We've got a hurricane coming through this weekend, and while it will probably just be a bit of wind and rain by the time it gets to us, there's always the chance that it will do something more inconvenient like knock out our internet for a few days. Just a heads up in case I'm a little quiet for a day or two, but with any luck at all, it will be delightfully uneventful! In the meantime, you may assume I'll be playing with yard trash and cyanotype solution while I wait to see what the storm brings... Because I [...]

September 16, 2023|


Um, so, speaking of being distracted by shiny objects, did you know that you can iron and sew mulberry paper preeeeeeetty much the same way you'd sew fabric? And that this can lead to no end of distraction? And also to some lovely window shades to help deal with the glaring daystar of death lurking outside your window? Because you totally totally can...and very possibly should.

July 16, 2023|


Yes, yes I am still making the trivet.  Yes, I am having more fun than anyone should be able to have with some felt and some string.  No, I don't expect anyone else to understand the appeal.  But I'm fairly sure you're all an obliging lot and won't begrudge me my odd obsessions. I started by cutting out three equally-sized rectangles (size determined by setting the teapot on various books until one looked right, and then tracing around that book).  Then I held them together with a few pins and started stitching.  There was no particular plan for the stitching, [...]

May 6, 2015|

Not Knitting

I like my dining room table.  And I absolutely adore my teapot.  But alas, the two of them don't quite get along.  When I set the hot teapot on the table (something that happens about once a day if all is right with the world), it has a tendency to leave white marks on the table.  Now I've discovered that these marks come right out if I rub them with a walnut (no idea why, but seems to be true).  But that's a bit tedious if you do it too often.  And of course I could just set a potholder [...]

May 3, 2015|

Bottoms Up

Last Thursday found The Boy and I at an interesting event.  It billed itself as a mixology class/showcase for OYO products.  We're fans of OYO (stop by when you're in Columbus, and then walk next door to Brother's Drake Meadery for some really yummy drinks), and we've been known to enjoy the odd adult beverage from time to time, so it seemed like an interesting way to spend the evening. It was much as promised.  Snacks, tasty drinks, and of course the requisite re-purposed warehouse as the venue.  They even gave us recipes for their tasty offerings (I'm sharing my [...]

January 29, 2013|

Preserve, Part II

Really, this is very easy.  So easy I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking.  Ready, here we go.  1) Juice several of your backup lemons. I usually need about one lemon per jar, and in this case I'm doing 5 jars. 2) Cut the tips off your Meyer lemons (optional, but it feels tidy to do it). 3) Cut your Meyer lemons almost all the way into quarters (cut most of the way through the lemon, leaving just enough to hold them together at the bottom).  Don't panic if you slip, you can still use them.  [...]

January 24, 2013|


It's freezing cold outside today, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to hole up at home and make something yummy.  Today's plan is preserved (or salt cured) lemons.  I made these last year and have fallen completely in love with them.  They are delicious in any sort of vegetable dish (we use them most every time we make chicken or vegetable soup) and are called for in lots of Moroccan recipes.  They've become a must-have staple in my kitchen. There is a bit of a seasonal aspect to them.  They're best made with Meyer lemons, and those are easiest [...]

January 23, 2013|

Not That Powerful

So it seems the sock, the pale blue, leafy, spring-tastic sock, has some limits to its magical powers of winter banishment.  This is what I woke up to this morning. That's one of my office windows.  This is another. It's a wee bit brisk out there.  And gray. And windy.  All of which is completely appropriate.  It's January in Cleveland, this is what it's supposed to be like.  But I am definitely going to spend the day in woolly socks to compensate.  And I may set the leafy socks aside for today.  Knitting on them when it's like this out [...]

January 22, 2013|

Not Quite

You'll recall that this whole star thing started as a way to make it snow.  It still hasn't worked, but apparently my furnace heard about my concerns and wanted in on the act.  So last night, when it was just the tiniest bit nippy outside (even if it wasn't snowing) he stopped working.  Well not quite, he kept blowing air, he just stopped heating that air before blowing it on me.  Very refreshing. I responded with stoicism and wool.   And another star. My office windows are now full, so it's likely time to stop.  I'm sure the snow will arrive [...]

December 7, 2012|
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