FURRY PALM / IPOD CASE PATTERN

On a whim, and in my haste to knit something small, I ordered some Lion Brand Fun Fur the other day for the Sound System Snuggler pattern from Knitty. It arrived this morning… I ordered two skeins of Citrus and some cotton yarn for the underbelly, as it were. The colors were quite different from the photo on the JoAnn website, but … Read more

LOOKOUT HIPSTERS: THE PILLOWCASE SKIRT GOES PLEATED

superskirt

Who knew pleated skirts were so easy to do? A Le-Tigre-fan poster over at Craftster made her bad self a pleated miniskirt out of a Spiderman pillowcase, and it doesn’t look much more difficult than your typical pillowcase skirt. She’s included a nice little tutorial on pleats as well. Too bad my sewing machine’s in Brooklyn, so … Read more

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1989

Lacoste

It’s beginning to look a lot like BBQ time, and what better way to entice your friends over for grilled goodies than by throwing a 80s-themed fiesta, complete with matching, like, totally rad invitations. Don’t know where to start? Then take inspiration from my friend Amber’s recent invitation to a Lacoste Bash. The host doesn’t force his … Read more

MY LITTLE PONY MEETS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, OR WHEN COMICS FANS BECOME CRAFTERS

The Justice League's Martian Manhunter

If you have ever wondered what your Cherries Jubilee My Little Pony might look like if she got crazy and decided to explore her superhero side, do check out a recent, illustrated thread over at mlbw.com. via Reenhead.com Aside from the obvious choice (Wonder Woman anyone?) who would you transform into a super-powered pony using fabric scraps, a glue gun, and your creative … Read more

CRAFTS FOR KIDS (AND THOSE WHO ARE KIDS AT HEART)

close-up of bookplate

Remember those kooky drawings in your favorite books by Roald Dahl? They were completed by talented illustrator Quentin Blake. His official Web site offers up a bunch of fun, download-print-and-trim projects for visitors. What’s most worthy of your attention? For me, it’s Blake’s whimsical bookplates that take the cake. Vividly illustrated, these do-it-yourself ex libris labels are just waiting to grace … Read more

EXTRA-SPECIAL ECHINACEA PLANTS

orange coneflower

Blood orange coneflowers? Could it be the best news of the season for US gardners in Zones 4 – 9? I do believe so! Created by botanist Jim Ault, PhD (of the Chicago Botanic Garden) after seven years of development, these breakthrough blossoms—sure to be making a splashing debut in gardens across the country—are a hybrid of two strains … Read more

CHERRY BLOSSOM PHOTOS

esplanade walk

Yesterday I studied for six hours, took a two hour break, then studied for another six hours or so. This was all an elaborate scheme to justify riding my bike down to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on a friday afternoon just before exams, and the day before the annual cherry blossom festival. Besides the swarms … Read more

PUERTO RICO!

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While the many soujourns visiting family in Jersey this year have physically gotten us out of town, calling them “vacations” pushes the boundaries of the word. After dilly-dallying about what to do with our first mutual spring break in four years, I finally convinced Chris that there’s more to do than lay on the sand … Read more

VALENTINE’S DAY ALWAYS HAPPENS BY ACCIDENT

aw, tulips - my favorite!

Although C. and I always agree before Valentine’s Day that, since we love each other every day, we’ll try to keep stretching out any material displays of affection the whole year long. Every year we still end up going out and doing something romantic. In the morning, C. brought home the tulips above (tulips are … Read more

LOVE AND CHOCOLATE

how do i love thee?

Is there a better way to spend an evening with one’s paramour than renting Capturing the Friedmans and baking brownie hearts? That’s love, folks. Posted by jessica at February 7, 2004 1:15 AM