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{tutorial} Cashmere Wrist Warmers

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...
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{trash to treasure} Shabby Chic Lamp + Vintage Trimmed Shade

Hello lovlies! This week's project is not only fun & lovely, it's a joint venture between my mother and me! We took a fairly boring, run of the mill thrift shop lamp and fixed it (and it's sad, sad, shade) up into something lovely! Here's where we started: And...
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{how-to} Signmaking… from laptop to stencil to paintbrush.

We recently came across a haul of old door panels - absolutely perfect for making signs. We've got most of them sitting on our porch at home, waiting to get cleaned up a bit (so watch for them in the shop!) In the meantime, we needed a sign for our new space at...
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about patty

Patty Brower

Patty Brower

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  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.

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How to get one more year out of sad, sad Uggs

Morning you long-haired, wooly freak creatures. Sheep. What manner of strange beasts are you? Speaking of sheep, I came across an AWESOME idea for refreshing an old, worn pair of Uggs. Stuff 'em with wool! Here's my sad, sad pair... They look like they are in slightly...

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Flop Week wrap up… tips’n’tricks.

Greetings, weekend parrots! I missed the blog boat yesterday, as I had a sick basset on my hands (she's fine, but now hates me for ramming antibiotics down her throat.) I still think we need to wrap up Flop Fixin' week with a good, old fashioned tips post, though -...

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Tutorial: How to make a simple zippered bag

Greetings squirrels! It's getting to that time of year where you rascally types begin excavating our mulch, hiding away your treasures to tide you over for the long, cold winter. This year, I thought I'd provide a quick tutorial to make a simple, zippered pouch -...

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How-to: Pressing board edition

Morning you brightly colored koi! Your little cousins, the goldfish, were here yesterday. You guys sure are a lot more flashy! I think it's super cute that you come when called. Yesterday's project was my pressing board! I've hemmed and hawed a lot about this project...

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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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