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a barn quilt…

A barn quilt? What’s that? Good question. On a drive through Sierra county last fall, Sean and I came upon some interesting art on the buildings of the small town of Sierraville.  Brightly colored geometric shapes painted on a square piece of wood hung near the doors of the local café and Mexican restaurant.  You […]

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a broom…

In November I took a broom making workshop at Ink Paper Plate in Point Reyes Station, a warm and cozy printmaking and art class space. It was taught by Bethany Ridenour of Bristle and Stick. We gathered our broomcorn (aka Sorghum) provided for us. We collected it in piles at our feet and got to […]

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a basket…

Back in September (2017) I went to a two day basket making workshop at Kule Loklo in Point Reyes, a recreated Miwok village, taught by Julia Parker and her daughter Lucy. Julia is a national treasure.  She has worked diligently her whole adult life to learn, preserve, teach and creatively express her craft and skill […]

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Sean was so inspired at the Fibershed Symposium back in November (2016) that he decided he wanted to learn how to knit (and weave, spin, felt, etc.)  So I promptly taught him how to knit and he worked on his first scarf over the next many weeks. At the same time I decided to knit […]

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For Winter Solstice this year I made small jars of handmade lotion as gifts.  In the past I have made salves and hydrosols.  Making lotion is like combining those two things.  And this is where the magic of emulsification comes in.  Mixing fat and water, which doesn’t usually work well, works beautifully with the added […]

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Alice Duvernell is an amazing herbal body-care teacher currently working in the Bay Area.  She taught a Handmade Hydrosols workshop at the local herb store Gathering Thyme in San Rafael, Ca.  This was truly low-budget DIY distilling in your kitchen.  But she did bring a beautiful copper still from Portugal for demonstration purposes. The basic […]

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Winter Solstice 2015

I made more of my little wash cloths for family this winter.  And paired them with small bars of locally made soap. This was the first time I’ve used the technique of blocking.  After knitting a washcloth the tension was all wonky (I forgot to photograph this wonkiness.)  Blocking is the process of washing a […]

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the garden grows

I have been negligent in my blogging duties. The garden right now is actually quite sparse as we have been pulling out and cutting down spent plants, weeding, and pruning back overgrowth.  Also planting seeds for our Fall crops.  And many plants have gone to seed so we have been seed collecting.  SO much abundance […]

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I have very basic knitting skills – knit, purl and decrease.  So making this simple washcloth actually introduced me to two new knitting concepts – “yarn over”, which is basically an increase, and “binding off”, which I had learned before, but since the only knitting I have been doing over the last few years have […]

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Living out on the ranch is truly inspiring us to get our hands dirty and get a garden going.  Sean has been connecting with his inner carpenter and building our garden infrastructure.   This was what it was like in the back yard in September when we moved in. The Autumn rains started greening things […]

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