December 23, 2014

Gingerbread Houses


We don't necessarily do gingerbread every year, but this year we did the full exercise and it was a good experience.

December 16, 2014

Maid Marian Dress




Violet said she wanted to be Maid Marian for halloween. I said Yes, let's Make it!

December 11, 2014

Attempts at a 50 year fence


Last year when we did our backyard renovation, I put a lot of energy (and cost) into the back fence. We are planning to espalier apple trees against the fence, and the 10-20 year life expectancy of even a pressure treated fence post did not seem compatible with this idea. Replacing an in ground 2.4m post with apples grown all onto the fence sounds difficult and probably damaging to the trees. Dwarf apple trees might last 50 years, so I began thinking about how to build a fence that would have a comparable life span, or at least make replacement of fence elements less disruptive.

December 5, 2014

Vampire cloak and waistcoat in cashmere and silk


Millie is really into vampires these days. She draws pictures of the whole family of her friends, but as vampires. If she draws a person in a picture, they will often have fangs. So for halloween, she drew a picture of the vampire outfit she wanted to wear.