Hi there! I’m Patty. I’m a writer, innkeeper and maker. Read the blog for tutorials, tricks and inspiration. Visit the online shop and check out our handcrafted soaps, candles, cool finds and more. Or plan a visit to Northern Comfort, the bed and breakfast and antique shop in northern Minnesota that I run with my husband, Jeff, and our basset hound, Peppermint.
Are you a business owner? I also work with indie retail and creative business owners to build beautiful social media platforms, websites and email marketing programs.
Greetings fluffernutters! Just a bit of my plotting to get the wheels moving in like-minded fluffernutters who love the prairie-gypsy vibe of sweet Lagenlook and Mori styles but also, you know. Enjoy having a waist. A quick primer for those not steeped...read more
Hello Snuggies! I’ve been working, almost to the exclusion of everything else, on my Spring Wardrobe Capsule and rest assured…. I ‘m almost done. Of the 16 pieces in the Spring Capsule, four were shoes and two were already-existing (denim jacket and upcycled sweater)....read more
What a horrible topic for me, Snugbugs... Here I am.. a redhead in my heyday. Now a washed out, ashen lady with oddly pinkish skin. For a redhead. I want hot pink to be my color, turns out. It's not. So these posts come up when plotting capsule wardrobes. I mean. If...read more
Alright alright alright!! It's springtime. Supposedly. Almost spring. There's eight feet of snow outside right now and it's freakishly warm outside this weekend. I have some serious doubts regarding the likelihood of ever seeing spring again. Moving back to...read more
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and Jeff and I have been talking a lot about business goals for the next few years. I love this time of year and the chance to stop and take stock of where I’ve been and plan out what’s next. I’m not always so great at...read more
Whew! So, I start all my posts out with Whew! Like I'm in a perennial state of recovery. Which is perhaps more apt than I'd like to admit. It's been a whirlwind for us over the last few months! Top on our list has been diving in to the engrossing world of...read more
Hey Snugbugs! I’m coming at you with another fun new project! Unlike the last few finished projects, like the Jane Tunic and the Cozy Wool Socks, these cashmere wrist warmers weren’t made just for my pleasure, I made them for our shop. Although, to be completely...read more
It's starting to get cold in northern Minnesota (or rather, was, this past weekend's freakishly warm weather notwithstanding...) and the farmhouse can get a bit drafty. Especially since when we don't have guests in the house we keep the heat pretty low in the main...read more
Hey Snugbugs! Look! Look! I made something! For myself! We even took pictures. NON-DRESSFORM pictures! Can you believe it? Last weekend I found myself a little overwhelmed with B&B events, planning, client work and my very-long to-do list. Jeff, the...read more
When I was a little girl, I lived in the woods with no electricity. My dad raced sled-dogs. We had a lot of dogs. That's the story I tell people all the time. It's all true and I enjoy the reaction I get... usually a mixture of confusion, interest and a bit of...read more