Your Amazing Urban Wildlife Photos

Thanks to everyone who submitted your urban wildlife photos! (Submission is now closed. One submitter chosen at random will win a copy of my new book The Urban Bestiary: Encountering The Everyday Wild.) The photos are wonderful, and I uploaded the first batch (over 100 photos!) to Facebook today. They also …

Infographic: How To Build Our Backyard Chicken Coop

I am flattered that the author of a new chicken book called Henhouse has turned my humble coop-building instructions into this amazing infographic and posted it on Visual.ly. This is a slightly simplified version of our coop, with no “chicken Guantanamo” cage underneath, or aviary around it. But after many …

Friday Links: Beekeeping Donkeys and Rooster-free Eggs

Happy Friday! I’m trying a new feature where I share a roundup of links at the end of each week, for your weekend perusal. Let me know what you think. Beekeeping Donkey: I love this story from Brazil about Boneco the beekeper’s donkey, and his custom-made donkey-sized beekeeper’s suit. The …

How to Make a Giant Magical Paper Flower Poppy Garden

A Giant Magical Paper Poppy Garden?  I know–what a strange Tangled Nest post.  But somehow I volunteered to make the poppies for the set of Claire’s school production of The Magical Land of Oz.  Remember the poppies in service to the Wicked Witch (played by my daughter!) that lulled Dorothy …

A Faerie Tangle

I’ve been engaged these many months in the research and writing of my new book, The Urban Bestiary (and I am supposed to have the manuscript to my editor next week!–hence my shameful neglect of the Tangled Nest this last month…). I’m finding that immersion in the subject matter of …

Escaping the Barcode

What a great image for this year’s Buy Nothing Day.  I think I’ll start today. You may also like:Diaries and the Wild Mind: How to Start (or Re-start) a Journal Habit The First Egg: Light, Life, and Gratitude Grow With the Flow–Pee On Earth Day is June 21st Rainy Saturday, …

The Picture Book Proclamation: Lessons for Life from a Favorite Form

I can’t stop thinking about the recent Picture Book Proclamation, penned by Mac Barnett, and signed by many of my favorite writers/artists/illustrators.  This is an inspired statement toward the defense and reclamation of a book and art form that will always influence my life.  But much of the advice herein …

Knit Graffiti, Yarn Bombing, And Other Dangerous Hobbies

And now, surprise surprise, a guest post from Tom about knitting! What is it about yarn bombing that’s so compelling? “Knit graffiti” — it brings a smile to my face just to think about it! Guerrilla crafters wrapping yarn creations around objects in the streetscape under the cover of darkness, …

Mothers Day 2010

On this Mother’s Day, a couple of simple, beautiful images from our blog-friend Cabelo, an illustrator and community activist in Brasil who draws inspiration from his wife and daughter.  They make me think sweetly of my daughter and me, and all mothers with their dear ones.  Happy Mother’s Day, to …

Cycling Inspiration: Bike Art and Bikejuju

Confession:  I am not an intrepid cyclist.  I do love my orange bike with its big comfy seat, and its step-through frame (what we used to call a “girl’s” bike) so I can leave my little skirts on when I ride.  And I love to pedal to the grocery store, …