{thoughts} Doing Less

It’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving, rainy and foggy. I’ve got 60’s R&B Christmas music playing. And a pine scented candle burning. I can hear Jeff clanging around downstairs. I’m hoping he’ll bring me coffee. I’ve been walking... read more

What it’s REALLY like running a business…

It’s a Wednesday afternoon and I’m snuggled up on my sofa with my bright orange cat. For those of you who have been following along with our adventures, you know that my mom’s been in town since August. But she’s at the store right now. And... read more

Our weekend garageestateantique shop haul…

Hey there oompaloompas! Mr. Bug and I went on a shopping safari over the weekend – like many couples, garage sale-ing is a perfect meeting place for my avaricious love of acquiring pretty things and Mr. Bug’s love of frugality. We both like the potential... read more

Knitting backwards!

I must be pretty lazy, because I HATE flipping over my knitting to do the purl side when I’m knitting flat! I’ve always wanted to learn to knit backwards so I can just keep the knit side facing me! Here’s a great tutorial on that goes over... read more

idea11 | knit pouch

{image | Martha Stewart} OK – this isn’t the BEST tutorial in the world – there’s a lot of handstitching involved, but for a knitter, this would be a quick, cute knit and a fun way to use up little bits of yarn from other projects! I plan on... read more

idea12 | surprise balls

{image | go make something} OK. Did all y’all know about these? Surprise balls? This is less a tutorial and more a SUPER FREAKING CLEVER wrapping idea. Hide the prezzies in a giant ball of yarn? What could be more awesomballs in the entire universe of... 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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