If you've been here a while, you know all about this. You know that this is a compunction that comes on me this time of year. A compunction that I am more or less helpless to resits. I spend a few minutes folding a bunch of these. Then carefully carefully glueing them together (the glue dots are new this year and so far, they are a tremendous improvement over previous methods). Rinse and repeat until the urge passes or I run out of window space. People always always always ask, so yes, I can tell you how to do it.  [...]

November 26, 2019|


The sun is setting somewhere around 4pm.  All I can say is that my office windows face west, so at least I get the light as long as possible.  That helps...and filling those west-facing windows with these helps too! I've chatted about them here before, and the fascination remains as strong as ever. If you want to make some yourself, you need the magic paper.  It's sort of like a cross between tracing paper and cellophane (it's not like the colored tissue paper you wrap presents in).  You can find little squares of it here and big giant sheets of [...]

November 27, 2017|

Spicule (plus giveaway)

Want a hat?  Wait, actually, want three hats?  Maybe with a little something extra thrown in for fun? Because if so, I think Spicule might be just the thing. That's three lovely, snuggly, cozy hats (just perfect for the cold weather that I suspect will arrive any day now). Plus three unspeakably adorable ornament versions that will look just darling dangling from your tree or tied on top of a present (massive massive bonus points if you knit someone a hat, wrap it up, and put the ornament sized version on top of the package as a present topper). Now [...]

November 1, 2016|


Oh hey look, I remember how to make them! Does anybody else make these?  Or maybe any other paper-based ornaments?  I confess I find it unreasonably satisfying to turn paper into something so substantial and three dimensional. And yes, I need to get out the super tiny, super sharp scissors and trim my ends more neatly (as always, amazon links are affiliate links), but these were just a practice run to see if I could still remember how to make these.  I suspect the first go will end up as cat toys (the kittens have already shown an interest), and [...]

December 20, 2015|

Sooner than you’d think (plus giveaway)

I think yesterday may have been the last really hot day of summer.  Which is actually rather excellent timing, as I am well and truly sick of hot weather.  Now, that doesn't quite mean I'm ready for woolly sweaters (actually no, that's a lie, I'm totally ready for snow and wool and thick socks and blankets, but I know everyone will throw things if I say it too loudly).  But it does mean it may just possibly be time to start thinking about winter knitting. I'm actually something of a rarity among knitters. I don't do Christmas knitting.  None at [...]

September 9, 2015|

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|

Easily Amused

Huh, ok, you guys like the stars.  Honestly, I'm a little surprised.  I find it ever so slightly shameful that I like them (they're paper...folded paper...there should be fairly low amusement value here).  I'm downright shocked that you guys do.  I was expecting some folded arms and foot tapping and a little gentle prod back in the direction of the yarn. But who am I to argue?  The first round of stars didn't do it (no snow yet), so now I've added a yellow one to the mix.  It might be my favorite so far.  I've got one more window [...]

December 6, 2012|

My Misspent Youth

Earlier this week, I opened the windows in my house.  Yesterday, I went to the grocery store wearing sandals.  Something has to be done.  It's December, it's Ohio, it should not be in the 60s.  I need to make it snow.  This is traditionally done by hanging either straw stars or paper stars in the windows. Now, let me back up.  I'm not sure either of these things is a very traditional holiday craft in the States.  But I grew up in Germany, and making both of these was always part of the season.  The straw stars make a huge [...]

December 5, 2012|

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you're all having a lovely day. Our plans include procuring the traditional Thanksgiving pizza, playing lots of board games, petting kittens, and generally just chilling. Sometime over the weekend, The Boy will be doing some funky footwork to spiff up the blog (what, you say you're supposed to update this stuff more than once every three years, oops).  I will be playing with this lovely wool felt I picked up and concocting some sort of festive holiday decoration (an odd urge, since we don't actually decorate for the holidays, but one I'm giving in to anyways).  I'll report [...]

November 22, 2012|
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