Moss Making Month – Mini Skirt Sew-A-Long!


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Stephanie from makesthethings & Native Clutter and I have declared April to be Moss Making Month!

We are planning on making as many Moss skirts as we possibly can in one month to get ready for summer.

I might end up wearing Mosses, slouchy shirts, and sandals aaaaalllllllllllll summer long. I need to be ready!

You can see sneak peaks all month long on our Instagram accounts, too (look up #mossmakingmonth and #ssmmm to follow our progress):

Sara’s Instagram     Stephanie’s Instagram

Stephanie will even be diving into making a leather Moss! I’m super excited to see it!

Join us, if you want! Even one Moss is enough!

Grab your copy of the Moss skirt PDF pattern from Grainline Studio and let’s get this party started!


Over the weekend Nate built us 4 trellises.


A friend gave us some hops rhizomes, so we are super excited to get the in the ground and see how well they will do!


We also planted peas, lettuces, kale, chard, beets, turnips, radishes, and sorrel. I planted them in equilateral triangle spacing instead of rows. This should maximize the amount of food we can grow per square foot. Using the little triangle guide got tedious, so after a bit I ended up just winging it.

They are predicting snow AGAIN tomorrow. We shall see – never ending winter needs to end already.

I made something I pinned!

First things first, Pinterest is addicting.

Hi, I’m Sara, and I’m addicted to Pinterest.

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I’m a very visual person and I lean towards ADHD. So Pinterest totally fuels both of those things in me. There are jokes that travel the Pin-osphere making fun of how obsessive people on Pinterest tend to become. It’s a great source of inspiration. But, it can also become overwhelming very quickly. You can get information overload very quickly.

But, I did the impossible! I actually MADE something I pinned on Pinterest!

A few weeks ago I saw a tutorial on the PurlBee for Pulled Fringe Napkins. I love fabric napkins. But I get bogged down with the hemming. And then I have a stack of cut but not hemmed fabric squares. Not fun. When I saw this tutorial I knew I would actually make these! You don’t have to do a real hem, you just sew tight stitches and then unravel the edges. Perfect! Also perfect: the cotton fabric I’ve been wanting to make napkins out of has a really bad tendency to unravel (probably why I hated hemming it!).

So I made 4 dinner napkins and 4 cocktail napkins.

Dinner napkins and cocktail napkins

The original tutorial used red stitching on fabric similar to mine. But my dishes are brown and blue so I went with brown for this round. I really want to make some with blue stitching also. You can never have too many napkins! And maybe some red and green ones for the holidays, too.

These napkins are not very time consuming either. I did a small tight stitch about 1/2 an inch from the edge. Then I did the decorative stitching by simply eyeballing it. I like to think that I’ve been sewing long enough to eyeball a straight line. But I kind of like some irregularity in the stitches so it doesn’t really matter if it’s perfect or not! I really like this pattern because you can just wing it. And it’s fast and you end up with a useful project in no time.

Here’s a (not so great) detail picture:

cocktail napkins detail

So if you need a fast gift for just about anything, I highly recommend this project!

A Merger

So, I finally got around to importing all of my blog posts from my old old blog.

Um, it’s EASY. No clue why I didn’t know it would be easy. The comments and everything came with it all.

So, if you’re interested in the stuff I used to do – which isn’t so different from the stuff I currently do – check out the archives.

Here are my personal favorites, just click on the pictures to check out the recipes:

Scones! The PERFECT recipe

Scones! The PERFECT recipe


Blood Orange Marmalade Recipe

Blood Orange Marmalade Recipe

I hope you all enjoy this fun step back in time!

A new pledge

I, Sara, am taking the #seamlesspledge until May 2012.

I think it’s time to challenge myself more. I’ve not been sewing or making like usual. I’ve got lots of projects on the books (fabric and pattern all at the ready even). I just need some encouragement to get there.

Check out this video for more details. Also: join us!

And I picked May 2012 because I’m going to the beach with the fam in June and I may need to purchase a swimsuit. The first (and only) swimsuit I’ve made is awesome and I love it, but it was a pain in the butt to make.