Handmade Holidays

My Handmade Holiday will be spent in Mexico with my in-laws! (Well, with some of them, the rest stay up here and get to shovel the sidewalk for us!!) We’re gonna make tamales and tacos and buñuelos (buñuelos are sort of like a flour tortilla, fried and then drenched in brown sugar syrup!) I’ll be… Read more »

Book Recommendation – The Turquoise Ledge

Time for my next book recommendation!  This little memoir, The Turquoise Ledge, is by Leslie Marmon Silko, a Native American author.  I had not previously read any of her books, but I checked it out because the book jacket describes her memoir so magically (“combines memoir with family history and reflections on the creatures and… Read more »

The Day of the Dead is Better than Memorial Day

My Grandparents-in-laws’ grave, 2 November 2004 El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) was a holiday that I didn’t really understand until I married into Mexican Culture.  It’s like our Memorial Day, but it’s what I’ve always wanted Memorial to be that it wasn’t.  First of all, it’s only about dead people,… Read more »

Fall and Spring: paying attention to the between times.

Life is Short by Jenny Hoople There is a spiritual significance to fall and spring, they are the seasons of transition, movements between the steady states of life and death, between breathing in and breathing out.  The spiritual importance of transitions is seen in meditation practice, where one technique is to pay attention to the… Read more »

Why do I DIY?

My husband with a freshly caught trout-snack. Scoutie Girl sends out another call to arms! In her We Scout Wednesday blog post this week, she answers the question of why she DIYs.  Every one of her responses applies to and inspires me! I would add that the reason I DIY is because it brings me… Read more »

Colorful Things – understanding cultural differences.

My Mexican sister-in-law’s colorful dishes, just washed.   Why are bright, colorful things so cheerful and why is America so afraid of them?  I’ve spent my whole life becoming fascinated by color and it’s combinations, from fingerpaintings to oil paintings to colorful gemstone jewelry.  I’ve often wondered why so many cultures embrace and celebrate color… Read more »

Harvesting Job’s Tears Seeds

In previous posts I talked about the Job’s Tears seeds I grow in my garden  for using in my jewelry.  They grew wonderfully and made many seeds, and now it’s time to harvest them.  You can check out my other blog posts or click the Job’s Tear link above to see the details of how… Read more »

The Job’s Tears seeds are forming!

I grow Job’s Tears seeds to use in my handmade jewelry right beside my driveway!  Job’s tears are the seeds of a grain plant that grow all ready with a shiny grey coating and a hole through the middle! I saw them in the Seed Saver’s Exchange catalog and couldn’t resist trying to grow them…. Read more »

Corn on the Cob – Estilo Mexicano!

It’s corn season!!  In Mexico, corn on the cob is sold at outdoor markets when it’s in season.  They stick it on a thick wooden skewer and then slather it, either with lime and chile powder, or with mayonnaise which is then sprinkled with queso cotija (kind of like parmesan cheese) and chile powder.  You… Read more »