Not Martha

links: the home

A Year in Bed: A Modest Proposal | Apartment Therapy New York. This is more of a note to self to follow up when Maxwell has made it through all 12 beds.

Intrinsic Complexity: Modern Hacked Lighting | Apartment Therapy Unplggd. Create a modern looking pendant for cheap.

I’m looking to buy a new (or very nearly new) king-size mattress. Recommendations for stores, brands, or particular models are much appreciated. | Ask MetaFilter.

Freshly Picked: How to Make a Chandelier. An inexpensive shell-like chandelier, fabulous. Via Design Mom.

Make: Online | Make: Projects – Doortop Stash. A most brilliant way to hide small things in (almost) plain sight in your house that will not be bothered with. Via Erica Mulherin on Pinterest.

How To: Hack an Ikea Frosta Stool Apartment Therapy Videos | Apartment Therapy New York.

My friend, the towel radiator. « Door Sixteen.

· comments [7] · 03-22-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

daily photo: Mar. 21st

[wooden skewers photographed close up and tip down]

Playing with macro focus and aperture priority on my little-er camera.

· comments [4] · 03-21-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·

links: craft

Pom-Pom Branches – The Crafts Dept. These are lovely, and easy.

Little Green Notebook: The Best Inexpensive and Heavy Duty Sewing Machine.

Jordan Ferney | Oh Happy Day!: Confetti Invitations + Template. Refashioning party poppers, really great idea.

How-To: Prop Glass Breakaway Bottles from Sugar blog.

How-To: Crepe Paper Flowers blog.

poppytalk: DIY : Print Your Own Fabric.

Freshly Picked: Taking in Jeans at the Side Seam Tutorial.

iPad Bag | Luxirare. Near the bottom of the post she shows how she layers, shaves, stitches and burnishes the leather straps for the bag. I love this invitation into how things are made.

Looking for great craft/DIY project resources! | Ask MetaFilter.

Made by Me. Shared with you.: Yoga Pants from T shirts. Made from a technique at Cut Out and Keep, I like the different colored waistband. Very clever and easy idea.

· comments [3] · 03-21-2011 · categories:craft · links ·

daily photo: Mar. 20th

[a pack of pink, orange and yellow oversized malt balls]

Malt balls, an impulse purchase because they were so pretty. They taste horrible.

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daily photo: Mar. 19th

the start of a red hat

After a long time of not knitting I’ve restarted a red hat. I’ve knit this one before but have been meaning to make another and keep notes to create a pattern, and to not make quite as many glaring mistakes this time. The original red hat has become my favorite, my earlobes stay warm and somehow it manages to be cute, or at least Scott insists it’s cute and you cannot trust him since insisting I’m cute is sort of his job.

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daily photo: Mar. 18th

blue frosting in a KitchenAid mixer

I’ve been baking more sizes and shapes of rainbow cakes to see if I can recreate the nice rainbow arch in different pans. So far the answer is a very big no. Perhaps picking the right shape of cake pan on my first try was the luck of the Irish? I’ll update the original how-to with my findings.

Above is my attempt at Tiffany blue frosting which turned out far too pastel.

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daily photo: Mar. 17th

two limes

I completely forgot to put up a daily photo on Thursday. Blame St. Patrick’s Day. Or rather, blame the O’Margaritas we drank that night. I went to grab my camera to take a photo, discovered that I had completely filled up the memory card and decided I’d rather drink it than make space on the card to photograph it. And then I drank it and let’s just say it was a potent green drink. Hope your evening was equally as fun.

Semi related: I recently got to the point where my memory card rolled over, if you will, back to numbering photos 0001. Yay for ten thousand photos.

· comments [2] · 03-19-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·

Help Japan

Help Japan print by Rob Dobi

Help Japan by Rob Dobi, found at Design Crush.

Here are a bunch of ways you can help Japan right now. I’m encouraged to see how many people are making, organizing and creating ways to raise funds.

Ciao Samin is organizing a US-wide Bakesale for Japan on Apr. 2nd, and here in Seattle it looks like it will be happening at the Cakespy shop. If you can help or are able to give a corporate sponsorship get in touch at, see all the details here. (Last year they raised $23K for Haiti, behold the power of a bakesale.)

At Design Crush there are two round ups: Help Japan and More Ways to Help Japan.

A Practical Wedding is giving all of today’s proceeds to the UJA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Tea and Cookies, who lived in Japan for a number of years, lists all the organizations you can donate to, and she shares photographs of her time there.

Old Sweet Song talks about the day of silence on a bunch of blogs today and talks about the For Japan With Love disaster relief organization that they are raising awareness for.

Design Mom shows some simple and striking Help Japan prints.

Rakka Deer is donating all proceeds from selected items in her Etsy shop to aid for Japan. I dig the Atari controller card set.

Here in Seattle Frantic Foodie is holding a Pancake Breakfast tomorrow, Saturday March 19 between 8:30am and 2:30pm at Prune Kitchen. They will be raising funds for the American Red Cross and Peace Winds America.

two additions: Wise Craft and Posie Gets Cozy both have round ups of people and artists raising funds and ways you can contribute.

more: Shelterrific has a good list of fundraising done by familiar names.

· comments [9] · 03-18-2011 · categories:misc ·

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

leprechaun trap rainbow cake

May luck surround you today. And may you find a heap of gold.

Also a quick note, the how-to for the Leprechaun Trap Cake has been posted, you can see how the rainbow got inside (hint: magic).

leprechaun trap rainbow cake

· comments [18] · 03-17-2011 · categories:holidays ·

daily photo: Mar. 16th

fancy pants vanilla

This is the vanilla which I completely forgot to add to the frosting for the Leprechaun Trap Cake.

· comments [7] · 03-16-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·

Leprechaun Trap Cake

leprechaun trap rainbow cake

This may look like a perfectly innocent cake meant to lure a leprechaun to the top but it has a few secrets.

leprechaun trap rainbow cake

Secret #1: Beneath the pile of gold coins are fragile bars, when the leprechaun approaches to grab the coins he’ll fall into the pit and be trapped.

leprechaun trap rainbow cake

Secret #2: There is a rainbow hiding inside the cake. The leprechaun will discover this as he eats his way to freedom.

leprechaun trap rainbow cake

Have you heard of Leprechaun traps? I hadn’t encountered these until this year, and I am completely charmed by them. Leprechaun traps are created by kids in order to lure and trap a leprechaun. They are often a craft or sort of science experiment, there are some amazing ones collected here at Geek Dad. You can see plans for some at Family Fun (including the one that inspired my cake), and a round up at How Does She.

I decided that my angel food cake pan, with the hole in the middles, would make an excellent shape for a leprechaun trap. As bored kids growing up in suburbs we used to make traps similar to this for each other by digging a hole in the ground then covering it with a few fragile branches, a layer of leaves and finally topped with some loose grass to hide it. I’m shocked nobody ever broke an ankle.

To read the complete how-to for this cake please click on MORE.

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· comments [277] · 03-16-2011 · categories:food · holidays ·

daily photo: Mar. 15th

tubes of food coloring in rainbow colors

I’m up to something.

· comments [9] · 03-15-2011 · categories:dailyphoto · food ·

links: technology

Orbis To Ray Flash: Ring Flashes Under $200 | Apartment Therapy Unplggd.

how to make your own inspiration board, at petite Elefant. People without Photoshop take note, she shows you how using Picasa.

Free Antivirus… That Doesn’t Suck | Apartment Therapy Unplggd.

Free or cheap fiction audiobooks or podcasts | Ask MetaFilter. Great suggestions for things I hadn’t heard of.

chookooloonks – occasionally technical tuesdays: on choosing a camera lens. Excellent guide to how lenses work. Via Tea Austen on Twitter.

Type-O-Phile at Ugly Green Chair, she offers a list of the best places to find both free and not-free fonts. This is great because every time I need a new font I end up emailing to ask her again where all the best font sites are!

· comments [5] · 03-15-2011 · categories:links · technology ·

daily photo: Mar. 14th

Here At Hogwarts comic

Today my Here At Hogwarts comic arrived, it was drawn by Lucy Knisley and the cover was hand printed by Nora Renick-Rinehart. It was a small Christmas present to myself that I ordered early through their Horribly Heartbroken at Hogwarts project on Kickstarter, but now you can get one for yourself any time you’d like right here.

p.s. Whether or not you fell down the hole of reading the Twilight books the series of comics by Lucy Knisley titled My Lost Weekend In the Meyer is hilarious. Go read.

· comments [4] · 03-14-2011 · categories:dailyphoto · shopping ·

links: the home

matsutake: My DIY Bedside Table!. Via Craftzine.

A Whole Mess of Staples « Manhattan Nest. He upholsters an Ikea bedframe using an army blanket and it come in under $100. My hero.

Design*Sponge » DIY 101: building your toolbox – saws part I.

A Curtain at the Front Door | Apartment Therapy. When we lived in houses where the front door opened directly into the living room I always wanted to hang a heavy curtain over the door, at least to make the room seem cozier and less sidewalk adjacent.

Wall-Mounted Nightstands Round Up | Apartment Therapy.

Is It Still Called An End Table If It’s Made From Lamps? | Apartment Therapy San Francisco.

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