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.
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This month has turned out to be just a wee bit more crazy than I had originally planned... how 'bout your month? Today I've got a recap of current projects and a rather lengthy overview of how I'm switching things up in June to better focus on my goals. Me Made...read more
One of my favorite sewing projects is upcycling thrifted, closet orphan, and previous me-mades that ended up not getting worn as much as I'd like. For my recent Wardrobe Capsule, I had a sweater dress on hand that was in the 'to-be-upcycled' pile that matched the...read more
Last weekend Jeff and I took the rather monumental step (for us) of jumping out of the intereweb research and taking action. We got chickens. More specifically, we got eight chicks of the egg-laying variety If you've thought of getting chicks and don't have...read more
Woo hoo! I've gotten down to business on plotting my summer wardrobe capsule that I'm stitching up as part of the Curvy Sewing Collective Capsule theme month. I've sorted through fabrics in my stash based on my (current) priorities... more separates, especially cute...read more
May is here! A time of blooming flowers, buzzing bees, and warm winds caressing the lilacs. But, of course, it's northern Minnesota. So instead we got a full day full of fat, fluffy snowflakes. But nevermind! This May brings some superduper fly sewing projects...read more
Greetings you sweater wearing minxes. This make might win the award for longest-held fabric. This sweater knit has been in my stash forever. A sort of dusty lavender in a maybe 6x6 commercial knit. I've never loved it I don't know why I bought it initially....read more
Today I've got a few more entries for my Spring Sudoku Wardrobe Capsule, perfect for you sleepy orange kitty cats! This post is a two-for-one... and both of these pieces weren't in my original plan. Initially I knew I wanted to make my lime green linen into a cute,...read more
Greetings sea monkeys, you under-rated creatures of the deep. Next in my backlog of finished-not-blogged-makes is my newest favorite pair of pants. (Sorry Blue Jean Baby Bloomers). Meet the perfect pantaloons. This style is by far my favorite if I must have a...read more
OK, let's establish a baseline. I do not like t-shirts. I think they are dowdy and usually sloppy. I don't go in for athleisure gear and own two tshirts that I occasionally wear with jeans, but usually are relegated to yoga pant, work from home days that I prefer to...read more
Hello sewing friends and assorted other internet dwelling creatures! I was staring at the buildup of fabric scraps in my sewing room this morning and realized that I had actually finished my spring wardrobe capsule! I'd gotten a little sidetracked with piles of silk...read more
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