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Spring Dress Handmade

This simple dress tutorial is easy to personalize for all body types and sizes. This style of dress can be made with a multitude of fabrics and prints. For this particular dress, I used a jersey stretch fabric that feels great against the skin and is least likely to wrinkle. Our local “Mart” was selling…

Focus Matters

It has been one year of living in a massively changed world. Every aspect of our daily life has been effected by a great upset, for better or worse. Our human interactions have changed immensely. Work, school, travel, social events and home life have been impacted on a scale nobody thought possible… in such a…

Rosehip Salve Recipe

Winter in our neck of Alaska exposes an abundance of rosehips left over from mid-summer’s wild pink roses. Rosehips are known for their spectacular skin healing properties and are commonly used in a wide variety of cosmetics. Most know them for being rich in vitamin C, but they’re also a great remedy for eczema, wrinkle…

Pinafore Apron for Women

Pinafore style aprons bring me to a place that seems to be among the bygones. The prairie feel of this simple no-tie apron encapsulates an era I reflect on often. I first learned how to make this apron for children through a tutorial on a neighboring blog. Tweaking the pattern for larger measurements, I came…

Removing Fear

Everywhere we look today fear is tempting us to wallow in it’s crippling waters. To fear is to lose focus of our strength and confidence; to doubt. Fear binds us, distracts us, causes us to act irrationally or not at all, and entirely hinders growth. This year has been striking evidence that we are in…

Simple Soap Making

This has been a busy month preparing for holiday events in town. I am so thankful to be back here sharing a new skill I recently learned from my very own Ma. Soap is something I’ve wanted to make for years but haven’t made time for it, as the lye factor intimidated me a great…

Sewing Potholders

When gearing up for the winter season I almost always think of potholders in the kitchen. Cooking is a huge part of our winter enjoyment and sustainability when the days are short and the work is long. Often times we’ll make a large pot of chili or soup to carry us for a few days…

Homemade Stationary

Writing letters is a practice that has been slowly fading to the wayside for generations. I started creating stationary about two years ago when I realized that children in our day and age didn’t know what “stationary” was. This blew my mind. I daydreamed as a child, of sitting at an old wooden desk with…

Traditional Sourdough Bread

In my not-so-distant dreams of being a prairie homesteader, I imagined making bread like this for many years. This year I happened to be given two starters, and so it began. The newer starter came from a neighbor who inspired the core of this recipe. Our 40 year old starter came from family friends who…

Double Yoke Kid’s Shirt

Double Yoke Shirt Project Review: I have a heart for a lot of western twang and all things classic-vintage. This project fit in the middle of those quite well. For my son’s second birthday I finally wanted to make a button up shirt for him. I’ve been massively intimidated by the idea of making small…

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