Arts and Crafts

Blue Watch Necklace

I was feeling artsy and or crafty the other day, and decided I would try my hand at making some beaded jewelry. One of the things I tried was something vaguely steampunky — disassembling watches and reassembling them so that the mechanism shows. Sadly, many newer watches (particularly on the lower end of the price range) do not have the lovely metal gears that older watches have; but I think the end result was still pretty interesting.

Shots of some of my other projects …

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ProTour Freestyle Motocross at the Rodeo

Mid-air Antics

Peter and I went to the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo yesterday. One of the shows they had going on outside the rodeo arena was a freestyle motocross show where two guys on motorcycles launched themselves off a ramp and did a variety of tricks mid-air. Since it was a nice bright sunny day, the shots came out pretty crisp (despite the fact these guys were moving fast). A bunch of other shots are on flickr.

Also in the set are a few …

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Pictures of Food!


I had a few close friends over for a casual birthday shindig. As far as I’m concerned, the entire point of turning 30 is to have an excuse to eat cake. I decided on a chocolate-almond-espresso cake, which I got from the Upper Crust Bakery.

It went really well with homemade French vanilla ice cream.

I also made quiche for the party:


I’ve made quiche many times before, but this was a recipe that …

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Cake! And SALE!

Originally, I was going to post about this piece of lemon cake:

Lemon Cake

The cake was tasty. But now I have news, so I will post about that instead!!!

Scott Andrews at Beneath Ceaseless Skies has accepted my story “The Land of Empty Shells.” I’m really excited about this sale — Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a great market (go check it out if you haven’t yet, they’ve got some awesome stories!).

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Adventures in Quinoa


Last Thanksgiving, Maureen asked me if there was a side dish I’d like to bring, and, feeling rather adventurous, I volunteered to bring quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). I had never had quinoa, but I’d seen it described as having a nutty flavor. In my mind, quinoa would be about the same size as barley, and would have a flavor halfway between an oat and a pecan. Therefore it seemed like a good base for a Thanksgiving side dish.

Turns out, quinoa is nothing like that. It is roughly the …

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Art Photography

Curtains in the Wind

Jessica (jess_ka) made several beautifully-decorated miniature rooms, and she let me stop by the other day and photograph them. Each room is built inside a box, and they have an astounding amount of detail for how small they are (it’s hard to tell in the photos, but I’d say the boxes are between 10 and 20 inches tall). I had a lot of fun playing around with the lighting and the post-processing.

Jessica did a lovely post with …

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Shortbread Cookies

I’m in Olympia this week, visiting family, and tinaconnolly came to visit me. We made shortbread cookies:

Shortbread Cookie

The cookies have rosemary and thyme in them. We got the recipe from a post on Maureen’s blog. The recipe says to press the cookies into flat rounds on a baking sheet, but ours were kind of crumbly so we pressed them into a square pan instead. After making the recipe version, we tried a couple variations:

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