Cedar Toy Box

Toy box for our friends new baby girl. Accidentally turned into an anarchists tool box thanks to literary influences from Lost Art Press. Once it’s done holding toys she can fill it with tools!

Halloween Pumpkins

I tried the pumpkin eyeball method with success this Halloween. I broke out my proper acrylic paints from art school and really tried to get into the spirit of the thing. Also our pumpkin family has one more member than it did last year.

Tools of Mass Production

Mark painted the garage with a paint sprayer. The end results look so much better and cleaner. The garage had probably not been painted in 40 years. Now with everything hanging neatly, I notice how many shovels, rakes, hoes, axes, trimmers, machetes and other implements of destruction we have.

Pumpkin Spiced Butter

This isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a general method. Start with several pie pumpkins. Wash and slice pumpkins into wedges. You can discard the pumpkin seeds, but we dry the seeds out for a day, then give them to the squirrels. Drizzle oil of your choice over pumpkins, or use a pastry brush. We... Continue Reading →

Side yard landscaping

We replaced some very pathetic looking day lillies and assorted weeds with new plants. I don’t even have a before picture, but be assured it looked awful. Mark enjoyed renting the tiller and driving it through the soil.

Peachy keen

I love when peaches are in season. I will always buy too many. My neighbor likes to grill them and serve them with ice cream, honey and a few chopped nuts on top. They are so delicious!

Sweet Pickle Relish

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.

Zucchini chips

We broke out the vintage food dehydrator to make zucchini chips. The results were satisfyingly crunchy, and now we’ll play with the seasonings.

Silver Apprentice Wand

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 →

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