Organic Lifestyle

Manacotti Hack

I almost named this post Personal Lasagna. With a title like that, how can you go wrong. Your own personal lasagna. Sounds so much classier then a personal pan pizza, and yet so much less expensive then a personal shopper. A personal lasagna, ready to be slapped on a plate next to a salad and garlic bread, ready to be eaten. I have no idea how to photograph food… so I hope this looks good and doesn’t make you nauseous… But I switched it to Manicotti Hack, because that’s how I invented these. After a few failed attempts at filling …

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Songbird tutorial

My goal each day is to find my heartsong… something that makes my heart sing out loud. So it’s not surprising that I’ve been a bit obsessed with birds lately. We have 8 as pets. And they pop up all the time in my paintings. And my sewing. Chirpy little songbirds… I can’t get enough. So I am here today to share them with you. I love softie birds… there are lots of patterns for them out there, I know. Your best buddy Google will hook you up if you want to take a look at all of the hundreds …

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I guess I am officially a house wife.

Why does this annoy me as much as it thrills me? It really does. I hate that I love the sight of laundry hanging on the line. It seems like it should be oppressive… degrading… at the very least, unfair that I’m doing laundry while my hubby finds fulfillment at work… changing patient’s lives, chatting with his lovely office staff, getting to be the boss of something larger then the chores. And most chores are like that. My husband comes home in the afternoon and we talk about our day… his seems so fulfilling, helping patients towards health, while I’ve …

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Photo blocks… crafting something I wish I had crafted for my own kids when they were babies!

In a few weeks, I’ll be traveling up north to visit two of the cutest babies alive, my niece and nephew. What to make them, what to make. I have been thinking lately about photo blocks… wishing I had made those for my kids back when they would have played with blocks… Well, I finally realized that that is what nieces and nephews are for! The next best thing to crafting for your own child! So, in a sudden brainstorm, I decided to combine making photo blocks with this awesome tutorial by MADE for a hobo sack to give them …

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Homemade skivvies

A few days ago, it was sunny enough for a *before* picture of a bunch of T-shirts I intended to do a little sewing on. And considering the title of this post, I bet you can figure out what I’ve made out of them… at least, if I’ve spelled skivvies right, and assuming it is a real word used by families other then ours. Today the world descended into a gray, dismal downpour, and an hour of sewing is just what I needed to feel like I got something uplifting done today. Because since nothing is as uplifting as putting …

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My Organic Poptarts Suck

You know how most of the blogs out there make you feel like you aren’t doing enough? Every blog I love and faithfully read has two things in common. One, the crafty women writing the blogs are genius. The things they come up with are amazing. Two, everything always comes out perfectly. I couldn’t be one of those blogs if I tried, so I’m not going to try. This was *supposed* to be an awe inspiring post about some homemade, organic pop tarts that I made. I saw this post on Smitten Kitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/04/homemade-pop-tarts/ and you really have to check …

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