something like the bottle of upscale shower soap (and why does an upscale shower soap have any tobacco notes I wonder?) someone gave me. So, of course, Google is my friend. If you know of this little company, you won’t be surprised to hear that I ended up at ZOMG! Smells. And if you know Camille Martine at all, you won’t be surprised to hear that between us we picked out ten scents, which we’ve ordered in the teensy test sizes called “Squees.” Ten scents is a “squee party” and gets you almost-free shipping, not that the shipping is very expensive anyway. We picked outRead More →

As DragonMother magic Wand Works, I started selling my magic wands back in ummm… 1999 maybe? on ebay, and i purchased my first domain back when that was expensive… I hand built a store using hand-coded paypal buttons. It meant that when someone bought a wand, I had to jump on and delete the wand from my site, also by hand. Eventually, I figured out that computers ought to be able to do some of that for me. I downloaded OSCommerce, the Open Source cart– first time I had heard that term! and jumped right into php coding. Luckily for me, php at that timeRead More →

I really like the wordpress CMS, and have watched it grow from a simplistic blogging system to the marvellously flexible multi-use publishing platform it is today. I’ve been designing themes for WP for quite a while now. Here are a few of my newest. They all seem to have an ornate, collaged feeling, don’t they?Read More →

I doubt I will make these to sell. But what fun to make for myself! A few hours of fighting with the printed pages to get the order correct (well… that kind of took all day, really). A printer that can print both sides makes a HUGE difference. I got my idea from my sister, Kristi Smart, who designed her dream worksheet for her custom clothing orders and– get this– made it pretty. What a concept! And besides being easy to look upon, the different parts of the project are visually separated. I need something to take around with me that was not my laptop.Read More →

Katherine is a pastry chef at the Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena. Her favorite jewelry is simple bead strands– a rope of pearls will suffice. Big pearls, because she’s a big girl. Her favorite recipe is for pecan cookies– she has it memorized. And she likes to turn her pecan cookies into a pie crust for pumpkin pie. Katherine has gifted me with lollipops made from fresh cherry juice, rose-flavored nougat, and ginger marshmallows. And my jewelry adores her…Read More →

I think it was given my sister and me around 1964. I was just learning to write cursive, as you can see. In my preteen years, our very battered copy became the recipent of an embroidered book cover, which I pasted onto hard board without nearly enough swing-room for the covers to open… The pages are filled with these delightful illustrations, and the familiar nursery rhymes are brilliantly reenterpeted. Anyone who reads the snippet from “The Theory That Jack Built will know where I developed my brand of scepticism!Read More →

Take pictures of, write descriptions of, and offer on Etsy, the estimated half-ton of vintage jewelry that I have accumulated over the decades. Some samples;Read More →

it’s the spice tea known as “Masala Chai.” This recipe comes from Yogi Bhajan, who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the west in the late 1960s. Yogi Bhajan is also the founder of the “Yogi Tea” brand, which is easy to find in health food stores. It’s very simple to make this tea at home and the aroma is heavenly. It only takes a few minutes to prepare, but you leave the mixture to simmer for as long as three hours. 15 whole cloves 20 black peppercorns 3 sticks of cinnamon 20 whole cardmon pods (split the pods first) 8 fresh ginger slices (1/4″ thick, noRead More →