Incubation chamber

Incubation chamber

So we had a sturdy Omaha Steak cube just hanging around, but this would work in any cooler. I filled it with warm tap water, and then added an aquarium heater and popped in a thermometer just for curiosity’s sake. It works wonderfully and keeps the water between 85-95 degrees perfectly, and it’s entirely cat proof with books on top.

IMPORTANT FOLLOW UP – THIS WAS A TOTAL DISASTER
So er, water weighs a lot, and the pressure of having a few gallons of water in this cube caused it to crack and then the water seeped through the wood floor into the basement, ruining the ceiling of the basement and rotting some wood molding below. If I were to do this again, I’d use a plastic bin with a foam cooler inside it.

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Afternoon at my cousins Chris and Kim’s open studio

One of my grandfather's carved owls.

One of my grandfather’s carved owls.

An old butcher's table, worn down from use

An old butcher’s table, worn down from use

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I am very jealous of their having this nice big barn to work in. I’m very tempted to make a small studio on wheels in the style of Relax Shacks or Tumbleweed for myself to work in and take with me like a snail.

Chris’s paintings  Kim’s work

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I’m going to use the term “art” loosely

Today’s art is that I got another gallon of unpasteurized and un-preserved cider, and I also figured out what was wrong with the first batch (no clue why it’s turned yellow, but I added the preservative at the same time as I added the yeast, which killed off all the yeast, so today I got it a new packet of yeast, and its happily bubbling away.) The new cider gets its yeast tomorrow, as the camden tablets take 24 hours, which is the part I didn’t know last time!

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More progress on queens’ favors.

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Birch leaf

Birch leaf

I plan to make a stamp of this soon, or perhaps carve it onto a box.

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mini apple pies for breakfast

mini apple pies for breakfast

So this was an interesting experiment, I cooked the apple pie filling before I put it in the crust, so the cooking time in the oven was only 25 minutes to cook the crust. They are a bit messy as I tried to squeeze too much apples in each, and I should have cut the apples smaller, but they are delicious. Cleaning that stoneware pan is going to be a nightmare though…

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Wooden spoon

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after much sanding and carving and then covering in beeswax and burnishing

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TINY EGGPLANT!!!!

TINY EGGPLANT!!!!

I hope it gets a little bigger, but eeeee! First eggplant!

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Since the dremel was out..

Since the dremel was out..

I finally got around to making a hook board for my necklace collection. I’ve had everything for it for months now, but I just kept putting it off. This will vastly improve the likelihood of me wearing a necklace, like ever.

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Manchego Cheese at 1 week

Manchego Cheese at 1 week

it’s beginning to develop a nice rind

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