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September 5th, 2009

dolly mess up
I was making something with a dolly face but I didn’t like that factory mess up blue smear on her forehead. (Some stray junk got embedded in the vinyl making it discolored.) So, I ripped it out and now she looks whiskery. Maybe I will try making a whiskery baby on purpose sometime.

That’s how it goes when you are making a book about making monsters. There has been a lot of trial and erRAWRrrr. Many monsters have been made. Many monsters have been destroyed. There are only so many pages in a book, so there are a bunch of extra beasts lurking around too. I’ll be sharing some of those bonus projects here some time soon. In the meantime, I am looking for a few good Dr. Frankenstein types to join my crusade. Do you fancy yourself a monster maker extraordinaire? Maybe you’d like to contribute to my monster book. Email me if that’s you. jh AT jennyharada DOT com. BTW, that title up there, “Me Make Monster,” is also the title of my book! It will be coming out next year from F+W. Check out all their fabulous crafty titles on My Craftivity.

puppy pie
My brother’s family got a new puppy and we made this blueberry pie to celebrate. I can’t really take any credit for making this, but I can take credit for eating some. I did however made a quiche with the same crust, my sister-in-law’s secret crust recipe, and it came out so good. It was a crusty goodness day!

sauce mix
Here is my favorite new special blend for a tasty sauce. One each of apple, tomato, onion, and banana. I am going to super chop these and throw them in the slow cooker in just a bit for tonight’s dinner!

Back to school, back to blog

September 4th, 2009

Hello blogland buddies. How are you? I am doing fine. Today my son started kindergarten. Now that school has started, I’ve given myself the assignment of writing here on the bloggy, once again. I inadvertently leap-blogged right over the three summeriest of months! Most of the words I have written lately have been devoted to the book I am working on. I will share more about that very soon. It’s quite exciting, I think. For now, here are some words and pictures to sum up my summer.

Spent some time at the shore, but not enough.
Cherry Bum at the shore

Grew lots of things in the garden and ate them.
delicata squashes

Here is a project that did not end up in the book.

The lemon is CLOSED.
The lemon is CLOSED

Three wet hibiscus blooms on the Veranda. It pretty much rained every day this summer.

Just one snack among snacks.

xo Jenny


May 31st, 2009



heart patch

Princess Muddercup

found bottle


Grey Batter

May 29th, 2009

grey batter
Made some pancakes. You make rainbow pancakes ONCE and they want rainbow every time. So I said we can use one color. This all natural blue food coloring does not work so well. But it looks lovely with his eyes.

grey batter
If pancakes naturally poured square instead of circle, they might have looked rather sidewalky. Despite their cement intentions, they were pretty darn delicious and that is why I got no photos of the final cakes.

In case you come ’round here to see the plushes, here is a grey fellow for you. He told me to say wassup. Don’t have much else to show right now since I am working on the book.
metal moustache
Robo Elka just happens to be looking for a mommy or daddy or both.


May 11th, 2009

level 2, served


sweet potato

I have one drawer that is dedicated to just cookies cutters. It is full to the max. This one got bent out of shape just from trying to open the drawer. Time to move them to a bigger home! Can you tell what this one is supposed to be? In smooshed form, it looks like a space age low rider.

we brought out the game cube
We brought out the game cube.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10th, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!
This beautiful mother’s day bouquet includes two rare and exotic bloomin’ blondies. I am such a lucky momma!


May 4th, 2009

We had a garden leaf tasting.
I planted some of these and some of them planted themselves.
Favorite leaf combo: mint + stevia
(click pic to see leafy name tags)

garden panorama
Here is where the green things grow, in this tiny urban plot.

first mint harvest
The mint is taking over. Its roots have reached the furthest corners of the garden. Lots of iced tea on the horizon!

Wheatgrass Cthulhu
Wheatgrass Cthulhu.

Wheatgrass Sprouts
Sprouts are good for eating.

raising the sprout tower
Sprouts are good for building.


not a vegetable
Not a vegetable.
Why does this plate say “February” when the violets are in full bloom right now? Perhaps the artist lived south of New Jersey.

I win, you win, XOXOXO

May 1st, 2009

Hey guess what, I won a prize! Yay, I am a lucky girl. The prize was a pretty little button on The Crafty Crow blog. I love The Crafty Crow! To add some fun and spread the love, I put a secret code on the button for a sale in my Etsy shop. So if there’s something in my shop that you dig, now you can dig it for 20% off. Head on over to The Crafty Crow to look for the POMLY button and then hop back to use the secret code. The sale will last as long as the button is up. I have a bunch of things that I have been meaning to add to the shop, so I am going to try and get those in there. I’ve been nutso busy with the book I have been writing, so I really haven’t been adding stuff, but I am going to try and add more stuff, special for this secret code sale. There are a bunch of creatures sitting around here wondering why I haven’t been paying any attention to them.

xoxo soup
Made some alphabet soup.
Poured some in a bowl.
I swear I did not stage this!

xo tubby
This one was staged.

Foody fails

April 21st, 2009

buns of steel
I’ve been feeling super experimenty in the kitchen lately. The more you experiment, the more chances you have to get things wrong. First up we have pumpernickel buns of steel. You can also call them fauxtatoes or rocks. I think my yeast is dead. Must buy new jar.

marshmallow treats
Here are some healthified krispy treats. I thought they tasted good but the family hardly touched them so that’s not a great sign. Enjoying your own bad cooking methinks is akin to not being offended by one’s own toots.

rainbow or coal lump jello
Finally, here is rainbow jello with too much blue layer and so it mostly looked like coal lumps. YUM!

Ok yes I’ve relinquished the notion that it is important to put pretty borders on the pictures. It takes too long and there are monstery things that need to be done around here. I must figure out how to create an automatic Photoshop action to assume the task. I will consult Dr. Googy on that one soon. Or if you can teach me, I’ll send you a batch of your favorite of any of the above tasty morsels. I joke. My next attempt is going to be to make homemade Twinkies. Wish me luck. I have a recipe but it says nothing about any orange flavor. Am I crazy to think that there is a hint of orange flavor in Twinkies? Haven’t had one in years, so perhaps I am inventing that memory. I think injecting the creamy filling will be fun! And now I am going to go try to sleep but how will it be possible with homemade Twinkies on the mind?

Spring has sproinged!

March 23rd, 2009

little paper city
The latest batch of seed pots are made of paper bags and toilet paper rolls. They look like a little city as they hang out near the growing area just waiting to be filled with dirt.

Here’s a little bloggy questionnaire that I swiped from Hodge Podge Farm.

What is your current obsession?
Watching the seedlings grow. So much happens in a day. It’s fascinating. Take this little drama, for example. This one sun gold cherry tomato was having a hard time getting his head to pop out of the dirt. Since this picture was taken, he sacrificed his own first leaves! The stem broke away and is now heading upward while the leaves remain in the ground! The ultimate sacrifice, but it was all for naught because I am going to thin most of these guys out of there anyway.
chin up

Which item from your closet are you wearing most lately?
Tall and cozy red over the knee socks.

What’s for dinner?
Slow cookin!

What was the last thing you bought?
Lemongrass, galangal and coconut milk, among other ingredients. Can you guess what I am going to make?

What are you listening to right now?
Peace and quiet. Nothing but the lull of the dishwasher and the washing machine, so beautiful together. Thanks for doing the work for me, friendly machines!

Say something to the person who tagged you:
Hi Cal! You didn’t actually tag me but I think you are totally neato-freato.

What are you planting in your garden this year?
So far I’ve started cilantro, popcorn, watermelon, delicata squash, two kinds of tomato, broccoli, zinnia, and petunia. I want to plant so much more! I am afraid the watermelon and squash are destined to take over the whole garden.
coming along

What are you reading right now?
Mine blogroll

What is your current guilty pleasure?
Candied orange peels

What will be the first spring thing you do?
Till the bitty bit of earth in our little yard.

Where are you planning to travel next?
Virginia to see (be) the Easter Bunny.

If you could grow any plant(s) in the world in your house or yard, what would it be?
cinnamon, tea, avocado, lemon, lime, mango, pomegranate, so many things!

What was the last thing you made?
Some monsters.

What do you collect?
seed collection
It’s hard for me to throw seeds away. I want to grow every seed I cross paths with. I like collecting seeds from the things I eat and also from the wild. Swapping seeds or just giving them away is fun too. Some of these are over 10 years old. What do you think I should plant next?

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Play along! These are the rules: Answer these same questions on your own blog. Replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention. Add one more question of your own. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

I tag: Loolee, Schnerby, Elka, Jhomas, Cosette, Weemaway, Snorglor, Ms. Nitro-Sweet