Some Pretty Little Things
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Some Pretty Little Thingsfeatured

Things are popping out of the ground, and we have had some beautiful weather.  Although my yard is bursting with flowers April through November, I really treasure these early spring delights far above all others. Here’s some of what’s blooming/looking good right now: Crocus Scotch Moss on my stairs Violas in my birdhouses.  I made Read more

An Ode To Catkins
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An Ode To Catkinsfeatured

One of the first signs of spring are the arrival of catkins on trees and shrubs.  What is a catkin?  It’s actually a flower, which can be either wind pollinated or insect pollinated.  The word catkin comes from the Dutch word for kitten, “katteken”, because the flowers are long and cylindrical and look like a Read more

Boatneck Preppy in Plaid Sweatshirt, Burda Pattern 9/2014 #114A or #114B
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Boatneck Preppy in Plaid Sweatshirt, Burda Pattern 9/2014 #114A or #114Bfeatured

This was an easy sweatshirt to make, and it reminds me of the collegiate sweatshirts we all wore back in the 90’s, baggy in the body, with cuffs and a waistband.  I used a Burda pattern, found here and here, with a few modifications. I purchased my fabric from The Smuggler’s Daughter, an online fabric store.  Susan sells only Read more

Modern Swing Coat, With Tiny Ruffles….Butterick Pattern by Katherine Tilton 6253

Modern Swing Coat, With Tiny Ruffles….Butterick Pattern by Katherine Tilton 6253featured

A new coat—and I really mean it this time, when I say that THIS might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made (until the next thing, right?)  I just really love this coat.  Here are the details…. It is Katherine Tilton’s Butterick pattern B6253.  I used a sweatshirt style jersey knit, which is ecru colored fleece Read more

Indoor Gardening:  Paperwhites  (When the Weather Outside is Frightful…)
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Indoor Gardening: Paperwhites (When the Weather Outside is Frightful…)featured

When the weather outside is frightful, bring the gardening inside your house!  Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta, they are related to daffodils) are bulbs that are easy to plant indoors.  They bloom perfectly inside when planted fall through spring, and require little care.  They are also fragrant. I went to our local Fred Meyer (similar to Target) Read more

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