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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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 that...read more
Summer's just around the corner and we're burning through the last of our summer fruits that we put up last fall. We shared our (beginner) method of putting up peaches last fall and this weekend I put the last bag of peaches to very good use! Some of our previous...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. Likely, I...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
Parmesan potato nests are another favorite of our guests here at the B&B. Super-easy to make, this is a great way to get a crispy potato fix that's a bit less oily than traditional hash browns and much easier to make! These are also great for serving to larger groups,...read more
Whew! Today I have a newly-finished dress (ok, it's actually not all the way finished. Ten points to the first one who points out the basting stitches in the pictures...) I was overcome with the need to sew up some lovely pink and purple gingham silk dupioni this...read more
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 in the world...read more
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