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Sonoma County, CA
Crafty cookin' DIY mama!
Interests: gardening, cooking, sewing, decorating, crafting
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Looking for a great way to make breakfast more fun? A low mess way to decorate eggs? Or maybe a super fun craft that doubles as the perfect springy napkin ring? With little more than a block of polymer clay and a marker, you and your kids can make these... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at small + friendly
I love spring and after a long wet winter it feels especially wonderful this year. With the sun finally shining through the windows I got a really good look at the fingerprints on the glass and realized it was time for some serious spring cleaning. This year I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at small + friendly
I've got a fun twist on my very popular ribbed knit hat pattern! Jude requested a new cap for our trip to the snow and I was happy to oblige. He fell in love with the neon orange by Caron Simply Soft and while I love being able to spot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at small + friendly
​Dear Pat, Thank you so much for letting me know that you like the pattern! Ive got another fun variation of the pattern coming to the blog soon! Thanks so much for reading. Happy Knitting! - Carla​
Judy, Thanks so much for reading! A large (5 qt) round or oval dutch oven work great. I have a le creuset 5 qt oval that I use constantly. There are now some really nice affordable options from companies like lodge. I hope that helps! Happy Baking! - Carla
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2017 on Super Simple Homemade Bread at small + friendly
This handmade tiny treehouse is my new favorite kid craft. It is simple yet sculptural, collaborative yet kid-led, and the best part? You're left with a stunning piece to decorate your space and encourage creative play. When Jude and I discovered the amazing miniature treehouse sculptures by Jedediah Voltz we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at small + friendly
I sooo needed to read this today! Thank you!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2017 on Beat anxiety like a ninja at Clean.
This is not and will never be a political blog. But it is a personal blog, and I personally care deeply about women's rights. I believe that we all deserve respect, equal pay for equal work, freedom from fear, access to healthcare, and autonomy in the choices we make about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at small + friendly
New year, new challenge!!! I have quite the serious addiction passion for cookbooks. I love them, I collect them, I read them cover to cover, and then I tend to cook the same tried and true recipes of my own creation over and over again. So this year I thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at small + friendly
Megan, You are so kind, its never easy to admit your failures, although after 34 years of mistakes I should be used to it, ha! I absolutely love the word focus! I had that several years ago and it served me so very well! I cant wait to read your new posts! - Carla
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2017 on Thoughts On A New Year at small + friendly
Im so glad you liked that link! I havent read War and Peace but I totally get that strange comfort in knowing things arent so new and different after all. I love cultivate your garden so fitting to our times, and your beautiful backyard! Sending hugs, we California liberals arent going down without a fight! - Carla
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I feel as though I spent 2016 slightly listless, I started the year determined to change too much. Trying to force myself to be the type of person that loves to fill in a planner and schedule my every move. Expecting myself to somehow loosen up, be more present, create... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at small + friendly
It may sound cliche, but our home, especially around the holidays, has been the setting for my most treasured adult memories. In the spirit of love and gratitude, I partnered with Esurance for a little stroll down memory lane. When we first bought our home we knew that it was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at small + friendly
For those of you who follow me on social media this isn't exactly "news" but I started a podcast with my best friend! We are both addicted to listening to them and decided to add our two cents to the ever expanding new fangled "air waves". So this post is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at small + friendly
I have so much I want to say post election, I have started and stopped countless posts. I intend to share my thoughts, but I'm just not ready. In the meantime I wanted to encourage my readers to practice self-care. You need it, you deserve it. One thing that I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at small + friendly
Hi Lynda, Im so glad you like it! I did not use double yarn, I simply switched colors! Happy Knitting, Carla
Well the day has passed, but the candy hasn't all been eaten, so I think it's still safe to post a few Halloween pictures before we all move on to turkey prep and Christmas crafts. This year Jude knew what he wanted to be in July and never wavered. We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at small + friendly
That is a great idea! I would use spray adhesive to attach them to the mat. I think if they are thoroughly dry they should do beautifully under glass but I havent tried it myself. Good luck and happy preserving! -Carla
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Hi Margaret, He is 2 1/2 so no adjustment for a 2 or 3 year old! The hat is super stretchy but for a 6 year old I would add 2-4 stitches and knit it a bit (1-2) longer before decreasing. Happy Knitting! - Carla small + friendly: maker and mama
Want to make an adorable hat in less than two hours? I've got the perfect super simple pattern for you! With the help of super bulky yarn this hat comes together lickety-split! If you are new to knitting I've included links to helpful YouTube videos, if you can knit and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at small + friendly
This hat is very stretchy and should fit a four year old. If he is very small you can reduce the number of stitches you cast on (perhaps by 4 or 8) I hope that helps. - Carla small + friendly: maker and mama
I've always said that I am a much better homemaker than I am a housekeeper, but with the kids back in school I've been diving into cleaning in a way I never have before. When it comes to cleaning house, fall is the new spring! Think about it, with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at small + friendly
I've decided to name these cookies "Have It Alls" because I'm super tired of being told that I can't have it all. I may not be able to have a career, kids, and a clean house all at the same time, but I can have a peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at small + friendly
Hi Elizabeth! I havent tried that but now Im going to put a mill on my wish list!! Thanks so much for the tip, I hope you like the pancakes!! - Carla small + friendly: maker and mama
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2016 on Best Pancakes Ever at small + friendly
Leather and vinyl would also work! - Carla small + friendly: maker and mama
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2016 on No-Sew Colored Pencil Roll at small + friendly