• Discovering Jean-Henri Fabre

    Discovering Jean-Henri Fabre
    Katie on Katy-Didd
    I was giving my friend a tour of the St Mike’s library and we were perusing the shelves.  Of course, we happen across the entomology section, lined with books on bugs, bees, ants, and the like.  It was there, that […]
    Posted April 03, 2014.
  • Just Because

    Just Because
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    Normally, I would not be an advocate of animals in costumes.  But for an amusing reaction and a quick photo, I think it’s worth it.  Here to show off my winter collection: Jilly’s Christmas scarf kept her warm […]
    Posted February 23, 2014.
  • Writing, Week 2

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    Assignment: Write five different story beginnings, each of them revolving around a description of snow. Try different points of view, settings, voices. 1. The flakes peck at my face, but miss my open mouth, […]
    Posted February 09, 2014.
  • Ready, Set, Write!

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    AssignmentUsing third-person limited point of view and present-tense verbs, write a short opening scene (@300 words) from an unusual physical perspective.  Then write the same scene from a different point of […]
    Posted January 29, 2014.
  • Bird Balls.

    Bird Balls.
    Katie on Katy-Didd
    I thought I’d make some bird treats, I’m sure they’ll appreciate it considering it was -10 yesterday (nothing compared to the -30 I heard about in Island Pond!) I loosely followed the recipes here: <a title="http://spoonful.com/crafts/birdseed-biscuit&quot; […]
    Posted December 18, 2013.
  • Opened Shop

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    I’ve recently opened an Etsy shop to simply share what I make and to help encourage myself to continue creating.  Right now I’m selling my bottlecap magnets and a selection of earrings, but I plan to branch out […]
    Posted December 18, 2013.
  • Halloween Crafts

    Halloween Crafts
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    Fall dream catchers: Ribbon rolled and folded into flowers: Painted jars perfect for a lit porch Halloween night:
    Posted December 18, 2013.
  • Oil Beetle

    Oil Beetle
    Katie on Katy-Didd
    I observed three of these guys, while visiting the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller park near Quechee, VT.  They were a little over an inch long, glistening blue, and immediately caught my eye.  Looking like big fat […]
    Posted December 09, 2013.
  • Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar

    Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar
    Katie on Katy-Didd
    Behold! The Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar: It was hard not to spot, lounging on my friends parked car, 3/4” long with those brilliant pink and yellow stripes and spikes, as you can see. The slug […]
    Posted November 21, 2013.
  • Harvest Time

    Harvest Time
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    It’s finally getting colder out and the geese are flying. It’s time to start gathering some food for the winter! Our friends in Swanton have beehives that needed emptying! The trays get taken out a few days […]
    Posted October 28, 2013.
  • Crab Apples

    Crab Apples
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    When I spotted the crab apple tree on campus, my brain started spinning. Sauce, jelly, pie… and free! Oh the possibilities! Mom said I should check with the grounds keepers to make sure it wasn’t sprayed […]
    Posted August 24, 2013.
  • Past Necklaces

    Past Necklaces
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    I’ve found time over the past year to make these.  Most of them I don’t actually wear, so if anyone is interested in having one… Hangs long and asymmetrical: Twisted rainbow seed beads: Back in […]
    Posted June 22, 2013.
  • Feb. Baking contd. (old)

    Feb. Baking contd. (old)
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    Using my favorite Carrot cake recipe, I made some birthday cupcakes and expanded my melted-chocolate-drawing skills: My roommate and her friend made Super Mario Bros. fireflower cookies using a playdough […]
    Posted June 22, 2013.
  • Epoxy'd Water Bug

    Epoxy'd Water Bug
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    This is a Giant Water Bug. The body is 7 cm long. Also called a Toe-Biter, apparently has one of the worst insect bites in North America. The speciman above was obtained in Corvalis, Oregon. I found it […]
    Posted March 19, 2013.
  • Resist the Earrings...

    Resist the Earrings...
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    I finally took the time to practice my macro photo skills with my non-macro lens on these earrings I made with resistors my Mom found in the garage. I thought I was on to something new, but it’s all been done […]
    Posted March 11, 2013.
  • Hidden Heart - never again

    Hidden Heart - never again
    Katie on Katy-Didd
    I was in a baking craze after those lemon drop cookies and made a chocolate pound cake inspired by this recipe. I didn’t have a heart shaped cookie cutter, so I just sliced the hearts by hand, how hard could it […]
    Posted March 04, 2013.
  • Lemon Heart Drops

    Lemon Heart Drops
    Katie on Katy-Didd
    Food blogs are all the rage these days (see foodgawker or smitten kitchen). Always complete with photos walking you through the entire recipe, and finishing with mouth watering macros of the finished product.  So […]
    Posted February 26, 2013.
  • Stick with It

    Stick with It
    Katie on Katy-Didd
    I tried downhill skiing a few weeks ago and it ended in some bruises. But like these nifty ski-themed magnets I’ve made, I plan to stick with it.
    Posted January 27, 2013.
  • Friendly Earrings

    Friendly Earrings
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    My good friend Alia made these earrings for me by laminating cicada wings: Similarly, Michelle created these:
    Posted January 27, 2013.
  • Centerpiece

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    Apparently, you can pay up to $50 for a fresh centerpiece like this!  But thanks to our friend Jackie, we all got to make and take our own pieces home for the holidays.
    Posted January 27, 2013.