Hammer Time

A friend broke his hammer at my house and said he didn’t want it anymore. I made a new handle from Osage orange, then burned it black. I reluctantly gave it back to him.

Trump defeated

I had intended to keep writing about the news every month during the pandemic. It seemed things were spiraling out of control and I wanted to document the everyday events that made 2020 such a historic year. But honestly, just being a spectator was pretty exhausting. I was pretty sure that the election would be... Continue Reading →

Storybook Baby Quilt

Just in time for our new baby's arrival, I finished my second baby quilt for him. Its a mix of Moda Storybook flannels with cream flannel sashing. The backing is Robert Kaufman Fabrics Cozy Cotton Flannel in Seafoam Stars, wrapped over the edge as binding.

Wooden frames

Lately Mark has taken up making picture frames. He's framed several of the pictures for the boys' rooms from walnut and cherry. For the glass, he used the glass from the old storm windows. He's also made a framed mirror for our foyer. Oil landscape painting by Barbara Northern Watercolor print purchased from Little Truths... Continue Reading →

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 →

The State of Things

Trying to summarize the news seems to get harder every time I sit down to try. To begin, I must acknowledge my great sorrow that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court, died September 18, 2020.  Her death set members of the GOP in an ecstatic race to nominate and confirm a justice to... Continue Reading →

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