camping with the girl

Cooking breakfast #camping #bigbasinstatepark #adventureswithlauren #intothewild

It’s been nearly two years since L & I had a road trip. She’s been asking me to take her camping for a long time, so finally we went.

#redwoods #bigbasinstatepark #adventureswithlauren #intothewild

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, north of Santa Cruz, is spectacular in a wet, lush, massive kind of way, so different from the landscape in southern California. We stayed in a tent cabin, as a way of easing a first-time camper into the joys and discomforts of ‘roughing it’.

#bigbasinstatepark #stellersjay #intothewild #adventureswithlauren #365gratitude_hashimaree

It was cold, but not unbearable. L was a good sport about it.

#ferns #adventureswithlauren #intothewild #camping #bigbasinstatepark

#ferns #bigbasinstatepark #camping #intothewild #adventureswithlauren

And it was spectacularly beautiful.

#ferriswheel #santacruzboardwalk #adventureswithlauren #roadtrip

We spent time in Santa Cruz too, sampling the Boardwalk, and visiting with friends.

View from the top #ferriswheel #adventureswithlauren #santacruzboardwalk #roadtrip

It was fun to get away with L for a few days. She was 6 when I met her. She’s 16 now, and driving. Amazing. Am I really a decade older?

thenandnow

Yeah, I guess I am.

#redwoods #bigbasinstatepark #adventureswithlauren #intothewild

One thing is for sure: I’m not going to stop camping any time soon. Where to next?

‘wonderful’ check-in #1

Winter sunsets are so gorgeous

Wonder-ful, for me, boils down to two things: paying attention, and gratitude.

So lucky to have access to a wealth of fresh seasonal organic veggies. Love my farmers market! #365gratitude_hashimaree

It’s easy to become despondent and disgusted when one pays attention. Obviously, there’s a lot of shit going down in the world. I don’t need to point out the ways in which humans hurt each other and the creatures sharing this planet with us. We all know there’s plenty of bad out there, and it’s important to pay attention to that crap, and speak up, and be the change you want to see in the world.

Grateful for silliness at work #365gratitude_hashimaree

For me, a huge part of being that change is noticing and celebrating and being thankful for the things that make me smile, that give me hope, that create connections, that make space for silent wonder. That’s why my one little word this year is wonderful.

Grateful for another day to live, laugh, and love in. #sunrise #365gratitude_hashimaree #noedit #nofilter

Not to be all ‘la-la-la I can’t hear you’ about the bad shit. But simply to give myself respite, and strength, and a reason to do my part to make this world better.

Thank you #bigbluebus for getting me to work this morning when my car was in the shop #365gratitude_hashimaree

Because it truly is a wonderful world we live in, and those other humans we rub against, they’re people like me. We’re (mostly) all trying to do our best with what we’ve got. If we all approached each day with gratitude, there might be more smiles all around.

Sunday afternoon jam session in the living room #365gratitude_hashimaree

It’s also important, I think, to create environments in which people can share, enjoy, relax, relish, have fun. If we are always wound up and unhappy about how messed up things are, how do we make space for things to be different?

Succulents are breeding!

While I totally respect those activists who pit themselves against oppression, right now my path seems more about an open table, good food, gardens, music, and kindness.

Yeah, so far my year’s pretty wonderful. How’s yours?

adjustable full apron for women or men: tutorial

Adjustable full apron for women or men

I recently picked up some soft chambray, knowing it would be perfect for a gender-neutral apron. Want to make one too? Here’s how.

Apron materials

You’ll need:
1 yard of main fabric (or a tad more; you can squeak it out of one yard though)
10″ x 16″ pocket fabric
3.5 yards of 1.25″ twill tape (I got mine here)
Thread to match each of the fabrics, and the twill tape.

apron layout

Fold your main fabric in half, selvedge to selvedge. Measure and mark a shape as shown above, using chalk or a soluble marker. Cut it out.

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Fold down the top edge half an inch, then another half inch. Stitch.

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Fold and stitch hems on the 20″ long straight sides, and the bottom, in the same manner.

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Fold one angled side under 1/4″, then fold again at 1″. Press and stitch close to the edge.

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Repeat for the other angled side.

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Turn one long edge of the pocket piece under a half inch, then another half inch. Stitch.

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Turn the other three pocket edges under 1/4″ twice. Press.

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Fold the pocket in half width-wise, and press to mark the center line. Open up the fold again.

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Align the pocket with the center fold of the apron, 2-1/2″ down from where the angled sides begin. Make sure it is straight and centered. Pin in place.

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Stitch close to the edge of the pocket, then again about 1/8″ inside the first stitching line.

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Mark and stitch a vertical line about 3-1/2″ from the edge of the pocket, to make a divided section.

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Turn under one end of the twill tape 1/2″, then another 1/2″. Stitch to secure. Repeat with other end.

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Thread the twill tape up through one of the angled channels and down through the other.

Adjustable full apron for women or men

Give to your favourite cook or artist.

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