I’m looking for womens winter hiking shoes | Ask MetaFilter. I had a pair of Salomons ages ago, back when I lived in Cleveland, that I still think of fondly. I miss living in a place that gets real snow, and real snow days.
Cool Tools: Slice Safety Cutter. Magnetic so they can stay on the fridge.
Cool Tools: Bench Cookies. These look handy for a bunch of uses.
Twig & Thistle » Blog Archive » Urban Craft Uprising 2010. She took all the pictures I didn’t (it was crowded!).
Looking for some sort of keychain-sized device that will beep when the user’s cellphone gets too far away. | Ask MetaFilter. Somebody in this house needs one of these.
· comments  · 12-30-2010 · categories:links · shopping ·
· comments  · 12-29-2010 · categories:craft · links ·
· comments  · 12-28-2010 · categories:food · links ·
I used Duchess Potatoes as an inspiration for something else this year, go see my Duchess Potato Christmas Trees over at The Kitchn. p.s. I discovered that if you keep baking them they turn a lovelier shade of golden brown. I pulled them out of my oven a bit too early fearing they would burn.
This past Thanksgiving I piped Duchess Potatoes into the shape of bowls to hold a bit of gravy.
· comments  · 12-23-2010 · categories:christmas · food ·
· comments  · 12-23-2010 · categories:christmas · links ·
Here is how I made my Christmas tree ornament mobile, it was easier than it looks, promise.
- a 17″ steamer rack from a restaurant supply store
- about 5 feet of lightweight jack chain
- a small carabiner
- 100 basic ornament hooks
- one roll, 500 feet, monofilament jewelry string (not the stretchy sort)
- 200 jewelry crimp beads or tubes
- jewelry crimping tool
- 100 lanyard hooks
- 100 ornaments
Note: In the photo above I show earring wire instead of ornament hooks. I changed that later as I found ornament hooks made it far easier to move ornaments around after they’d been hung. Also, my supplies are based on a 4 foot tall mobile using almost 100 ornaments, you’ll need to adjust amounts if you make one larger or smaller.
Creating the Mobile Frame
Creating the frame for my ornament tree mobile turned out to be fairly simple. I used a lot of hooks to allow for easy adjustment and additions as the mobile was being assembled. I gathered materials from a restaurant supply store, a hardware store and the jewelry section of a craft store.
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· comments  · 12-21-2010 · categories:christmas · craft ·
This year we decided to do something a little different with our tree and I created this Christmas tree mobile consisting of ornaments suspended on clear threads.
When I was shopping for ornaments to use found a lot on sale and went a little crazy. I decided it would be worth it to see how three different options would look. I did a variety of silver ornaments that came as a boxed set, green ornaments with three different textures and three sizes of clear glass ornaments that look a bit like bubbles.
Here is the mobile in context of our dining room (please forgive the mid-present wrapping clutter). We have room to put presents below it, and are still able to peek out the windows to see if the neighbor’s cat is visiting our front porch.
The view from below.
The ornaments are hung on regular ornament hooks attached to jewelry monofilament secured with crimp beads.
I’ll put up details of how the mobile was created tomorrow. Instructions on how I made it are right over here.
· comments  · 12-20-2010 · categories:christmas · craft ·
· comments  · 12-20-2010 · categories:christmas · links ·
I got to spend a most delightful afternoon making gluten-free cake pops with Shauna (Gluten-free Girl) and Jessie (Cakespy) from Bakerella‘s Cake Pops book. We chatted and rolled and dipped them in chocolate and Jessie made these amazing characters using marzipan colored with food coloring.
I’m in love with Zombie Santa.
Rudolph was a test to see if the marzipan would go over a pop dipped in chocolate, only to find that the chocolate wasn’t quite set yet and it caused a few cracks. Oopsie. Lesson: patience is difficult.
Here is the gluten-free cake shortly before we ripped it apart. Smooshing cake with your bare hands? So satisfying. Thanks for a fabulous day, ladies! And thank you to Bakerella for such excellent instructions and heaps of inspiration.
· comments  · 12-16-2010 · categories:food ·
Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder, at Outblush. Oil soaking, pore minimizing, I must test this out.
Melange Solid Perfume Palettes, at Outblush.
Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty, out Outblush. I might get into the dance as exercise thing yet.
Product Body | Handmade Artisan Soaps, Scrubs, Bath & Body | Scrub of the Month Subscription. I love the Product Body scrubs (see my review) and must keep in mind this Scrub of the Month club as gifts. All of the ones sent out in the subscription are exclusive versions not available otherwise. Also since I last mentioned Product Body here they’ve added some amazing sounding perfume oils. It’s rare that I really like scented body products but I really trust Joanna’s nose.
Making Things: New & Improved- Fable Natural Lip Care. I want to try this.
· comments  · 12-15-2010 · categories:beauty · links ·
We were sent a few pairs of these Holiday Specs and I got a kick out of them. They are paper like old fashioned 3-D glasses but these create a shaped aura of light around concentrated light sources (street lamps, Christmas tree lights). I put them on and looked out a window and there was a giant reindeer face floating around the light in a lamp down the street. They are cheesy looking, yes, but I bet they would distract kids for a while. I think they would be good in a stocking or maybe tucked into a card.
They come in packs of seven shapes and individually. I found the snowflake, Santa’s face, snowman, Christmas lights, and reindeer.
· comments  · 12-14-2010 · categories:christmas ·
I want to thank Real Simple for including me in this bunch of 14 Creative Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas. I made this easy Warm and Fuzzy Felt Mug Wraps for a little holiday cheer, instructions are over here and below are a few extra photos from the making of. Check out all the ideas, they are fantastic.
· comments  · 12-13-2010 · categories:christmas · craft ·
I’m so pleased to be holding a book giveaway for Crafting A Meaningful Home by Meg Mateo Ilasco as part of the virtual book tour today. The book is full of projects for your home (created by people whose names I am familiar with!) and each craft has a story about family behind it.
I’m squeezed for time and didn’t get a chance to do my usual photos of a few pages, but there are plenty of page previews over at Amazon. I’m glad they included pictures of the oversized crocheted area rug, the Doily Rug, as I think it’s amazing. You can also read more about the book and view the video made to celebrate the launch of the book right over here at Design*Sponge.
If you’d like to enter to win a copy please leave a comment with this post, the fine print applies, I’ll have the Random Number Generator choose a winner on Friday at 4pm PST. Updated: Yikes, I didn’t realize that would leave less than two days to enter, so I’m moving the deadline to Tuesday Dec. 14th at noon PST. Time is up! Thank you so very much to everybody who left comments, the stories have been heaps of fun to read!
To give you something to actually say in your comment I’ll ask you this: Do you have an item, handmade or not, in your home that has a family story behind it? I’ll go first, though I don’t have one here in my house (but intend to get one when I next visit my parents) my favorite thing growing up were the pot holders I or my cousins made on that little square loom while on the long road trip to Oklahoma. I remember giving one to an aunt when we arrived and having her pull out older and well used ones to show me. She said they were always better than any other pot holders and she was happy to have more to add to her collection. I think those pot holders were one of the first times I was aware of being able to design something to my liking within the constraints of what I had available, that being my choice of six colored loops. I remember figuring out how to make a gingham-like pattern and being so excited at discovering how it was done.
Your turn, good luck!
· comments  · 12-9-2010 · categories:books · craft ·
First thing you should know is that this restaurant is owned by my awesome neighbors so I admit to being biased. St. Dames is new restaurant in Rainier Valley, to be more specific it’s half a block north of the Columbia City light rail stop. They’re open for dinner and brunch on weekends. They have big booths, a full bar and really delicious food. A confession: I didn’t realize it was a vegetarian place until we were half finished with our meal. Many of the menu offerings were vegan.
We stopped for a Sunday brunch and I had biscuits and mushroom gravy, a hangover worthy breakfast, and Scott had a breakfast burrito which I had to stop myself from stealing too much of. Most of the food, from chorizo to breads, is made in house and that mimosa you see there had fresh squeezed juice and it was like being on a little vacation. I’ve seen the restaurant described as cozy and I’d like to add that it’s not cozy in a cute way, but cozy in that it is a welcoming place to spend a rainy evening.
· comments  · 12-8-2010 · categories:food · seattle ·
· comments  · 12-8-2010 · categories:food · links ·