CASA Gallery: Mid-Winter Light

I am pretty excited. This is my first art exhibit other than the mandatory Sophomore Project during college, at which I didn’t receive very good reviews, and as much as I hate to admit it, it was a bit traumatizing. I understand the concept of constructive criticism, but when you literally pour your sweat and blood and tears into something, and receive silence from…

I Love Food

I cook nearly every night. I do not particularly like leftovers, and if it were economically and environmentally responsible then I would have a freshly cooked meal every time I eat. When I do heat up leftovers, I often do not use the microwave. When I reheat food on the stove-top I like to incorporate something fresh, that way it doesn’t feel like leftovers…

Sequoia National Park

We left at 5:00 a.m. I am rarely awake at that time in the morning, but I do enjoy it on occasion – what I don’t enjoy is a 5 hour car ride. However, it was a means to an end, and that end was camping. At five in the morning, the Pacific coast is barely waking up. We had the road to ourselves….

Yarn Bowl

Here is another of my ceramic masterpieces. It actually started off really well, then when I was trimming the bottom, I made a hole. Also, one of the sides was thin and broke (hence the swirly design). So I decided to turn it into a really cool yarn bowl. I think my favorite part about this bowl is the color. I used a glaze…

Handmade Soap

In my attempt to limit the amount of caustic chemicals I put on, in, or near my body I have eradicated store-bought shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste from my hygienic regime. The areas I am still working on are body/hand soap, dish soap, and laundry soap. I finally got the supplies I needed to make bar soap and gave it the old college try. I…

Whole-y Snapper!

I have always wanted to catch and prepare my own fish. Well, I am now half of the way to achieving this dream of mine. I did not catch the snappers, but I gutted, scaled, and cleaned them. Thank you, YouTube! The internet is the elders of our society. That’s a metaphor. The first step was scaling the fish (the top photograph shows the…

Foraging & Feasting

I am an amateur forager… wait, that’s giving myself too much credit. I am an aspiring forager. I read books and a lot of online material about the topic. I’m proud to say that I’ve picked some wild stuff (shown above, mustard greens). I am lucky, though, because the area in which I live is rich with wild veggies. I recently received a book…

The Best Ceramic Bowl Ever!!!

I know it sucks, but I’m in love! Also, it’s my first, so by the laws of nature, I have to be in love. I began the class 5 weeks ago and after the first session I was not in the best of spirits. Turns out being a ceramicist is actually pretty difficult. I am not the best student or persevere-er, however I get…

A handmade life?

I originally designed this website/blog as a showcase for my crocheted and crafted goods. However, even from the beginning, I knew that wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I want to create a space where I can share with others my journey from buying into the consumerism-hype, not caring about the loss of quality in our society, not caring about the damaging products I put…