Saturday, May 31, 2008

two bookbinding experiments

sculpey polymer clay book cover

This is something I have been wanting to try. I used Sculpey polymer clay to make the covers.
The clay wouldn't get as hard as it should have. It's still pliable.

The pages are mat board. This is a rough experiment at best I love things with textures and this certainly has that.

I had a couple swatches of curtain fabric, so I added them, too.


This one was quicker and easier than I expected.

I used construction paper and colored pencils.

Now I have that song "i can sing a rainbow" going through my head...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Whole Wide World

"conan's the damnedest bastard that ever was"

I love this, I love R.E. Howard's work and I love Conan & Vincent D'Onofrio playing R.E. Howard. :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I love these flowers. We've had the plant for two or three years and every year there are more flowers. Good.

clematis 16

clematis 1

clematis 14

clematis 17

Saturday, May 24, 2008

motorhead soap

Motorhead is a little larger than our usual soap. motorhead It weighs in at 4.5+ oz and contains pumice, poppy seeds, clay oat flour and zinc oxide. It has a bit of scrub, but not enough to scratch. The fragrance is a clean blend of sweet orange and fir needle. I love this blend. The fir needle and sweet orange complement each other very well. This is a good soap for hands and feet. Not recommended for face or body.

Ingredients: olive oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, water, sodium hydroxide, pumice, Australian washed blue clay, essential oils of sweet orange & fir needle, oat flour, poppy seeds, zinc oxide



Thursday, May 22, 2008

mini moo card book

I made a little book out of my mini moo cards. I didn't add front or back covers. I just bound the cards together:

mini moo card book

moo cards book front mini moo card book page 1 mini moo card book page 2

mini moo card book page 3 mini moo card book page 4 mini moo card book page 5

mini moo card book page 6 mini moo card book page 7

mini moo card book

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

all i want is you

u2 was always one of my favorites and while i'm not actually 'into' videos, i do love this one
circus families fascinate me

grape must bread

Remember the grape must / rye sourdough starter blog?

Here is the resulting bread. It's good, but I prefer not to work with rye. It's a little more dense than wheat. I added roasted walnuts and they give it a lovely warm taste.
I do enjoy working with 'wild' yeasts. I plan to pursue that more fully.

bread made with the grape must starter bread made with the grape must starter bread made with the grape must starter

Sunday, May 18, 2008

grape must / rye sourdough starter

grape must
This is the grape must. It is 240 gr of chianti & malbec juices on the way to becoming wine.

rye flour
180 gr organic rye flour

mixing rye into grape must
Mixing the rye flour with the grape must

rye and grape must
Rye flour and grape must mixture, it's an interesting rich plum color

This will sit covered overnight to ferment. Tomorrow I will stir it down and allow it to sit overnight again.

I'll post more as things progress. I should be baking bread with this by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Winemaking 2008

Here is my husband's winemaking blog post:

Winemaking 2008

It's his first try, but so far everything is going well!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

bookbinding re-revisited again

This is getting out of hand.

multicolor pastel paper with handmade paper covers and copper brads, accordion binding with holes cut to show paper color

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yellow handmade paper purchased from etsy seller PhoenixPaperDesigns, i primed the paper with liquitex transparent gesso

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

I want to wish all moms everywhere Happy Mother's Day.

It's so worth it, isn't it? :)

Thursday, May 08, 2008


quadrophenia was one of my favorites when I was very young



Wednesday, May 07, 2008

moo cards

Moo cards are like business cards only smaller. Moo card dimensions are 28mm by 70mm, which is very roughly 1" x 2 3/4" just to give some idea.

Cards are purchased 100 at a time and you can use up to 100 different images. Info is on the back, so you get full use of the front of the card. They are fun and new enough so that people take notice when you share them. Moo cards may be purchased from

Here are my past and present cards: