Wooden frames

Lately Mark has taken up making picture frames. He's framed several of the pictures for the boys' rooms from walnut and cherry. For the glass, he used the glass from the old storm windows. He's also made a framed mirror for our foyer. Oil landscape painting by Barbara Northern Watercolor print purchased from Little Truths... Continue Reading →

Antique Mirror Rehab

Mark and I picked up this antique quarter-sawn oak mirror at an antique store in Chicago in 2017 and its been hanging above our fireplace ever since. As we painted the fireplace and added the surrounding shelves, we took the mirror down and replaced the back of the frame. The original backing, left, was in... Continue Reading →

Homemade cherry preserves

In August I bought cherries at the farmers market. After I got them home I noticed they were baking cherries, and tasted more like cherry pie than the standard black sweet cherries I had gotten the week before. I was inspired to make cherry preserves so I could have this burst of vivid luscious cherry... Continue Reading →

The State of Things

Trying to summarize the news seems to get harder every time I sit down to try. To begin, I must acknowledge my great sorrow that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court, died September 18, 2020.  Her death set members of the GOP in an ecstatic race to nominate and confirm a justice to... Continue Reading →

Yes we can!

This is what we have canned from the garden so far, and this doesn’t include the several jars of salsa, jam, marinara sauce and pickles we’ve already eaten or given away. If you had trouble locating canning jars this year, my apologies, I think we used them all.

Another month of bad news

Welcome to another episode on the worst reality television show ever, America’s Relentless Destruction. On “August 31, the United States passed a sobering milestone in the coronavirus pandemic. The reported number of cases topped 6 million. It took less than three weeks for the U.S. to add the last million cases to this tally. Deaths... Continue Reading →

Strawberry Cornbread

To celebrate Lughnasadh I made strawberry cornbread muffins. They turned out delicious, made with the fresh strawberries that were so ripe that I needed to use them immediately. Baking something at home is a great way to celebrate this first harvest festival. Zucchini bread is another great choice if you have lots of zucchini coming... Continue Reading →

Pandemic Summer

The following is a round up of news reports from various new sources about the current condition of the country. Between the virus, the ongoing recession, a lack of government agreement about pandemic strategy, and Trump sending federal agents into American cities in an authoritarian effort to squash unrest, it’s a been a bit hard... Continue Reading →

A porch swing for summer

For mother's day my request for Mark was to make me a porch swing. And he delivered in fine style. The porch swing was made of oak and black locust, which is very durable and rot resistant wood. The final design included one special feature I requested, a cup holder on the arm rest.  ... Continue Reading →

A geeky baby quilt

I made a Hogwarts house baby quilt for my cousin and his wife and their baby boy. The quilt was made from fabric remaining from the last Hogwarts blanket that I made last year, with a golden minky backing so it was extra cozy. {"cameraType":"Wide","macroEnabled":false,"qualityMode":3,"deviceTilt":-0.035436242818832397,"customExposureMode":0,"extendedExposure":false,"whiteBalanceProgram":0,"cameraPosition":1,"focusMode":0}

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