Showing You My Work

September 1, 2021 So I finally read the book, Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon. I say “finally” because I’ve only had it since it came out in 2014. Duh. It’s a great book about sharing creative endeavors to the world, and not keeping them all to myself, thinking that you may not approve / … Read more

An Introduction to Urban Homesteading

Vegetable garden with large squash plants and wooden trellis for cucumbers and beans to climb on

Also known as backyard farming, small-scale homesteading, suburban homesteading, modern homesteading or city farming – urban homesteading is all about living a more sustainable lifestyle that practices going back to the basics of less consumption, less buying, less dependency on the supply chain, and more making – and sometimes, just making do. Urban homesteading means … Read more

Dehydrating Fresh Tomatoes & Basil

Slices of fresh tomatoes and fresh basil leaves on a rack in the dehydrator

Dehydrating fresh tomatoes and basil is a great way to preserve the harvest for use throughout the year. I like to do both at once, since my dehydrator has enough room, and the house smells amazing! Dehydrating fresh tomatoes and basil Tomatoes were companion planted with green basil, and they done producing for the season. … Read more

Making Opal Basil Herbal Vinegar

bottles of finished opal basil vinegar and jar of steeping opal basil vinegar

Every summer, I make this beautiful, raspberry tinted opal basil vinegar with the herbs from the garden. It’s a great marinade for flank steaks, or to use on a salad with olive oil. You’ll definitely want some opal basil in your herb garden! What is opal basil? Opal basil is an herb that I grow … Read more

Zesty Zoodles

Zoodles (raw zucchini noodles) and other raw vegetables in a zesty sauce - zesty zoodles!

If you are looking for a quick, raw vegetable summertime lunch, you have got to try this zesty zoodles recipe. If you are not familiar with them, zoodles are “noodles” made from fresh zucchini – made with a special gadget called a spiralizer. Every summer, the garden produces tons (and tons) of zucchini. What I … Read more

How to Finish Seams

How to Finish Seams

Whether you are just learning how to sew or you have been making clothes for years, there is one dilemma that we all run into – how to finish seams. In this post, I am going to go into the different methods of seam finishing and tell you about what I believe to be the best and easiest way to finish seams on the clothes and accessories that you make.

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

Pink and purple t-shirt yarn

Give new life to old T-shirts by turning them into T-shirt yarn! T-shirt yarn is durable, can be machine washed and dried, doesn’t shrink, and best of all – it’s FREE! So start saving those T-shirts and turn them into something gorgeous and useful like area rugs for the kitchen and bath.

Restoring a Vintage Sewing Machine

Restoring a vintage sewing machine

Did you ever see a vintage sewing machine at a flea market or thrift shop that made you stop in your tracks and want to take it home? You can see the beauty under all that dust and grime, but aren’t sure about what it will take to bring it back to its former glory.