DIY Stamps and Zines!

You may have noticed a lack of posts around mid-March. That’s cause I was prepping for the 5th annual Chicago Zine Fest at Columbia College.

This year I made 2 zines. Second City Vegan, a vegan cook zine with recipes from the blog I’ve been doing for a few years ( and the second issue of my perzine Rip It Up and Start Again (not pictured).


I wanted to fill the white space under the banner with something so I came up with the idea of making stamps of kitchen images (a pizza cutter, a mixer and a knife). This was my first foray into making stamps and I was lucky enough to have Nick’s steady hands at my disposal. I drew the images for the stamps and he carved them for me. Next time I plan on carving them myself now that I’ve seen him do it. I also may update the mixer to make sure it includes the beaters, since we missed them somehow.


I ended up selling out of both the 1st and 2nd issues of Rip It Up and Start Again at the fest, but I still have a few Second City Vegan zines which I will be putting on consignment over at Quimby’s later this week. I also ended up selling a bunch of my photo post cards!

Overall it was my most successful zine fest yet and I had a great time tabling and talking to folks about my zines and my photographs!


Keeping the Winter Blues at Bay

February is probably my least favorite month of the year. Even though it’s the shortest month it always seems to drag on forever. It’s cold, gloomy and monotonous and there isn’t a lot to look forward to besides Valentine’s Day. These days all I can think about is starting my veggie seeds indoors, enjoying temperatures above 40 degrees and taking long walks with the dogs.

I think Ian and Harlow are in the same boat:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our apartment has been so drafty the past two months that they spend a lot of time cuddling together; rather than playing, so whenever we go outside Harlow pulls like she’s competing in the Iditarod. Then she gets cold and plays “let’s see how many paws I can lift off the ground and still move”, which is both funny and heartbreaking, so our evening and weekend walks together have been very short.

Unfortunately for us it looks like this winter is going to be a long one, so in an effort to break up the monotony of life, I have 1) started playing fetch indoors with the dogs and Nick has started creating treat scavenger hunts for them, and 2) I’ve started knitting a hat.

I like hats, because they’re quick, easy and extremely useful in this weather. I’ve had my current hat for four years now and I’ve worn it every single day this winter, so I figured it’s time for a change.

Here’s my old hat:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI made this hat using Lion Brand Homespun in Blue Moon on circular needles. However, I had problems using the circular needles when I made it since they were too long and once I joined my initial stitches it was a pain to knit around ’cause everything would get too tight, so this time around I’ve decided to use double pointed needles, which I have never used before, in the hopes of making the process easier and faster.

Here’s what I started last night while watching TV:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This time around I’m using Lion Brand Homespun in Colonial, which has an indigo hue to it. I’m excited to have a new hat and will hopefully have it done by early next week. As much as I’m enjoying making the portrait of Ian, I just needed a break since it’s an involved project.

Next on my list of side projects: ZINES! Chicago Zine Fest is 29 days away (March 14 & 15 – mark your calendars) – I have so much to do, yikes!