Quilting a Boro-Inspired Jacket

A Craigslist free post for fabric scraps galvanized this quilted, boro-inspired cropped jacket. I drove three blocks from my house and loaded two bins of scraps and piles of burlap coffee bags into my car. At home, I washed and sorted the fabrics, realizing I had plenty of blue pieces to start this jacket. IContinue reading “Quilting a Boro-Inspired Jacket”

Preparing Fire Cider

This batch of fire cider was lovingly prepared with my friend Sandy, following a fairly straightforward recipe. It’s still cooking but will very soon be strained through cheesecloth, stirred with honey, and bottled for sipping. Because it is recommended to shake the batches daily, I found it best to have them stowed in an accessibleContinue reading “Preparing Fire Cider”

Winter Gardening

We started a garden in our backyard at the beginning of September, shoveled out, spread with compost, and encircled in bamboo fencing. Our neighbors had a large tree from their yard chopped into mulch, and we were able to cover the entire plot with the most local of garden toppings. The heat of Austin summerContinue reading “Winter Gardening”

Designing & Printing Llorando Llorando

Happy Apples Press premiered this year with a book of my poems and drawings, collectively titled Llorando Llorando. I designed the front and back cover of this approximately 50 page book, letter-pressed on cotton paper. David Hockney is a constant inspiration and this book of his drawings was of great creative influence on this project.

Dyeing with Plants

I first tried natural dyeing with avocados since this dye requires very few materials and very little time to produce a lightfast, wash fast vibrant color. The pale, dusty pink came out beautifully and quickly led me towards other dye materials. Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona by DelenaContinue reading “Dyeing with Plants”

Restoring Second-Hand Furniture

This little nightstand was $18 at a thrift store – I sanded all the surfaces, pulled off some broken decorative pieces, scrubbed the knobs with Barkeeper’s Friend, and tiled and grouted the top with materials from Austin Creative Reuse. I used a vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil solution to give this platform bed aContinue reading “Restoring Second-Hand Furniture”

Harvesting Garlic Chives

I spent one evening in October clearing out a container bed in our patio which had been overrun with a many years old stand of garlic chives. I processed the garlic chives, washing, chopping, and wrapping them to freeze. Garlic chives are easily propagated using their rhizomes, so I broke apart each one, saving someContinue reading “Harvesting Garlic Chives”

Autumn Equinox Spores & Soup

Sometime in early September, we discovered several large patches of leggy mushrooms growing throughout the backyard. There were so many of them growing that we were motivated enough to conduct a simple spore test so that we could find out if they were safe to eat. The spore test showed a white film, instead ofContinue reading “Autumn Equinox Spores & Soup”

Hand-sewn Wool Slippers

It was difficult to source the 5mm wool pieces needed for this project, but I was thrilled with the purchase I finally made from Fitz Felt. They sell 100% German-milled wool in large “scrap” rolls for a reasonable price. The company is woman-owned and has a shipping facility in NY, so these bolts arrived quickly.Continue reading “Hand-sewn Wool Slippers”

Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve

We harvested fresh Mugwort and let is sit in avocado oil for a full moon cycle or about a month. The tulsi blend was added to some olive and coconut oil and let it slowly heat without boiling for at least an hour. These two oils were strained and melted together with beeswax so itContinue reading “Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve”