Boaty Waxed Canvas Roll-Top Bag

Remember our friend Laura at Vacilando Quilting Co.? She made our beautiful "Boat Quilt" as well as two navy blue "Subway Totes" for the boat. Well, she recently started making waxed canvas, roll-top versions of her Subway Totes and so I chose this navy blue ticking material and asked her make us two more totes. (You can never have enough things to carry other things in on a boat.) They're super great, and more water resistant than the original totes (the canvas is waxed with beeswax). We used them the other day to pack a quick overnight back for our anniversary getaway, and they were just PERFECT.


Laura makes all of these awesome things from her Airstream. So if you need the most perfect tote ever (or a gorgeous custom quilt or pillows...) I can't say enough about how much we love Laura's work. :)

The Lékué Silicone Bread Maker

I am not a baker. At all. I very rarely make cookies, and I seldom even buy bread. But a friend of ours recently told us about this Lékué silicone bread maker (it's really just a floppy bowl with a slot and a tab) and I thought it might be cool for the boat and/or the Airstream when we did want some bread. 


(I got mine here for $35)

I first tried the easiest recipe in the book that comes with the Lékué: Quick No-Knead Bread. It's basically flour, yeast, salt, water...mix together right in the bowl, let proof for an hour at room temperature (or 10 hours in the fridge overnight) and then microwave for 3 minutes (totally not baking). It was good, but definitely could have used some oven heat for making the crust nicer.

Last night I went for the second easiest recipe: Easy-to-Make No-Knead Bread. Flour, water, salt, yeast, olive oil. Mix all ingredients together in the bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and let proof overnight. I stuck it in the warming drawer (off) to rise overnight and it was nice and bubbly this morning. I sprinkled some chia seeds on top and then closed up the bowl around the dough.



Into the oven it went! The instructions said to bake for 40 minutes at 392 degrees F then turn the dough over and put back in the oven for 10 more minutes. And then...we had bread! I'm a baker! (Not really.) But look!


It turned out great...fluffy inside with a light and crunchy crust on the outside.

This Lékué silicone bread maker is going to be super handy. Mixing the dough right in the same vessel you cook the bread in saves a lot of work and cleanup. This no-knead recipe is easy, and can be modified for a whole wheat version as well. The Lékué is even dishwasher safe! 

Calamity Comes to Willow


The dinnerware we have on Airship is the blue Willow pattern. There was something that really appealed to me about this traditional, blue and white pattern when we were outfitting the boat.

At some point a couple years ago, I became aware of artist Don Moyer. Don was just starting to design a series of plates based on the Willow design. He called his dinnerware Calamityware. It was dark and funny, and we loved it. He began with a Kickstarter project, plate by plate. His first four plates were 1/Flying Monkeys, 2/Giant Robot, 3/Voracious Sea Monster, and 4/UFO Invasion. Word spread and Don and his crazy plates gained popularity, and so another set of four was born. The next set was called 5/Pirates in the Neighborhood, 6/Rambunctious Volcano, 7/Tentacles! and 8/the Vortex of Doom.

So now, we have integrated Calmityware along with our Willow, and it's a fabulous union. Plate on the left: Vortex of Doom. Plate on the right: Willow:


Pirates in the Neighborhood (with detail):



UFO invasion:


Sea monster (detail):


Recently, Don created some Calamity mugs called "Things Could Get Worse" and they've got it all...a giant frog, pterodactyls, robots, a zombie poodle, Bigfoot, UFOs, sea monsters, pirates, and more! We added a set of four of these to the collection:



The Calamityware is a bit bluer and a bit lighter than the Willow, but it all goes quite nicely together.

(Additional images courtesy of the Calamityware website.)