And they are off!

It’s time! If you signed up for the third annual Valentine swap, you will have received an email from me with your swap partners information last night. If you don’t see it, check your junk mail just in case. If you still don’t see it, send me a direct email. This year nearly 400 people […]

Yarn Hearts

Six excuses I tell myself to get out of learning to knit: It will give me carpel tunnel syndrome. I already crochet and suck at it. Do I really need one more thing to suck at? It will allow me to make custom sweaters for my cat. My cat already hates me and the last […]

Jambalaya Boxes

It’s that time of the year when tourists descend upon New Orleans like a bunch of drunk and shirtless locusts. Middle aged conventioneers with names like Stew and Skip take up with sorority girls, frat boys, and Lousianans alike in America’s spring break: Mardi Gras. Yes, it’s that time of year, but it isn’t all bad […]

Old Fashioned Chicken Boil

This is not a food blog. I just want to clarify that. It’s not that I don’t cook (I do) or can’t cook (I can)…it’s just that there are plenty of people who do it better. In posting recipes here, I fear that I would over-inflate my skills by trying to shove my recipes down […]

Bramble Patch: January 2013

A list of my favorite internet distractions from the month of January.  Two words: Confetti Bowl. I am making this. I am soooooo making this. I had planned to write a post on my top ten favorite camera phone tips/tricks/apps. But then I found THIS POST and I’m all, Ughh, this is waaaaay better than […]

Photoshop: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

I’m not good at giving gifts.  Look, it’s not that I don’t try. I do. It’s just that I tend to make or buy things that I think the recipient needs; fingernail cufflinks… a leopard bathrobe…a gift certificate to the Jamaican beauty supply store. Granted, I am absolutely right, the recipient would indeed benefit from […]

In Progress: Valentine Tree

So, speaking of Valentines, I am working on a Valentine tree. It’s sort of like a Sweedish paskris tree, but without the feathers. Or the Easter. Or the Spring. So basically a Valentine tree is how I bribe myself to move all the Christmas crap to the basement. No judgements. It’s working. Quick reminder – […]

Wax Paper Pillar Candles

Have you ever been to one of those hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurants with red checkered table cloths and big drippy candles in Chianti bottles? You know the ones that dribble wax all over the bottle? It builds and builds and builds up over time and it looks sort of creepy but you let it go because […]

Homemade Confetti

After my confetti mirror post earlier this week, a couple of people emailed me to ask about making homemade confetti. I had assumed, wrongly, that everyone was well practiced in the time-loved art of shredding tissue paper. I did it a lot as a kid. In part because there were a lot of confetti occasions, […]

Elizabethan Baked Goods

Hey you. Happy Thursday. I was making you some jumbo banana nut muffins because I know how much you like them, but the thing is, I ran out of liners. They got used up on a lamp or something. Or maybe it was giftwrap. I could have just greased the pan but my muffin rack […]