Author: Paulette Erato

Sewing etc

4 Cute Summer Blouses You Can Make Yourself

With the possibility of finally going back outside (if the world doesn’t melt) cute summer blouses that are also easy to make are top of mind. This isn’t an exhaustive list of sewing patterns, by any means! But it’s a great starter list that includes some of the more popular …
Lifestyle Issues

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Art & Creativity

This post is a modified version of a video from my series Daily Dose of Creativity on IGTV. Check out Episode 1: What is “art”? for more. Let’s talk about art and creativity: what it means what it doesn’t mean what we don’t think of as creative (and can maybe …
Food Recipes

Oh, You Thought Vegan Cheese Was Total Crap?

I’m a big fan of cheese—the kind that comes from animals. Vegan cheese? Ugh. Not so much. What even is that??? But I try to be open minded. So I looked into it. I didn’t realize there are so many different varieties. It piqued my interest. Because this is, after …
Drink Recipes

Mexican Hot Chocolate – Champurrado

What is Mexican hot chocolate (champurrado) and how is it different from regular hot chocolate? How do you even pronounce champurrado? Fret not, dear reader. You’re about to go on a magical ride. A chocolate-flavored magic ride! This is champurrado: And you can thank the ancient Aztecs and Mayans for …
Maker Lifestyle

New Holiday Traditions to Celebrate in 2020

At first the idea of celebrating the holidays without family made me very sad. But then I got myself right and realized that creating new holiday traditions was its own gift! It’s no secret that this pandemic has been tough for me. I’m going to guess it has been for …
Drink Recipes

20 Best Mulled Wines for a Toasty Winter Evening

Some variation of mulled wine, a spiced warm drink, is popular in countries around the world. While some may use different base liquids or a slightly different ratios of spices, the similarities are very close. From Scandinavia to India, here are 20 of the best mulled wine recipes for a …
Drink Recipes

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine: Winter Spiced Hibiscus Tea

I’ve never had mulled wine, so when I was reading through the delicious sounding recipes for my mulled wine roundup post, I got intrigued. One of the recipes was for a non-alcoholic mulled wine and that got me thinking. They used a bunch of juice, but also mentioned hibiscus tea—which …
Pattern Reviews

Top 5 Sewing Patterns of 2020

There will be some familiar names and looks in my list of top 5 sewing patterns of 2020. Because what I found comfort in during the collectively weirdest year of all was returning to some old favorites. I love these #SewingTop5 lists. I focus on my wins, which is another …
Drink Recipes

Creating a Family Coquito Recipe

I’m Puerto Rican on my father’s side, and one thing Puerto Ricans love at Christmas time is coquito. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone has a family recipe. Except me. When I asked around no one actually had a recipe for me to make. And with Pandemic ChristmasTM …