This is JCasa's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following JCasa's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
JCasa
mama + maker + homebody + rocker + dreamer.
Recent Activity
Image
In between book-writing, grade school volunteering, new studio scouting, and a whole lot of life-path contemplating, I have been putting considerable work into my website - JCASA HANDMADE - which has a nice new look about it.Pop on over for a visit! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at JCasa BLOG
Image
There is an allure to really chunky yarns I find irresistable. Some have cozy twists/plies while others resemble roving - both equally lovely in their own way. I have been known to collect my share of bulky skeins over the years, der Gipfel of the lot being an enormous hank of hand-spun/-dyed awesomeness from local fiber artists at Alpaca Fiber Studio. I had never before seen anything like it, similar to roving and dare I say reminiscent of innards. Although I had no idea what (if anything) I would use it for, I knew it would be a really unique... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at JCasa BLOG
Image
Nothing begs the question "Really?" more than the phone call we received Sunday evening informing us the schools would be closed today due to anticipated inclement weather and road conditions. Granted, there is quite a storm whalloping the Midwest at the moment and I agree with the school's decision to close... but still. We are just coming off of two very full weeks of Winter break, and everybody (I mean everybody) is ready to get back to our routine. Alas, that will have to wait another day. Or two. To keep the peace and hopefully sustain the cheery good times... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at JCasa BLOG
Image
[images from my instagram] And just like that, 2014 has begun. The new year brings with it much promise and hope, and I am looking forward to sharing my creative growth in this space. Be well + happy new year to you and yours. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at JCasa BLOG
Image
There has been a wonderful buzz of activity and celebration around here the past few weeks. Thanksgiving dinner saw our dining room packed with 18 loved ones around a really big, cleverly assembled L-shaped table. Sure, there was a trip to the pediatric ER later in the evening, but all is well that ends well and we are thankful for so much. And as if the healing properties of chocolate pie and pumpkin cheesecake weren't enough, the next day we adopted a wonderfully sweet dog. She spent the past year being bounced around, eventually being relocated to Ohio and rescued... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
The VintageMadeModern Holiday SHOP is open! Thank you for visiting! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Yes, Sarah, you are right! Ill have the new knitting pattern (a big infinity scarf) next week, too :)
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2013 on We're stocking the shelves... at JCasa BLOG
1 reply
Image
The VintageMadeModern Holiday SHOP opens tomorrow! Fox pillows, fabric baskets, phonics cards, vintagey bits and so on + a raffle! While making everything, I accumulated a nice pile of really great fabric scraps which I wanted to share with my customers. I came up with the idea to offer a bonus for early birds, so each purchase automatically enters the buyer into a raffle through the weekend. (one item purchased = one entry, 4 items=4 entries, etc.) I am so excited about the new goods in the shop. Of course fabric baskets of all sizes are always put to good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
The elves and I are busily stocking the shelves of the Vintage Made Modern SHOP with so much good stuff for holiday shoppers: kid stuff, teacher gifts, home décor items and some great vintage pieces... so much to love + something for everyone. I am also putting the finishing touches on two new patterns (one to sew + one to knit) for the JCasaSHOP which I hope to have available by Friday as well. I am super excited to be making new pieces to send out into the world and am looking forward to welcoming everyone into VintageMadeModern this Friday... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
What a great idea for Christmas gifts, Lori. In fact, I may follow your lead and make a few, as well. Happy knitting + thank you so very much for your support! xoxo
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2013 on On the Needles [October] at JCasa BLOG
1 reply
Image
While at a soccer tournament all last weekend, I came to the realization that I need another hat. The hat I had worn all day Saturday was great, but still damp from that day's rain when we headed out Sunday. (Let's face it, knitters love it when we are presented with a "need to knit" opportunity like this.) Keeping in mind what is in my stash, I did a little searching on Ravelry and found Shroom, a terrific stylish, slouchy cap. Sadly, it is just a bit too snug for my head, however the girls were more than thrilled to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
As the weather gets colder, like many of you, I feel compelled to pick up my needles and knit more and more. Of course there will be new hats for everyone, and likely an ombré knitting bag for me made from stash yarns - there are so many oddballs of worsted wool in my stash just begging to be made into something special. I would also really like to knit the girls some garments to keep them warm this Winter: more sweaters, skirts and the like. Ahhh, knitting season. To Ravelry I went in search of vest options and found... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
I agree, Erin. These are going to make wonderful gifts this year! Sent from my iPhone
1 reply
Image
Recently, I had long overdue plans to gather with a few friends. It was one of those final Friday nights when it was still warm enough for the kids to run around outside without coats long after dark. While they whooped it up, we sipped wine and caught up with one another. A win-win evening if there ever was one. We brought appetizers to share and enjoyed a truly lovely evening. Thanks, Monika! The night before, my friends texted that they were searching Pinterest for a few recipes, alerting me to the fact that I still had no idea what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
Over the Summer I made a note to self about trying out sewing with rope. We have all seen rope baskets before, and I really love the look + feel of them. But I had never thought to sew with rope until I saw Erin's basket and watched the trailer to Nicole Blum's CreativeBug class. "Yes, I can!" I said, and onto the shortlist it went. Fast forward to this past weekend when I was at the hardware store picking up clamps and wood glue to repair the dollhouse. I spotted clotheslines in an unassuming bin and picked up one.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
After many months gathering dust in our garage, many years accumulating cobwebs in a secret closet-behind-a-closet under the eaves at my folks' house, and many decades since having been played with by anyone at all, we made a space for my old dollhouse in our home. This was a gift to me from my grandparents when I was about 7 or 8 years old, so this seems like a really great time to hand it down to our own 8-year-olds. It is interesting to see how they interact with it, their playmobil figures intermingling with the original handcrafted furnishings; vintage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
Being the sucker for tradition that I am, we had Italian Wedding Soup at our wedding. What's not to love: broth, greens, bits of pasta and teeny tiny meatballs. Early on in our marriage, I remember watching in awe as my mother-in-law rolled the tiniest meatballs imaginable - no bigger than a dime - and dropped them one at a time into the hot soup. Raw meatballs into hot soup? Yes. Yes indeed. Her recipe likely differed a bit from traditional wedding soup, but it was flavorful and full of so much more than simply ingredients. In each spoonful was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
About a year ago I stopped into a great local shop/artist studio (Three Home) and happened upon a pair of vintage Overman Pod Chairs. At the time, the first floor of our house was completely torn up as we were just in the infancy of renovations. A major part of that project involved reconfiguring the first floor of our home. What was once an underutilized living room is now our everyday dining space (and our craft + homework room). The small space that was once our overcrowded kitchen is now our favorite seating area just off our new open kitchen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
This summer we spent quite a bit of time down at the lake. Looking through photos from the past few months leaves me with such a feeling of fullness. I am happy to have been present for their big events - like the deep water swim test, impromptu beach parties to celebrate Ice Cream Friday, catching fireflies, oohing and ahhing over sunsets and glowing moons. My contentment is in being there, noticing when they notice. Even though my role is becoming less hands-on and more guide + stand-by as our children grow up, I love that these are moments we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
For a foolproof way to prepare asparagus, all you need remember is the letter B: BREAK the stalks to remove the woody/fibrous ends (save those for soup) BLANCH in boiling water for just a few minutes (shock in ice water after) BLOT with a towel to remove excess water BUNDLE into reasonable portions BLANKET with prosciutto BITE BE HAPPY That's it. Simple and delicious, these bundles are terrific as an appetizer, side dish, or after school snack. And a winner every time. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
Like many of you, I have a lot of knitting needles. There are the flexible ones I learned to knit on in Germany; the straight ones I inherited from my Nana; the crazy thin sock needles my Mom gave me; the pretty Brittanys and Rosewood needles received in swaps; and the set of Addi Turbo Clicks I bought with birthday money a few years back. Added to that inventory are all the others purchased here and there, because when you have many things on the needles, you just never know... and well, let's just say knitters never have enough knitting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
Fabric Beads. Tiny scraps of fabric - smaller than your pinky fingernail - one at a time layered onto simple wooden beads. A bit tedious to make, true. But so worth it. I like to wear them as pendants, sometimes alone and other times as a trio. I have a hard time parting with leftover feedsack bits from the tattered quilt tops that I collect for repurposing, and these beads are just another way to extend the life of even the tiniest vintage fabrics. "Waste not, want not," as my Nana used to say. I will be making a bunch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
DS knows her stuff. Lovely fabrics which you'll make into something even lovelier, I am certain. Enjoy your weekend, Erin! xoxo
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2013 on I wasn't going to... at house on hill road
1 reply
Image
My husband occasionally leaves sections of the paper out for me after having read it the night before. Such was the case last week when I discovered, next to the coffeemaker one morning, a terrific article in the paper about The Cleveland Flea - he really gets me. I know of dozens of great resale, thrift and vintage shops in Northeast Ohio (and there are most certainly twice as many that I have yet to discover). But the one thing that has been missing is a decent monthly flea market in the area. The newspaper article showed great promise, so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at JCasa BLOG
Image
: lots of chunky cowls : booties for a friend pregnant with baby #3 : a birthday Clapotis for my mom four years overdue (I'm working on it!) : more and more legwarmers for my girls who love accessories There is something about Autumn that has me itching to knit. I really enjoy simple projects that can be easily tossed into a bag for on-the-go knitting as well as quickly picked up when I have some time to relax at home. I have a new pattern to share in the month ahead, and am also looking forward to projects for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at JCasa BLOG