full circle.

The Associate is sick. Her first real ick. She is legitimately asking “why me” I answer “It is just a little bug.” This, of course sets off a litany of questions, that I try to answer as I perch on the tub holding her shuddering little bod.  For a moment she dozes, head back, burning up, and I have a memory.  When I was young I absolutely hated tossing my cookies. Those days when you would spontaneously erupt with last nights dinner at the most inconvenient time, were my worst nightmare.

We had the usual assortment of Burger King and McDonald’s collectors glasses, but there was one Star Wars glass my brother drank from when he had the ick. I avoided this glass like the plague for at least 5 years thinking it would immediately make me projectile vomit.

As my patient roused back to consciousness, I looked down at the glass from which I was so lovingly feeding her sips, while wiping her brow, and guess what glass it was…….

rescue mission: mermaid riding glowing seahorse.

My fabulous friends bought me this lamp for my birthday a couple years back.


They know me well it seems. I am nutty when it comes to the color orange.  Any shade of it will do, I even drive an orange car.  They also could predict my lamp obsession before I wired my first creation up.

It has been sitting on my desk since I got it. It was my immediate intention to replace all the glass glowing balls  because they were cracked and yellowing. I removed them…… Now possibly years later, it’s rescue time.

It is really ridiculous how quickly that went.  Some Krazy glue and some glass balls and done.  Can’t wait till it gets dark so I can turn it on.


And yes that is a silk-screening octopus behind it.


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cyanotype fun.

I didn’t realize that my bottomless pit actually extended 2 miles away to my mothers basement.  She was clearing out her ridiculously clean basement and unearthed these jugs.


Apparently they have been down there for at least 10 years. sorry mom.  Well anyway, I was about to delve in my hot mess that is my basement and drag out the scale and the powdered chemicals to whip up a new batch of “orange and green” ( these are not the technical names) Potassium ferricyanide just happens to be orange in its powder form and Ferric ammonium citrate is green, think edamame green. When the two are properly prepared and then mixed in equal parts they became light-sensitive, and are brushed on whatever porous surface you choose.  You can then put objects over the dried chemicals and expose to the sun and it creates a contact print of whatever your “negative” is.   I decided to do a test and the chemicals were still good!!! Saving myself a trip into the dungeon!!!!!  I used to use this process to make silk scarves and purses with elaborate stencils that I hand cut, or negatives I blew up in the darkroom or flowers.  I wish I could find the pictures of those things. annoying iphoto.  Anyway, the whole reason I started on this quest was to coat some paper and transport it up to the mountains so the small people could make prints with all the beautiful foliage.  As a side note this process was invented by John Herschel in 1842 and in 1843 Anna Atkins put it into practice by cataloging ferns, which is just what I intended to do.  However in typical scatterbrain fashion I did not test the light tightness of my container and several of the sheets were bad by the time we got there. On top of that I was sooooo lazy on this trip that we only made a few.


Using this high-tech method of lounge chair,  clips and a piece of glass to hold it all together we were able to angle our set up towards the sun.  After 12 minutes we rinsed in water and set out to dry.  I wish we had done more, because I think they are so pretty. There is always next year!!

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hydroponic herb garden!


Do you remember these? Taking a much needed break from the back breaking labor of the front porch and trying not pass out in the heat, I moved indoors. Unfortunately most of my tools are in the garage with the swarms of insects, and stiffling heat.   I found this scrap piece of wood laying around, and I drilled three 1 1/4 holes equally apart with my awesome Makita that my mom bought for Christmas.


I opted for the 1 1/4 paddle bit because I figured once I cut it down the middle, my table saw would take off another 1/8 of an inch making the holes the correct size to hold the glass. Should I plug tool brands? (Dewalt)


here it is split down the middle. I then dug around and found some rubber stuff to pad the glass from the wood and connected the two pieces of wood back together with brackets.


I attached  some extremely large swivel hooks and chain, and hung it up. The middle one with the cork is a little leaky so I will probably have to find a better solution.
The basil is already growing roots because I have had them in water already for a while.  Keeping my fingers crossed for the mint and oregano. We shall see.