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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Maker Camp: Sun Dye!

This sunny hot week, a lazy week between camps and family expedition to NYC, we decided to host our own Maker Camp. We were ready to try some projects we've had up our sleeves for a while. We invited a BFF, cranked up the Hamilton soundtrack, and got started. First up: the Sun Dye project we saw here and bought materials for years ago ... but never quite got around to.

Step One was setting up a shady spot -- a little harder than imagined on a 99-degree, super sunny day -- and spreading out materials: Inkodye paints, brushes, rollers, jars for mixing. Plus: shirts, tea towels and scarves for dying. Step Two: gathering foliage from the garden to spread on the dye-covered fabrics and create patterns in relief. (I loved that Lucy asked me to show them which plant matter was permissable for plucking; she knows the relationship between me and my plants pretty well.) Step Three: spreading sun dye on fabric (we used sponge brushes; it was tricky), then placing leaves and objects in a pattern. Step Four: moving the creation into the light, and letting it rest for about 15 minutes while the sun activates the dye.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Making Good Vibes

Hey there, friends.

I think we've all been touched this summer by all of the sadness and anger unfolding in the world. In the wee small hours, when dark thoughts come out to play, it can be pretty hard to shake a sense of hopelessness.

Though hardly original, my plan of defense is to greet each day with the goal of bringing as much good into the world as I can. Random acts of kindness, positive thoughts, good work in the community. Stuff that's important any time, but is actually important and theraputic in times such as these.

How are you doing? I'd love to hear your ideas and inspirations.

Peace and love to all,


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Nick Offerman Can Canoe, Can You?

The sunshine spilling over our waterlogged metropolis is such a welcome sight today. Alas, it seems to be only dropping by for a quick visit and will be replaced by a few days more of grey skies and gross rain. This will undoubtedly put a damper on your big plans for the weekend, so we thought we'd turn you on to a product that might be of some interest to you.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

a-hatting (+ a-biking) (+ a-reading) we shall go!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

MONDAY, JULY 12th, 2010chill. {part 1}

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Monday, January 25, 2010

MONDAY, JANUARY 25th, 2010 loopy for you.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2009 a wee tee party follow-up.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 2009 a crafty cure for the drearies

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