Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

more on yogurt

here's a pic of the yogurt maker. it's basicially like a little incubator. you turn the dial to the number of hours you want to leave the jars in (lids off), and the timer turns off when the yogurt is ready. you have to then chill the jars for at least 3 hours before eating it. our first batch is kinda firm on top, then creamier as you go down. i've read that if you don't have a yogurt maker, you can basically do the same thing by letting the jars sit in an oven overnight.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

love and loss (of a job)

funny how people can lead you to believe one thing about their character and their business when the reality is completely the opposite. d lost his job this week...his slave job at the letterpress plantation - that's the way we think of it. he's very good at the craft, so it's sad for us, especially considering the way he was treated there. out of politeness, i'll leave the name of the studio out of this post, but i don't have anything good to say about the work environment there. i'll never understand why most wealthy people consider it a right to treat others so poorly, and i'll never understand the management style of a person who thinks pushing people too hard, allowing for no mistakes, never saying thank you, and talking to employees in such a hateful way actually fosters creativity in the workplace. duh. that should be the duh of the week, the duh of the century really. this is a situation where i really hope i'm around to personally see the behavior of this couple bite them in the ass.

we've been talking about beginning to print our own stuff on the small press we have at home. i'm sure we wouldn't be the first to start something out of the garage/basement/spare room, so that we can eventually have our ideal...our own shop (preferably in some pretty/cool/gray city...someday) where lots of things are going on and dogs are allowed. perhaps now's the time to do something gutsy. for sure, now's the time for all people to act like damn decent human beings, come on.

first stab at making yogurt. seems easy enough.

my sweet aunt gave me a yogurt maker she was bored with, so i tried my hand at it last night. the little jars sat in the cooker overnight, and i put them in the fridge this morning so they'll be ready later today. i just made plain yogurt this time, which is my fave anyway, but next time i may try a flavor. yum.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

flag book

paper nerds is having another workshop soon, so i made this to entice you all to come. looks hard, but it's really simple, and you'll always here an "ooh" upon opening it for someone. august 23, 1 to 4 pm. check the paper nerds blog for more info.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

repurposed jars

made these cute things over the weekend...just covered the lids of all my saved jars with japanese paper and mod-podge. they will soon hold spices and sweets and small lovely things.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009


i still always laugh to myself when i think of the word "shrubbery". this pretty plant is called "pride of barbados" and revealed these amazing blooms just about a week after we put it in the ground. there was a "part sun" spot near the front walk/porch all ready and waiting for a taller plant, and our lucky rains of late have been lots of help in getting this baby established.