...Growing, Building, Cooking, Preserving, Crafting...

2006 began our urban homestead when I broke ground on a garden, which now includes perennial fruits, flowers, & many vegetable varieties. We dream of solar panels, keeping bees and hens. Until then we'll continue growing and preserving our own fruits and vegetables, building what we can for our home, cooking from scratch, and crafting most days.


Last Minute Craft

Vera's Nature Pouch
I should be cleaning the house right now as I do every Thursday afternoon--or at least packing for the camping trip--but I took a detour to my sewing machine to whip up something for Vera.  On our walk in the woods last weekend she was especially interested in picking up rocks and I noticed that she was a bit frustrated when she couldn't hold all of them in her hands to carry them back to the stroller.  The idea for a "nature pouch" was born.  With our camping trip coming up this weekend, I thought I'd made some kind of small satchel for her to use for whatever treasures she might find on the trail on Saturday.  It took me 15-20 minutes to make and, once again, cost me nearly nothing--the already-made burlap bag was from a sample of Jamaican coffee our neighbors brought home from a recent vacation, the ribbon was part of a Freecycle score, the free-handed leaf cut-out was from a few inches of twill fabric I recently cut off a pair of pants I was hemming, and the thread was what my machine held as I finish my "party dress."  Et voila!  I did a basic backstitch to applique the leaf and finished the edges with a little Fray Check.  I hope she likes it and fills it with nature's goodies for many camping seasons (and other outdoor forays) to come.


  1. This is darling! I love the details

  2. yes, the details are fantastic. i also love that you chose burlap. she can put wet leaves and rocks in there and they will soon dry out!

  3. Hi Ann! It is your old neighbor from way back when. I came across your blog site on FB. Love this idea of a nature sack. I wish I was a sewer for my kids. Thanks for sharing :) Best-Meg (Kanouse)