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The Firehouse Cafe, or, My Dad Wrote ANOTHER book!


My prolific father Steve Sandler has a brand-new children’s book out! It’s called The Firehouse Cafe.

Here’s his description of the story:

“The town of Pepperell is nestled in rolling hills of a mythic landscape along with the equally charming towns of Saltenburg and Milkendale. These hamlets have much in common; lovely old firehouses, manned by firefighters who have rich culinary traditions, and fire free histories. Pepperell’s would be heroes Joe, Ernie and Cajun Clyde decide to make their common dream of owning a fine café come true while remaining honorable public servants. There’s humor, drama, irony, a heavy dose of humanity and a cleverly twisted ending that will leave you with a smile on your face. Welcome to The Firehouse Café.”

Melissa Wyman, a distant cousin of mine, illustrated. This is my favorite picture I’ve seen from it so far.


If you’re interested in ordering a copy, there are gorgeous hardcover signed editions available for a limited time. This Premium Color, hardcover, 8 ½” by 11” edition, signed by the author, will be available only through his website until May 31st for $19.99 shipping and handling included.

Visit and click on “Contact Me”. Please leave your name, address, email and phone number (optional). You will be contacted to verify your order and arrange payment.

After May 31, the book will be available on in paperback for $8.99 + shipping and handling.

A surprising tool for fiber work


Stephan got me a birthday present that is oh-so-helpful when I’m cleaning and dyeing wool and yarn.

I saw some recommendations for using the spin cycle on your washer to remove water from your yarn or wool quickly. I live in the city and we have no washer. Nope, not even in our building.

Enter the Salad Spinner.


The premise is you use it to spin your lettuce at high speeds to dry it. It just so happens that this works beautifully with yarn and fiber! It takes me about three  rounds of spinning and then dumping the water to sufficiently dry yarn to just-damp. No more getting towels wringing wet trying to dry my work!

Now those big silly green claws that came with it I am not yet sure what to use for 🙂


Soap drawing winners and Mayfair booth


Hello! Congrats to the three winners of my felted soaps!

Julian, the blue patchouli soap is headed your way!

patchouli blue

Stephan has the Cherry Blossom soap, and


Chris won the rosemary mint. I’ll be in touch with you about delivery.

blue green

If you didn’t win the drawing but are curious about felted soaps, you can buy one here and try it out: $6 till May 15, then they go back up in price!

I think for my next round of soapmaking I’ll splurge on organic soap base and some lavender essential oil 🙂

I shared a booth with Dapper Unicorn at the Clark Park May Fair this weekend. I went for a more carefully curated look this time. As hard as it was not to put out every single thing I ever made, I like the more minimal look (and it’s definitely easier to bring a simpler display!)


It was a good day to sit outside chatting with friends and neighbors. I love it when fellow fiber arts people come by to tell me about how wool has taken over their house!