About {kate}

The short story…

I am Kate... a lifelong artist and maker, a mum and grandmum, curator of vintage curiosities, storyteller, student, believer, geek, designer, faithful rebel, photographer, espresso lover, and more... still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up...

Artful Sparrow is my personal blog... feel free to grab a cuppa and visit for a while.

You can also find me out and about on the interwebs as KateByDesign. ;)

Fettucine Alfredo

I have a family tradition of serving Fettucine Alfredo for the holidays… imagine my delight when I first saw one of my (now) favorite movies, The Holiday, and the characters celebrated the holidays with Christmas Fettucine! Fettucine Alfredo Recipe Ingredients 1 16 oz package Fettucine or Linguine pasta 1/2 cup butter 1 cup cream (heavy, […]

For the Love of October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables October is dear to me… rest from the heat of summer… pruning for new growth… nature’s array of color… the fragrance of fallen leaves… a new beginning… Anne truly gets me!

Wild Rice and Watercress Salad

Mitsitam Cafe at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is a unique museum dining experience. I was treated to lunch here recently and particularly enjoyed their Wild Rice and Watercress Salad and couldn’t wait to make it at home. Hope you enjoy the recipe!…

There She Comes!

“I am standing on a sea shore a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length – she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the […]

30 Days of Thanksgiving

With all the craziness (the happy kind!) going on in my life I know I could never keep up with posting daily so here it is in one fell swoop… 30 Days of Thanksgiving! I give thanks for… the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. the best mother a daughter could ever hope for… if I can […]


Happy Epiphany! It’s time to post my one little word for 2013 and that word is… tiny drumroll please… transform.

Zuppa Toscana!

I love soup! One of my favorite things about winter, aside from the fact that it is blessedly cold outside, is that it’s a wonderful time to make delicious soups and take the chill off a cold day. My #1 favorite soup ever is Zuppa Toscana, a tasty mix of Italian sausage and kale in […]


My one little word for 2012 is “be”. I think it is self-explanatory, so I will leave it at that. BE.

Ten Years Ago…

On a beautiful and clear September morning, I was running errands very early and had driven about 20 minutes away to hand-deliver a bill so it wouldn’t be late. On the drive I was suffering from an intense headache which seemed to worsen by the minute. I had occasional migraines during that time, and this […]

Frozen Yogurt Pie

Summer is nearly here… and apparently the heat and humidity scheduled an early arrival! I’m already thinking of cool and refreshing ideas for summer meals and treats. I avoid using my oven in hot weather whenever possible, so I look to no-cook-no-bake ideas for summer fare. One of my very favorite simple desserts is Frozen […]