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Madison Mini Maker Faire

mini-makerI’ll be demonstrating the spinning of yarn! I’ll have yarn for sale as well as other fiber goodies to touch and play with.

May 14, 2016


Facebook Event:

Art opening tonight!

A Discourse on Love

Absolutely Art

2322 Atwood Ave., Madison, Wisconsin 53704

Friday, June 6th, 2014
from 5p-9p


A Discourse on Love is an artistic and philosophical discourse on love in Madison, Wisconsin. The mission of the project is to connect community through collective experiences of love and explore the wide spectrum and many expressions that are within it.

A Discourse on Love is a three part project : 100 interviews, monthly community arts workshops, and the finale of the project will be an exhibition featuring over 45 artists each creating new pieces that explore love of all kinds.

The interviews are the foundation of the project – where community arts facilitator Mallory Shotwell interviewed people in the city of Madison. Flyering all over, visiting a hospice, schools, many coffee shops around, and many more locations, she was able to gather wisdom from all backgrounds and ages. Asking philosophical questions on love, it created a discourse where it allowed the participant to explore their own answer.

The community arts workshops invited participants to create either art or an experience together. Inspired by PostSecret, there were dropboxes placed around town, collecting love letters that were written, but not given. This idea was well-received, as there was an outpouring of letters of all kinds. There has also been a storytelling night, Valentine’s Day card making, a day exploring the gifts of love, and a variety show with comedy and music.

The opening reception to the project will be Friday, June 6 at Absolutely Art from 5-9pm. That evening will be an immersive experience that encourages the community to connect and engage with love: its expressions, and its spectrum of experiences. There will be many interactive elements available, including a robot that writes love letters, a listening booth, materials from the many community arts workshops, tables with typewriters and cards from local card-makers to write to loved ones. There will also be events throughout the evening of the reception: performance artists, music, a tarot card reader, and much more. The art will be displayed throughout the month of June.

For more info on the project: please explore the website: or like it on facebook:
For interviews and more information, please contact Mallory Shotwell at

Flower Bling

flower-blingI joined Forward! Marching Band in January of 2013.  I have really enjoyed playing my clarinet again — making music with other people is very satisfying.

This past weekend (October 11-14) I participated in the HONK! Festival in Somerville, Mass.  It was a great experience!  One of the things I realized, looking at other bands, was that I needed a flower for my hat.

Today I made a flower for my hat.

Quiet book

I made a quiet book for my daughter and entered it in Spoonflower’s baby book contest. Click on any image to see it larger.

Cover (not included in the kit; I used denim and embroidered the words)

Barn and tent

Barn: the revised version — V2 — is a bit taller to better hold finger puppets

Tent — V2 is taller to allow for more zipping

Braid and woven pie — Now, a real lattice-top pie lets you see some of the filling.  Feel free to put fewer (or thinner) crust pieces on yours.  In V2 the braid girl has legs. Here she has tiny embroidered feet.

I stitched the hair on with embroidery floss, and then knotted several strands over the stitches. 


Shoe and tree — for V2 I trimmed down the shoe top to allow for more lacing room and moved the basket a little higher on the page.

Apples in basket — I think I need to pound the snaps down a bit more — they seem a bit bulky.

Instructions (included in the kit, but may be more easily revised here):

To finish each page:
1) Add your own pocket at lower edge of hay (at beige dots) to hold your own finger puppets (cow, pig, chicken, etc). Add felt barn doors at each side.
2) Add 5 snaps to tree. Use template to add basket at dots. Use template to cut out felt apples; add snaps.
3) Add long yarn “hair” to the head. Add ribbons at top and/or bottom of page to hold small hair clips.
4) Attach vertical and horizontal felt strips to the pie at small guidelines at top (blue) and left (beige).  Or use thinner strips for a more realistic look.
5) Fuse shoe top to interfacing. Cut holes at green dots; reinforce. Sew to shoe over tongue. Add shoelace.
6) Add tent with zipper down the center.

General instructions:
Seam allowance is the 1/2-inch shaded area (pink, blue and green); cut to the outside to make 3 double pages.
Complete pages as above. Sew a heavy cover fabric (9” x 12”) to one of the pieces, right sides facing, leaving space to turn. Sew other two completed page spreads together, likewise.
Turn all right side out, and top stitch all the way around. Stitch book together through center of page spreads.

Thanks to the internet, including and

Thanks for checking it out!  View fabric at Spoonflower.

Water spout from milk jug

The bottom of the jug fits over the faucet. The former handle is now the extended spout.

I joined Pinterest recently.  I was inspired by several posts describing creative uses for milk jugs.  I tried out a few ideas I saw — a sturdy lidded box (like for sandwiches), a scoop which doubles as a bath-toy holder, and a just plain box (great for holding rocks).  I also saw a great little plastic water spout to help little kids wash their hands (I am linking because it really does look like a nice product).  One night the two concepts combined in my mind, and I decided to make my own spout out of a milk jug.  Here’s what I did.

First, clean your milk jug, and empty it out well.  This may seem obvious, but as you’re cutting up your milk jug and turning it this way and that, dumping sour milk on yourself is more likely than you may think.

Next, start cutting right about where the top of the handle meets the top of the jug.  Veer away from the handle quickly, heading for the vertical edges to each side.  Cut all the way down to the bottom of the jug, and then cut the diagonal line on the bottom of your jug, connecting those two corners.

Little hands can reach the water.

Then, cut through the handle at an angle (see picture) and trim the top portion of the jug above the handle.

Bring the spout to your sink, and figure out where you want it to rest.  Cut through the bottom of the jug in an asterisk (*) fashion, creating a space for the faucet to poke through.  You may want to cut off a few of the points a little bit if there doesn’t seem to be enough room for the faucet.  Play around with it!  You may also decide to cut down the sides somewhat.  Test it out with your particular desired water flow.


“I can do it myself.”

Passover Haggadah

I revised our Passover Haggadah this year, and I want to share it with you. It’s traditional in some ways (includes all the parts of the Seder; some Hebrew is included, with transliteration) but also liberal (includes orange on the Seder plate; gender-neutral language for God; Miriam’s Cup; no designated “Leader”).

It prints up on 7 pieces of letter-size paper. First, print Hagaddah-first. Then, WITHOUT changing the page order, simply insert the pages into the printer tray, (with the blank side ready to be printed), and print Hagaddah-second.  It should work!

Then fold in half, wrap with a piece of card stock, and sew it all up (or staple).  Perhaps add some text to the cover or a colorful photograph or magazine picture.

Let me know if you use it!

Wool quilt is finished!

Tailor's Samples Quilt

Tailor’s Samples Quilt

Quite a while ago I bought a moth-eaten small quilt made from tailor’s suit samples. I removed the scraps that had holes and sewed the remainder together. Today it has turned into a finished quilt! Anne‘s machine-basting helped immensely.

Craft Swap — a success!

I held a craft swap yesterday, and it was fabulous!  One of the treasures that showed up was a huge box of men’s ties.

So… what to do with them?  My husband found a few to wear.  I picked out a few vintage gems to sell, untouched, at a resale shop.  One friend is making a tie dress — she’s already begun!

My friend Lisa pointed me to — very inspirational!  I especially love the Easter Egg idea, which I had never heard of before!  But, it makes sense — dyes that color silk can color eggs, since they are both protein.  Perhaps I’ll try that out with some of the less-impressive ties.