bakers helper and typecooker

Posted by sol in craftulence, cuisine or at least food on the plate, designer


Here’s the new, and definitive (in case I manage to pull the prints on Friday, if not I might tweak the design further) version.

Here’s a little something I made while locked up in the hospital.

I digitized my typecooker sketches from typo Berlin (a monospaced-no descenders-short ascenders-slab serif-flared stems kind of thing) and made a little conversion chart for bakers like myself, who prefer to weigh ingredients and who own books with ingredients listed mostly by volume. I’ll clean it up when I have time (when kindergarten starts next week! HURRAAAAH!) and then I’ll screen print some tea towels with it. Let me know if you’d like one. Also, when I have time I’ll make a proper font and I’ll put it here for free downl0ad.



The couch!

Posted by sol in craftulence, designer

Lo and behold! It’s finally here! In record time, judging by my past performances, in only 4 months from idea to finished product.

I wanted to make a couch for the boys’ room since we got rid of the changing table more than a year ago and were left with a sad mattress on the floor that was fun for the kids but not exactly comfy for either of us to sit down and read books. Then there was the usual dilemma that I face: make or buy? Luckily I went for make and made a pretty good grade in the process.

First I bought the stainless steel pipe for €75 . Seven meters of it. I made the structure bending said pipe with a small electric pipe bender and welded the parts together. My initial idea was something similar to the Alcove couch but not exactly the same. In fact my couch needed to accommodate 3 people in a very small space. That’s why I decided to ditch a perfect rectangle and went for the trapezium (I think I’m a bit of a trapezoid). That way one side of the couch is deeper and it gives me the feeling of becoming more of a cocoon. It’s quite comfy let me tell you.

I then cut some plywood and bought foam rubber for the seat (100mm) and side walls (40mm). €95.

I bought the material for the upholstery. I chose this fabric for a few reasons: the color is very Mad Men, very 60′s. Its dark enough that it will bear up well. It’s heavy but not so much that my sewing machine wouldn’t make it (shout out to my Bernina which has served me so amazingly well these 4 years). Last but not least, I made this couch for my kids room, and apparently they plan to grow into big tall men sooner than I wish and I want the couch to be suitable for them when they grow. That’s why I eschewed anything too kid-dy. This was the most expensive part of the project, at almost €350 for 7 meters of material. How many couches could we have bought with that money? MANY. Here’s the cutting layout of the material: NOTHING was wasted.

I sewed and sewed and sewed and cursed and cursed. I also took some photos of the process, but they were lost when my iphone bailed on me.

It’s not perfect, and part of my daily therapy is accepting and rejoicing that nothing is. This couch makes me happy.

view from above. Don’t you love that diagonal? I do. It feels so nice to finish projects!





Posted by sol in cuisine or at least food on the plate, images, my sons are smarter than me

Ok, so I don’t blog, like, forever, and now I do it two days in a row. This morning I came home from the hospital, feeling like a million bucks. Seriously, if there’s something I do well, that is healing.

It was a gorgeous day so after lunch we went to our local mountain, and that sounds funny. But less funny than “our mountain”, because of course, it’s not ours. It’s, you know, public domain.

Anyway, as we walked we noticed something blue glistening on either side of our path:

oh, how nice–we thought–let’s have a little snack.

But we suddenly realised no one else had been there to reap…

So we kept plucking and plucking (We might have scarfed down the cake in order to have the box free to stash them away) [I love this photo, the shadow of my legs makes it look like my whole body is a bowl].

After a short break in the tepee…

And a quick ride in the cable car… we got home, washed them, mixed with sugar and lemon… cooked them, and… ta-daaaaa:


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the summer of the steeplechase.

Posted by sol in craftulence, cuisine or at least food on the plate, designer, globe-trotting, images, life, my sons are smarter than me

Olympic Steeplechase 3000. Please! That’s nothing, compared with what life threw at me this summer. But I’ve been winning, so far. (fingers crossed).

Things done this summer, more or less chronologically:

1.Took the kids to the lake:

2.Took the kids on a hike, by myself, they both walked for 1 hour both ways. Heroes.

3.Made a couch! Here’s the frame once I finished it. Now it’s all set and it’s great.More pics to follow.

4.Got accepted into university for an amazing Master’s Degree

5.Attended a lovely wedding (Santi wasn’t having it)


6.Avoided widowhood (recommended).

Michele’s bill of health isn’t clear yet and we’re keeping our fingers crossed. I never thought a broken leg could become so bloody dangerous (see: thrombosis).

7.Made sushi with Nahoko.


8.Travelled to London during the Olympic Games, and I haven’t a single photo because I also managed to trash my iphone the day before leaving.

9.Got a deferred entry for said Master’s Degree: YAY, we’re going next year!

10. Made elephants (from this book)

10.Had breast reduction surgery (I’m currently in the hospital): no photos of that, that would be gross.