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Creepy flannel

In the flannel shirting section at Jo-Ann. This flannel crept into my brain last week, and I can’t get it out. It raised all sorts of questions. Who would make a bug flannel shirt? Who would wear a bug flannel shirt? Is a bug flannel shirt ironic, or just weird? Where would I wear a […]

Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux | Cleaning, pattern making

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress.  This weekend MVH and I got serious about fixing the jogging stroller. At Paul’s latest well-baby visit, our pediatrician said we could put him in the jogging stroller if it had the appropriate safety gear. It has a five-point harness, just like his car seat, so […]

What They Made: Ross Wellington

Introducing Ross Wellington. My husband, Mark (aka MVH), and his longtime friend, Brian Ellis, have been working on a graphic novel called “Ross Wellington” since 2004. Ross Wellington is the lone alien survivor of the Roswell crash, and he makes a living as a private detective. The story is sci-fi meets noir, and it never […]

More knit woes

Knit fabric woes, not knitting woes. I broke up with knitting a while ago.   I wasn’t going to blog about this, because it seemed like a nothing event: I was going to hem a knit skirt. Borophyll. It was going to take 10 minutes.   I decided how long the skirt should be, cut […]

Summer custard

Summer rubies.   I’ve made this custard twice. The first time I made it with peaches, and the second time I made it with strawberries. I’m sure I’ll make it again with another fruit that’s on sale at the grocery.   It’s a dead-easy recipe that takes about 15 minutes to throw together, and there’s […]

Wishful Thinking: Sorbetto top

Wishful Thinking shares projects that catch my eye — and their likelihood of completion. The Sorbetto top. The Sorbetto tank from Colette Patterns was a freebie this spring, and I feel like it showed up on all sorts of sewing blogs. Casey over at Elegant Musings even riffed on the pattern and gave it a […]

Bought instead of made

The order is placed for these nursing pads. Remember in this post how I talked about how easy it would be to make nursing pads?   I still think it would be easy. But that didn’t stop me from ordering more pads this past weekend.   I promised MVH I’d start work on sewn stuff […]

What They Made: Picnic table

 MVH works on one half of our picnic table.   Milwaukee is a picnic table town. Drive around and spy on backyards, and you’ll see it’s true. We have a nice concrete patio — nothing fancy — and until this weekend, its only occupant was a bird feeder on a shepherd’s hook. Two benches convert […]

I make a cat situpon, they make a dress

Say, that fabric looks familiar…   Cruising through my Google Reader recently, I came across this post from BurdaStyle. The woman’s dress is the same fabric I used to make my cat situpon, as discussed in this post.   The Liberty of London fabric, in case you’re interested, is the Fordwych pattern in blue from […]

Sweet and salty pizza

  It’s dinnertime. For your consideration: 1. Thaw homemade pizza dough. Allow to double in size in a warmish place, such as in front of a window in July when it’s 91 degrees outside. 2. Caramelize onions with sprigs of thyme. Congratulate yourself for using up thyme, which is a refrigerator orphan no more! 3. […]

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