Wednesday, February 27, 2019

putting things together

So many kinds of cotter pins! My favorite is the second from the right, the most proportionately human form.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

spectrum of secret stories

The Secret Lives of Color 
is a fascinating book of considerable research by Kassia St. Clair, with seventy-five chapters about obscure colors like Isabelline, Orpiment, Gamboge, and Archil.  Don't you love the sound of Minium, Heliotrope, Woad, Absinthe and Fallow?  You won't believe the interesting stories behind Mountbatten Pink, Baker-Miller Pink, Scheele's Green and Tyrian Purple. Colors that camouflage  ships, colors that calm inmates. Colors that became a tradition in clothing for a hundred years.  Hues, shades. Dyes, paints. Animal, vegetable, mineral. A very unique sort of history book!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

bonus bloom

Isn't it nice when flowers come with your vegetables?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

the funnest mitten ever

I found this mitten many years ago, and I think it's brilliant. It looks adorable, and the clothing doubles as a toy. With a little imagination, there is always fun at hand, ready for goals and attempts.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

animation celebration

Happy Chinese and Lunar New Year!
The Google doodle is really fun today, 
a clever way to say 
goodbye to the dog and hello to the pig.

Monday, February 4, 2019

tuber triad

Whodathunk carrots could be so much fun?

Sunday, February 3, 2019

adventure for survival

A neat article from the Old Farmer's Almanac called "Marvelous Journeys Made by Seeds" written by Cynthia Van Hazinga describes how plants disperse their seeds.  The categories are drifters (milkweed, basswood, maple, true yam, sweet gum, dandelion, tumbleweed, orchid), floaters (water mint, tiny foxglove, cottonwood, carrot, yellow flag, sycamore, willow, coconut, sea rocket), exploders (jewelweed, witch hazel, violet, Chinese wisteria, kalanchoe, knotgrass, laburnum, lady's slippers, horse chestnut, gorse), hitchhikers (burdock, berries, cleavers, water crow-foot, mistletoe, bur-reed), and fire needers (lodgepole, fireweed).  Illustrations by Kim Kurki.