Inspiration weekend

We took a lovely minihike on Sunday to Talapus lake.  Washington is filled with gemlike lakes and many, many lake hikes.  You really can't go wrong.  This one was pretty easy as far as hikes go: walk up the mountain on some nicely groomed switchback trails, and then bam, there's the beautiful lake. Washington state is truly my greatest inspiration. I ...

Around Seattle: Bloedel Reserve

This weekend we took a day trip to Bainbridge Island and visited Bloedel Reserve, an estate with beautiful grounds. In the autumn light, the trees glowed. Eye see you! There was a gourd scavenger hunt. They popped up everywhere. There's a house on grounds too that you can tour. There's even a lovely reflecting pool. Of course we checked out a nearby beach with plenty of ...

How to ice dye

Ice dyeing is one of those crafts that is easy, colorful, and creates an impressive and interesting effect. Here's what you need to DIY: A bag of ice White fabric--jersey or loose woven cotten, linen, or hemp work well A window screen or sieve Procion Mx Dye in preferred colors Soda ash Dawn dishwashing soap A few buckets, one to mix ...

Leaf tessellation coasters!

After a hot and smoky summer it's finally fall, and the leaves are beginning to turn colors. The shapes and colors are inspiring. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZSh8kZgtwu/ When I found this one walking home from work, I knew I finally had a great idea for laser cut tessellations! This was in my "I want to DIY, but don't know how" todo list for a long ...