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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …