The garden is giving us plenty of cucumbers this summer, so we’re using the KitchenAid’s meat grinder attachment to make sweet pickle relish. Excellent for hot dogs, tuna salads and tartar sauce.
We broke out the vintage food dehydrator to make zucchini chips. The results were satisfyingly crunchy, and now we’ll play with the seasonings.
Maybe you've noticed the abundance of rainbows that appear each June for pride month and wondered what the symbol meant in the past. Or perhaps you've wondered where the purple iris flowers got their name. The answer is found in Greek mythology, with a lovely and often overlooked goddess, named Iris. Jupiter sending Iris by... Continue Reading →
There’s a fox who visits my backyard and I adore her. Occasionally she will bring a fox friend too. Her name is Azeria and she’s so beautiful, I want to tame her so she’ll let me scratch behind her lovely soft ears. Is this what having a dog feels like?
My first time using Mark's lathe. I turned the spoke of a 100-year-old broken oak chair into a wand.
It’s been a strange year. The world effectively shut down in March of 2020. Like many parents, I was working from home with my 3 year old son, trying to manage him and his needs while doing my regular full time job. The daycare was closed, my office was closed, stores were closed; people were... Continue Reading →
Just made a silver apprentice wand. I say ‘apprentice’ because it’s only 7.5 inches long, so it’s miniature compared with adult wands which are often 10 or more inches long. It’s made from an Edwardian corset hook; the handle is silver plated steel and the point is unplated steel. We used a blow torch to... Continue Reading →
A friend broke his hammer at my house and said he didn’t want it anymore. I made a new handle from Osage orange, then burned it black. I reluctantly gave it back to him.
I had intended to keep writing about the news every month during the pandemic. It seemed things were spiraling out of control and I wanted to document the everyday events that made 2020 such a historic year. But honestly, just being a spectator was pretty exhausting. I was pretty sure that the election would be... Continue Reading →