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Carla
Sonoma County, CA
Crafty cookin' DIY mama!
Interests: gardening, cooking, sewing, decorating, crafting
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A new school year is upon us and it's back to structured routines and busy schedules for everyone. In my house we go from constant summer togetherness to trying to squeeze as much quality bonding into dinnertime as possible. I know I'm not the only mom who has struggled with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at small + friendly
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Trying to put the experience of motherhood into words is no easy task, and perhaps that's part of the allure. I love writing about motherhood and while I used to do a lot of it here I have moved most of those musings to my contributions on mom.me. Last month... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at small + friendly
Carla is now following SouleMama
Jul 29, 2017
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What's more fun than dining al fresco? Picking your own garnish right from the center of the table! We've had an outdoor table with a tile top for several years, we got it at Target but I've seen this style all over, maybe you've got a similar one? If so,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at small + friendly
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I went three full years without having to contend with much sibling fighting. I realize how incredibly lucky I was to avoid the job of constant referee for so long. Then this summer hit, and boy oh boy, did they make up for lost time! Both boys are home, Ronan... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at small + friendly
You could also try using the magic loop method, you could knit the whole hat on a longer cable using magic loop or switch to a longer cable at the decreases. If you search magic loop on you tube you will find lots of great tutorials, I LOVE using it because it means no double points! Also, a few messy stitches at the top can always be covered by a pom pom! ;) Thanks so much fro reading! Happy knitting!
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2017 on DIY: Simple Knit Hat at small + friendly
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This project lived in my head for a long time before it was actually realized. We busted a fabulous hole in the wall that divides the kitchen and the living room and I just couldn't bring myself to top the opening with just any old counter. I had a vision,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at small + friendly
Thank you so much!!! It really was a big hit, my husband still wears it!
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2017 on DIY Toddler Art T-Shirt at small + friendly
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Looking for the best snack ever? Might I suggest stove popped kettle corn? This snack is gluten free, dairy free, dead simple and extra delicious. It is my go-to play date snack and the ideal treat to pack for the pool. There are many kettle corn recipes out there, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at small + friendly
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Summer is upon us. I absolutely adore summer, but as a work from home mom I approach the break with a bit if trepidation. I want it to be fun and magical, but I know the reality might be a whole lot closer to frustrating and mundane. On a tight... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at small + friendly
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This is the most fun I've ever had throwing a kid party. I think it was the fact that we are at that awesome age where Jude is super into helping. I didn't read the Harry Potter books when they came out because I wanted to wait and read them... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at small + friendly
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2017 on Thoughts On A New Year at small + friendly
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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
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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
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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