Dandelion jam

Spring has arrived and our yard has exploded in dandelions and violets. And in these uncertain times, you need to maintain the skills of foraging food and enjoy the bounty that nature provides. In his recession punk style, Mark cooked up some dandelion jam. It has a light floral flavor, and it’s the golden color... Continue Reading →

Vanilla bean honey infusion

Made honey infused with vanilla beans and my house smells divine!  Vanilla and honey have health benefits and the combination is an excellent way to infuse magical energy into your day. Real vanilla bean adds a warming, sweet, and floral flavor that compliments just about any sweet treat it’s added to. This is a great addition to... Continue Reading →

Vote McGonagall Weatherwax

I made an political sign/image mashup of the two witches I most admire from literature: Minerva McGonagall from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books & Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. I would have them run as equals of course, but I put McGonagall first because, as Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts school, she has more... Continue Reading →

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.

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