W.I.P. Wednesday: Keeping Crafty


Unfortunately, I don’t  have a completed project to share this week. I am still knitting the wormy/snake I posted about last month. I have made several new cards, sewn up some reusable bulk food bags, and spent quite a bit of time thinking about what to do with this fabric:


I absolutely love owls and this fabric is covered with colorful, sassy owls! My sister gave this to me for a birthday gift, and I can’t figure out what to make. Suggestions? I think there is a yard of fabric, but I have not measured to be sure.

And, since I can’t share my creations, here is a photo of a turtle my nephew made. I received this for my birthday as well, and I absolutely love it!


Too cute, right?!!!!

I also recently purchased a new book from Herbivore called Make Your Place. This book is full of recipes and tips for creating your own eco-friendly health and first aid items, cleaning and body care products, and even some useful gardening tips. There is so much great information packed into this little book! It will lead you toward living a much more sustainable, simple life without relying on toxic commercialized consumer products. Hooray for that!


You should probably get yourself a copy.

Work in Progress Wednesday


As I type, it is still Wednesday in Portland, so this ought to count as a W.I.P. post, right? Right. For the past several years, I have been very into making my own cards to give away to family and friends. This post is dedicated to the art of card making (briefly and quickly).

The essential tools:


Stacks of colored and patterned paper


Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, paintbrushes, scissors, glue, and paints


A good quality pencil sharpener

The above tools are helpful in creating stuff like this:


Hoots on a branch




Santa Whale


Christmas Birdy


Chirpy Birds


More birds

That’s the joy of card making!

Random Number Generator Says…

… The winner of my homemade (reusable, washable, eco-friendly) bulk food/produce bags giveaway is commenter #10! Let’s see, that would be the amazingly awesome Shellyfish!!!! Congratulations to you!!! I will contact you via e-mail so we can sort out the details (OK? OK!!).

I would like to thank everybody who left comments about tahini and their favorite recipes that use tahini. The most popular response was hummus. Who am I to argue? I absolutely love hummus. In fact, I am planning on making some roasted red pepper hummus this week! This happens to work out well since I mentioned that the winner’s recipe choice would be featured in an upcoming post, and Shellyfish mentioned hummus as one of her favorites. There were so many delicious-looking recipes (raw bars, noodles, shortbread, cookies, sauces…) left by commenters that I will probably feature more than just hummus in the next few weeks.

I am hoping to step out of my laziness and make a W.I.P. post this evening.

That’s it!


The sun is shining today which makes me think of springtime and new buds.

Just Call Me a Cookie Addict, Will You?


Caraque Cookie Pastires

These pretty cookies were a test recipe for Celine and Joni’s cookbook. The recipe made six, and Tim and I ate all six in less than a day. Ooooooops. These are big shortbread-like cookies with chocolatey goodness, icing, and a fun candy on top. The devouring scenario went something like this:

(talking to self) “Okay, just one more bite.”

Hand reaches into fridge, removes lid from tupperware, takes a cookie out, and chomps happily away.

Cookie goes back into tupperware, lid goes back on tupperware, I leave the kitchen.

Five minutes pass.

(talking to self again) “Seriously, just one more bite.” (The bites growing bigger each time…)

Hand goes into tupperware, cookie disappears, the lid stays off, five minutes pass… See what I mean?! These cookies reminded me of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, only so much better. They are buttery, chocolatey, crispy, awesome. Oh, and did I mention they are easy to make? Now you must buy the 500 Vegan Recipes cookbook when it makes its way to your nearest bookstore! You just must!!!

Also, don’t forget to enter a comment here, for a chance to win some homemade bulk food/produce bags. It’s a new year, and it’s time to reduce our impact on the Earth. I will ship overseas, so don’t let that stop you from entering.

And, I added a Flickr link in my sidebar, so check it out!