Today is April 3rd

Today’s mood: A baby bran muffin and a heap of whipped cream πŸ’•

Easy Bran Muffins

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups bran flakes cereal (crushed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt and cereal in large bowl. Beat egg & milk together in a smaller bowl, once blended, add to flour mixture, stir just until moistened (batter will be lumpy) stir in raisins if desired. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  2. Bake at 400Β°F for 20 to 25 minutes.

We’ve added cinnamon in the past, subbed raisin bran for the cereal and used whatever milk we had on hand (usually almond).

Filling my sometimes sour lemon mood with pink thread carnations πŸ’•

Keeping my mind occupied with meticulous intricacies.

Taking a moment to just breathe πŸ’•

The bathroom clock stopped working sometime in the night, so I put my studio clock in there, just until clocks are an important enough thing to go out and buy again. Time is irrelevant to 2/3rds of our household now, but clocks in every room are old habits. On the upside, the studio feels quaint & charming using an old timey wind up πŸ’•

I hadn’t planned on making masks, but the thought of people not having what they need or possibly being an unintentional asymptomatic covid-19 super spreader is scary and shit is getting real right now.

Sometimes feeling small and useless, so taking my useful skills and making cute masks for strangers and people I love πŸ’•

There are so many resources out there, these are just a few I found really simple and helpful. If you want to donate your efforts to healthcare workers, patients, care centers, shelters and correctional facilities be sure to check locally with what your state requires/needs. πŸ’•

..A Few Mask Patterns..

JoAnn Fabrics – A start to finish YouTube video, uses interfacing and makes a very sturdy mask. (The blue one pictured above uses this pattern)

Approved cotton masks for healthcare facilities from Allina Health & Blue Cross MN.

Simple traditional tie around the head mask from The New York Times.

Tailored mask (intermediate sewing) from State The Label (one size) is a simplified version if this one from Craft Passion (multiple sizes & formats) both of these have a center sewn seam which would perforate the weave and create needle/pin holes from sewing in the fabric, which might make it less effective than the solid sheet pleated fabric versions above.

We are ending our first week of the governor’s Stay Home order and I know I don’t need to tell you life is surreal, we are all living it, take care friends. πŸ’•

Driftless Scarf

When I was designing this scarf I really wanted something naturally simple that would build up softly in layers, something lovely that would help a beginner gain confidence while making,

but I also wanted it to be something expertly crafted and intricately clean, something that a more experienced maker would appreciate.

The finish leaves straight edges on all sides, ready to wear and beautifully minimal on its own,

but at the same time is the perfect surface for adding on a bold contrast or delicate lace edging. I didn’t want to overwhelm and fill the pattern with endless options, so I left it at two widths and a solid foundation with room for your creative variations. πŸ’•

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Pattern: Driftless Scarf

(We live on the edge of the Minnesota River Valley known as the Driftless Area, surrounded by steep bluffs, where underground streams have carved out hidden caves and created natural cold springs. As a kid I would dig up kaolin clay in my backyard, look for fossils in the drift and occasionally find a bit of shale or mica for my pocket. I have always loved living in a place where some of the landscape was blurred smooth by glacial retreat and some was not, giving me the joy of having expansive fields of flat midwestern prairie to run through, mixed with high peaks and deep limestone valleys to marvel at.)

This scarf is a little bit that simple complexity πŸ’•