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Carla
Sonoma County, CA
Crafty cookin' DIY mama!
Interests: gardening, cooking, sewing, decorating, crafting
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My friends Andrea, Melissa, and bunch of other awesome bloggers got together and created a rad bundle of printables designed to keep kids active and creative all summer long. Jude and I got a chance to check out The Ultimate Boredom Buster Kit and we loved it! There's cooking, science,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at small + friendly
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Anyone else love to play with clay? Jude and I can't get enough of the stuff! We recently made a bunch of polymer clay beads and marbles. The process is simple and rewarding. This is the kind of project that a school aged child can do all on their own,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at small + friendly
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Most people, when they meet my dad, are a little confused. He looks too young, and honestly, he is. At just 14 years my senior I often feel as though people are owed an explanation. My dad hates for me to have to explain, but I love telling the story... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at small + friendly
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We all know it's important to find time to connect with our partners and yet, as busy parents it can be hard to find the time. Date night is an ideal way to spend quality romantic time, but if you're anything like my husband and I, it can be difficult... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at small + friendly
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Looking for a delicious green smoothie and that is high on protein and low in sugar? What if I told you that I've got just the recipe and it tastes so good that my kids fight me for it? It's true!! I make this smoothie, most often as breakfast for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at small + friendly
Its only been up for about a week so its hard to say who has actually moved in. According to our research lady bugs, assassin beetles, and solitary bees should all love it but might not settle in until they are ready to nest in the cooler months. We have native bees in our garden but none have moved in yet, Ill keep you posted! - Carla
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on DIY Bug Hotel at small + friendly
Ha!! Thanks Melissa, Im so glad its not just me!
Megan, Youre totally right, the trick it to have fun that just happens to be exercise! I hope you guys enjoy yoga, if nothing else its good for a laugh! Thanks for reading, Carla
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Today I've partnered with Lady Patch to bring you five fun ways that you can be active with your kids. I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of rigid exercise. You'll never find me in a boot camp of any kind. I love taking dance classes, but I struggle to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at small + friendly
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The posts for the Mini Maker's Guide to Summer Fun have all been so awesome! I can't wait to try all of the rad ideas! (You can find them all here.) My contribution to this fab line up is a DIY Bug Hotel. This is a great way to create... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at small + friendly
Well there is absolutely no way we will hear "I'm bored" this summer!! I can't wait to make all the things!!
I love this so much!! It's a great way to bust through that upcycle pile!! Also, your kiddos could not be cuter! I can't wait to try this project, thanks so much for being part of the series!!
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Can you believe that summer is just around the corner? I don't know about you, but I am always looking for cool stuff to do with the kids or better yet set the kids up with when they cry “bored”. Summer is awesome, but it also means a lot of... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at small + friendly
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This weekend Jude and I sewed up some sweet little cozy clouds. It was a really fun project that we could work on side by side, and it was inspired by Sanae Ishida's new book Sewing Happiness. Sewing Happiness is a beautiful and touching book about the healing power of... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at small + friendly
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Why bother brewing your own kombucha? Because it's super easy, tastes amazing, and costs next to nothing. My family loves kombucha, but the store bought versions aren't just super expensive, they also don't taste half as good as homemade. Jude and I have been making homemade kombucha for well over... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at small + friendly
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Need the perfect way to wrap that Mother's Day gift? Have your kids create these simple, yet stunning tote bags. We came up with two different styles, a scribble art tote that even the youngest artist can create and a batik inspired bleach pen tote that will let older children... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at small + friendly
Yay!!! I'm so glad you are back and I'm inspired already, no surprise there! I can't wait to chat reality with you! Three cheers for self love!
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on a reintroduction at Sew Liberated
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Yay!! Thank you so much for your support! Were going to have fun! XO, Carla
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2016 on I finally figured out my purpose at small + friendly
Melissa, Im not sure I would have figured this out without getting to chat with you! Thank you!! XOXO, Carla
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2016 on I finally figured out my purpose at small + friendly
Thank you so much MJ! Its funny that I shied away from having a kid focus for so long, I am super excited to have a stronger direction! xo Carla
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2016 on I finally figured out my purpose at small + friendly
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It is the six year anniversary of this little blog of mine and it is finally clear to me why I do it. I always thought I was someone with too many interests to have one true passion. But then I went to Craftcation and I met an amazing group... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at small + friendly
Laurinda, I am so glad you like it!! I baked a couple loaves today too! Thanks so much for reading! - Carla small + friendly: maker and mama www.smallfriendly.com
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2016 on One Hour Sandwich Bread at small + friendly
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Finally! The post many have been waiting for! I'm here to teach you how to add not one, but two, different types of waistbands to my free sewing baby legging sewing pattern! And don't forget that pattern also comes with a shorts option so it's perfect for summer! I will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at small + friendly
Cait, Yes, its a lot of yeast but thats how it works so quickly! Happy baking and thanks for reading! - Carla small + friendly: maker and mama www.smallfriendly.com
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2016 on One Hour Sandwich Bread at small + friendly
I would try just making the sides a little wider (maybe 1/4) and adding maybe 1/2 to the rise. I hope that helps! Happy Sewing! small + friendly: maker and mama www.smallfriendly.com
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2016 on Micro Shorts - DIY Baby Shorts at small + friendly