Category Archives: Handycrafting

Get my craft on!

Taking suggestions!!

I got a fun new fabric and cannot decide what to do with it!!

What to do, what to craft!?



How cool is Old School!

I just found this fun site and love it and wanted to share it with ya’ll!

I love everything about it!

From the design of the site to what they stand for to the classes!

About the Old School

Old School is a hub of experts happily sharing their user-friendly skills to further the revolution of sustainable and frugal living. Until now, these awesome resources in Albuquerque have had a loose network of independent workshops and classes. Now, these experts and offerings are under one roof, making Old School the place to find the skills you want to learn.

Our classes are intentionally priced to make them affordable for families in need of these skills. Free or low-cost SAFE childcare is available in order to open opportunities for folks otherwise unable to attend classes.

Our financial model is simple. If there are funds left over after paying for rent and supplies, teachers get half of it. At least 10 percent of any leftover funds is donated to a charity. The remainder is returned to the school to compensate administrators and keep the school running (website and advertising).

If you don’t see a topic on our list, let us know. We’ll use our network to find a teacher for you, and then we’ll host a class. If you want to take a class but it doesn’t work with your schedule, talk to us. That teacher might offer a class to meet your schedule.

Or if you have a skill you think fits our mission, let us know. Maybe you can join our experts in spreading the traditional, frugal and sustainable living skills that make Old School so neat.

Weekend Rambling’

The pictures of my weekend wanderings, missing much but here is some highlights!

Saturday morning I ran ten miles, creating three records on my runkeeper program in a single run.

It was a beautiful trail along the Bosque and Parker Jade had a blast.

Then I got a sunburn watering the garden and laying out too long reading a case study on Katrina being a man-made disaster for my public policy class. So glad there was a case study option on something I can really geek out on.

I love talking about human’s attempts at controlling nature and how it ALWAYS backfires. John McPhee has a great book on this.

After a good geek out session I went on to do a drinking session 🙂

@ the Blues and Brews event here in ABQ with a few good friends.

Disappointing brews galore…but I did revisit the Deschutes Brewery tent countless times to have yummy sips of a fine brew from back home. I highly recommend their Red Chair NWPA.

A beer I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy would be Turtle Mountain’s Honey Wheat. Nasty! Unless you REALLY love canned peas. I shit you not… that beer tasted like canned peas, I got a second opinion and was told I hit the nail on the head.

There was an interesting array of comical t-shirts at the event…

Including a definition of the word bunghole as it applies to beer.


Wait, put the breaks on…I forgot to talk about Friday night!!!

So much fun! I went to two shows by some amazing women.

The first was a small intimate concert with Kate Mann and her guest from Portland, OR, Matt Meighan.


Kate is an amazing songwriter and you should all check her out!!


Kate Mann

After that show I went over to Marble to check out some additional music with a few friends.

Also another fun show. The group was Mala Mana.


Saturday ended at Marble Brewery after Blues and Brews as well.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday…read all about it….

Sunday is funday, and it most certainly was!

I started it out baking doggie biscuits for Parker Jade’s b-day party I had at noon at the dog park.

The biscuits turned out great so I packed them up as party favors…

And I moved on to making her a doggie birthday cake!!!!!

The recipe was fun and easy but the frosting was liquidy.

Great thing about dogs, they are stoked no matter the presentation with food!

Thanks mom!!!

I’m pretty certain that she had a blast because when we got home she passed out on the cool kitchen tile and refused to move.

She says thanks to all who came and for the yummy treats (including an entire cow leg). She sure is spoiled by all the love she gets!

After that several of the party goers decided to make their way up to an Earth Day celebration @ the LaMontanita Co-op and to a tasty lunch break.

The fair in the parking lot was fun as always with live music, great food, drinks, causes, plants, flowers, crafts, and community love.

AND BABY GOATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


OMGOMGOMGOMG! Let me take it home!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think this was love at first sight and I MUST HAVE ONE.

One of my friends joked that everyone should pitch in for my next birthday and get me a goat.

I can assure that I would not be opposed AT ALL!

(You might be seeing more goat blogs coming up, I have a new love.)

After this it was on to a bike ride to a BBQ at my lovely friend’s lovely casa with loads of lovely ladies!

(say that fast, dare you.)

I love my friends, life, my pooch, goats, spring, running, beer, music, ect, ect, ect, AMEN!

Parker Jade’s 1st birthday!

She is having a birthday party @ the dog park and I am making her a doggie birthday cake!


LOTS of people do this with their dogs.

I have evidence!

Look at this happy ending!

Doesn’t this dog look stoked!?

(So stoked, you might wonder if its sitting in a warm pool of pee!)


Come on…

Besides, its not as weird as say…another type of animal, RIGHT??


Sow Box

Finally had some time this weekend to sow some creativity…

so I started sewing…

I had this beautiful green fabric in my sewing boxes that I have been meaning to use for years so I decided that its manifestation should be a skirt.


I had this idea for big buttons, thick bold hems and some patterns stitched on.


I didn’t use any kind of pattern so the cut is really fun and tailored just to me.


I still have yet to stitch on the patterns, which I think will be birds (go figure for those of you that know me) but it is wearable for now and I can add those whenever I have my next chunk of time for some creative out-letting.


Perhaps birds AND sprouting seeds stitched on!

Time will tell what I will sow.