learning etegami

Here I summarize some of the tools I use to learn how to do etegami. This post presents key resources that any other newbies might want to be aware of, but is not… Continue reading

DC: Logan Circle and Mt Vernon B&B

Part of an occasional series of DC-inspired etegami. The top etegami is of the Mt Vernon B&B, located near New York Avenue.  I love the pineapple-shaped statues outside, inviting guests in. DC flag… Continue reading

Forest of Stars Kokeshi for J

A happy birthday kokeshi doll etegami for my sister. The characters translate to “forest of stars,” from a Japanese poem. The flower is a desert flower, from a picture my sister took at… Continue reading

Pickled, Pink

  Etegami of a bunch of Easter radishes, painted for LW for her birthday (as ever, late again). On the backside of the card I’ve recorded a recipe for ume-pickled radishes, which turn… Continue reading

The Can Canyon

My dad always called the Grand Canyon the “Can Canyon.” I think it is because at some point as a young kid I called it that. Long after I knew better he still… Continue reading

DC: The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers

A couple of weeks ago I was walking around Chinatown in DC and wandered past the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers. I was struck by the Soviet-style, workers-of-the-world-unite type of imagery… Continue reading

Bloody Martini Recipe

Saturday night’s menu: Smoked paprika fish I used mahi mahi instead of swordfish, and I would recommend half as much pinenuts, and perhaps a sucosh more smoked paprika. Make sure you get smoked… Continue reading

The Great Outdoors of Mejiro, or, the joy of little pleasures.

A friend in Japan (a photographer you should check out, here) posted a photo of what he titled “目白の大自然!” or, the “Great Outdoors of Mejiro!”  Mejiro is an upscale neighborhood in Tokyo, pretty but… Continue reading

What to do with all this mint?

This is a perfect recipe for anyone with bunches and bunches of mint growing in the yard. The recipe I use is Mint Lime Cucumber Agua Fresca, from Elise of Simply Recipes —… Continue reading

Act Swiftly, Awesome Pacyderm!

I’ll probably stick this on my office door — everyone is asking for things ASAP. The Dr. Seuss quotation is from Horton Hears a Who, and I like that somehow the elephant I… Continue reading