Day Of The Dead Ofrenda

For the Day of the Dead I made an ofrenda, which is an altar on which a collection of objects is place during the Dia de los Muertas celebration.  You can get details over at


Moon Gazing Mouse Shrine

This little project is perfect for the season.  I made the little moon in our pottery studio.  The entire thing stands about 6 inches tall.  Details at


Victorian Superstitions Shadowbox

Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog I have a fun shadowbox featuring Victorian superstitions.  The mourning pendant has a snippet of doll hair inside a metal container.  The vapours collected from fetid graves is just a bit of wool from one of our sheep.  The corpse eye coins are Namco video game coins.  The bat’s eyes glow in the dark!  You can see how I made it at

Putting Basil Away For Winter

We have some gorgeous genovese basil in the garden right now (and a 28 pound watermelon!).  I like to get some set aside for when it’s winter and fresh basil is nowhere to be found.  




I get as much as possible into a mini food processor and whir it up with a drizzle of olive oil.

The resulting basil/olive oil paste gets put into a quart sized freezer bag and it gets popped into the freezer laying flat. Once frozen, just break off a chunk and add it to soups, sauces, pastas etc. A taste of summer in the dead of winter.



I am making pesto, stuffed zucchini, dill pickles and BLTs today.  I love summer!

Honeydukes Display

Any Harry Potter fans out there?  On the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today, you will find my display shelf of Honeydukes sweets.

Cucumber Jungle

Our pickling cucumbers on both sides of their trellis have climbed up to meet in the middle.  I make pickles on average every 2-3 days, which gets tedious sooner than later.  We actually have two of these trellises in our garden.  The weight of the cucumbers makes them hang down, which makes them easier to find and pick.

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