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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... read more

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... read more

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,... read more

Sewing School: Patterns 101… envelope art, technical drawings and descriptions

Morning Muskrats! I’m back with another post in the sewing school series. we kicked this off a while ago with an overview of the different places to get your patterns – pattern companies, magazines and downloads. In this post I’ll continue with the... read more

Add a yoga style waistband to a woven skirt

Greetings giant soft-shelled turtles. I know you think you’re cool, spending most of your life buried in sand and all, but I think you’re sorta lazy. Also, you totally look like a member of one of the lounge bands in the Star Wars movies. Whatever. Grow a... read more

Finished! My spring-green, stripey, silky, stitched up, wool & leather quilt.

Morning Easter Egger Hens! I’m back from our great trip up north, the quilt has been left on a gift table at the First Baptist Church, Lucy got to run around without a leash and fell in a ditch (no injuries, much laughing) and I got to meet CHICKENS!!! But more about... read more

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.

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