• A Wapuu!

    A Wapuu!

    I made this Wapuu (mascot of the WordPress community)from Siyana Raykovska’s pattern because WordCamp Asia is this week and I am having serious FOMO. It’s clever; the idea is that you put one of the little 1” WordPress buttons you get at a WordCamp on the ball to put the W logo in the right…

  • A dumpster fire

    A dumpster fire

    I made this amigurumi dumpster fire for Tom for his office. Most of the amigurumi I make are worked in the round for the main body and then embellishments are added. This one, on the other hand, is crocheted as a series of flat pieces and then whipstitched and crocheted together. There are the six…

  • A festive birthday Murloc!

    A festive birthday Murloc!

    I made this baby murloc (a creature from the Warcraft games) for a friend. Since it was a birthday gift, I added a jaunty party hat. Pattern by NawtJustKnots on Etsy

  • One: Apple Watch with Family Setup This year, the big Christmas gift for our son Charlie was his own Apple Watch, which we’re able to set up to work without a phone via Apple’s Family Setup feature. Charlie is approaching the age when he can and should be given some more independence, like taking the…

  • Sometimes, you CAN blame your tools.

    I got caught up in an Instagram/YouTube rabbit hole the other day (YouTube rabbit holes: for more than just Nazi recruitment!) and ended up on this video about cheap vs. quality water color paper: I’d been hearing forever that “Arches is the best! Just use Arches!” but a. that stuff is expensive, and b. they…

  • A space of one’s own

    A space of one’s own

    Because my company is completely distributed, my primary workspace is at home. When I needed to select a permanent workspace in our home, for various reasons, the most sensible location was a corner of the front room of our house. I have our old dining room table (bought on consignment for the tiny dining area…

  • Sunday afternoon art time

    …while the husband and some play Mario Party in the other room. 😍 This is a kit from Let’s Make Art. They send you instructions, a reference image, watercolor paper, paints, an outline (where appropriate) and provide a YouTube tutorial so you can paint along. There are things I’d like to be different about this…

  • Painted a thing

    Painted a thing

    I have a couple of FineTec palettes and rarely remember to use them, but they’re just the thing for painting Christmas tree ornaments. I also used some metallic and white pens to augment- some Uniball Signos and a Gelly Roll.

  • Just paint something

    Just paint something

    Sometimes I just spend the Hour of Tiff puttering, or catching up on a show. But I’m trying to spend it on a creative hobby at least a few times per week. Today, I did a quick watercolor of some koi. Just to paint something.