Archive for December, 2012


I like this idea… but don’t like buying stuff when I can alter something I already have to do the trick. I’ll post pics of the experiment when my camera is back online (I’ve recently been hit with a double-whammy technology mutiny of laptop-meltdown and camera-on-strike… hopefully a new battery will bring the camera back, but the laptop has been pronounced dead. Memorial services forthcoming, after I return the refurbished hard drive that did not resurrect it. Sigh.).
So… plastic jar lid + holesaw + drill should = bungable mason jar, $0. Hooray! Time to go raid the airlock and stopper drawer! Yes, we have one of those. Or rather, two. A whole drawer of each. I know. It’s a sickness… I call it Hobby Disorder, or other more colorful but FCC-banned epithets when I’m frustrated with trying to impose order on our oft-chaotic and crammed-to-the-gills with mostly-useful-but-often-in-the-way-or-superfluous-stuff studio…

I dream of an uncluttered space but I don’t think it will ever happen, at least not here, and certainly not now. I look at craigslist ads for yurts the way some folks dream of a time share in the tropics- escape! Tranquility! Exotic destinations! For me that would be just a little fabric room out back that will have NOTHING IN IT… ok, maybe some candles and a tatami mat. A girl can dream, right? I’d take a strawbale studio too… I’m not picky. With a rocketstove cob bench and a desk in front, I would never have frozen writer’s fingers again!

Instead, for now I’ve got the Frigid Future Pantry Bathroom office (current temperature, a frosty fourty-eight degrees Farenheit, but it could be worse…)- a computer on a tabletop perched on the claw-foot tub, as it’s waay too cold to shower at the house till the spring. Thank goodness for our cozy studio two blocks away with a full bathroom… and also for lots of blankets, the woodstove, and buckets and buckets of scrap wood to burn to take the chill off…

But back to fermentation talk… we’ve got an exciting brewing event coming up next week… most likely Wednesday, 12/12/2012!, we’ll be brewing a batch of New CapitALE: to celebrate transformation, flux, and future festivities… the beer will be brewed and ferment at the New Capitol gallery (3114 W. Carroll) and will be kegged in time for the January 6th open studio! Stay tuned for more details about this delicious performance piece! Our dear friends (and one a future neighbor! we hope we hope…) will be rocking the crowd with a life-size Alligator puppet (A. is the head, and B. is the butt… delightful ladies both! And a damn fine alligator, I’m certain). They’ll go on around 9, and we’ll be brewing from 6ish till we’re done. Stop by! Celebrate the beginning of the world with us!


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Dark and Quickly

photo by Dennis Calvert

photo by Dennis Calvert

Already early December, and while the days are spinning by, the light is short and the nights fall so quickly, outside it passes for an eerie October day. Sixty-six degrees and damp, waking to dense fog and drizzle in lieu of frozen ground and flurries… we’ve been having the oddest spell of weather lately. I’m not complaining, but it is a little strange! As the old year winds down, we’re trying to get everything squared away for the next, tie up old projects and loose ends, tuck in the garden, plant the last of the spring bulbs, winterize the chicken waterers, stack high the woodpile, and batten down the hatches for whatever this winter has hidden up its parka sleeve.

Our first open studio joint effort was a smashing success yesterday- thanks to those of you who made it out! The Alewyfe studio was joined by Adela Red and The Finder Things, and by some visitors to the New Capital gallery’s 25 Days/24 Hours programming. We had a blast, too much coffee, and made a little bit more headway on the never-ending stuff-purging project. Plenty of treasures left, so stop by next month- we’ve got at least two more studios and perhaps a few visiting vendors joining in on the fun! Put January 6th on your post-holiday calender now, return all those unwanted gifts to the store, and come get yourself some handmade and one-of-a-kind goodies instead… or just come have a brew (caffeinated or carbonated, we’re usually stocked with coffee and beer for guests) and enjoy some good company!

Ok… enough chatting. I’ve got a pile of free firewood on top of my front flowerbed and a chainsaw with my name on it, and only a few hours of daylight to go.

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