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!


Meet stumpy, a little tree stump. Sometime in March I am taking part in a group show called Flora + Fauna. I am excited to make plush trees and plants, and maybe even some weird little flowers for the show. I asked if I could make a life sized tree stump, and got the go ahead. I decided to make a few small ones first, so I could play around with differen’t fabrics for the bark. Stumpy is my first try.

He is obviously sad because he has been chopped down. What Stumpy does not realize is a tree stump is good for something—a resting spot! I think maybe its time to reread The Giving Tree to prove it to him.

In other strange news (because yes, referring to a plush tree stump as if it is real is a little strange) Tom and I have become Lost devotees! It’s funny because I always assumed the show Lost was a reality show, and would have never thought to Netflix it. Turns out not only is it not a reality show, but one of the main characters is Charlie from Party Of Five (haha) Our friend Brett (also a brainwashed devotee) convinced Tom and I to give it a try. Now it is a sick sad LOST world here at our house. Last night..and I am ashamed to admit it…butonce the kids were asleep … we watched all four episodes from season 1 disc 2! All 4!! Right in a row!! Sick and twisted I know, but we just couldn’t help ourselves!