Using Your Material Stash to Make Hot Pads

If you sew a lot or did in the past, you probably have all kinds of left-over material stashed somewhere. I was excited to find a use for part of mine, making fast and super easy hot pads for Christmas gifts.

Our Homespun Christmas Tree

This year, take a moment and make up a Christmas ornament or two for your loved ones. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just made with love.

Best Butter Cookies Recipe

This recipe for simple butter cookies uses only a few ingredients you probably already have in the pantry.

Christmas Lights

Looking at neighborhood Christmas lights was the highlight of the season.

Christmas Gifts From the Farm

I've learned to do so many things on the farm this year, I couldn't wait to share with everybody for Christmas. From soap to pickles, everything was homemade!

An Early Christmas Present From The Past

After searching for three years for the perfect modern sewing machine, and never really finding exactly what I wanted, my parents surprised me with an early Christmas gift of a 1961 Singer Slant-O-Matic 500.

Life on the Ranch Midwinter

It's the middle of winter and we appreciate that nature has thrown us a bone in the form of abundant water. We look forward to lengthening days.

Danish Butter Cookies

Here's an authentic recipe for buttery cookies using the addition of almond flour.

To Want But Little

This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.

Miss Houdinis Close Call

There is always tension between so-called "civilization" and "where the wild things are" as Maurice Sendak said. Rural living on the edges of wilderness teaches us that we can live in that tension but it's not always easy.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.