Art vs. Craft

August – another bench

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Art vs. Craft, Blog, Wood | Leave a comment

In late August, with the help of the tools found at Sector67, I made another bench!

Bench 2

This one is not delivered up north just yet.

June project

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Art vs. Craft, Blog, Wood | Leave a comment

In June, I worked on making a bench.

Bench 1b


I chose the simplest bench pattern out there for some instant gratification; this style is called the Aldo Leopold bench. The parts were acquired from Home Depot’s 70% off rack + my random stash. I used Sector67’s woodworking shop to cut my lumber down to spec.

Total time spent building the thing: 30 minutes.
Total time spent sealing the thing: way more than 30 minutes.
Time spent walking it down a 1/2 mile long, bumpy, overgrown road: I don’t want to talk about it.

It will be interesting to see how well this holds up outdoors.

May Project

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Art vs. Craft, Blog, Sculpture | Leave a comment

In May, I worked on my styrofoam sculpting technique — just in time to participate in the Fools Flotilla:












April Project    

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Art vs. Craft, Blog, Restoration | Leave a comment

In April, I decided it was *TIME*.  Time to finish a project that was a long time in the making.  I posted this post back in May of 2015. Here’s how it ended up:


April Patio (1)


April Patio (2)


April Patio (3)


April Patio (4)


April Patio (6)


April Patio (7)


Art Every Day – Day 49 – EDIBLE art!

Years ago my parents gave me a plastic bottle intended for making pancakes easy. I never actually tried it until *today* — and in among spirals and an accidental turtle pancake came this little robot dude!


I couldn’t decide which of these two photos to post, so you get TWO photos of the robot pancake – one with and one without the most awesome WI-shaped cast iron pan.


Thanks to Jesse for encouraging some pancake drawing beyond just spirals!


Two Mandalas

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Art vs. Craft, Blog, Glass | Leave a comment

Last year I briefly played around with mandalas.


First on rocks:


Later in glass:



There might be one more made of a third kind of material coming out in 2016.

Patio in progress

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Art vs. Craft, Blog, Mosaics | Leave a comment

I am assembling a small cement patio for under the wisteria trellis.

Cement patio in progress

So far, it’s made of 1 cement stepping stone I made as an example for a class I taught, and the bricks are found bricks (some people throw away perfectly good bricks!). I might have to break down and buy some bricks to finish this… My pile-o-scraps is not really working to fill this out into a nice rectangle right now

A request for any of my friends who bike or walk places – REFLECTORS!

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Art vs. Craft, Blog | Leave a comment



I see these all the time on the ground when walking/biking around town and pick them up when I can.  If *YOU* see these on the ground, would you be willing to pick them up and save them for me?  I have a project in mind and could use a couple dozen more of these.  Thank you!

Fancy soap

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Art vs. Craft, Blog | Leave a comment



After failing to make cupcakes/muffins with these molds (seriously, it was a disaster), I relegated the silicon molds for SOAP.  I think they turned out beautifully.  I’m not sure where I fall on the love/hate homemade soap spectrum, but I’m glad I tried it at least once.

24 days of Baltic Christmas

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Art vs. Craft, Blog | 1 Comment

Hey look!  I’m a guest blogger on Femme au foyer, who is celebrating 24 days of Baltic Christmas.


24 Days of a Baltic Christmas