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sewing simple living

Second Shirtwaist

Sun, Feb 16, 2014, 1:30p: All pieces cut out, matching thread wound.  I did not have enough fabric for this project, so I had to make some very advanced decisions. I decided to contrast some elements with white. Bodice, skirt, sleeves & 1 yoke: Orange with black-outlined white circles, cotton. Collar, sleeve cuffs, bodice and […]

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sewing simple living

Gertie’s Shirtwaist Dress

So I’ve had Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing since it came out, and I’ve made some really cute things from its patterns. I LOVE shirtwaist dresses, and Gertie’s is especially dorbz, but I was afraid to try it because it looked difficult. I read some pattern reviews, and many people said that it wasn’t […]

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nature simple living

Homemade Hygiene

There are many reasons why I created this blog, most from which I do not benefit due to my inability to keep it updated. Today is different. Maybe. One reason I like to blog is because I like to make things. I like to make practical things, too, and I don’t like to spend money […]

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New Plant Projects

I have a few plant projects going right now that I’m most excited about.  First, there’s the “avocado forest,” which consists of every avocado pit that our neighbor Stephanie, Justin and I have eaten for probably the last year. There are plants in all stages of growth, some as old as two years; others as […]

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Almond Milk

I was writing a recipe to a friend that calls for spent almond meal that is left over from making almond milk, when I realized I do not have a post on how to make almond milk (gasp!)  and also what myriad of things one can do with the delicious (and commercially expensive) almond meal! […]

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Nut & Seed Balls

So Justin & I are observing Lent, despite us not being Catholic, nor even Christian. Still, I feel like it’s a good practice that coincides nicely with the mindfulness practice of Buddhism. This late winter season is one to find a grateful person, if for no other reason than remembering that it’s not always this […]

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Joe, Snow and Phô

So we had this snowstorm, right? You might have heard. Friday evening the storm knocked out our power. What we didn’t realize was that our electricity somehow controls our house heat, which made for stupidly cold floors and an even colder day. But I didn’t know any of this, really, when I heard Justin making […]

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Salsa Verde

So anybody who spends any time with me at all knows that I LOVE salsa verde.  I make it at least a couple times a month and almost always have a batch on hand. I eat it on everything, but one of my favorite ways to eat it is as a salad dressing over really […]

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Cured Garlic

Last Thanksgiving we planted about 50 cloves of garlic: 30 in our plot and about 20 in a community plot. We harvested it all in mid-July and let it sit in a reasonably dark, cool space in our dining room. Now they are cured and ready for storage and seed. We’ll save about 10 of […]

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Make Yogurt // Se Prepara el Yogur

Making yogurt is easy, healthy, inexpensive and a good way to….

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life simple living

Finds // Las Cosas Encontré

In our never-ending quest to prepare for the apocalypse, we have found a non-electric, old-school coffee grinder for only 5 clams. Of course, there may not be any coffee in the apocalypse, but that’s a different issue.  En nuestra sin fin preparandonos antes del apocolypsis, encontramos un molinillo manual viejo para cafe  que cuesta solo […]