techniques & tools

{upcyle} Two Sweater Dresses Remade into Cardigans

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...

An Adventure in Candlemaking

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...

A New Adventure in Hospitality and Homesteading

Summer's here (or almost here in some places) and Jeff and I are getting ready to start the next grand adventure! At the end of June, we'll be heading north. Way, way north. In fact, we're heading all the way to the coldest place in the country. And I mean that in all...

about patty

Hi there! I’m Patty. I’m a writer, maker and creative entrepreneur living on the road with my husband and Peppermint the basset hound. Read the blog for tutorials, tricks and inspiration. Visit the online shop to check out our handcrafted soaps, candles, cool finds and more. Curious about our experiment in teeny-living? Then read more about #vanlife! 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.




A mixed Macaron. Fitting, part 1.

Morning bunnies! My, you are a proliferate lot, aren't you. Could you please stop hopping around and driving my poor hound crazy? One day she actually will catch one of you and I think all involved will be traumatized. She's more of a lover than a fighter, but you...

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Grading up my Crescent Skirt!

Greetings owls! Creatures of the night, silent fliers. Possessors of giant eyeballs… I think I need to stock up on an animal encyclopedia – I’m running out of wildlife. Perhaps I’ll do a dinosaur week… OK, so I almost didn’t post this as I believe Tasia will be going...

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