October 22, 2018

Every year there is a canine costume party called "Dog-O-Ween" near our home in Venice Beach (I suspect it's partly why my son wanted a dog so badly.).  So, of course, our new dog , Pickles, will be in costume celebrating it this year. We contemplated a namesake giant...

October 9, 2018

A while back, a neighbor who had seen the beautifully beastly costumes I had made for my son, asked me to make one for hers. He was obsessed with turkey vultures, God love him, and I guess they aren't popular kids costumes because she couldn't find one to buy him. Imag...

January 3, 2018

The kid & I have always had a fascination with tentacled creatures, octopus, squid, cuttlefish and the like, but for a period of about 6 months when he was 5, he became obsessed with the chambered nautilus. I mean totally OBSESSED. It was pretty much all he wanted to t...

December 15, 2017

This is my Christmas gift to you...

When I was a kid my dad and I waited all year for these soft and chocolatey fruit, nut and spice cookies.  Growing up in an Italian American neighborhood on the East Coast, there were a few on every holiday Italian cookie platter. But...

December 12, 2017

This has become something of a holiday tradition around here. Yes, grandparents and other close loved ones may be eager to stare at your kid's cute face when they are drinking their morning coffee, but face it, you gotta really love that kid to want to see him first th...

November 11, 2017

Admittedly, this is a RIDICULOUS thing to make. It's almost embarrassing to admit to doing it. But I never let that stop me. And I won't tell if you want to make them too.

My advice: Make them in the morning when you are feeling relaxed and patient. The first time, I we...

November 8, 2017

The kid's current obsession is origami. 

And it's kinda contagious...

Origami isn't just folding cranes, sailboats and hats like I remember doing when I was a kid. In case you don't know, origami has blossomed over the past few decades into a very sophisticated craft & s...

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