Wire-wrapped Stone Rings

The Story My daughters and I have big eyes.  I do mean this literally.  We are the sort of people accused of staring even when our lids are at exhausted half-mast.  But, I also mean in terms of desire.  We have to use every ounce of self control to not over eat at a buffet.…

Arrow-shaped Valentines

While my life is awfully pink and purple, naturally, living with two young girls, I find valentine’s a great time to explore how colors interplay. Pink can be obvious. But, what other colors can you put together that still feel valentine’s day? This is one of those exercises that is all subjective. Some people like…

Daruma for New Years Luck

Why? The Daruma doll is a harbinger of luck, associated with Bodhidarma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. In Zen Buddhism, action is a form of meditation. This sect of Buddhism is associated with the tea ceremony, chado, for example, in which the practice of preparing tea for a guest become a reverent, ritualized practice. Daruma…