Sara Varon’s new book, Bake Sale, has come out, and it has recipes and sweet conversations between two best friends: a cupcake named Cupcake who owns a bakery, and an eggplant named Eggplant who has an itch to travel. If you think it all sounds too gentle for your irony-accustomed tastebuds, do think again. Varon’s
Continue reading Marzipan Buttons.
If you’ve found your way here as a result of Martha Stewart Living, welcome and thanks for visiting. If you haven’t yet seen it, February’s issue features the Handmade Crafternoon event series that I co-host with Maura Madden, and includes templates for secret message hearts, little foxes, and pop-up hearts, each inspired by a vintage valentine
Continue reading Creative Paper Craft for the Timid.
The following pictures are so wonderful that I just have to hold the explanations for below. Without further ado, I bring you…
A cow made of almonds:
A bear made of raisins:
And my personal favorite, an elephant made of English walnuts:
These images come to us via the librarians
Continue reading Fruit and Nut Animals from a Century Ago.
Do you know how a gramophone acts? (Image from NYPL Digital Gallery)
Last Thursday, instead of making myself squirm through the vice-presidential debate as it unfolded live, I went to a concert. The musician Andrew Bird played the Tarrytown Music Hall, and his haunting, looping violin (combined with glockenspiel, guitar, voice, and whistling) filled the
Continue reading Stunning Speakers.