Saturday, October 13, 2012

salted bourbon caramels

salted bourbon caramels mason jar gold spray paint

For my father-in-law's October birthday, I tried my hand at candymaking using this recipe found on Pinterest. A good Kentuckian, I of course substituted bourbon for the Jack Daniels. The caramels came out delicious (if a little sticky) and looked so cute in a mason jar with a gold-painted lid (new obsession). 

Q: Is 'Paint It Gold' the new 'Put a Bird on It'? I think yes.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

d.i.y. anthro: zigzagged bracelet

"Good poets borrow; great poets steal..." -T.S. Eliot

Anthro's Zigzagged Bracelet awesomely gave me an excuse to break out my bead loom, which I've had since my ninth birthday. It took me back to one unforgettable childhood summer: crafting bracelets a makeshift teepee of fenceposts and a sheet. Peddling them door to door. (Yes, that was me. I was that kid.) Enjoy this silent tutorial!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


This afternoon, reading poetry from my students in a coffeeshop window seat, I saw this little lady on the sill. I wondered if she belonged to my backyard hive and then took her picture posed with my paperclip, which is gold because half the tiny things I own are now spray-painted gold. I think good poems are like bees: small, beautiful, dangerous specimens, not one hinge or socket out of place.
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