As a random aside to those of you with Kompan climbers in your local tot lots, Zev has pointed out to me that some of the decorations on them are “Golgi shapes”. The kids here have agreed and elaborated that the little dots are mitochondria, and those round holes are nuclei. Let the cellular biology games ensue…

My family went strawberry picking and made impromptu strawberry jam.


I made cute little strawberry labels for the tops of the ball jars. Here’s a sheet of them as printable stickers (stawberry stickers) for whoever wants them for the tops of homemade jam jars.





at the aquarium

Here’s Zev introducing Cuddly Toy Nautilus to the real live Chambered Nautilus’s at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Here’s the original sketch that I drew from a live, swimming chambered nautilus at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My family loved the swimming nautilus’s, but there were no nautilus toys anywhere in the aquarium.   nautilus

If you print the fabric that I designed at (http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/4370985), then sew the sides in reverse with ~1/2 inch margin, then stuff and seal it, you end-up with a cuddly chambered nautilus. Each pattern creates one (~9in. long) chambered nautilus toy, which is approximately the same size as a live one.

Here’s me sewing the reverse sides together:


One tip, (I got overly ambitious) Sew the tentacles a little farther away from the drawing, and in clusters. I had a hell of a time trying to reverse and stuff the tentacles sewn like this.