Friday, February 27, 2009


pi day DO NOT be caught off guard!

the many faces of march 14th
picture: (from the makezine link above) Thanks to the good folks at Delft University of Technology for baking, photographing, and public domain'ing the delicious-looking Pi Day creation pictured above.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

easy, cool AND

one heck of a GREAT idea!

glass jar frames from photojojo (pictures from photojojo as well)

(ht: whip up)

sita WILL sing the blues

on ny pbs (wnet) march 7th

Animated Ramayana to Air on PBS: 'Sita Sings the Blues'

I first learned about cartoonist Nina Paley's animated retelling of the Ramayana, a classic Indian myth (it's 3,000 years old), called "Sita Sings the Blues," through an Idol Chatter post by Aseem Chhabra who has a personal relationship to the film. I was reminded of the full length feature, by a recent New York Times article, "Hindu Goddess as Betty Boop? It's Personal" by Margy Rochlin, who brings us some happy news: "Sita Sings the Blues" will air on March 7th on PBS (WNET) in New York................

(ht: boing boing)

Monday, February 23, 2009

cool music video

Mykonos from Grandchildren on Vimeo.

Mykonos making of from Grandchildren on Vimeo.

here's the myspace page of fleet foxes
hat tip to magpie and cake's craft rock friday (yeah, i know it's NOT friday but it was on THEIR blog when they posted these videos

i don't have a ps3, but if i did

i'd get this game: flower

Flower Power Blooms in First Climate-Change Game
By Clive Thompson
Spoiler alert: There are many, many very big spoilers for the videogame Flower in this column. Don't read it if you haven't played it all the way through. Or unless you — y'know — want to have it spoiled for you! Your life; your call.

What the hell is Flower about?

People have been arguing about this gorgeous little tone poem since it was released two weeks ago. As many reviewers have noted, the game is very abstract. You control a flower petal, guiding it with a gust of wind through blighted, brown landscapes. As you touch different flowers, you gradually bring the landscape back to life — and trees and grass burst into color. ......

tin toys with

loran scruggs

i especially LOVE her whistles. check out her work. it really is quite reasonable

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

great great great idea

i sent the link to my friend kris since she teaches yoga (and also tie dyes stuff. this would be GREAT tie dyed don't ya think?)
how to make a yoga mat bag from old pants (from

bekathwia at

instructables but it's REALLY from becky at sternlab

(picture is becky's NOT mine)

this will make you smile!!!

photo: general carbuncle

check out the rest of the "covered wagons" at
dark roasted blend

really DO check them out. some AMAZING work!

Monday, February 16, 2009

vegan shepherd's pie

i have been making sunday dinner for my pops and sister of late. my dad can't have green vegetables (except inexplicably for green beans) due to the meds he's on. yesterday, i made a bangin' VEGAN shepherd's pie.

the thing to remember here is USE WHAT YOU HAVE AND WHAT YOU LIKE. i used what i had on hand and what i liked. my dad and sister are FAR from being vegan, BUT i'll tell you they LOVED this AND the mushroom stroganoff i made LAST week

without further adieu -
this makes one or one and a half. if you want two pies, add a bit more vegetables

NOTE: i use earth balance margarine. it is THE BEST i have found.


1 whole wheat pie crust

7 small or 4 large Yukon gold potatoes (peeled or not. But they DO have to be cubed)

½ C soy or rice milk (or enough to get the consistency right on those smashed spuds)

3 T soy margarine for potatoes, 1 or 2 T for sautéing onions and mushrooms (you could use olive oil)

1 C sliced baby carrots

1 C corn (frozen or fresh)

1 C cauliflower (frozen or fresh)

1 vegan bouillon cube (I used no salt, but it’s entirely up to you)

2 C baby bella mushrooms sliced thickly

½ C sliced onion

1 ½ C water (or soy milk)

3 T Whole wheat flour

1 soy chorizo sausage minced

1 C seitan sliced thinly (can be store bought or homemade)

Salt, pepper and any other spices or herbs you are fond of

Cook potatoes in boiling water until done. Mash and add the soy margarine and soymilk, salt and pepper to taste. They should be fairly loose but NOT too watery. Put aside

Boil carrots until almost done. Add corn and cauliflower. Boil another 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Use the same pan to sauté onions and mushrooms in a little olive oil or soy margarine. When done, crumble in bouillon cube and stir. Add flour and stir one minute (stir it or it will burn and/or stick). Slowly add water or soy/rice milk. Stir until thickened. Add in carrot, corn and cauliflower mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste and any other herb or spice you like. Add in soy chorizo and seitan.

Put pie shell on cookie sheet (it WILL overflow). Fill with the vegetable mixture. Top by spreading the mashed potatoes over the vegetables. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (it’s forgiving. It can go 20 OR 45 minutes)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

nice hat amy!

AND she shows us how to crochet that heart hat too!!!

her blog name is wickedly witty .... the hook and i (of course the picture is from there as well)

so my peeps get out those crochet hooks and get crankin'

(you can wear your new hat out to a pub on saturday to show support for our sisters in india)

how cool are these?

from diana at mygurumi

a pop heart pattern (the picture is from mygurumi as well)

here's a link to diana's etsy shop: also called mygurumi (her items are wonderful by the way. i especially love raja the fairy doll)

(ht: whip up)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

saw this on

on boing boing

handmade valentine's day mini butcher knives oh my goddess aren't they wonderful! (picture from elizabeth mcgrath's website (she also has some for other holidays and some that just ARE plus another one for valentine's day) check 'em out!