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Pain-free Crafting

Anyone who is artistic or crafty knows first hand that being creative is beneficial. The challenge of designing and creating the project builds self-esteem. Creative projects increase learning, brain development, and provide safe and healthy stimulation of feel-good dopamine receptors. Studies have shown that creative activity offers similar benefits as meditation. Crafting has benefited prison inmates, […]

Quilts!

I’ve made A LOT of quilts. I had the time to craft when all of my friends got pregnant so I made quilts for everyone’s baby. Quilting was the perfect medium when painting began to feel too serious. I wanted to do something crafty and playful. I also didn’t want to deal with storing or […]

Embroidery Now

Embroidery is a family favorite, particularly of my mother. One of her favorite projects is to embellish pillow cases with beautiful flowers compositions. My mother is also an old school hippie. Old school enough that she rejects the hippie title, but beatniks didn’t embroider on their jeans during the 1960′s. In her defense, this dragon […]

Watercolor Forever

Watercolor Forever Watercolor is one of the first art mediums we let kids play with. It’s ironic that it is also the medium everyone is intimidated by. I recently visited a David Hockney exhibit which featured his recent watercolors, and everywhere I heard voices whispering “Watercolor is difficult. See that? That’s hard to do.” I […]

Crazy for Crochet

Crazy for Crochet I learned how to crochet and knit from my mother when I was a kid. I’m still learning to appreciate knitting- it’s becoming more enjoyable the more I do it, but it feels repetitive and restrictive compared to crochet. Crochet allows you to may any number of stitches in any direction, however […]

Linocut Love

Linocut Love I first fell in love with linocut printing during freshman year of college. This technique is similar to woodblock printing, although the process is much easier since the linoleum is softer and easier to cut, and there is no wood grain to contend with. Linocut has become easier still since the development of […]

Tamale Party

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Tamale Party! I love doing projects with other people. My art and cooking classes are basically an excuse to hang out with people and make stuff. Naturally most of my friends are cooking/art/project junkies as well. One of our favorite yearly projects is making tamales. I’m fortunate to have a Mexican market in my neighborhood […]

Healthy Herbs and Spices

Happy Halloween! While herbs and spices are useful year round for making food tastier, apple cider and pumpkin pie aren’t complete without sweet, warming spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger, and stuffing needs sage to taste right. It’s no accident that herbs and spices are so prominent in the foods we enjoy during the cold […]

Food Preservation 101

Food Preservation 101 Food preservation has become popular again with the urban gardening movement. There are only so many tomatoes and zucchini you can eat or give away. Here is a summary of preservation techniques: freezing, fermenting, canning or jam making and dehydration. Freezing I presume everyone reading this has used a freezer before. While […]

Unraveling Food Reactions

One of the main topics people wish to discuss with me is why certain foods affect us differently. There is a lot of mystery and confusion around what causes these reactions, and how to recognize if a particular food is problematic. I hope I can offer some clarity with this short description of the different […]