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mini ECG complex on a heart

EKG Cross Stitch Valentines

Valentine’s Day is an excellent time for me to get in touch with my stitchier side by diving head first into making cross stitch valentines! As any qualified stitcher will tell you, thread selection is crucial.  I’m sticking to a reasonably traditional valentiney pallet of red and pink thread on a crisp white x stitch fabric. I’ve…

Lunar New Year!

To some, it’s only the second new moon after the solstice, but to me, it’s the lunar new year. In many Asian countries and communities around the world, it’s a significant holiday. In China, it’s called Chingjie, in Vietnam, it’s Tet, while in Korea it’s Somal. Tibetans call it Losar, which predates other lunar new…

monkey with a picture of a groundhog and the date February 2nd

Groundhog’s Day

I believe that Groundhog’s day is one of the more underrated holidays. It seems to be celebrated only in North America, and despite lending its name to a Bill Murray movie, it lacks the international recognition it so dearly deserves. Yes, a few very hip, trendy, and Groundhog-aware cities do their best to drum up…

Happy Pencil Day!

March 30: on this day in 1858 Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia received a patent for his revolutionary invention – The pencil. By incorporating an eraser into the core of the pencil he changed the course of pencil history! Mr. Lipman sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000 who subsequently took legal action against the…

Open Source Truffles

I think everyone loves chocolate truffles! They are exotic and luscious yet deceptively easy to make with a couple of ingredients. 12 oz chocolate 4 oz cream optional 2 Tablespoons of a flavoring (extract, liqueur, etc.) Look! I just so happen to have all those items on hand, so, let’s get truffling! Let ’s take…

monkey playing tiny violin.

Tips for Valentine’s Day Romance

  Music is one of the most beautiful ways to convey feelings when words fail. Spontaneously bursting into a romantic serenade on your violin is a sure way to win your sweetie’s heart. Be sure you know how to play the violin before attempting this charming gesture, or this could tarnish your relationship a tiny bit.