by Andy

shannonI’m a wife, mother, writer/editor/speaker living in a little house in the big woods somewhere north of Seattle. I love a lot of things that end with “ing” — laughing, cooking, baking, quilting, knitting, painting, gardening and traveling. I despise the telephone, and long for a world where you’d have to hitch up your team and drive your wagon over to my house if you wanted to talk to me.

I began this blog because during the twenty years that my husband pastored the church we founded (Calvary Chapel Marysville), I noticed that a lot of young women in our church had never been taught to keep their homes. Either their mothers had done everything themselves and didn’t take the time to pass those skills on to them, or their mothers had been absent from the home. Over the years, those young women came to me one-by-one with their questions. How do I come up with a food budget? How do I sew on a button? How do I cook a roast? How can I make my home cozy for my family?

At first, I answered them individually. Sometimes I had them over to make bread with me. Sometimes I went to their homes to show them how to can jam or pickles. We had sewing, quilting and knitting lessons together. Sometimes, after sharing a recipe with one, two more would hear about it and ask for that same recipe. It finally occurred to me that it would be helpful to have one central spot for recipes and crafting lessons, and so I began Twig and Feather.

I hope you find some inspiration on Twig and Feather … ideas to help you add a twig or two to your nest (those elements that are necessary but functional if your home is to run smoothly) or maybe a few feathers (those things that bring warmth, comfort and coziness to your home). Those of us who love making our home a haven for world-weary husbands, children and friends are always on the lookout for the next great idea. While you’re out looking, please stop by Twig and Feather often.

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