jodi's weblog

jodi's weblog



a big announcement!

Cross posted from my business weblog because it’s super exciting!

I’m pleased to announce that in March 2015, Levigator Press will be moving out of the cramped home studio and into a shiny new storefront space in the beautiful Walkerville district of Windsor, Ontario. I’m thrilled to have a chance to add my vision to this amazing neighbourhood that is experiencing a tremendous amount of growth and renewal.

The new Levigator Press world headquarters will soon be housed at 1984 Wyandotte Street, East. That’s at the corner of Wyandotte St. and Devonshire Rd., right next door to the Walkerville Artists’ Co-op and less than a block away from the Arts Council Windsor & Region.

The all new Levigator Press will offer short workshops, longer courses, and private instruction in print media, book arts, papermaking, drawing, and fibre arts. We’ll also have outside artists coming in to teach so there will always be a wide variety of opportunities to learn and to make incredible things. In addition to the print studio there will be a gallery space and a cozy hangout area downstairs for less formal classes and gatherings.

We’re hoping to have the doors open early in March but our official grand opening event will take place on Saturday, March 14. I hope you’ll join us!

Posted by Jodi Green on January 23, 2015 at 1.38pm

a conversation before bed (part 2)

Me: god save the queen from what? Is it, like, a prayer for her mortal soul?

Peter: from anything that could prevent her from having a long life.

Me: oh, like bears.

Peter: the clap.

Me: dipthereia.

Peter: muggers.

Me: gout.

Peter: psoriasis.

Me: the heartbreak of halitosis!

Then I think I fell asleep while trying to come up with a good joke about the queen sending god a ‘save the date’ card. Which is just as well.

Posted by Jodi Green on December 27, 2014 at 9.39am

a conversation before bed (part 1)

In the spare bedroom at my mom’s house, on xmas eve, where a giant stuffed bear in hat and trenchcoat sits in a wooden chair, observing the bed. We are nervously eyeing it as we undress.

Peter: that bear is awfully. . . large to just sit in a chair all alone in an empty room all the time.

Me: well, it’s not alone tonight.

Peter: nope.

Me: how do you think the bear will celebrate its night of not-aloneness? With. . . MURDER?

Peter: Murderington the Bear.

Me: hey, kids!

Both: It’s Murderington the Bear!

Posted by Jodi Green on December 26, 2014 at 8.00am

kiwi fruit chutney

kiwi chutney

Six gorgeous half pint jars of it.

This chutney is an old standby of ours that I’ve been making for nearly 20 years. It’s from the Bernardin Guide to Home Preserving (the link takes you to a much more recent version of the book I bought in 1995 when I was young and inexperienced and super gung-ho to learn about canning). The recipe can be found on the Bernardin website, here: LINK >> Kiwi Chutney

We eat this on the side of a chick pea and tomato curry that’s heavily seasoned with paprika and cardamom, or serve it at parties on top of a chunk of 4-year-old cheddar (MUST be white, because orange will look super unappetizing against the dull green of the chutney) on top of a Wheat Thin.

Posted by Jodi Green on December 24, 2014 at 9.44am

from the canner

From earlier this season. Chutney from the last of the garden’s unripened tomatoes, and pickled beets. Despite my earlier, youthful belief that pickled beets are a thing that only old people like, suddenly I’ve become the sort of person who can devour a 750ml jar in two days (infer what you will). I made a total of 36 pints this year, which is the product of twenty pounds of beets. Yup.

Green tomatoes are a somewhat more precious commodity, and I think I only got maybe four or five half-pint jars of chutney this year. Most of our green tomatoes were cherries, which made for some very tedious chopping. This stuff is worth it, though. I use the recipe from Food in Jars (but I omit the star anise, which I just don’t love enough): LINK >> Green Tomato Chutney.

green tomato chutney, pickled beets

Posted by Jodi Green on December 22, 2014 at 10.58am

improving our lives (with liquor)

Here’s a little project we’ve been working on. It started when we decided we’d like to maybe take some piano lessons (Peter’s got some skills already, Claire of course is an accomplished player, and I am hopeless with any instrument despite growing up with musicians) and that as Claire progresses through her university career in music she’s going to need something better than our old converted player piano with one broken key. So we went out and bought the electronic piano Claire recommended and set about dismantling our heavy old beast of a piano to make room for it.

When Peter got the old piano disassembled to the point of exposing the sound board, I suddenly couldn’t bear to get rid of the thing. Look.


So pretty! And of course when you stroke the wires it’s like a harp. Sort of. So we started looking around for which wall of the house we could mount this sound board on so we can just stroke it like a harp whenever we want. But the thing is way too heavy, and it was, heartbreakingly, never going to work.

Then I realized that the board that covers the front, above the pedals, was exactly the size I needed for the top of a table to hold the new printing press we just bought (whoa, hold on there, what? Yup, there is a New Press in the house. More on that later!). And further, the curve of the side panels that ends above the keyboard was the right height for that table. I started musing about weight distrubution and stability, and Peter said,

“It would make a better bar than a table”.

BOOM. And now we have this:

piano converted to bar shelves

It’s a work in progress: the top shelf is just a scrap piece of the piano that will be replaced, and the bottom shelf (where the keys were) is lined with cardboard until we can cut a nice piece of veneer the right size. The whole thing is covered with ugly brown paint and needs refinishing, and we’d like to eventually build in some drawers underneath. But hey, it’s done in time for our holiday houseguests, and don’t the bar glasses look pretty here? And if we drink a lot, they won’t get too dusty, right?

Posted by Jodi Green on December 21, 2014 at 9.36am

happy birthday alois senefelder!


Alois Senefelder, born November 6, 1771, playwright, actor, connoisseur of girls, inventor of lithography. My pretend boyfriend.

Listen to a podcast about Senefelder and his achievements here: Engines of Our Ingenuity no. 791: Senefelder and Lithography

Read his book here: Alois Senefelder, The Invention of Lithography, at Project Gutenberg

cross posted to my studio weblog

Posted by Jodi Green on November 6, 2014 at 7.32am

the porchening: part four

We have railings.

porch complete

Building codes have changed, so our railings are higher than the old ones, higher than most of the neighbours have. It’s weird not to be able to easily cock my hip onto the railing anymore, but I suppose I’ll get used to it. The whole porch is a tiny bit higher than the old one as well, maybe 3 or 4 centimetres. Enough to feel the difference, especially when stepping out the door; ten years of muscle memory will have to be rewritten in order not to stumble when stepping off the threshhold.

I also may have to consider changing how I sit, as I wear mostly skirts and have gotten used to having a solid wall in front of me. We recently bought a new pair of handmade oak chairs, both for Pennsic and for porch use, and they’re constructed such that I tend to relax into that splayed male-privilege-on-public-transit position. Ah, well. Uncouth is in the bone, I suspect, so the neighbourhood will just have to avert their eyes.

This looks like a completely different house now. Not a bad facelift for a hundred-and-one year old.

porch 3/4 view

My new favourite place to sit:

porch steps looking down

Posted by Jodi Green on October 9, 2014 at 8.58am

happiness is a free hat

Elise and me at Dragon Con, 2014.

me & elise, free hat dance

Photo by Peter; Stormtrooper costume created (and generously loaned to me) by the amazing Shawn Mika; free paper hat by some kids hanging out near the Hyatt elevators all night giving away free paper hats.

Posted by Jodi Green on October 8, 2014 at 9.22am

yellow salsa

yellow salsa

Made with yellow tomatoes from the garden, yellow hot peppers, and a few jalapeños. There’s still salsa leftover from last year so it wasn’t high on the canning list this season, until Peter suggested a yellow one might be pretty. Let’s hope it keeps its colour long enough to look lovely on a party table.

Posted by Jodi Green on October 7, 2014 at 10.52am