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Staghorn love

I love Staghorn ferns, and for this past Winter Solstice I decided to try mounting them on scrap wood pieces as gifts. I ordered eight baby plants on amazon, followed some google tutorials, and threw my first one together.  Basically I made a circle of nails, nestled the fern in a pile of Sphagnum moss, […]

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A new year, a new home…

Yes, it has been a little over a year since my last blog post.  I unintentionally took a sabbatical because I was unknowingly getting ready to make a big move.  One month missing a post turned into two, then three, then a year.  I kept telling myself that I needed to use the time that […]

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Body Butter

My Solstice gifts this Winter were tins of a very special body butter – literally. The simple ingredients are: 50% coconut oil, 50% grass-fed ghee, beeswax, and lavender & vanilla essential oils. I first melted the coconut oil and ghee separately.  Then mixed them together 50/50 and added the beeswax into the warm pot to […]

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Electromagnetic radiation and wireless radiation are now ubiquitous.  It is almost impossible to entirely escape them, and most people could not imagine why you would want to.  But particularly as the wireless radiation proliferates, more and more people are becoming sensitized to the negative effects of these technologies. I particularly noticed my own sensitivity when […]

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Felted Vest

I took another felting workshop with Katharine Jolda in August.  This was a full weekend long vest making workshop.  It was held at Bodega Pastures, a sheep ranch in the coastal hills of West Sonoma County. We had lots of wool to choose from thanks to the local sheep. After picking our wool we began […]

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Apron #2

another bed linen apron made on the treadle… It’s a double-layered nice and thick work apron. I used this pattern from Ink and Spindle (except I didn’t use the D-rings.  I just made a tie at the neck.)

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pillowcase apron

I am starting a project of sewing aprons on the treadle made from re-purposed kitchen and bed linens. This first one was super easy – almost felt like cheating – because the pillow case already had a nice ruffle on it. I simply cut off the part I didn’t want. Then using fabric from a […]

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felted slippers

Sean and I went to the first annual Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium in Point Reyes Station back in November. It was an inspirational event updating the community about the state of the local Fibershed project, uniting artisans, farmers, shepherds, shearers and entrepreneurs. We were inspired by this pair of slippers we saw there. We […]

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Winter Solstice 2012

The sunrise was exceptionally beautiful that morning of Dec. 21. This year I had no tree or decorations other than a wreath and door swag that I made at a community wreath making workshop at the Sunnyside Conservatory in SF. Working with these materials was aromatherapy. Also, as gifts this year I made little packages […]

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felting with Sean

On a very rainy Saturday Sean and I took a felting workshop at Tilden Park in Berkeley.  There were lots of options of what we could make. The instructor gave us wool from the Little Farm’s black  welsh mountain sheep to use.  The wool was slightly brown because the wool gets “sunburned.” Sean helped out […]

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