What They Made: Handmade for Das Baby

What They Made is an occasional series in which I highlight handmade items that tickle my fancy.   The Buege sisters, BN and Erin. (The pattern on this dress does a pretty good job of concealing 33 weeks of pregnancy โ€” at least from the front!) Photo by my mom. My sister, BN, with a […]

Duvet fix

All tied up and much improved. It’s been a cold spring in Milwaukee. It took me a while to finally drag the duvet off my bed. But when I did, I made a fix that I had been meaning to conduct for a long time. Let’s talk duvet pros and cons โ€”Pro: Super warm when […]

Watching Create TV

There’s no cable at VHHQ, but I can’t complain. I’ve got Create TV on Milwaukee Public Television‘s Channel 36.3.   If you’re not familiar with Create, it’s a public television channel featuring only cooking, crafting, travel, and home-improvement shows. Could this be any more perfect for me? I watch more Create TV than I do […]

Breakfast for dinner

It’s Friday night, and it’s breakfast time. Breakfast for dinner was a regular occurrence for me growing up. My parents had an old (even in the ’80s) waffle iron that made four 4-by-4-inch waffles at a time. I don’t recall their preferred box mix, but it always was tasty. Toppings frequently included peanut butter, bananas, […]

What They Made: Figs & Ginger

What They Made is an occasional series in which I highlight handmade items that tickle my fancy. Das Baby was 36 weeks as of Sunday, May 8 โ€” Mother’s Day. I’m not a mother yet… give me a few weeks (Yip!). But I was given a very lovely Mother’s Day gift Sunday. Traditional mother’s jewelry […]

Where I’ve been

Oh, hey there. So since I last posted, my life exploded and came back together. In a good way. Here’s the quick-and-dirty rundown of my doings. I moved. Twice. MVH and I lived in Kenosha for about three weeks in a corporate apartment. He started his job at SCJ, a family company, and I enjoyed […]

It’s coming! It’s coming!

I’m in the home stretch for the spring semester! My last school day is May 5, and I *should* be posting more regularly after that. I have a fairly long explanatory post sitting in my drafts that I’d LOVE to get up before then, but I make no promises. Sorry. ๐Ÿ™ How has your spring […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

One the menu tonight: chocolate stout cake.   It’s a oldie from the archives. The Domestic Goddess was the first food blog I started reading. She adapted this recipe from Nigella Lawson. DG is Canadian, and the measurements are metric. Here I’ve converted them and added some other handy notes. Click to enlarge.   Very […]

From earring to necklace in too many steps

One earring, two pierced ears. Hrm. Instructions: 1. Buy beautiful earrings at cute boutique. Erin and the earrings cross the Brooklyn Bridge in June 2008. 2. Love earrings. Wear them tons. Collect many compliments. Take them on vacation. 3. Wear earrings to your class reunion. Break an earring on the dance floor while partying like […]


As I mentioned in a previous post, I am moving. But before my sweet little ranch is bought by some person with fabulous taste, I thought I’d show you some of the stuff I’ve made around here. Arts-and-Crafts-inspired valance. This valance, in the master bedroom, was the first thing I sewed using a pattern. It […]

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