Forest Visit

This summer, we’ve been craving time with friends. As a result, our weekends are full of travelling and we’ve been spending less time in the forest then last summer. Finally last weekend, Esker and I got out for a good forest visit.

untitled (5 of 6)Viper’s Bugloss – not native, (and maybe invasive?), but really pretty.

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St. John’s Wort is out in full force this year! Such a wonderful healing herb. Collect the flowers and buds, make an oil infusion, and then a salve. Great skin healing properties.

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We collected a birthday bouquet for the lovely Katherine.

untitled (1 of 6)I dried the medicinal plants I found in Ikea sock holders. You can find these for 99 cents at any second hand shop.


Eight point star

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Someone hand pieced, and then hand quilted this double eight point star quilt. And then, decades later, I found it at my favourite local thrift shop. For $40 (*mind blowing*).

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All vintage fabrics. I could stare at it for hours.

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This is the only thing to do with your scraps, fellow sewing folk.

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Felting booties

This past weekend my gurl Emily and I learned to felt from another great buddy, Kate. The result: these felted baby shoes. Maybe my favourite creation.

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Little bit of the felting process…

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Our teacher. Thanks Kate!!

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Mine (above) looked a little mangled at first. But I still loved them. Emily chose to make the booty shape (below), and they looked great right away. Emily later added deer hide to the bottom for tread, from the hide that Emily and I found in the woods and later tanned together. THAT’S how WOODSY we are. SON.

untitled (9 of 12) untitled (8 of 12)Kate’s perfect one’s pictured above. Kate has a booty business – Bumbletoes. Each pair is one of a kind and a beautiful baby gift that will certainly be cherished.

untitled (11 of 12)Under Kate’s tutelage  I sewed some fabric to the little shoes and they turned into the most beautiful baby shoes ever.

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Baby Bonnet

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I’ve made this bonnet twice now. I have a love for cute projects that are so easy that you barely have to think about them. This was something I stumbled upon while crocheting with Emily. I had crocheted a rectangle and was astounded to piece together that if I folded the rectangle and stitched one of the open lengthways sides, you have a bonnet. It was almost as if it was a recollected skill from another generation. Like in Clan of the Cave Bear*.

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The first bonnet I made, I gave to baby Oliver. For that one, I just made braided string pieces for the tie in the front. For this one (for a future baby), I had a stroke of genius – that if I do say so myself, multiplied the cuteness – use vintage fabric for the tie.

untitled (3 of 3)I didn’t have a baby model, so I propped up the bonnet and got the phantom baby effect. Sorry if it creeps you out:)

*Clan of the Bear is REQUIRED Woodsy Woman reading. Sooooooo good.


Cold Saturday

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Photo by Alnis

To be clear, this is Moo Moo’s cold Saturday. Our cold Saturday usually consists of Alnis and I running around Moo Moo desperately trying to get laundry, cleaning, groceries and cooking done while trying to fit in some outside play for Esker. It looks a lot like warm Saturdays actually, except we’re wearing wool sweaters and socks.

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Photo by Alnis