The Bronx inspires paper craft


The Orchid Show at Bronx Botanical Gardens was stunning. Ever since reading The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, I’ve been fascinated with orchids and the idea of one day having my own green house full of them. The theme for the show was ‘On Broadway’ and the largest glass house in America reverberated with show…

Who cares about the kif?! Gimme the threads.


There’s a place called Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, not too far from Tangier, Morocco – known for its ancient tradition of producing – and enjoying – ‘kif’ (hashish). The views are stunning and the village has such a charming, peaceful atmosphere you could easily chill out there for a few weeks, which I’m sure…

Is Cobra-dini heading to Brooklyn?


The Bronx Zoo announced yesterday that a deadly cobra – nicknamed Cobra-dini, is ‘missing’ from his enclosure. The handlers are sure he is hiding nearby and will reappear when he is hungry (!) Now, it’s a little known fact there is a zoo in Brooklyn on 17th Street in Park Slope right in someone’s front…

I felt shock


‘Needle Felting’ and ‘Extravaganza’ are not three words I thought could ever live naturally together in a sentence until I saw an exhibition with this title the other day. The exhibition featuring work from Japanese artists – Moxie + Hine Mizushima + Kit Lane + Yoko Nomura – gives a new definition to dedication to…

Moon morphin’


Last night was a ‘super moon’ – the moon was full and at it’s closest to earth in 19 years. With the limited capabilities of my camera I wanted to capture it through the moisture on the window and this is what I got. Super moon morphed into an aerial amoeba. It made me think…

Spring it!


A crocus grows in Brooklyn and what a joy to behold! Perhaps some credit goes to the weather, but these cards sprung outta me mainly due to the creativity that can be induced when you get a room full of rabid crafters together – including Type A personality scrap bookers – that are sometimes found…

Do you have to be Irish to get lucky?


Not sure I’m the best person to answer this but the Americans sure do identify with the luck of the Irish. On today like no other, so many here claim to be Irish, might be Irish, wish they were Irish or are best friends with someone who knows someone’s cousin’s best friend whose favourite colour…

It’s craft month in the US!


March is Craft Month in the US – as I learned from Martha Stewart when I had the thrill (yes, thrill!) – to be in the audience for The Craft Show. What a way to kick off Craft Month?! It was a great show with lots of rabid crafters oohing and aaahing over each demonstration….