Craftiness Category

I'm sitting in a restaurant in Las Vegas as I type this, reminding myself that having a touch of heat stroke does not put oneself into the best frame of mind for analyzing one's locale. It is smotheringly hot! I've lived in Texas, Florida, California, and Oklahoma, so you'd think I know how to handle […]

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