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Month: September, 2011

TWIRLING INTO OCTOBER

Many years ago, I took flamenco lessons from a petit Spanish woman in the South of France.  A local seamstress in the town I was living (Ortez) made me that skirt pictured up top. In my lessons, I never quite perfected the subtle hip sway, the rotating hands, the soulful stomps that make flamenco the [...]

VIVE LE TUNIC!

About a year ago, I overheard a few friends talking about tunics. As I remember, my friends liked that a tunic, inhabiting a place between dress and shirt, hides both stomach and bottom from too much scrutiny. One of my friends even went as far as to say that as we age, we’ll all eventually [...]

PIMENTON, AS YOU LIKE IT

In my early twenties, shortly after college, I moved to Seattle. I’d just spent an angst-ridden year teaching English in France, and had returned  to be angst ridden about my future in the States. Unfortunately, I’ve always tended toward this angst-ridden business. Sometimes, I wish I could shake my 23-year-old self and tell her to stop [...]

MAY LIONS GUARD THEE

Today, I’m hunkered down in one of my favorite places in all of New York City. Can you guess where? Two hints: it’s guarded by lions, and contains the kind of books for which William of Baskerville (from The Name of the Rose) would risk life and limb. Sewing (and cooking) have taken a back [...]

A SEAMSTRESS IN NEED….OF YOUR PRE-LOVED BRIDESMAID DRESSES!

If you’re familiar with his articles for the New York Times, you may know that the journalist Nicholas D. Kristof tirelessly works to shine a light on poverty and abuse (particularly toward women) around the world. After reading his articles, I’m often left feeling so thankful for my own cushy life in the United States, [...]

THE FUNKVILLE ¡SPARKLEDEX! MAILLOT

“Sometimes we can’t help seeing impasse as failure, rather than as a necessary crisis in the service of larger creative movement.” — Timothy Butler, “Getting Unstuck: A Guide to Discovering Your Next Career Path” “But if there can be no arrangement, then we are at an impasse.”— The Man in Black, The Princess Bride If there [...]

ON THE UPCYCLE: BABY ONESIES

It’s been baby town around here. Between my sister and friends’ stork visits this summer, a whole new generation was born. Much of Daughter Fish’s creative mojo these past months went to the babes. I think it’s time to make big girl dresses again. I couldn’t, however, resist this little upcycle project for my friend [...]

ANGRY RED PLANET!

Our oldest niece, digging into “the planet” I’m always on the lookout for easy, healthy recipes, and at Camp Fish one of our favorites is Angry Red Planet, a grubbin’ beet stew that even little kids seem to like. Mr. Fish’s stepmom used to make this dish for him and his sisters and it definitely [...]

WEIRD SCIENCE: KOMBUCHA

Around Camp Fish, I’m usually the one starting food science experiments. Once, I kept a sourdough starter dangling at the brink of life for a few months without ever making bread (sadistic, I know), and we still have about two pounds of green coffee beans on our shelf just waiting to be roasted. Mr. Fish [...]