Monthly Archives: December 2008

Moon Me

Last night, well more like this morning around 4am I was standing outside freezing my butt off staring up at an intense full moon. This was the first time since 1993 that the moon has been at it’s closest perigee…google it people. I don’t have a camera with a lens that takes super awesome pictures of far away objects like the moon…maybe someday. So instead of photographing father moon I was running around snapping pictures of the trees with Jimi trotting close behind…what my neighbors must think! This one turned out to be my favorite!

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50’s Fetish Modeling

The adventurously beautiful Bettie Page passed away yesterday, she was 85. Not only was she a fearless woman but a sexual icon who was instrumental to the 60’s sexual revolution!

Here are a few facts you may not have known…
-She was salutatorian of her class and was voted most likely to succeed.
-She sewed her own bikinis and costumes for her photo shoots.
-Her measurements were 36″ 23″ 36 1/2″ and was 5ft 5 1/2″.
-Bettie won the title Miss Pinup Girl of the World in 1955.
-She was known as The Queen of Curves & The Dark Angel.

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My Custom Figure

Last night I joined my friend Erik and his girlfriend Kamise for an evening of good food and great conversation. Eric and I usually rendezvous at our favorite sushi hangout, Tokyo Diner. This time we decided to switch it up and go for Thai. Sukhothai is the family owned restaurant of my good friend Kandy and a former employer of mine. There we dined on exquisite cuisine while sharing the latest happenings of life and our recent creative endeavors. Erik is a writer who’s main focus is fiction and he also has a fond affection for kitbashing. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Geekdom, google it! The end result is really amazing and some people make an absolute fortune with their creations. Gotta love those One of A kinds!! As promised I had a handmade belated birthday gift from my friend, his very first (to be completed) custom figure of none other than Jerry Garcia.
What is even more cool is this figure has been recycled twice! What first started as a recycled obi-wan kenobi has now morphed into JJG! I love that the box flap reads *100% recycled awesome*!

This was also my first time meeting Kamise, an aspiring Pastry Chef who dabbles in jewelry and other handcrafted items. You should see the cake she made for her daughter’s 1st birthday!!! She presented me with a delightful assortment of gourmet cookies. YUMMY!!! We instantly hit it off and began feverishly chatting about crafting, completely bogarting the conversation as if Erik wasn’t even at the table, but he didn’t seem to mind! 🙂

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Holiday Horror

Why is it that half of the houses I pass on my run still have their Halloween decorations up and the other half look like Christmas threw up??? Seriously people, WTF?!?!

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Kickin’ New Curry

Yesterday I had to get a little creative with my main meal of the day. It was or I should say it IS freakin’ cold here and after exercising in the below freezing temps and trying to run in 40+ mph gusts of wind…yea, that was fun and I am sure rather amusing to watch me blowing all over the place, I was not about to venture back outside to make a trip to the food store! I remembered reading a post by Everybody Likes Sandwiches about a yummy winter squash curry that I eventually wanted to whip up…so yesterday I did. The best part, besides being super easy and having lots of leftovers, my house still smells awesome!

Curry is a favorite meal of mine and is a regular staple in my diet. Usually I stick to traditional red or yellow but I am never afraid to try something new! I changed the recipe a bit to include more veggies and seasonings and not quite as much ginger. While I do enjoy a bit of ginger, too much can really overpower a dish! Here is my take on the recipe. The amounts are approximates, I kind of just eyeball it and only measure when it counts, like when chemical reactions take place. 🙂

1 T canola oil
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch knob of ginger
2 carrots, diced
Handful of snow peas
1C corn, I still have some frozen from this past summers harvest 🙂
1 t salt
Seeds from 3 Thai Dragon Peppers – from my garden in 07, I dried TONS of these babies!
1 t peppercorns
1 heaping T of garam masala powder
1 T ground cumin
small butternut squash, diced – from my garden as well
1 c lentils
5 c water
1 block of tofu, diced

In a very large pot over med-high heat simmer onion, garlic, ginger and carrots in oil until al dente. Add remaining veggies and lentils, salt, peppercorns, Thai Dragon seeds, cumin, garam masala, stir so veggies are well coated. Add water, cover and simmer 15 minutes at a slightly lower temperature. Add tofu and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and lentils are soft, about 10 minutes. Serve over brown rice. I can’t wait for leftovers later today since the flavors have had a chance to marry overnight. I would have froze some of it but tofu gets kind of a wierd(er) texture so I will just be eating it all week! And I am A-OK with that! 🙂

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Coasting Thru

Mug Mats, Coffee Coasters, Tea Trivets, what ever you want to call them, I’ve got em!
Finally something I can make in a relatively short amount of time! Best part is they are all from scraps! I tend to not throw things away because no matter how small the piece I always feel like it can be put to good use. Pictured below are my slightly neurotic organizational skills hard at work.

The clear bin with the white top is for remnant sized scraps. These are all less than a yard. Below that in the green is where I keep my muslin for making petticoats. Moving to the right the top blue staples box is for cotton scraps below that is textured scraps, ie corduroy, suede, flannel etc. Then it’s hemp and other eco friendly scraps, below that is already pieced patchwork scraps. The Unika Vaev box is full of really kick ass designer samples that we got when I worked with custom draperies…2 years later and I still haven’t gotten into those yet. Then on the very end is herbal pillows, tea wallets and display stuff still packed from this years festival season and on the bottom is ribbon, bias tape and other odds and ends. One of my goals for this winter is to use up a lot of my scraps seeing as how all the boxes are totally full! Random patchwork here I come!

Here are some pictures of my coaster sets. Oh and remember those gale force winds I was telling you about, well I had to chase my coasters as they went blowing across the yard!

I’ve already made 8 of them, taken pictures and listed them in my Etsy shop! I have about 7 more sets to go. Every once in a while you just gotta make something small to feel accomplished, especially since I spent most of yesterday hung over, watching DVDs and eating greasy chinese! A day well spent! 🙂

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Before & After

This past week I spent a good amount of time hanging out in the cold retaking pictures of my threads…have I mentioned before how much I HATE being cold!!! I discovered that I had the perfect picture nook hiding right in my backyard! What a difference natural light…or shade in my case makes! I hate that I now have to photograph my creations twice but it really does make a HUGE difference! I use to take pictures outside but over the years, well honestly I just got lazy! It was easier to set up a photo shoot in my studio (when Jason’s not around…he ends up crossing light beams and all kinds of technical crap that I don’t have the patients for!) then to go outside and battle the elements. It seems like the minute I step outside to take pictures a Nor’easter rolls in and gale force winds show up out of nowhere!! I am so not looking forward to modeling outside in the upcoming winter months! Maybe I will finally get a good grasp on photoshop and can just touch up my inside images! Here are some shots of what I’ve done so far, hopefully the *fresh* new look with entice some sales!

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Track Marks

Every day, um let me rephrase that as *almost* every day, on my run I pass the Manheim Train Station. I noticed that the atmosphere during the hour before dusk seems to be almost electric. Wednesday I decided to grab my camera and try to capture some of what I see. These are my favorites, especially the last two.


I wish I could have stayed longer but the sun was setting fast and I was completely annoyed by some local idiots who thought it was amusing to shout train. I on the other hand would have found it amusing to walk over and punch out their last remaining tooth!

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Wanna Play with my Balls??

OK, totally inappropriate seeing as how this post is actually about a birthday present I made for my dear friends’ little girl’s first birthday. But seriously, how much fun can you really have if you can’t dirty it up, at least just a little bit…and I like to do it every chance I get! And Yes, all those sexual innuendos are there on purpose and I absolutely mean them. Do you know how hard it is for me to hold back and not turn every post into a brown-chicken brown-cow porno shoot. We are talking serious self control! I usually make men blush with half the shit that comes flying out of my mouth! Lucky for me most people who don’t know me think I am this sweet, reserved, quiet person. HA! yea freakin’ right! Truth be told I’m anything but that! All that being said, I’m not always uncouth, I at least know how to whisper at an inaudible tone so that the surrounding uppities don’t get their panties all twisted.

So now where was I…oh yea, balls. 🙂 Felted balls to be exact. These are always a big winner with little kids and pets. I made 2 for my niece for her 1st birthday and my cat has a few of his own as well…the felted kind not the anatomical ones. These toys are great and quite simple to make, they just take some time as do all handmade gifts. All you need is wool, water and soap, I also threw in a bit of mohair for good measure.

You see it works like this, wool fibers have scales and when those scales are agitated in a soapy solution they lock together. You just gently work the wet wool back and forth from hand to hand thus forming a ball. Then once you have the size you want rinse out the excess soap and set it in a warm sunny window to dry. I usually toss mine in the dryer because it speeds up the process…I am all about instant gratification. That and since Jimi has his own balls he recognizes what I am doing and is usually under my feet prancing and chirping because he thinks I’m making it for him. The dryer is a cat free safety zone, pretty much the only one in my house!

Here is a close up of Naomi Jain’s balls…and I will just leave it at that! 🙂

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Knowing When to Walk Away…

…which coincidentally coincides with knowing when to admit defeat. I’ve given up, yes folks you heard it here first. I’ve lost the battle with my windows, they win. Even the undefeated duct tape has given up. All is lost…save yourselves!!!! I am off to lick my wounds…

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