Tomato Mania

By Alyssa S. It’s the warmest, most flamboyant part of the growing season. There’s been a long, slow, damp buildup to real summer weather in the Puget Sound region this year. How are your tomatoes doing? Mine are on the slow side, and most everyone I’ve discussed it with locally is experiencing the same. I’m […]

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Ice Cold Summer

by Lisa C. “I have never tasted ice cream. Diana tried to explain what it was like, but I guess ice cream is one of those things that are beyond imagination.” – Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery The sun is shining (sometimes), the temperature is rising (sometimes), and that can […]

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Spring Migration and Hyperlocal Birding

By Alyssa S. For bird lovers, spring migration is a magical time. An unusual visitor or an unfamiliar song amidst the usual voices incites wonder, and we welcome the return of reliable favorites. With the current stay-at-home order, many people have more opportunity to observe the migration occurring through our own yards and neighborhoods. Yearly […]

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Simple Stitches

by Hannah K. If you’re like me, you may need something to keep yourself busy while we’re all staying home. I’ve rearranged my living room three times, baked and ate a few dozen cookies, and sorted my bookshelves by my personal feelings about the author. If I don’t find something to keep my idle hands […]

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Sew You Have Some Time on Your Hands

by Marie B. I enjoy the opportunity to pause and reflect as much as the next person, but I must admit that I am looking for more ways to fill my time. I’ve tried my hand at many a handicraft and have (mostly) found them rewarding and enjoyable. I learned to sew with a machine […]

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Carve Out Some Time

by Marie B. Lately I’ve found myself with a little extra time on my hands.  Even an inveterate couch potato such as me can only watch so much TV.  For me, crafting is a fun way to fill my time, and it (usually) results in the creation of something useful.  I enjoy sewing and crocheting.  […]

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The Writing Stuff

by Marina M. A few months ago I took a hand lettering class. I thought, I have pretty good handwriting so it should be fun to make improvements on that. But, whoa. There’s a lot more work involved in making it look good. But it was so much fun. And lettering doesn’t require a huge […]

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Fast Fashion Fatigue

By Kaley I recently watched a video by Nancy Birtwhistle, one of the winners of the British Bakeoff, where she shows you how to wash a wool sweater. Guys, I could not believe how easy it looked. I have a few thrifted sweaters and spent some time recently cleaning them per her instructions. To quote […]

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Fall Crafts

By Kaley It’s that time of year, folks! Temperatures have dropped, gray skies are upon us, and it is time to hunker down while you hear rain gently fall on your rooves. Grab your favorite toasty beverage and let’s explore a few books to get your home cute and cozy this season.

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Eating Weeds

by Karen A. Sometimes I miss the big, beautiful views when I am out hiking because I am looking down at the ground.  Why, you ask?  Because even when I am hiking I am thinking about food, and I don’t want to walk right over something tasty!  There is something deeply rewarding in the process […]

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