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 →

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 →

Hydroponics Expansion

Last spring Mark bought a second grow tent to start seedlings for our backyard garden. This tent was narrower than the first one, only 4x4 feet. He sold several of his young pepper plants to coworkers and neighbors, which covered the cost of the second tent. This year he's bought a third tent, another 4x8,... 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 →

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