The New Old American Dream

Ceramic Cups by Artist Anna Ford

In cooking on April 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

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A few weeks ago I commissioned artist Anna Ford to create me some lovely ceramic cups. I picked them up this morning. Aren’t they amazing?

See the cups here, along with her other work.

Winter Time Crafting

In handwork on March 28, 2014 at 11:58 am
New Lamp Shade

New Lamp Shade

Meant to post this while it was still winter. Not that much has changed now that it’s officially spring. Weather has been warmer but still erratic. We had thunderstorms this morning, though none were predicted. Lots of lightening and little rain. Boy do we need the rain.

I made a new lamp shade for this wall-mounted lamp. That’s my third lamp shade and this is the first one I’ve attempted some stitching on. I like functional art.

messenger bag

messenger bag

And I finally finished this messenger bag for my daughter. It’s been in the works for months with us just working on it in bits and pieces. We made up the pattern ourselves so thinking time was necessary. At least that’s what I kept telling myself!

And now I’m working on a big project–a series of mixed media pieces dealing with WWI. The first is a gas mask. So far so good. I’m thinking about getting my old blog up and running again and if I do, I’ll post the art and writing projects I have going on over there.

A Small Success (so far)

In gardening, Uncategorized on March 27, 2014 at 9:44 am



It’s that time of year, and I’m trying (once again) to start my own seedlings. This year we’ve had the space to dedicate an entire room to the project. We hooked up two different kinds of grow lights and put up two different tables under them.

Then we planted about 430 seeds–peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, and ground cherries. I’ve never grown ground cherries, so this will be fun.

So far so good.


Of course these babies are in a controlled environment and away from the marauding chickens who have made short work of my broccoli and cabbage outdoors, despite being covered with agribon.


I’m a little afraid to move these outdoors because they look so good. Sigh. Like a mother sending her first child off to kindergarten. Must be done–but still . . .


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