Hogwarts Rainbow quilt

I found some great Hogwarts house fabrics at the quilt expo but they only had a few fat quarters, not enough to do a whole quilt. I worked them into a larger rainbow pattern so they would add visual interest, but not be the first thing you noticed. I used a staggered rainbow so each... Continue Reading →

Honey Infusions

Mark bought a quart of honey and a bunch of tiny jars to make spicy honey from his impressive crop of hydroponic chili peppers. Since I'm not a lover of spicy foods I tried making lavender infused honey. The results were tasty but I couldn't find a tea that didn't mask the lavender flavor. Next... Continue Reading →


I found a delightful Etsy store that transforms antique Victorian and Edwardian corset and boot hooks into gorgeous silver wands. I was so intrigued by the idea that I bought a silver boot hook on eBay and tried to straighten it myself, just to see how difficult it was to do. I just love how... Continue Reading →

Begetting a broom

Mark used a maple branch from our yard and some wild grasses (hastily cut with his scythe from along a roadside) to assemble an impromptu witch’s broom for Halloween.

Cardboard play house

I saw a large cardboard box sitting in my office, waiting to get thrown away. I brought it home and Mark and I turned it into a playhouse. I'm pretty pleased with the final results.

Spiced up spice rack

The first thing Mark ever made for me was a hand carved spice rack. It was Art Nouveau inspired, made from walnut and finished with oil which gives it a lovely sheen. I had been happily storing spices in it for years when I thought I ought to make the spice jars look as lovely... Continue Reading →

Navy kimono quilt

My friend Kristen adores Japanese culture, she's an anime fan and she practices akido, so I wanted to make her wedding quilt showcase that aesthetic. I bought remnants of kimono fabric on Etsy to give her quilt genuine Japanese flair, instead of relying on the caricature of Japanese design motifs that one finds in Midwestern... Continue Reading →

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