Urban Foraged Dye Stuffs

October 21, 2014



My one skein of all white yarn. Lorna’s Laces. Gotten from an ebay purchase that shouldn’t have happened, but I had some wine and buying some more yarn seemed like a great idea at the time. What can I say? I hadn’t knit with Lorna’s yet and wanted to try it. But then my itch […]

Posted in: fibers

The Late Quilt

October 9, 2014



Almost 3 years ago, before I worked at my current job, while my old job was a dwindling paycheck and source of actual job material, my oldest friend Andrew commissioned me to do a job. I was asked to make a baby quilt for a friend of his, who, if I remember correctly, I also […]

Posted in: handmade, sewing

Fall 2014 Honey Harvest

September 3, 2014


In truth it is not just the fall honey harvest, but the only honey harvest of the year. Because we already are stealing our honeybee’s hard work, we try to minimize our impact somewhat by harvesting around August/September and unless the bees make an excess of honey between now and when it starts to dip […]

Posted in: critters, food

The Summer Jungle

August 6, 2014


The summer garden has flourished and failed all in one swoop. It’s when the grasses creep back in, making the most rabbit food for the several litters that always come within a few days of each other because we forget that it’s sometimes a good idea to stagger the litters – then again, if we […]

Posted in: critters, garden

All Work & No Play…

July 20, 2014


makes Charlei a very exhausted girl. Despite thinking originally that summer would leave me working even fewer part-time hours than I was before, it has instead left me working 50+ hours a week for almost the last month including some solid weekends (from Friday morning until Sunday night including overnights) which hasn’t been an entirely unpleasant […]

Posted in: personal, work

What’s the difference between a Yam and a Sweet Potato?

June 1, 2014


A guest post by Nate! OMG! This may be old news for some of you, may be interesting to others, or may be a snooze to still others (so I’ll keep the nerd speak to a minimum). I’ve recently read a number of blog posts, articles, and heard from folks some breakdowns of the subtle […]

Posted in: botany, food, garden

The Top 10 Things That I Love About Kids

May 28, 2014


This applies to kids in general, but I’m thinking specifically of the ones that I spend the majority of the work week with at the children’s home. My lovely 28 children, the whole messy lot of them, ages 2-17. 10. Volume. I am not a quiet person. I appreciate that it is not only acceptable […]

Posted in: personal, work

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