Mark made a walnut nightstand for our sons room. I ordered the cast iron drawer pull from Signature Hardware. I think it turned out beautifully.
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
A beautiful Fire Drake light fixture outside Chicago’s famous Drake Hotel. A Fire Drake or wyvern is a legendary two-legged winged dragon, a creature of Teutonic mythology, with a tail often ending in a diamond- or arrow-shaped tip. The drake is an important symbol in heraldry, and it is a popular creature in European literature... Continue Reading →
I love when Mark uses the tools for his hobby to make me tools for my hobby. In this case he’s using his CNC router to make me odd sized hexagon quilt block templates.