Design Work

10 Plants for Color

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

10 Plants for Color

5.5 x 7.5″ • 28 pages • spiral bound book   Purchase book Printed on recycled card stock                                           This simple guide is a great choice for the gardener who has never tried dyeing and the dyer who has never gardened and all those in between. Full of information for natural dyeing and gardening, this book describes ten plants with cultural and historic info, how to start them from seed, harvesting and drying tips, and much more. There are dye recipes for each plant and helpful hints gained from years of collective gardening and dyeing experience. Plants covered: Artichokes, Purple Basil, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Dahlia, Dyer’s Chamomile, Marigold, Mexican Tarragon, Navajo Tea/Cota and sunflower. The gardening info is based on San Francisco Bay, Northern California, USA (USDA Zone 9). We have a Mediterranean climate with a mild winter. For other climates, base your planting times on when you would plant annual flowers in your area. If you garden in a cooler climate, the plants that are perennial here may grow as annuals for you. My co-author Deepa Natarajan is an experienced natural dyer, gardener and Coordinator of Public programming at the University of California Botanical Garden, in...

Read More

12 Simple Fruit Recipe Ideas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

12 Simple Fruit Recipe Ideas

6 x 5″ • spiral bound • 14 pages    Purchase recipe book Printed on 100% recycled cardstock                             This colorful cookbook contains 12 easy fruit recipes illustrated in watercolor. Each page features a simple, tasty way 
to prepare a seasonal fruit. Recipes are by Siew-Chinn Chin, a professional cook here in the San Francisco Bay Area. January: Blood Orange Granita February: Pounded Meyer Lemon Oil March: Strawberry Jus April: Baked Rhubarb May: Plum Shrub June: Blackberry Clafoutis July: Roasted Figs August: Peach Bellini September: Applesauce October: Wine Poached Pears November: Fuyu Persimmon Salad December: Poached...

Read More

12 Simple Seasonal Vegetable Recipe Ideas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

12 Simple Seasonal Vegetable Recipe Ideas

6 x 5″ • spiral bound • 14 pages    Purchase recipe book Printed on 100% recycled cardstock                             This colorful cookbook contains some of my favorite vegetable recipes illustrated in watercolor. Each month features a simple, tasty way 
to prepare a seasonal vegetable. All recipes are vegetarian. January: Roasted Cauliflower February: Caramelized Onions March: Kale Salad April: Sugar Snap Peas & Mushrooms May: Radish Sauté June: Frenched Romano Beans July: Roasted Tomatoes August: Cucumber Yogurt Salad September: Carrot Salad October: Roasted Pepper Bruschetta November: Braised Brussels Sprouts December: Roasted Winter Squash...

Read More

Vegetable Planting Calendar

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013

Vegetable Planting Calendar

  8.5″ x 11″ $3.50 (plus S+H) Purchase calendar Based on our over 20 years experience of growing vegetables in Oakland, California, I have created this attractive vegetable planting calendar to help guide you in knowing what to plant when. I have also indicated whether it’s best to plant seeds directly in the soil or to use seedlings for better success. This calendar is specifically for frost-free areas of the San Francisco Bay Area. (My apologies to the rest of the world but this climate is what I know best.)...

Read More