Craftiness Category

Lots of great firsts to (quickly) report! First, on Saturday 18 February: I attended a "battle sail" with my housemates on the Hawai'ian Chieftain, a two-masted tall sailing ship, which was a great deal of fun. I also helped crew the tall ship, by assisting in the handling of the ropes for the mizzenmast. Finally, […]


In: Costumery, Craftiness, Random, Year of 50 new things

Woohoo! I am now certified on the TechShop embroidery machine! Our practice to prove that we'd mastered the teaching was to make these cute little patches (the photo is slightly larger than life-sized), which I promptly gifted to one of my ever-deserving housemates. :) The embroidery machine is surprisingly flexible, even though it can take […]

Once a week we usually have some friends over for dinner and gaming or video-watching. For the night falling on Hallowe'en week I decided to celebrate a bit with a special recipe: Rat on a Stick! Here it is in all its delightfully messy glory: Rat on a Stick Ingredients: 1 to 1-1/2 lbs. ground […]

Yesterday I had a wonderful but accidental first while trying to get photos for another of my firsts: I successfully took some pictures with my new xoom tablet, then uploaded them to our server — all by myself! This might not sound like much to the heavily geekified, but it is for me. The xoom […]

It's funny… in making up potential things to try for my 50 New Things list, I find myself adding on all the ideas and events I've wanted to try for a while, but never got around to doing. Some of them are bigger, like "climb Halfdome," but some of them are small and simple. I […]

As you may know from one of my previous postings, in 2011 I had my 50th birthday. I was trying to think of something special to do in order to more fully celebrate that lovely life marker, but couldn't come up with anything that felt quite right. Then I heard a woman talking in a […]

When I'm stressed or lonely or otherwise not at my emotional best, I find creativity enormously comforting and grounding. My first night here in San Francisco for the CIIS Women's Spirituality Intensive week of classes, I had made the hotel room "mine" by unpacking and doing a little decorating, but I was still feeling a […]

Got another tambourine completed — this one's just a little 6 incher. The theme seemed perfect for spring though: a calla lily on the silhouette of a rose. I've always loved the creamy texture of calla lilies, and wanted to try replicating, in art, that interestingly smooth crinkle effect as they curl. Both the rose […]

Arting! :-)

In: Craftiness, Random, Spirituality

Huzzah! Got my new Art! page up and pretty much rolling well. There's a link to it up at the top of every page (between Home and About) so it's easy to find. Check it out and let me know what you think! ;)

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.



Collie’s Bestiary