Category Archives: make it yourself

Conrad’s Christmas Sweater and the Perils of Procrastiknitting

About a month before Christmas, I decided that it was time to knit Conrad a sweater. I’ve never made him any kind of clothing  and I had no idea what to get him, so it seemed like the perfect solution. I thought I’d have plenty of time to get the whole thing done in time for Christmas.

Fast-forward four months and hundreds of knitting hours later and it’s finally finished!


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Vegan Gluten-Free Pho Broth: Trust Me, It’s Actually Good!

There’s kind of a long story behind how this vegan gluten-free pho broth recipe came about. See, my family is cursed with endless allergies. While we were genetically blessed in many ways (we got that dark-hair-blue-eye game down on LOCK), tolerance to common foods is not one of them.

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[Guest Blog] Daily Practice, Self Care, Craft and Clay: 365 Days of Cups

Last June, I decided to make a cup for every day of the year.

WHAAAAA A CUP??? YASSSS, 365 days of cups!


Let’s rewind. I am a community artist and ceramic artist in Baltimore. I make things outta clay, most of the time with people as a way to build community.


Totally. Except. It’s a whole lotta giving. Don’t get me wrong- I absolutely love creating opportunities for folks to make and create and this is my job!

But the thing is- sometimes it leaves me like a bag o’ clay left open: dry, hard and in need of some serious rehydration.

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The Wedding Invitation

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When I started thinking about wedding invitations, the one thing I knew was that I didn’t want to end up sending out a bunch of papergoods.  I love having something to hang on my fridge that reminds me of my friends’ weddings, I just don’t really care about doing fancy save the dates and invitations and RSVP cards  for myself. Conrad felt equally unattached so it was an easy expense to cut out.

What I wasn’t quite sure of was what to do instead. I couldn’t bear to send out a generic ecard. I figured there had to be some kind of classy alternative that could make use of some of our engagement photos (I’ll post about that soon!) and didn’t have to involve terrible animation and cheesy sentiments. I quickly realized that if I was going to be picky I would have to make it myself so I ended up just googling “html email template” and stumbled on Campaign Manager: after a little bit of tweaking I came up with an invitation I was really excited about!

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Damson Gin

damson-plum-ginMy neighbors have a huge fruit tree in their backyard. I assumed that the lovely purple orbs it produced were plums so last year, when it became clear that they weren’t doing anything with the fruit, I grabbed one that was hanging over the fence and took a bite. It was insanely astringent and not even remotely fruity so I disappointedly threw it away. Guess that’s why the neighbors weren’t doing anything with them!

This summer the tree has been heavy with fruit for the past 2 months and I just couldn’t bear to see all of it go to waste, so I decided to sneak a few and see what would happen if I cooked them into jam. I posted a picture on Instagram and a friend let me know that I had damsons on my hands!

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