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August 24, 2011 · 4 comments

Okay folks, in the midst of writing a bazillion emails last night and this morning, I added a blogroll tab to this blog. This is a list of blogs that I actually read at least occasionally. It’s kind of an eclectic combo of Etsy-centric, style/lifestyle/inspiration blogs, beautiful food blogs, and smallish but interesting and tastefully […]


Regular readers may have noticed some strange things on the blog in the last week or so. I got reports of folks being redirected to other sites and/or not being able to leave this blog, and sometimes music/commercials would come on randomly. When I realized that my blog had been hacked, I kind of freaked […]


  First off, I thought your “Wants not Needs” were great! Obviously, you’re a diverse bunch of readers, but there were a few trends, mostly shoes/boots and fine art. A couple of my favorites: Elizabeth S. wants this awesome rhino sculpture. Catie wants this big arrow light. If I was a true hipster, I’d have […]


I was photographing cutting boards to list in my Etsy shop earlier today when I came across this big, beautiful board. It’s large (18 1/2″ x 12″ x 1 7/8″) and completely covered in wildly figured grain patterns. Unfortunately, it also has some issues in the form of several cracks entering from the edges and […]


Green Potatoes

July 26, 2011 · 6 comments

Do you know why potatoes turn green? I used to think that the process behind this phenomenon was common knowledge. Then I met a string of educated, vegetable-savvy folks that were completely unaware of why the metamorphasis occurs, what it means, and how to prevent it. Maybe I’m preaching to the choir here, but I thought […]


…and the winners are… #32 Sasha and #52 Marlyn Congratulations, ladies! I will email you shortly to get your shipping info. Thanks so much to everyone for sharing your delicious recipes! I thought the following dishes looked particularly good. Watermelon Cucumber Mint Paletas suggested by Sharon Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad suggested by Stephanie Cherry-Lentil Salad suggested by Kara […]


Working with crazy figured wood for my Etsy shop Red Onion Woodworks is pretty great. Even I am surprised and awed by some of the pieces.  The nature of figured maple, however, is that its beauty is a product of irregular patterns in the grain (crotches, burls, etc.), which are the areas that have the […]


Wood cutting boards are perfectly functional and perfectly sanitary if cared for properly. Maintenance of a wood cutting board is easy and will dramatically extend the life and beauty of one of your most used kitchen tools. With normal household use, cutting boards will show scratches and wear. If you purchase a new two-sided board, […]


This time of year grass grows like crazy as a result of the spring rains and intermittent sunshine. With the grass comes that other rite of spring, lawn mowing, which happens to be one of my favorite activities. It gets me outside in the fresh air, it’s great exercise, and it provides a good stretch […]