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 […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Hold fast

Hand-sewing the button. How very analog! OK, homies. The next thing I did to the muslin was add a buttonhole, and it was so easy, it was practically a nonevent. The buttonhole foot is goofy looking. The button goes in an adjustable holder the back. By some technological magic, the buttonhole foot knows, based on […]

Stop the presses

Breakfast, and my final paper. Yesterday was my last day of work for probably quite some time. I am going back to school, starting next month, to earn an MBA with a marketing focus. To make a long story short, I was not happy with the trajectory of my journalism career. This career change is […]

Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em

My soon-to-be-ex knitting stash. I’m here to tell you that giving up is OK. Surrender is an option. I’ve tried to get into knitting โ€” honest! I have some dear friends who are accomplished knitters, people who can talk and knit at the same time. I can only frown and knit at the same time. […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Waisted

I followed these directions, from Sew What! Skirts, to make the waistband. [Click image for a readable view.] The waistband was the next step on my test garment, and it’s been the most fun part of making this skirt so far. “Fun” may seem like a goofy way to describe a sewing step, but it’s […]

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