I started this blog in early 2014, around the time I started my career break. As a trained graphic designer, I spent sixteen years working my way from print design (web design wasn’t a thing when yet at my university), brand development, website design and development, to experience design. My path was a successful one, but I was feeling burned out and in serious need of something new.
“You’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life.”
After several months of exploring homesteading, indulging my nostalgic tendencies, digging into nutrition, and baking my heart out — love baking! — I rediscovered some of my old hobbies like knitting and sewing. And with the much-appreciated support of my husband, I started to imagine what it would be like to do one of those things for a living.
In early 2015 I began working in earnest on improving my sewing skills, learning pattern design, and getting some serious sewing time in. I created Oxford Dogma as a place to combine many of my passions: pets + learning + design + making.
In 2016 I reconnected with my love for art, discovering the joys of watercolor and daily drawing. Then in mid-2017 I decided to improve my drawing and painting skills, and started blogging about my experiences.
In 2017 I turned what I learned about grinding whole grain wheat flour and baking with it into a book called the Grain Mill Baking Get-Started Guide: Recipes and Techniques for Confident Whole Grain Baking. I would love for more people to discover how delicious homemade flour is, but it’s not easy to convert a lot of recipes to this type of flour. I filled this book with tips and basic, go-to recipes to help bakers get some whole grain “wins” and feel confident to experiment more. I have lots of posts about using a grain mill to bake delicious things at grainmillbaking.com.
I celebrate the intentional, structured, and methodical. Balance, cute animals, and chocolate + peanut butter make me happy.
If it’s not already obvious, I have lots of different interests! I read a fantastic book called Refuse to Choose that refers to this trait as being a “Scanner”. I’m a total Scanner. Exploring lots of different topics used to concern me, and I wondered why I couldn’t just stick with something for…forever. But the book completely changed that way of thinking and now I happily embrace this quality about myself. If you’ve had similar feelings I highly recommend you check it out!