Making Sauerkraut

We’ve been making our own sauerkraut since 2014-ish when we found out about all its probiotic health benefits. It took us a while to get used to the sharp taste, but now we love it and enjoy it mixed in with our green salads, on a burger, or simply as a side to any meal.
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Mama Hen With Her Ducklings

One year I put duck eggs under a broody Buff Orpington chicken and she hatched and raised two ducklings!
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Australia On My Mind

It is heartbreaking what is happening in Australia at the moment. Over 10 million hectares (almost 25 million acres) of land have burned from the bushfires that have been going on since September 2019.
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Lotus Flowers, Watercolour Series

For centuries and across many cultures, the lotus flower has been considered a sacred flower representing spiritual enlightenment and rebirth.  I, too, was inspired to paint the lotus flower as a symbol of beauty, light, and hope rising out of the depths of darkness and despair.
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Sewing Tutorial: Log Cabin Potholders Made From Fabric Scraps

This is a great little sewing project for using up some fabric scraps. Pretty easy to sew together, the most time consuming part is going through the scrap pile and trimming each piece of fabric to size.
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How to Make Continuous Bias Binding Tape

This is much easier and quicker to make than it looks and once you get the hang of it, you will never need to buy bias tape or dread making binding again!
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Motherhood

Even goats experience the joy of motherhood. The bond between mother and kid is also quite strong.
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Rainbow of Love

Love is a wonderful and beautiful rainbow of colours. I’m kicking off 2016 with a patchwork of colourful hearts, individually hand cut and then arranged to make up a Rainbow of Love.
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Visit to the Riverside Art Museum

My husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary with A.R.T. this year by visiting the Riverside Art Museum (RAM).
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A Patchwork Christmas

For Christmas this year I decided to make patchwork blankets for my two stepdaughters.
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Callie

Callie is one of the first Nigerian Dwarf Goats we got back in May of 2014.
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Hedgehog and Cupcake Amigurumi Crochet

Over the summer my stepdaughter took a keen interest in learning how to crochet, so it prompted me to pick up the crochet hook again.
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Patchwork Panda

New in my Etsy Shop – a patchwork panda to go with my patchwork owls! I made him for a lovely customer of mine who had a request for a panda in red, black and white.
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Our Brown Eyed Golden Girl

She wandered into our lives one fine afternoon, a little bundle of golden fur with her head hanging low and tail wagging, greeting us sheepishly in our front yard.
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Needle Felting Cuteness

My stepdaughter, Miss A, and I tried out needle felting for the first time and, oh my, what a whole lot of cuteness in a small package!
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Curtains Makeover – From Dreary to Cheery

For the past 18 months I’ve been tolerating some drab curtains in our kitchen/eating area. I had bought some thermal drapes on sale in the hopes of keeping out some of the intense afternoon heat and light.
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A Crochet Project in Progress: Starburst Granny Square Blanket

Months and months ago, like last year in July, I came across a simple granny square crochet pattern that really caught my eye. The pattern is generously provided (for free!) by Sara from the Creative Jewish Mom and can be found here: Simple Filet Crochet Starburst Square Pattern.
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Patchwork Bedspreads

On my recent trip to Australia I attempted my first big sewing project. My goal was to make three patchwork bedspreads, one for my niece’s double bed and another two for each of my nephew’s single (twin) beds.
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Origami Easter Bunny

Hands up if you like origami – I certainly do! Here is an easy to follow youtube video on how to make these cute little bunnies out of paper.
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The Making of a Patchwork Fairy Pig

My lovely customer, Larissa, who previously had a special request for a pirate dog, asked me if I could custom make another plush toy, but this time for her daughter’s upcoming birthday. Larissa came up with the idea of a Fairy Pig as her daughter’s favorite animal at the moment is a pig and she also loves to dress up as a fairy. What a great idea!
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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

These are a few of my favorite things around our home:
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A Special Request for a Pirate Dog

This week has been busy busy busy in my studio with lots of orders, including this special request for a pirate dog. Arrr, arrr! Has a front pocket for stashing treasure – I really like pockets on plush toys, I think I will continue making more stuffed animals that include a pocket.
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Baby Bunny Pillows

Been busy as a bee the last few days sewing up some new baby bunny pillows to add to my Etsy shop. And OMG I can’t get over how cute these bunnies have turned out! Talk about kawaii. I didn’t even know what that word meant a couple of years ago.
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Pablo the Panda Balloon Adventure

Up, up and away! Pablo the Panda is being carried away by some bright colourful balloons he bought at the Del Mar Fair. He’s also taking Bobo the Bunny along for the ride!
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A Scrappy Patchwork Rug for the Kitchen – Another Easy Sewing Project

The floor near our kitchen sink is always getting little drops and splashes of water on it while we are washing up, so this was my solution. A scrappy patchwork rug! This is another easy sewing project to do and a great way to use up any fabric scraps you may have, especially if you have a mixture of different kinds of fabric. Read more


The Eggs Have Landed! Plus Tips For Storing Home Grown Eggs

Previously, I had written about our chickens, explaining that they would be laying eggs in the next month or two. Well, it has happened sooner than expected and exactly one week ago today, the first egg landed in the nesting box!
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An Easy and Simple Way to Make a Baby Rag Blanket

For a while now I have been admiring the raggy and fluffy edges of rag quilts, but most rag quilts I have seen on the internet are made with squares and the bulky, chunky look of them put a damper on my admiration.

And then I stumbled on a rag quilt that was made with strips which fired me up again. Read more


Recycle a Magazine into a Flower Globe

Not only is this a great way to use up any magazines you have lying around, it’s also an easy summer craft project to do with the kids AND the results are pretty awesome!
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From Little Things, Big Things Grow

Sometime in April (about 3 months ago) I planted some sunflower seeds in a small patch of our backyard. It really is amazing how a little seed can grow so big in just a few months! The sunflowers are now 4-5 feet tall and seem to keep growing taller each day.
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Giveaway Day May 2012 – Patchwork Bunny Pillow Plushie

***  This giveaway is now closed – the winner is Emily from the UK  (comment#14)  – congratulations Emily! ***

Welcome to my second Giveaway Day hosted by Sew Mama Sew! {be sure to check them out for other great giveaways}
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