Milestone

All of last year I felt like I was drowning. Whether it was the life threatening depression that turned out to be a med reaction to my endometriosis treatment, or the kidney stone that sent me to the hospital, or to finish out the year, freaking whooping cough, I was limping through just trying to make it through the day. In that condition I had to jettison every responsibility that was more taxing than breathing in and out and not dying ....more

2015 coming in with a wheeze

In case you’ve missed my whining on facebook or twitter or instagram, I have Whooping Cough. Bear thinks it’s hilarious. He keeps asking me if I need to eat citrus for my scurvy ....more

Herbal Caramel Chocolates

When I was a kid we used to make those microwave wilton chocolate candies for everything. We’d pull out the box full of molds my mom had stuffed in a back cabinet from the week she decided she was going to take up chocolate making, we’d rescue some ancient chocolates from another pantry, and we’d laboriously paint with melted “chocolate” to make little gobs of something that tasted like wax. All the fun was in the making, but now that I’m older and snobbier about my chocolate, I want to make something that is worth the trouble ....more

Apple Peanut Butter Bars

With only a few days before Christmas, it’s time to abandon plans for elaborate home made gifts for everyone from your mother to the mailman and go to the fastest gift of all – food. A plate full of sweet treats is part of what makes the holiday so much fun, so if you haven’t knitted a scarf for your neighbor or crafted an elaborate picture frame for your hairstylist, a plate of cookies is the way to go. I came up with this recipe based on one of our favorite evening snacks – a fresh apple cut into pieces and dunked into peanut butter ....more

Modern Paper Christmas Tree

During Christmas I break all my usual design tastes. Throughout the year I like uncluttered, clean lines, minimalism, and midcentury modern. At Christmas I love it all ....more

Reload Cereal Bowl

I have been getting way too big a kick out of myself lately. This is just one of a few projects lately that have me cracking up at my punny self. Geddit? ...more

Leather Strip Bracelet

My whole family has just gotten over the flu, and today Atti got back from school with a fever for the second time in two weeks. So if I hadn’t gone in to Christmas wanting to keep things simple, Christmas has certainly become that way. But this bracelet is easy enough to make even from a sick bed ....more

Monogrammed Wooden Coasters

I don’t know if it’s just that I’m coming off of a hard year and need to keep things kind of simple, or if it’s just happenstance, but every idea I seemed to have this time around could be made in minutes. I had to repeat the stencil idea from yesterday, but instead of freezer paper – which wouldn’t stick to wood – this time we’re using vinyl shelf paper. Another exacto session and a little paint drying and this project is done in time to give to the hostess of the Christmas party that evening ....more

Stenciled Tote Bag

This is another project just like yesterday’s that came from my “Gifts for Dudes” brainstorm session, and once again, it will work for absolutely anyone. But what really inspired this tote bag is Bear. He will not carry a bag ....more

Leather Cord Roll

This year when brainstorming gift ideas, I worked really really hard to come up with some good stuff for dudes. The stuff I thought up is really appropriate for anybody, but they fit in those categories that men often show a lot of interest in – tech, gaming, travel. So, see? ...more