from 2.8.2015




from 2.2.2015


from 1.18.2015

kin no neko

about altered routes

taking a break


The garden is filling out so nicely. Nearly everything is in the ground, save for potential nursery purchases and the sowing of additional crops for later in the year. It is all coming together quite nicely. I had big plans for other things last year, like putting in a back door and creating a more permanent outdoor room. I don’t know that we’ll get the door in this year, but I shall continue to upgrade our outdoor living spaces.

I’m thinking about throwing a garden party this summer. Maybe I’ll do it to celebrate 10 years of blogging (in August).

Fences aren’t too common in our neighborhood, so we installed a privacy barrier on the alley side of the yard last summer. The space underneath has a nice variety of shade to partly-shady plants, including hostas, ferns, bleeding hearts, butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), and Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). I have something else out there too, yet I can’t recall the name right now. I’ll have to check my gardening journal from 2011.

The spot is great for sitting with a book or craft, and it’s also a cool place to take a break from working in the garden beds. Although, above, I’m under the maple next to the stacked herb bed. It was a good place to do a little oregano taming.

I still have to fill my pots with some herbs and self-sowing flowers, the latter coming from the raised beds where they proliferate unless most are moved to other contained spaces.

Of note, but completely unrelated, there’s a new Kilian Martin video. It is totally worth watching.

lately, around here

bike basket form

weaving in various stages

garlic in the 'hood

prepping for seeds

seed-prepping manager, kin

for rent

lately, around here




spring woods

mother river antler basket detail

mother river antler basket

i saw your drive-by

elsebeth lavold silky wool

It’s a snow day here and, oh boy, I sure did need this. I made a grocery list and my husband ran the errands. I’m balling some yarn now (Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool) because I have daydreams about some unknown spring shawl that I’m going to crochet. Today, I want something super comforting for dinner, so I’m making the meatballs and pasta sauce from Jamie’s Food Revolution. I don’t know why, even though I don’t eat much meat, but I go back to those meatballs time and again. Most of them go in my mouth without sauce (or pasta; I don’t eat much pasta).

I need to do a little baking tonight so that I have something to take along to a class tomorrow. And then, I’m just going to cozy in for the evening with a little crochet.


at home in february

day 17 :: last FO used

day 16 :: texture

day 13 :: inspiration indoors

day 15 :: a new skill

day five :: notions

day five :: notions

I thought that I’d slip this photo in here. It’s from day five of A Month of Craft Photos and the prompt was “notions”. The buttons, jar, and doily all fall into the category of “something old“.

[I am logging my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]


vintage pyrex custard cups

tiny pyrex custard cup

I have a lot of Pyrex at my house. I probably started collecting it 20 years ago, before I even knew its history. (I’ve been a thrifter, picker, and vintage collector for all of my life; My mom turned me onto it in the 70s, long before it was a popular thing to do.)

In the 1990s, I began picking up clear FireKing, GlasBake, and Pyrex custard cups. I was drawn to them for some inexplicable reason. I continued to buy clear pieces from all three companies, in all sizes and for many capacities, as well as white, colored, and patterned items. I recently made the decision to hone down this collection. I’m keeping everything that is clear or plain white, all of my favorite mixing bowls, and items in the Spring Blossom Green or Crazy Daisy design because I have a lot of items in those patterns. Additionally, there are a few rarer selections that I’ve tucked away for now.

Everything else is going. I have a friend who has a hefty Pyrex collection already and I’m hoping that her husband won’t notice if I leave a few boxes at her house.

[I am logging my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

pyrex rolled edge tall custard cups

pyrex custard cup trio

pyrex custard cup organization