Counting the Omer for Beginners

Inspired by new friends from the blog world, I decided to try my hand at counting the Omer this year, the 49 day count that began on the second night of Passover and goes through Shavuot.    I had heard about it before and this year was inspired by the Omer counters from the Midianite Mama and Amy Meltzer’s idea on Homeshuling.  And given that I have lots of my own sewing supplies, I decided to jump in and make my own Omer counter. I decided against using candy in mine. We had too many sweets during Passover and I try …

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Guest Post: More than Slippers

By Cheryl Corson, landscape architect, writer and knitter. I’ve sewn, woven, and knitted gifts for loved ones for over thirty years. During that time I’ve also sewn backpacks in a factory, paid by the piece, made clothing for a New York City fashion designer, and run my own production weaving business. Beside technical skill, production work and gift making have little in common.  Knitting and felting a pair of wool slippers for my husband is a much slower undertaking than production work. Because of this, it becomes a gift for me too – the gift of time. He gets slippers; …

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Guest Post: Introducing the Amazing Omer NOMers

I am so happy to have an actual guest post today from the mama, artist and blogger behind those beautiful Omer counters! Thanks to Tzipporah from the Midianite Manna blog for writing this piece and sharing her creative work. Much like Tanya, I’m a big fan of homegrown, homemade, and creativity. When I combine these with new twists on Jewish traditions and my own parenting style, the results are sometimes pretty tasty. This year, our family will begin a new mitzvah – counting the Omer, the 7 weeks between Passover and the lesser-known holiday of Shavuot. (If you’re Jewish, you …

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Finding my Sewing Voice (with some help)

Ever since I started sewing, it has felt like something more powerful is going on than a new “hobby”. That might be because I feel like the word hobby itself is so condescending and pathetic sounding –as in “is it a hobby farm?”  Anyway, I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I know that when I sew it feels a lot more creative and fulfilling than I ever would have guessed.  And I spend a fair amount of time thinking about my sewing great grandparents who never sewed as a hobby but as a fierce and concerted effort …

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More Kale, Less Vinyl — A Birthday Success

So my baby boy, my first-born — turned 5!  I am pretty blown away by this birthday and I am completely overwhelmed with pride at what an amazing person he is already. A few months ago, he asked for his birthday to be at one of those indoor bouncy centers where you can’t hear anyone talk over the sounds of the fans and machines running.  And all the blow up vinyl toys smell like a plastic factory.  And they serve unhealthy lunches in a little glass room on the side.  And the kids have the TIME OF THEIR LIVES, and …

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Tractor Seat Slipcovers and Baby Carrots

Ready for some comic relief from real life today? Truth is really stranger (and funnier) than fiction. Sometimes I spend time reading sewing blogs and marveling at all the adorable projects some super mothers seem to effortlessly carry out while caring for many children, homeschooling, gardening and generally doing it all.  For me, sewing and parenting are not always as easy a match.  So with that in mind, I have to share what I just found in my sewing machine compartment.  Please note, last I saw this compartment had 4 bobbins ready to go and my new seam ripper (the …

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Coming Soon – Sewing, Pickled Covercrops & Hamantashen (oh my)

It is a super busy time here with the farm season kicking off,  plus I have been on a bit of a sewing tear and working on some fiction writing.  Even though my plate feels very full, I want to update my blog more often in the coming months, probably with quicker posts.   We will see if that actually happens but in the meantime, I will tell you what I hope is coming soon. 1) a wrap up of my latest sewing adventures which includes learning to use an actual pattern not marked EASY. 2) an interview with super pickling expert …

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Chasing off Bad Dreams

My four year old had his first nightmare this week, or at least the first one he remembered and could articulate.  It came directly from a children’s book that I had been meaning to toss. One of those books where something seems scary and then they realize everything is fine (it’s only a hedgehog, not a monster), but in the meantime they throw in spooky illustrations.  It pays to pre-read all hand-me -down children’s books, but this one wound up in circulation even though I had glanced at it and knew better. So, I googled for a solution and found …

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Homemade Etrog

We built a beautiful sukkah out of bamboo this year but did not manage to get an official lulav and etrog which were apparently in short supply.  I  went googling around for a solution and I found this inspiring piece from Tikkun Knits about a lovely felted wool etrog. It sounded like a great child friendly and affordable idea, veering from tradition but still in keeping with the holiday.  So I decided to make something similar. I used a scrap of yellow fleece material that was left over from another project and stuffed it with fill from an old pillow.  I worked with my son who is always happy …

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A Little Shoe Repair with Antique Thread

Those of you imaginary readers who have followed my blog closely from the very start might have noticed that I originally thought I would write a fair amount about sewing.  Sewing was even in my tagline.  When I started this blog, I was in the midst of a sewing obsession that swept through like a passing storm, fast and intense and leaving lots of unused fabric in its wake.  I do still hope to get back to it sometime. So tonight I was happy to pull out one of my sewing boxes for my first ever attempt at shoe making.  A piece of leather …

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