Arts & Crafts

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) […]

Spring Crafting: After-school Wrap-up

Spring Crafting: After-school Wrap-up

My cross stitch sample. Banana’s finished product. Bring on the Mod Podge! Decoupage Frames. K shares her fruity frame. My owl in its new home.

Week’s End

Week’s End

Curdling almond milk. Cooling vanilla cupcakes. Cara cara, exposed. The princess, her sneer–real and plush–and the momma. Patty Day cupcakes Aerial on the cat table.

Little Women & Pin Cushions

Little Women & Pin Cushions

I am so excited to be running a craft class after school with a gang of 4th and 5th graders. Here are some pictures from our first craft… plush owls. Piles of color. Finally, a happy ending for my pile of fabric. Ms. Banana digging […]

Back To School

Back To School

I’ve spent all week so far setting up my fifth grade classroom and haven’t cooked a darn thing. I entered my classroom mid-year this past January and didn’t have the opportunity to imprint the room with any of my own pizazz. But this year! Vintage […]

Addy

Addy

It has been awhile since I have made something that wasn’t edible. My craft desk, sewing machine, miles of cross-stitch floss and pile of fabric has beared with my studies. Unfortunately, a normal week of work and school does not allow for discretionary crafting. But […]

Hola México

Hola México

This morning I am bound for Mexico to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Guanajuato with friends. Though, of course, I will be reporting on my vegan options south of the border, which will include large quantities of Mexcal and straight from the blue agave […]

VeganMoFo #10: El Pan de Muerto

VeganMoFo #10: El Pan de Muerto

I’ve long wanted to visit Mexico to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. And this year I am! I will be heading to Guadalajara and staying with friends before heading to Guanajuato to take part in the sacred festival of the departed. Though I am only […]

To Tie-Dye For

To Tie-Dye For

My Food Fight bag and I get around. In fact, the picture to the left was taken by VegNews editor, Aurelia d’Andrea, for their press blog all the way in Ko Chang, Thailand in March 2008. On several occasions, I have been greeted by Portland […]

Birthdays and Nights.

Birthdays and Nights.

Although I was caught in the act of sneaking in my vegan chocolate stout cake to be served after dinner, Wok Man played the clueless part as best he could. Birthday dinner was at Lodge, one of the many eateries in the hub of Williamsburg, […]

Making Christmas Stuff, Part III

Making Christmas Stuff, Part III

It’s a cross-stitch Christmas! Below is a gift for my sister who giggled to learn I was stitching Star Wars quotes for presents. I chose one of Darth Vader’s first lines as he boarded Leia’s ship and made it pastel and whimsy to contrast his […]

Making Christmas Stuff, Part II

Making Christmas Stuff, Part II

Christmas crafting has taken the place of my school work. So much to do! Here are the lovely little Momma and Dadda owls for my little nieces!

Making Christmas Stuff, Part I

Making Christmas Stuff, Part I

For that special Spiritualized fan in your life: Let It Flow‘s whoa whoa whoa and pill cross stitchInspired by this, I crafted my own Star Wars cross stitch to be presented to lovely Artsparrow and her dapper gent, hosts of a scrumptious vegan holiday potluck. […]

Crossing Things Off the To-Do List

Crossing Things Off the To-Do List

_________________________________________ Book II of my Thailand travels is now published on Blurb! This second installment of my words and photographs was a long time in the making. Sorting through 586 MB of photos and proofing 17,559 words was a huge task. The book, showing all […]

Social Medicine: Brewing Beer

Social Medicine: Brewing Beer

When I was a kid I was confused by beer. I remember not understanding Strange Brew. I remember my parents taking me and my siblings to an Oktoberfest carnival, going down a tall and smooth plastic slide with my legs in a potato sack and […]

Watching Paint Peel

Watching Paint Peel

Returning from evening classes at Brooklyn College via Q train, I sat on the train’s last car for an easy connection at Union Square. After a full day of work and school, (I wasn’t going to waste time, finally mine, by walking the length of […]

Embroidered Will Oldham

Embroidered Will Oldham

As a longtime fan of Will Oldham and all his incarnates, I wanted to pay homage to the man with felt, embroidery floss and vintage railroad curtains I’ve had sitting around for years. Using the picture from his film, Old Joy, I drew the pattern. […]

Homemade X-mas

Homemade X-mas

Without retail’s aggressive looping reel of holiday music and imagery, the Christmas season is quite a different experience. Without shopping, the holiday was streamlined to a single day with family (champagne and Trivial Pursuit) and not the weeks-long consumer marathon on the shelf since after […]

Don’t Be Crewel

Don’t Be Crewel

  If you cannot walk into a sunset, walk to the L train. NYC-adapted 70’s crewel kit.

I’m Obsessed With Your Secrets

I’m Obsessed With Your Secrets

It is a bit of a Monday ritual of mine to read all your secrets. Yes, you world wide web. Before I check my boss’ calendar and map out the personal projects I will attend to during his meetings (homework, blogging, planning my 2007 spring […]