DIY bias tape makers

Somewhere around here, I have a set of bias tape makers. Handy little gadgets, when you can remember where you’ve put them. When you can’t, there is a printable version at The Scientific Seamstress… or there was. Luckily, the Internet Archive has the blog entries (and associated PDF) for both the 1/2″ and 1″ single-fold […]

Farmers market flowers

A local farmers market has made do in these Trying Times by ordering online and then holding a pickup time where customers drive through and get their stuff contactlessly. (Is that a word? It is now.) I participated this round, and splurged on a bunch of flowers, which is what I am posting a picture […]

Revisiting the to-do list

A while back I posted about my unfinished projects and a to-do list, so I thought I should revisit it since it’s supposed to keep me accountable. It’s going… okay. There’s good and bad. The good: it’s been pretty good about the small routine stuff. I take my vitamins, zero my inboxes, keep my business […]

Even more dice

I’ve been acquiring dice faster than I can come up with dice trays that match them. Normally this wouldn’t merit a blog post, but I’m going to list one in the on-site shop and see what it looks like in the crossposts. I mean, I’m going to list eighteen, but I’m definitely not going to […]

Arguably the best mail we ever received

Throwback Thurs… er, Monday, to the “box of chocolates”: eight Khaki Campbell ducklings, delivered from Pennsylvania to Wichita. Carl had to open the box in the post office, ostensibly to confirm that they had arrived alive (as if the peeping didn’t make it clear) but mostly, I think, because everybody wanted to see the babies. […]

Special-effect fills with Ink/Stitch

We’re going to get a little adventurous with the effects today, using a feature that hasn’t been added to Ink/Stitch’s menus yet. First, I’m going to prepare my objects that I’ll want to fill. In this case I’m using text (not Ink/Stitch lettering, but Inkscape text) that I will convert to shapes and ungroup (Path […]

Things you probably didn’t know

The USPS isn’t profitable chiefly because it (unique among federal entities) is required to fund retiree benefits fifty years in advance. Because of this, it relies on overtime instead of additional personnel – fewer eventual retirees. Cutting overtime accomplishes the same thing as cutting post offices but bypasses the requirement for public comment. Ditto shaking […]