patchwork oakland – may 12!

patchwork show postcardI’ll be there selling embroideries! I’ll be sharing a booth with my friend Angie – she makes bags out of the cutest fabrics – you can see her stuff here! If you’re in the Oakland area you should stop by.

I was a seller last year, and it was so much fun! Patchwork is one of the nicest and busiest craft shows I’ve been able to do. Steady all day, and lots of excited shoppers. It’s a bonus that the other sellers and the folks that put it on are really sweet.

patchwork show - modern handmade festival

See? There’s me and Tyler being super friendly and awesome last year! Here’s to another fantastic show!! 😀 If you’d like to find out more about Patchwork, have a look at their official website.

hooray for good weekends!

lemon dog chile sauce bread

This weekend has been nice and productive. 😀

I made a huge batch of homemade red chile sauce with pasilla chiles. (It’s so different than red sauce made from guajillo chiles – I can’t wait to make enchiladas with it!)

Tyler and I went to the nursery and bought some seeds, strawberry plants and planters. 😀 We found a box with “free lemons” written on it and it contained some of the most massive lemons I’ve ever seen, so of course I had to take three of those.

I made another loaf of whole wheat bread and I think I’ve finally perfected it. Now I can have good sandwich bread without milk – and without dropping $5 a loaf.

Roscoe is included because he is so very excited about hanging out on the back porch while we garden.

And now I’ve got to get back to embroidering – I have so many pieces left to make for Patchwork Oakland!

legend of zelda embroideries

legend of zelda embroideries

triforce, ocarina, rupee, navi!

Today I completed something I’ve been meaning to do for a looooooooong time. I made some Legend of Zelda embroideries! It took a couple nights of work for the whole set, which is not bad. 😀 I’m super pleased with them!

Each piece is satin stitched and backstitched, and framed in a itty bitty three inch hoop. Below is a mini walkthrough of how I did it:

I’ve posted a full tutorial and included a pattern on instructables if you’d like to make your own. 😀

And I’m selling them in my etsy store if you’re not much of a crafter!

homemade dry shampoo


diy dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is something I use all the time. I had been using the aerosol stuff more often, but I feel like it runs out too quickly and can leave lots of build up. The best part about this dry shampoo recipe is that it can be made with things you already have on hand! I’ve been using it for years – it works much better than cornstarch on it’s own, and it’s not stinky like baby powder.

In other words, IT IS PERFECT

Oh, and did I mention that if you use the cocoa you’ll smell like brownies? BONUS


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chocolate cream pie recipe

chocolate cream pie

Chocolate cream pie is my favorite sort of pie. This particular recipe has been a family favorite forever – I always loved the holidays and my birthday growing up because I knew Gram would make a chocolate cream pie. My mom now carries on the tradition for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it’s a favorite among my friends too. It’s fairly quick to make and I’ve never, ever had one go badly. You can even make a pudding out of it by increasing the milk by 1/4 cup.


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