Archives for the ‘General Craftiness’ Category

the girl turns 5

For years, I’ve been keeping my children’s birthday parties sweet and simple, and that’s worked for us. However, when The Boy turned four, I threw him a huge “Knights and Princesses” party, complete with handmade tunics and princess hats, a dragon pinata, and nearly every person (adults and children alike) in full costume. It was […]

wedding gift

Oh hello. Life has been good, spending less time on the computer.  Less time on the computer means more time on the Featherweight. What’s not to love about that? I finished the Paris dress. I’ll have to model it in Paris, bien sûr.  Let me just say that it was not as easy to make […]


I made these quills today for a birthday party we will be attending this weekend.  Nothing like waking up one morning, deciding to make quills, then watching a few videos, raiding the craft stash for feathers, and then making them.  All in the span of about an hour.


It is such a small thing that it hardly deserves blogging, but I’ve been making these knitted dishcloths and I’m really liking them.  I made an enormous ball of tulle-yarn and I probably have enough to make about a thousand of these.  Which is exactly how many I want. I’ve lately been thinking about practical […]

Farm Animals

This year, we decided to put together a farm set for The Girl.  This is the second batch of wooden animals that The Daddy Monkey and I have made, and they are fun and easy to make. I’m very proud of these because the designs are entirely my own.  I’m especially fond of the dog, […]


Nearly a month ago, I excitedly posted about the yarn that I had spun. The lovely Erin over at exhale. return to center, whom I am honored to call my friend, saw my post and offered me some wool.  How on earth could I say no?! Not long after our email exchange, this package arrived […]

Dia de los Muertos :: The Celebration

Overall, The Day of the Dead party turned out to be quite the celebration.  The weather was quite cool, but a welcome change from the usual heat. Friends and family from far and wide, old and new, came together to celebrate life. We ate. We played. We celebrated while my handmade papel picado banners flapped […]

Dia de los Muertos :: The Pinata

Here are a few more photos from our Day of the Dead celebration.  This pinata was the third I’ve made and I think it was the best of the three.  I used the cooked wheat paste recipe from Amanda Blake Soule’s Handmade Home, and it was really nice to work with.  It was far stronger […]

Celebrating Fall :: Day 3 :: candles

Whenever the seasons change, I always find myself cleaning, organizing and just generally sprucing up. For some reason, candlemaking always strikes me as something to do for a festival, equinox, or solstice. I lucked out and found some beeswax at my local farmer’s market.  It was unfiltered though, so there were a few bugs and […]

Beeswax Candles

Have you made beeswax candles yet?  You should. They are so easy to make. They are all-natural.  They are cheaper than buying beeswax candles. And they smell positively divine.