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Sonoma County, CA
Crafty cookin' DIY mama!
Interests: gardening, cooking, sewing, decorating, crafting
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Time sure flies when you're trying to keep three kids alive! I hadn't intended to leave this space for so long, but I am happy to finally announce the addition of Silas Oak to our not-so-little-anymore family. He arrived four weeks early, underwent a wildly successful and deeply terrifying twelve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at small + friendly
The past few months have been life altering. Our family has gone from overjoyed to terrified to hopeful. Our routine 20 week ultrasound turned into a nightmare of tests and specialty appointments. The sweet baby boy growing inside me has a very serious, but thankfully operable heart defect. (The medical... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at small + friendly
The boys are reading up because our little family is going to get bigger! That's right, I'm pregnant with baby number three! We are expecting another bundle of joy in late September and we couldn't be more excited. The boys are thrilled. Jude is really hoping for a little sister... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at small + friendly
I have wanted a little free library for years! I designed this modern number with a living roof and Jason helped turn my dream into a reality. If you want the complete DIY details you can find them on the DIY Network. This spacious design allows for lots of books,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at small + friendly
I fell in love with this fun yarn from Michael's and I decided to turn it into a very quick and simple cowl! I wrote up the pattern in case you're looking for a fun and fast free knit cowl pattern. The finished stitch pattern looks fancy and complicated but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at small + friendly
Hi Mary Kate, I found mine at Michaels and I have also seen them at JoAnn ( I hope that helps! Happy knitting! - Carla
Hi Nicole, I never got the chance to create a full tutorial but I can give you plenty of tips! All you need are two by fours and plywood for the frame and door. Creat a fairly wide base from plywood, then attach a simple 2x4 frame to that with a few angled pieces to act as extra support/cross bracing. Cut a plywood door to fit and cu tit in half to create a dutch door. Use a jigsaw to cut a window in the top half. Attach the door sections with standard door hinges and then add extra locks and knobs and latches to make it ears fun! I hope this helps, if you need dimensions let me know and Ill measure! - Carla
It's almost Halloween!!! There's still plenty of time to whip up these easy DIY's. I've got five new tutorials up on on the DIY network and I know you're going to love them! Dog costumes, epic beards, spooky scenes and more!! Make your own spooky pumpkin diorama that can be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at small + friendly
I am writing this from week two of the North Bay Firestorm. We are incredibly grateful that we are safe and our home is still standing. It is an extremely difficult and heartbreaking disaster that is unfortunately, far from over. If you would like to help, please please please consider... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at small + friendly
Hi Rose! You will need two pieces cut: one for the back cut along the solid line, and one for the front cut along the dotted line, this will make the pants more comfortable because they will fit right under that adorable baby belly! Happy Sewing! - Carla
Happy Autumn friends!!! Today Jude had the day off school so we decided to go on an adventure. We drove just about 20 minutes east to the Quarryhill Botanical Gardens. It is such a gorgeous place! It is full of endangered and unusual plants from Asia and it is wonderfully... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at small + friendly
It's late summer and if your garden is anything like mine you've got more herbs than you know what to do with. Preserve all that summery goodness with this super fun handmade herb drying rack. With a few simple supplies and two easy-to-learn macrame knots you can make your own!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at small + friendly
That sounds AMAZING!!! I hope youll share a picture! And good luck! Happy Crafting, Carla
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2017 on Handmade Halloween 2015 at small + friendly
Ground turkey is my go to protein for quick and tasty weeknight dinners. That's why I was excited to partner with Foster Farms to feature their Organic Ground Turkey and share a few of my family's favorite turkey preparations. Turkey Apple Sausage, Mediterranean Turkey Meatballs, and Turkey Three Bean Chili... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at small + friendly
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
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 Last month... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at small + friendly
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Jul 29, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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