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Allison Fouse
So. Cal
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I hope your St. Patrick's day was as lovely as ours. I'm not Irish (that I know of!), but all of the green was a cheerful addition to our home. We had wonderful friends over for dinner & very much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at In A Nutshell
I tried growing lavender seeds in my kitchen window last year with dismal success. The poor seedlings were awkwardly leggy and had very little color. This year I am more than certain that I will need a grow light to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at In A Nutshell
Years ago, I saw this tutorial for freezer paper stencils and it stuck with me... I really wanted to try it out, but didn't have a good enough reason to experiment with it. There is this one too, which is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at In A Nutshell
In January I purchased an armload of blueberry bushes (earliblue, spartan, bluegold, bluecrop, chandler, darrow). The best thing about this selection is that they will successively ripen throughout the season. My plants are still teeny tiny and I'm not sure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at In A Nutshell
Another book you might like to check out is: Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters. It's a collection of folk tales from around the world and is truly a good read. My dad bought me a copy as a young adult, but I think even younger girls such as yours would be able to appreciate the stories. They are empowering and enriching.
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2012 on Rulers & Rebels at angry chicken
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Last weekend I made a cheese press using the instructions from the Ashley English book, Home Dairy. The essential function of the press in her book is the same as this free tutorial. The on-line tutorial uses materials that are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at In A Nutshell
Admittedly, my hobby list is a long one and it continues to grow. After checking out a few books on the subject from our library, cheese making got added to the list last month. I made several soft cheeses at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at In A Nutshell
Tell me, what are your gardening plans this year? Will you be planting vegetables, flowers, or herbs? Will you be trying out something new? The last of my seed orders trickled in today. Being a newb, my "to plant list"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at In A Nutshell
The gardening bug has already hit me. The weather is warming up. Granted, it's in the low 50's but generally speaking, it feels warm. That is something this California girl never thought she would say. I've been pouring over my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at In A Nutshell
Oh, the 3D notation made me chuckle a bit. My 5 year old is huge on all things 3D, although I am unconvinced that he knows exactly what that means!
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2012 on patterns at Wee Wonderfuls Archive
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I have pom pom envy. How did you get them so PERFECT!? Girls need to know these things.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2012 on pom poms at Wee Wonderfuls Archive
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Awesome. Thank you for the button supplies link. I'm in the process of making a dress right now and I wanted the buttons on it to match the dress fabric. Now I have a good starting point!
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2011 on Holiday Handmades at SouleMama
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Santa gave me a new sewing machine for Christmas. I have been wanting/needing one with more bells and whistles for a few years now. I cried when I opened the wrapping paper. The good kind of cry. The capabilities of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2011 at In A Nutshell
My alarm goes off in the morning. It's cold in the house and my bed is warm. Cozy. I don't want to get up. I imagine myself sitting at the breakfast table with a warm cup of coffee nestled between... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at In A Nutshell
Yesterday marked our first complete year in Washington. After three days of exhaustive traveling and one accident, we made it here together and in one piece. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at In A Nutshell
I'm doing Thanksgiving at our house this year. This is all new to me and I'm pretty anxious about it. That is the most mild phrase I can think of to describe how I'm feeling, folks. Any hoo... I decided... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at In A Nutshell
Have fun, be safe, and don't forget that your children are subject to a 10% "mama tax" on all candies collected. ;0) Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at In A Nutshell
It's hard to keep the things I make for my boys a secret unless it's a toy. If it's something they're going to wear, well, I've got to make sure it fits! This one is now safely tucked away in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at In A Nutshell
We're closing in on our first year here in the PNW. It feels like home now, but it still has a shiny newness about it. There is a lake near our house that we like to visit. When we go,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at In A Nutshell
We were introudeced to one of the local hot spots for fall festivities last weekend. Phoenix got a birthday invitation to Plumper Pumpkin Patch in Portland. Say that fast three times. At this farm there is a pumpkin "cannon", a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at In A Nutshell
Garbanzo beans. Just the name sounds gross, right? I fondly think of them as butt-beans, but I believe the preferred and more romantic name for them is chickpeas. I don't think I was much of a picky eater as a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at In A Nutshell
Who doesn't love to get something out of nothing? I get a gleam in my eye when I am able to transform leftover yarn or scraps of fabric into something new. In this case, I had a beautiful grey cloud... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at In A Nutshell
In a constantly flowing river of grey clouds, one begins to wonder if the sky above them is still blue. If there is one thing I have learned since moving here, it's that having something to look forward to has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at In A Nutshell
Last weekend we visited what is believed to be the oldest apple tree on the west coast. Planted in 1826, it still produces apples today. The Old Apple Tree Festival celebrates the longevity of this tree and the history that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at In A Nutshell
About two years ago my in-laws in the Pacific Northwest took a walk around their neighborhood collecting fallen leaves from trees in the most beautiful array of colors. They carefully placed them in a package and shipped them off to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at In A Nutshell