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 →

Navy Star Baby Quilt

I made a baby quilt for my new baby, who is due in February. Its has navy blue lux fleece on the back and the front is a yard of Wilmington "All Our Stars" by Jennifer Pugh - Sleepy Time" cotton fabric. The border is a flannel of light blue, dark blue and yellow stripes.... Continue Reading →

Coat Racks

Custom wooden coat racks with pewter hooks. The bulk of this challenge was making a 72” tapered column. This exceeded the capabilities of my little portable table saw, which I discovered when the saw exploded. I have a new, nicer saw now, and a cool scar on my right wrist to remind me to stop... 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.

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 →

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}

Tropical batik hexagon quilt

The quilt for my best friends wedding gift is complete. It’s the biggest quilt I’ve made yet, and made much more quickly than usual, thanks in part to staying at home these last weeks. It’s in blue batiks with tropical colors, hexagon pattern with blue triangles between. 112” x 98”, a little bigger than king... Continue Reading →

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 →

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