Writing Postcards

Start off with really quirky or interesting pens. Buy pens based on how ink flows, how they look, how they make you feel, or how the ink coordinates with different styles of photographs or art. Liquid black ink for paper postcards coloured with watercolour art,...

How to Build a Bookshelf With Your Husband

Step one. Go to Ikea and build one of theirs. It’s probably easier, faster, and way less frustrating than what we did. Step two. It will NOT be as awesome as ours. Good things come to those who wait, scream, yell, and then go to bed in tired and terrible impatience,...

Make Your Own Bohemian Rug

Stuff you need. I used a 4mm crochet hook, no. 2 weight yarn (fingering, sock, or fine baby weight), and strips of cotton fabric 2-3 inches wide. Don’t worry. You do not need to learn, nor know how, to crochet to make this. How this rug is woven together just happens...

It’s a good thing I mostly write on my laptop or in a notebook, because I talk with my hands. That can be a very dangerous thing. So if you interrupted me in the middle of typing, I might knocked the typewriter onto my toes, so I could gesticulate wildly as I answer you, and probably swear a little. As it stands, the laptop is still safe: for the moment. It’s more likely to be thrown across the room from Writers block, than anything else.

I live in a second-storey flat that I’m constantly filling with old and beautiful things: including my husband, and two guinea pigs. Make that three, Arrietty arrived just a couple weeks before Christmas, because, I don’t know, I needed three Borrowers in my house?

In my imagination, I’m an “Anne of Green Gables”, writing so fast that my papers are pouring out of my arms and blowing away in the wind, and using such fancy phrases as “dock aboding” …but in reality most of my essays go through a ninety percent thinking, ten-percent writing phase. And I’m working on organizing the house so I can do the first while gazing off into thin air, instead of, say, while I’m standing at the Kitchen sink, playing Jenga with a cascading pile of dirty dishes.