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Carla
Sonoma County, CA
Crafty cookin' DIY mama!
Interests: gardening, cooking, sewing, decorating, crafting
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Today I am thrilled to introduce Melissa Q. of a happy stitch to the baby fever series. She was generous enough to share some very helpful advice on introducing older children to their new siblings, I plan to follow it to the letter! If you don't know Melissa already you... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at small + friendly
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I thought I'd interrupt baby fever to share a super quick and easy Easter DIY. I love the idea of using a bucket as an Easter basket. Not only are buckets at little more "boyish" than the traditional basket, they become a useful toy long after all the eggs have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at small + friendly
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One week ago today, Ronan Sky shot into our lives like a rocket. The world's cutest, snuggliest rocket. After an amazing 90 minutes of labor I was shocked and thrilled to be holding a perfect baby boy in my arms. He weighs 9 lbs 7 oz and is 21 inches... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at small + friendly
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Today's post was written by my sweet friend Deborah of My Life at Playtime. I can't say enough wonderful things about her: she is so kind and fun and adorable. Her site is full of beautiful parties, super cute kids, and wonderful thoughts on parenting and marriage. Be sure to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at small + friendly
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Please welcome Marigold of Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!. Marigold not only has an amazingly creative mind, she also has a great sense of humor. I had so much fun getting to know her better over fondue at Alt. Today she's going to share a super cute tutorial with us. Be sure... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at small + friendly
Thanks so much! I joined in!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2014 on DIY Swaddle Blankets at small + friendly
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When I unpacked all of Jude's old baby items I realized that all the tiny clothes I planned on sewing would quite possibly go unworn. I have so many adorable little things Jude only wore once or twice. So for now the baby clothes sewing is mostly on hold. Of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at small + friendly
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I had a hilarious dream the other night. I was at a childbirth class at the hospital. The instructor said: "You can only pack two things in your hospital bag, go!" To which I replied without hesitation, "Chapstick and a camera!" I was really proud of myself! And actually when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at small + friendly
I used to live in Seattle, I could have lived on this pie and I didn't even think I liked coconut cream pie! The best! As for books, I'm days away from entering the time warp that is not one but two little ones. I fear I'll have to hold off on Goldfinch.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2014 on with real reservations at remedial eating
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I am so excited to introduce you all to Sara of bonzo, chooch, mushy and me. I've been reading her wonderful blog for a long time now. She has a beautiful parenting style and absolutely gorgeous children. I feel so grateful that she is sharing her experience as a mother... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at small + friendly
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I'd first like to say that I know the transition from one boy to two will not be without it's challenges. I'm sure Jude will have rough days; I'm sure we all will. But I just can't get over how sweet and excited Jude has been about being a big... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at small + friendly
This is so very exciting! Beekeeping is on my bucket list for sure!
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2014 on new bee*ginnings...... at Gypsy Forest
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I woke up this morning, tired from another restless night, and as I wiped the sleep from my eyes I decided to check my email. My inbox had been flooded with love and my day got infinitely better. Some of the wonderful #creativemamas had thrown a surprise baby shower for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at small + friendly
I can't stop crying! You are so very amazing! These are the most perfect gifts ever! I simply can't get over it! Thank you thank you thank you!
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It is my honor and pleasure to introduce the first guest poster of the baby fever series: the one, the only, Jason Wiking. You might know him better as my other half, the one who builds cool things, and looks super cute in photos. What you might not know is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at small + friendly
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So I know that trying to plan your birth can be a difficult task. A birth plan insinuates that you have control over how your labor unfolds, which is just not possible. However, while we can't control how our body will behave during birth, we can control how we, as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at small + friendly
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Jude was due on Christmas Day. Yes, December 25th. I didn't think I would get pregnant the instant we started trying, so I didn't really do the math; I'm not that great at math. And so there it was, a big fat digital yes on the pregnancy test, and a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at small + friendly
Karen, Thank you so much for your kind words and that excellent article! Those pieces just became that much more special to me. Love, Carla small + friendly // adventures in modern homemaking http://smallfriendly.com
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2014 on Let's Talk Modern Homemaking at small + friendly
I am so glad that you dont feel judged! I just kept nodding my head at your comment, yes, yes, yes! Nobody puts baby in a corner or modern homemakers in a box!
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2014 on Let's Talk Modern Homemaking at small + friendly
You could absolutely add essential oils although it smells pretty fab already!
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2014 on Homemade Body Butter at small + friendly
More sewing is never a bad thing. I too won't give up on the machine I learned on. If I ever breakdown and get a new machine it must be basic, sturdy, and screen free!
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I was recently gifted this amazing box of quilt pieces. They belonged to my great-great grandmother. They are all hand sewn, and the fabric came almost exclusively from feed bags and flour sacks. I love them. And I obviously must learn to quilt. I can't wait to give these beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at small + friendly
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Honestly, for me in my current state this is more of a DIY belly butter than a body butter, but it is fabulous for all skin, not just that which is being pulled as tight as a drum. With just three ingredients it couldn't be easier to make and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at small + friendly
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As you might imagine, I've got baby on the brain! With my due date fast approaching I would like to introduce a new series - Baby Fever! For the next few months you can expect quite a few baby related posts around here. It won't be exclusively baby focused on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at small + friendly
I've been on a big bread baking kick lately. And there is nothing better than home grown eggs. I've been tackling my pregnancy cravings with a fair share of baking. I figure chocolate chip cookies are way better for you when you bake them from scratch with organic ingredients. We simple don't snack in my house so one better get enough at meal time. And usually dessert is fruit, I've been guilty of out of season fruit purchases, one can only eat so many apples. I do wish that local produce was much cheaper, I miss the SB farmers market, do they still have smokin deals?
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2014 on feeding ourselves. at lady cordelia