Tree Stump #2

Tree stump #2, I wanted to see how it would look with a bark that was unified. I have one more try for the stumps before I make a desicion for the large one. A couple of people have been asking about buying stumps..These little guys will be going to a show at Gallery 1988 in LA next month along with a bunch of other one of a kind plushies. That shows runs from Feb. 7-14. The Flora + Fauna show is in March at Hobby Horse in Berkeley CA. I will post more info once I find out the dates.

Here you can see the stumps together.

Back to books again I just finished reading the book Lit Riffs Edited by Matthew Miele. Basically they had authors “cover” a song by writing a short story based on the song of their choice. I picked it up for two reasons. #1 Aimee Bender was one of the writers and #2 Someone covered a Tom Wait’s song. I really enjoyed it, and what an awesome idea for a book. It was really interesting to see how each author interperted the project just a little bit differently then the next.


Cacti, not too spiney, but very very happy. I am working on a venus fly trap next! It would be the perfect plant for someone with a brown thumb (ahem…me) I killed bamboo! Beautiful simple keep in water bamboo. My turned moldy! The only thing I have ever been good at is growing lima beans. We had a little jar of them in the kitchen window last spring. They were fun to watch, and only needed a little water and a cotton ball!

Tonight I am making un-chicken salad with tempeh. I am very much addicted to the site The Post Punk Kitchen I plan to go looking for the new cookbook this week (thanks Alison!) On the forums I found information for another book The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook: Delicious Dairy-Free Cheeses and Classic “Uncheese” Dishes . While I do eat cheese, I still want to check the book out and see if I can’t reduce a little of the cheese intake in this house (we are cheese freaks) I already always use tofu + spices in place of ricotta in our lasanga. You would never even know the difference!

Oh Thee Mighty Cotton Ball!!!

So in my zine Spin Spin I talk about how you shouldn’t let the thought of huge costs stop you from trying out spinning (since you can easily make a drop spindle with mostly free materials etc.) Well I also talk about how you can even use “100% cotton” cotton balls to spin.
The cotton balls above were purchased for about $2.00 for a huge bag, and then dyed with RIT brand dye. Its not always easy to spin cotton (the fibers are very short) But once you get the hang of it, its fun! Plus you can always mix it with another fiber and spin it that way.

This yarn is mohair and cotton balls carded and then spun up real fluffy and lofty. The cotton balls add nice nubbiness.

this last yarn does not contain cotton balls, but its I figured why not.

It has been raining all morning so the kids and I took a nice long trip to the indoor playground and then over to the used bookstore. Nothing like a few dozen new used books to keep bored kids busy on a rainy day! As for the Lost addiction, Jessee of Art School Drop Out is meeting up with me to lend me her DVDs. This means no waiting for Netflix. This could be dangerous!

Oh and while on the subject of things to watch, Tom bought me Kamikaze Girls on dvd. I like how the filming style is reminiscent of Amelie, and although it might be a little cheesy at times I actually really liked it. Kind of makes you feel like your watching a comic book. Something about it makes me think Tank Girl/Zero Girl/Shade…haha yet asian. Anyhow, its it!