Arts & Crafts

Let the Holiday Bling-a-thon Begin

Let the Holiday Bling-a-thon Begin

I love these Nicely Festive shoes from Irregular Choice.  In fact, I love a whole lot of their crazy shoes.  Their styles are this wacky version of exaggerated whimsy and impracticality.  (And they clearly label shoe materials, which is a plus.)  Trouble is, they cost […]

Nature > Pantones, Mermaiding

Nature > Pantones, Mermaiding

Art always imitates nature.  I like this fact.  It’s why I don’t often feel the need to go to an art museum.  Not to sound like some stoner or the American Beauty guy watching the plastic bag, but there is so much magic and beauty […]

Neon & Steel [And Some Food]

Neon & Steel [And Some Food]

I woke up in Cincinnati, Ohio and went to bed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This means that, likely, I will spend tomorrow evening in my own bed. New York. Though I am squeezing in brief stops as I pass through, this excursion is winding down. But […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

I made my first reservation related to Great American Eclipse travel in September 2016 …like a big nerd.  Now that it is almost here, along with growing media coverage including its own section in the New York Times last Sunday, I have to make sure my […]

A Love Letter to You (Philadelphia)

A Love Letter to You (Philadelphia)

There’s always a reason to go to Philadelphia. Usually it’s food. But the food invites you to make a day of it, to explore other things. Then, the duration of exploration makes you hungry again. (So yes, it’s mostly about food.) But Philadelphia is only […]

Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree, California

Today is day one of a California summer adventure! And day ones are about getting acclimated, adjusting to the road and a totally new lay of the land. This land, our land/your land, is coated in a sun-dried muff; it’s baked, the high and mighty […]

Mermaid Outtakes, Mermaid Parade 2017

Mermaid Outtakes, Mermaid Parade 2017

I’m officially sick of seeing pictures of me as a mermaid “blowing up” on social media (i.e. more than 5 likes). But for posterity, I’ll include some fiddled-with outtakes on you, dear blog. Starting with my at-home mermaid hair. Then, at Coney Island, we got […]

June Traditions

June Traditions

My bag packed for the 5th Grade overnight trip, I had my sweet tooth covered. But that’s about it… It would be our last year at Club Getaway, so we’d have to make it count. This included sneaking off from my group to take scenic […]

<i>In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea</i> photoshoot

In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea photoshoot

The postcard that inspired the album’s artwork The album’s artwork The dress I embroidered with gold trim and stars many moons ago, along with other supplies I was so excited that the shoot was finally happening, I snapped a picture of my leg driving to […]

::February Photo Purge::

::February Photo Purge::

Another school recess has started! So I must clear my plate for new offerings and doings. 2016 is moving fast. Let’s stop and look for a moment. Green means go. Flat iron. Building Brooklyn buildings Open-faced beet and tahini Switching buttons Trial for classroom Valentine […]

My <i>Empire</i> of <i>Dirt</i>

My Empire of Dirt

Every now and again, walking through her streets, I remember that this city is the best one in the country… that the books and movies and art and culture and subculture that praise her are for good reason. And I am grateful to have known […]

Home Tidbits {Pictorial}

Home Tidbits {Pictorial}

Upcycled bread box. Yellow and teal. “You don’t bring me flours anymore.” Coke bottle crate spice holder. Vintage aesthetic / modern function. Animals on plates. Black radish heart procession. In the train, out at the station, the slither of pink sunset. Christmas is here. Fir on […]

It’s a Helluva Day at Sea, Sir / Vegan on Holland America Cruise, Day 2

It’s a Helluva Day at Sea, Sir / Vegan on Holland America Cruise, Day 2

Today was our only day at sea without Alaskan scenery, not counting the glorious expanse of lapping waves that we are riding on. It was a day to explore the ship, to relax, to eat. The cruise seems far less booked than the other cruises […]

Photo Purge

Photo Purge

Dad & Sister coconut whip, blueberry, strawberry chocolate cake parfaits. Happy July Birthdays! Fluff keeping cool in the shade.  Collaborative craft for a special Momma. 5 people are better than 1! Symmetry is a kind of beauty. This salad is from The Purple Elephant in […]

Posting in the Snow Day, Part 1

Posting in the Snow Day, Part 1

In advance recognition of heading to state #49 this summer, I finally finished my United Great States commemorative necklace. Another batch of granola bars. A visit to Three Brother with my sister. Crab cake benedict. Did you know that Girl Scout Thin Mints are vegan […]

Independence Day 2014

Independence Day 2014

I am glad to be back home for the 4th. Outside the Bennington flaps proudly. Inside, I get started crafting my 50 States Commemoration necklace that will celebrate my spending time in all of our 50 United States. I visit #48 next week… leaving two more. […]

March of the Mermaids

March of the Mermaids

There is nothing that says summer more loudly, perhaps brashly, than Coney Island in Brooklyn. And on the first day of Summer, the day of the annual Mermaid Parade, a merfriend and I took the streets to join the masses of scantily-clad seamen and women, including […]

Signs of Autumn

Signs of Autumn

#1: Pumpkins #2: Hearty Loaves #3: Bright, October sun #4: Migrating birds #5: My being missing in action, inundated with all things 10-year-old.

D.I.Y. Back to School, Posters

D.I.Y. Back to School, Posters

Yes, it is back to school time! Last year I shared my D.I.Y. inspirational posters for my classroom. This year I am adding a few more. For the library: Vocabulary enrichment: This poster format was inspired by a crafter who was selling it in woodcut […]

Craft Time! Earrings Holder

Craft Time! Earrings Holder

Summer recess is only a couple weeks in and I am still riding a wave of wrap-up productivity, knocking projects off my to-do list. I finished up my necklace holder about a month ago and since, my earrings have been eager for their own crafted […]

Craft Time! Panty Hose Sorter

Craft Time! Panty Hose Sorter

Black stockings in a drawer all look the same. At a glance the opaque footless look like the sheer that look like the textured tights, etc. To add to this, my hose drawer exceeds maximum capacity, hiding some while making the rest more susceptible to […]

Spring Crafting: Necklace holder

Spring Crafting: Necklace holder

Everything has its place. And with my embracing jewelry adornments lately, I needed to give them a proper home. Since I was not impressed with the standard tree or body form necklace holder, I had to make my own. Rustic and pretty, soft pastel and […]

Spring Crafting: Jewelry

Spring Crafting: Jewelry

I have recently learned that there exist printable Shrinky Dink paper. Yes, Shrinky Dinks! Teeming with possibilities, I thought I’d create what I had been looking for in a pendant. My first tries were an anatomically-correct heart, an artichoke (a play on the heart theme) […]