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Carla
Sonoma County, CA
Crafty cookin' DIY mama!
Interests: gardening, cooking, sewing, decorating, crafting
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I love me a bit of seasonal decor, especially with an eager five year old helper. For Valentines Day this year we made these simple heart suncatchers. Easy + Fun + Pretty = My Favorite Kind of Craft! Oil on construction paper creates a gorgeous batik effect when held in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at small + friendly
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I am so excited to tell you about my latest writing gig. The funny thing is I have never thought of myself as a "writer". Sure I wrote countless college papers and random musings here on my own blog, but I've always thought I was more of a maker than... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at small + friendly
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I am so excited to tell you about this super rad book! Happy Handmade was put together by my friend Michelle of MollyMoo and it's full of fun and easy projects by 18 cool craft moms (including me)! I contributed these beautiful DIY lacing cards complete with printables. And you've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at small + friendly
I so feel you on all counts! Especially the wish for less mess, the shoe string budget, and the baby who doesn't sleep! I am hoping to create more rhythm in our days and weeks. I feel like I waste so much energy just trying to figure out what needs to be done (and in what order) each day. Wishing you luck and please don't feel guilty for being here less, I totally understand, sometimes life gets i the way of blogging. I just posted Christmas pictures if that makes you feel any better.
Wendy, I am so sorry you have been through so much. I am so very glad you are alive! If you can handle coco butter I would try using any oil you can tolerate with it (olive oil maybe?). It wont be as thick and solid but it will moisturize. Also, if you know it doesnt bother you, beeswax can be added to improve the consistency. Good luck and well wishes, Carla
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2015 on Homemade Body Butter at small + friendly
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There's something you should know about me: I hate scrapbooking. I haven't even managed to print many pictures in the past few years let alone get them into albums or frames. I would really love to have a physical record of our family but for now this digital space will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at small + friendly
Finally catching up on my blog reading. I just wanted to say that these photos make me so happy. I just want to crawl in and snuggle up until spring. I love those stockings, you have some very lucky nephews!
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I love it! I just cast off a hat intended for my oldest but it was a little tight, I'm so thrilled he has a little brother. Plus, I find hats are finished too quickly of my liking so I'm excited to start a larger one! I look forward to hearing more about your trip to the Northern CA coast.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2015 on Knitting the Bough Hat at By Brienne
First of all congrats! For the curling you might have seen them together a bit too tightly, but I wouldnt worry. Once you put those adorable little toes in there they should smooth out and fit fine!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2015 on Bitty Baby Booties at small + friendly
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Jude River, my sweet baby boy, today you are five years old! These have been the most amazing years of my life; five years full of joy and challenge and worry and snuggles and giggles and growth. I'm not sure who has grown more, you or I. When you were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at small + friendly
Kris, Im sorry you didnt have success. You are right the water will not dissolve the salt and the dough is slightly grainy but it dries smooth and sparkly. I hope you have better luck next time, Id love to know if table salt works better for you. - Carla
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I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very Merry Everything and the Happiest of New Years. I might sneak a few personal posts in before 2015 but in general I plan to slow down, unplug, and savor the season. I hope you have a joyous holiday.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at small + friendly
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When I found out I would be receiving a Sprout as part of my partnership with HP, I was super excited, and then a little stumped as to where to put it. As I've mentioned before, we live in a very small (+ friendly) house, like less than 1000 sq... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at small + friendly
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Not only do I have the best salt dough recipe to share, but I've got a super simple idea for the perfect ornament to gift relatives. Did I mention they cost next to nothing? You've still got plenty of time to whip these up and it's a fun way to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at small + friendly
This came out so beautiful! I love it! I really need to get one on those wood burning tools!
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I've been known to wrap presents in brown paper from grocery bags, my toddler's scribbles, and gift bags that have been used no less than ten times. But this year I found myself longing for wrapping that would be as exciting as the gift. And yet, who wants to blow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at small + friendly
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I am well aware that Thanksgiving has passed, but I just had to share these recipes with you. Pin them for next year, I promise you won't be sorry. I've been in charge of Thanksgiving Day pies for a several years now and each year I have gotten closer and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at small + friendly
I had a good cry over this post. Likely due to me being knee deep in sleeplessness nights and preschool shuffling but my oh my that plank! I better get started on these rolls, I'm hoping with enough winners they will return home often and maybe even call their mom every once in a while.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2014 on numbers game at remedial eating
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It's that time again! Everyone's making lists and checking them twice. And since I'm always looking for good recommendations for affordable, high quality toys I wanted to share what was most loved by Jude this past year. Below are our very favorite toys for four to five year olds, plus... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at small + friendly
Its US! Happy Knitting! - Carla small + friendly // adventures in modern homemaking http://smallfriendly.com
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2014 on Bitty Baby Booties at small + friendly
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Fall is my very favorite season. I love the crisp air, the bright blue sky, the gorgeous colors, and all things pumpkin flavored! I've noticed the internet seems to have already moved on the winter but with Turkey Day over a week away I'm still happily jumping in piles of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at small + friendly
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You guys (or I guess I should say gals), Laura of Titchy Threads has done it again! I am in love with her Fancy Pants pattern and now I have the perfect t-shirt pattern! Seriously, this pattern has so many wonderful options,144 to be exact! And it fits 6mos-12 years;... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at small + friendly
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Okay so you read that title and thought "Wow! Carla sure has gotten cocky!" And while I am pretty proud of myself, you've got the wrong idea! One of Jude's favorite movies is Epic (affiliate link, I highly recommend this one). So for Halloween he wanted to be Nod, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at small + friendly
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Okay remember when I promised a free pattern for the micro shorts? Well I finally got around to it, but since it's no longer shorts weather in the northern hemisphere, I decided to make a pattern that can be shorts or leggings! (In case you're wondering, this is were all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at small + friendly
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Every once in a while the stars align and my camera captures all the sweetness that is this precious baby boy. Each time I look at this shot my heart aches with joy. I am so very lucky to be this angel's mama. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Do you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at small + friendly