We had a very white and relatively quiet Christmas up here in North Dakota. This year I realized that there are a few things which really put me in the Christmas spirit (besides the obvious classic movies + music): Baking/decorating cookies Frantically crafting my gifts at the very last minute. I had already binge watched … Continue reading COOKIES + A CARLDEDINSON CHRISTMAS
Does doing something two years in a row make it a tradition? Probably not... but this is my second year making lefse with my dear friend Alex who is definitely a seasoned pro. The tradition has a long history in his family and he has been making lefse - the Norwegian dessert made from potatoes and … Continue reading A MAGICAL LEFSE MAKING NIGHT
I recently fell in love with hand embroidery. It started over Thanksgiving break with a little hoop and a hand drawn mandala (inspired by a class my friend took at a local gallery + DIY shop called Make Room). One night when I was over at her house I saw her working on this beautiful … Continue reading EASY EMBROIDERED DENIM SHIRT + 5 BEGINNER STITCHES
There was wood glue at my wedding, and it didn't just sit somewhere innocently on a shelf in the storage closet of our venue. Wood glue was part of the main event - placed right up at the front on the "altar" my husband made, ready for us to squeeze on to two chunks … Continue reading THERE WAS WOOD GLUE AT MY WEDDING
My great grandma Mary passed away this October. She was the eldest link in the chain of 5 living generations in my family since my other great grandma (Sally) passed away a few years back. While all of the generations she left behind will surely miss her sass, her warmth, and her humor... Mary lived … Continue reading ON POTICA, PIZZELLES, HEIRLOOM BAKING, AND HERITAGE
Saying goodbye to something that is a huge part of your identity is no easy task. Over the past four years my shop had become an enormous part of who I was and who I was known as. Closing up earlier this year was something that took careful consideration but in the months that have … Continue reading MY SHOP: MOVING OUT + MOVING ON
My Actual Brand is my answer to all of that hard-to-navigate "I own a business but I am also a real person" territory. It's my judgement free, share whatever the f*ck I want zone. It's my most authentic creative outlet.