learning how to play the ukulele. One reason was that two of my all time favorite bands have ukulele in them:…

Gray Cabled Mitts

I would think that no one wants to read about hand knit winter wear in the middle of April, if my knitting night wasn’t still packed full of knitters every week. Apparently, knitting is a year round activity. So I won’t apologize for sharing my gray cabled mitts (that I finished in February) with you now. The pattern was another…

Wardrobe Architect 2015- March: Planning my Sewing

Since we cleaned out our closets last month, this month’s Wardrobe Architect goal was to find the holes in our wardrobes and plan what we are going to sew. I’m adding an additional challenge to that; to use fabric and patterns I already have. As a result, there will still be some holes in my wardrobe, but at least I…