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San Jose, California, USA
I am a crafting, gardening, cooking and photographing mama from the Bay Area, Ca
Interests: photography, crafting and gardening
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Spring is in the air and I can't help but buy flowers every time I leave the house. The air is warm, the bees are out, the apple trees are budding and I love leaving the doors and windows open... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Elemental Stitches
This looks amazing Amanda! I can't wait to get paid so I can order my subscription. I love that you are doing print only. Kindle cannot replace the cozy feeling I get curled up with a great book or magazine.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2012 on Introducing Taproot at SouleMama
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I love our woodburning stove too. I have come to love waking up and hurrying to stoke the fire and warm up the house. Going to miss that come Summer.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2012 on :: right now :: at SouleMama
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Hello, my name is Melissa and I am a recovering perfectionist. Being a perfectionist may not seem like such a bad thing at first. I mean, its helped me get good grades all through school and I excelled in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Elemental Stitches
I've been: :Prepping the new garden :Taking walks through the orchard :Eating lots of frozen tomatoes from last summer :Enjoying early spring asparagus :Finishing little corners of my new home :Finding all kinds of cool treasures outside :Sewing new curtains... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Elemental Stitches
I cant believe I haven't written on here for so many months. So much has changed. If you have been following my food blog Shoots and Roots you will know that we moved in October to Sonoma County, California. This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Elemental Stitches
I fought back tears as we drove away. It was so much fun. Tom is exhausted at night, but thanks his lucky stars every morning when he wakes up to this. I think I could live in his working trailer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
It is the third week of August and I have felt the first signs of Fall. While walking Brae to her first day of school I noticed the early morning fog has a deeper wetness to it. The clouds threaten... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
This past week I... Said goodbye to Tom for 2 months. Made doughnuts. Found chickens eating tomatoes. Hung herbs to dry. Bought some yarn from Knitpicks and Soulemama's new book. Dragged a resentful daughter to the Renaissance faire, which she... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
This Summer has completely screwed my blogging. But I think I am getting back in the groove. Brae starts 1st grade in about 3 weeks (OMG!) and I have lots of plans for getting back to it. I've been thinking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
A year ago I didn't really understand the hullabaloo about knitting socks. I would read Yarn Harlot's hilarious and passionate posts about her sock addiction puzzled as to why socks were so great. They are socks people. No one even... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
So I know I am totally ripping off Amanda from Soulemama, but I love this type of post. What a perfect way to record little memories, those beautiful little moments that make my life complete. Right now, I am... +... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
You thought I abandoned you for my new blog Shoots & Roots, didn't you? Well, I have been spending a lot of time over there getting her started, writing about the garden, the granola I have been making every week... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
From last week's trip. Gilroy, Ca Gilroy, Ca Palmdale, Ca Mom's house. Palmdale, Ca Mom's deck, where everyone hangs out on the weekends. Prickly Pear - My friend Tina got hundreds of those tiny orange thorns in her arm and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
(This photo was taken during my last trip to visit my Mom. My mom's lab Bailey is patrolling her yard) It's always my mother who calls with bad news. Saturday I was enjoying the afternoon with Tom, contemplating dinner options... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
I know I am a couple weeks late but HAPPY SPRING! I have been spending lots of time in the backyard, working in the garden or knitting in the shade with a cup of tea. I have also been cooking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
At last, the sew a long has come to an end. I have learned so much doing this sew a long. I have made new friends, expanded my sewing knowledge, and created lasting heirlooms for my daughter. It was fun... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
Thankfully, I woke up this morning with only a stiff neck and a fraction of the headache I had yesterday. The important thing is that I feel better and not worse. A little Tylenol and some tea has patched me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
Hi Everyone, I had full intentions of posting a long post today updating you all on my chaotic month, but I woke up with a cough and a headache which took a lot out of me today. I hope to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
Melissa is now following Mowie Kay
Jan 25, 2011
Our weather has been amazing this week! It is hard to stay inside with bright sunny skies and highs at 70 F. Brae and I have been spending our afternoons riding bikes, preparing for Spring garden planting and cleaning up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
I would love to have a mudroom but our townhouse is not big enough for one and we are renting so we cant build it. Our jackets are always tossed onto the couch, the shoes are in a pile by the door. Hats and scarves are everywhere. Its always a mess. I think I am going to borrow some of your ideas and create a mini mud room this week.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2011 on corners of our home :: simple fixes at SouleMama
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Cooking everyday in the winter is essential at our house. The oven keeps the downstairs living areas warm during cold rainy weather. We also need hot & filling meals to give us enough energy to get through a long cold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
Since we moved to the central coast of California I have been forced to deal with bone chilling, freezing wet cold that seeps into your core and chills you to the bones. We don't have this kind of cold in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Elemental Stitches
Spending the last year sewing from this book has improved my sewing confidence tremendously. I feel like I am better at visualizing a project before I start. I also now know enough about sewing that I can use my new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Elemental Stitches