Not Martha

links: the home

Morsoe Wood Stove at Cool Tools

Emira’s home, in a design tour at Design*Sponge. I love that Martin has made all that special furniture and has taken the care to put circular windows in doors, amazing.

What do you wish you had done to your new house before you moved in? at Ask Metafilter

How To: Make Shades Out of Mini Blinds at AT

Oto Rug Collection from the Nought Collective at AT

Taco Truck Prints to Brighten Up a Kitchen Wall at Chow

multi-talented bay leaves keep pests away at Shelterrific

diy project: window films at Design*Sponge

DIY globe cluster lamps at Door Sixteen

· comments [3] · 03-13-2009 · categories:the home ·

thing to try: St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram label

A bottle of St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram caught my eye the other day and I made a note to look into it. From the importer: “The allspice liqueur, known in classic cocktails as “Pimento Dram,” brings together the fine pot-still rum and classic allspice berries of Jamaica. Enjoy St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram in classic cocktails, Wassail and other punches, mulled wine, continental and island cuisine.” (ed. note: Wassail!) Two At The Most has a recipe that uses it in Black River Sidecar. Drink Boston calls it a lost cocktail ingredient that is being found again and includes recipes from various sources for Passenger Pigeon, None But the Brave, and Lion’s Tail. I’ll have to grab that bottle when we go back.

· comments [7] · 03-12-2009 · categories:drink ·

links: food

Your Morning Pizza, Mark Bittman on savory breakfasts

Savory Oatmeal at Tea and Food

Help me transition to a healthy, low fat/low calorie breakfast that is more “salty” than “sweet”… at Ask Metafilter

OH MY GOODNESS! Donut Pies! at Cakespy, Genius.

Big Shott’s Edible Shooters at Uncrate

LJC’s most amaing tube Pyrex bread baker, I really want one of these

Eating Cleveland declares the Death of Bacon, but at least my bacon cups are called a good idea

Creme Fraiche Quiche at Joy the Baker

Carri Lambert’s amazingly cute heart crackers

· comments [9] · 03-11-2009 · categories:food · recipes ·

Modern Seamster

Modern Seamster is a new quarterly magazine that “fills the needs for a smarter, fresher, and more innovative sewing magazine” and brings together domestic sewing and fashion design. The first issue is available to download for free as a PDF. I’m enamored. The first issue is filled with familiar things from Seattle, an interview with the Seattle Craft Mafia and story about R.E. Load Baggage, and San Francisco, a tour of Britex Fabrics (including a picture of the only employee who was kind to me there, looking sharp as ever on the ladder). The magazine is well balanced with articles about high design, music culture, an advice column and sewing practice. So far it’s love. via Pink of Perfection.

· comments [7] · 03-11-2009 · categories:craft · sewing ·

news from the craft world

Urban Craft Uprising here in Seattle has announced that they’ll be holding a summer show and they are currently accepting vendor applications which you can find right here, and if you have questions there is a Vendor FAQ. The winter show this year was fantastic and I’m looking forward to seeing what summer has in store.

The Handmade Nation movie has started screenings and Faythe Levine is currently in Australia with the movie (congrats!). There is a film event in San Francisco with the ladies from Rare Device. Upcoming showings are in Chicago, Madison, Eureka, Portland OR, Vancouver BC, West Bend WI. More information can be found on the Handmade Nation blog.

· comments [2] · 03-10-2009 · categories:craft · seattle ·

fifth sweater: restart

me wearing half of a sweater, the top half

I didn’t get far with my improvised top-down raglan before I found the arms were going to be too wide and I was going to run out of yarn, so I started over. This time I’m improvising something similar to a top-down version of the Button On Blanket, except not ribbed all around and with the button band worked as I go along.

a sweater in progress

As I got further down and found I nearly had all the width for the body I wanted, but not for the sleeves I started skipping every other row of increases for the body and it seems to have worked out well. I’m nearly to the point where I’ll be working on the body itself.

I moved the points where the increases start close to the tops of the shoulders, like the B.O.B. has them, but I lined them up with the ribbing on my collar. So far so good.

a sweater in progress

· comments [13] · 03-9-2009 · categories:knitting ·

links: beauty and shopping

how to make your own Benetint, at Busywork

cute idea: Big Day Chains, paper chains that you rip one link off of when counting down to a wedding, birthday or due date

desktop campfire at Design*Sponge

hollow half dollar for hiding love notes or spy messages at Mighty Goods. I could keep this with my squirting nickle.

I’m in love with the Suzy Fairchild Lace Mesh Dress.

eco buttons at Mighty Goods

Coming and Going Jacket by Smoking Lily

· comments [3] · 03-9-2009 · categories:beauty · shopping ·

books on my desk

five books

The books on my desk right now:

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table (p.s. Molly is signing her book in Portland at Powell’s tonight)

Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares & More, by Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty (due to a little shipping mix up I have an extra book so expect a giveaway of it next week). Congrats to Susan!

Linen, Wool, Cotton: 25 Simple Projects to Sew with Natural Fabrics, by Akiko Mano, gorgeously simple projects with well explained diagrams.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice that Will Inspire You to CLEAN like the DICKENS, I’m hoping this will inspire me to get a little spring cleaning done.

Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas, this is a classic that has recently been released in paperback.

· comments [5] · 03-6-2009 · categories:books · craft · food ·

next Grassroots meetup – Blogging For Small Business

Grassroots Business Association

Hey! Kristen from Schmancy and the wonderful Plush You! show and myself are going to be giving a little talk on Blogging for your small business on March 18th. We’ll be covering the basics for people who have never had a blog, giving some dos and don’ts and sending you off with a set of resources that will get you started. Please do come and join us, we’d love to take your questions.

If you are planning on attending please let us know at our Grassroots Business Association group on, it will help us a lot to know how many people we can expect for the night.

We’ll be at Vermillion in Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th. Vermillion is at the 1508 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98144, between Pike and Pine and across the street from the Vallue Village, (map). Vermillion offers both food and drink if you’re hungry or just happen to need a drink that night. We’ll keep our talk short and afterward you can mingle with other Grassroots Business Association members.

· comments [4] · 03-6-2009 · categories:events · seattle ·

Grassroots Business Association class tonight

There is a Grassroots class tonight on Bending the media to your will: How to get free publicity for your business taught by Michelle Goodman, a freelance writer and author of My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube, both published by Seal Press. She writes a weekly career column for ABC News and blogs about work/life balance at Nine to Thrive for the Seattle Times. If you’re planning on attending please do RSVP at our Meetup group.

· comments [0] · 03-4-2009 · categories:events · seattle ·

some happy news

Scott and I are getting married! We’ve been together for ten years so this comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody. Still, we’re outrageously happy. The ring above is my engagement ring, the story involves a late night search, a bubblegum machine and a single quarter.

And of course I will be keeping a separate blog about our plans, if you’re interested please join me over at Planning To Elope.

· comments [192] · 03-3-2009 · categories:mumbling ·

A Homemade Life – book signing

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Orangette’s book A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table is out, and her first book event is tomorrow, 7 p.m. March 3rd at the University Book Store. Huge congratulations Molly!

· comments [2] · 03-2-2009 · categories:books · events · food · seattle ·