Monthly Archives: August 2009

mmm cookies!

ok generally i tend to stick to the familiar aka i don’t like change. but lately i have been stepping out of my box… trying some new things. so how about a new cookie recipe?! peanut butter chocolate chip cookies – mmm mmm good.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter *i always split my butter with crisco

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 3/4 cups chocolate chips

some granulated sugar


ingredients

ingredients

 

directions: preheat oven to 375 degrees. combine flour and baking soda in small bowl. beat butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.

 

(nothin better than butter & sugar)

(nothin better than butter & sugar)

 

gradually beat in flour mixture. stir in morsels.

mix mix mix

mix mix mix

 

drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. press down slightly with bottom of glass dipped in granulated sugar. bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still soft. cool and consume.

 

 

 

mmm cookies!

mmm cookies!

 

 

success! beautifully yummy peanut butter cookies with chocolate delight hidden inside. a great alternative to Grandma June’s famous plain chocolate chip cookies. try them out – best eaten warm with a large glass of milk!

Tutorial from Rachel C.

 

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As promised, here are Rachel’s instructions on how to bleach your own shirt at home!

Materials
 100% cotton shirt
Clorox bleach pen
Newspaper
Washable marker
Bleach-neutralizing chemical, such as Bleach Stop (www.dharmatrading.com) or AntiChlor (www.prochemical.com)

Note: Only bleach items outside or in a well-ventilated area. If indoors, use a fan if possible during bleaching. Bleach fumes should not be inhaled for a prolonged period of time.

Test the bleach on an inner seam of the shirt. A small dot of bleach should suffice. Let dry for 5 minutes

Test the bleach on an inner seam of the shirt. A small dot of bleach should suffice. Let dry for 5 minutes

Draw pattern on dry shirt with washable marker

Draw pattern on dry shirt with washable marker

Place a few newpaper sheets inside the t-shirt to prevent applied bleach from leaking through to the other side of the garment

Place a few newpaper sheets inside the t-shirt to prevent applied bleach from leaking through to the other side of the garment

Shake the bleach pen before opening the cap. This mixes the liquid bleach into the paste. Apply bleach paste onto garment following the drawn pattern. Be aware that the thicker the line of bleach the more it could bleed over the pattern and blur your design. Thinner lines of bleach yield clearer results

Shake the bleach pen before opening the cap. This mixes the liquid bleach into the paste. Apply bleach paste onto garment following the drawn pattern. Be aware that the thicker the line of bleach the more it could bleed over the pattern and blur your design. Thinner lines of bleach yield clearer results

Hang garment to dry for 10 minutes. 6)	In a clean bathtub or sink, immediately rinse garment in cold water. Washable marker remnants should be removed by this process. Hang shirt to air dry.

Hang garment to dry for 10 minutes. In a clean bathtub or sink, immediately rinse garment in cold water. Washable marker remnants should be removed by this process. Use bleach neutralizing agent as directed on package.

If you want to bleach the other side of the shirt, wait until the shirt is completely dry and then repeat the pattern drawing, bleaching and rinsing processes.
Thanks Rachel!

Artist Feature – Rachel C.

(link to Rachel’s tutorial)

Five summers ago I took a job as “Art Lady” for a summer camp in central Ohio. Mayhem ensued. I walked out of that place with scrapes, scars, and the worst case of pinkeye the optomologist had seen in years, BUT it was also at camp that I met friend-for-life Rachel C.

a custom Rachel C. creation

a custom Rachel C. creation

Rachel has many talents, one of them being the ability to bleach beautiful designs into cloth. I remember from living with Bethany that we both liked cleaning with Bleach (she blames her upbringing, I blame the foodservice industry). So Rachel’s talents are incredibly useful. When I bleach a favorite shirt Rachel can take it from ruined to lovely by integrating the spot into an allover design.

You may be thinking that the idea is not so novel – “draw a design with bleach, got it.” But what separates Rachel’s work is the big-ness and boldness of her designs. They wrap around the shirt, extend onto the sleeves, and blur the line between positive and negative space. The artistry is in the design, and I hope her work inspires you to give it a try. Below is my interview with the artist. Tomorrow I’ll post her directions (with photos!).

1. How did you come to be the “bleach guru”?

I really think it’s the wisdom of the ages passed on to me by my ancestors. Years of study…only the finest bleach from the spring of Etheria. I jest. Clearly I’ve been watching too much She-Ra on YouTube. In all honesty, I think it’s just my relentlessness when it comes to customizing my clothing. I enjoy how bold bleached designs are!

2. What was your first bleached project?

A pair of denim jeans. I bleached them in Sept 1999. My mom was going to donate them to the thrift store and I pulled them out of the pile and freehanded flowers and covered the legs with geometric designs, quotes, the name of my favorite Swedish pop group, y’know the basics of a teenage mind. I eventually added flared panels and created all in all the wildest item of clothing I’ve ever owned. They were very very loud pants…not one shred of subtlety.

3. Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?

Unfurling fern

Unfurling fern

I have a fascination with Polynesian culture, and a subcategory of that interest is the tattooing practice of sheathing the body in geometric and nature-inspired motifs. Traditionally the tattoos can symbolize the wearer’s life story, their lineage and standing within their family or community, as well as other aspects I freely admit I do not know yet. I gravitate to the idea of telling one’s story through outer adornment, and have taken this philosophy to heart with my use of symbols and natural images. I love the outdoors and think my humanity is nurtured by a connection to nature. More concretely, I borrow the stylized unfurling koru fern (see below) from Maori culture, given my great enjoyment of its symbolism of peace and growth.

4. What mistakes have you made along the way?

I’ve made the mistake of bleaching delicate cotton blend fabrics and not applying bleach neutralizing agent afterwards, because apparently the fabric just gets chewed up by the bleach over time. I’ve also erred in using watery bleach paint (mixing bleach powder with liquid bleach) and having it bleed all over pre-drawn washable design lines. Super blurry, highly annoying.

5. What is your favorite bleached project?

 Amy and the Cloud Basket

Amy and the Cloud Basket

For years I wore a lined denim jacket that I emblazoned with a bleached replica of the cover from one of my favorite childhood books “Amy and the Cloud Basket” (see below). The cover stuck in my mind because it is one of the only books where the protagonist looked like me. Apparently the book may be something of a collector’s item now since it was published in 1975 by a small feminist book collective in California called Lollipop Power Press. It’s selling on Amazon.com for more than $200.00. That’s bank!

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I’ve been on vacation

Yup, I went home to Ohio for a week. And here’s the proof:

What is the #1 item shoppers look for in aisle 5?

 

Nobody likes jello like midwesterners. And nobody scorns it like pacific northwesterners. So when I saw it at the #2 spot on the Aisle 5 sign I knew I was home. 

I harbor no ill will for jello. Quite the opposite in fact. Nostalgia is a powerful force – responsible for all sorts of questionable preferences including boxed mac and cheese, fish sticks, and (oh yes) Watergate Salad. It technically uses boxed pudding, not jello, but they’re always right next to each other in the supermarket aisle. You just mix 1 box pistachio pudding, 1 can crushed pineapple (with juice), 8 oz of Cool Whip, and 2 cups mini marshmallows. Yeahhh

Bethany – you recently returned to the midwest after a stay in Texas. Do you recall anything that screamed “You are for sure, without a doubt, back in Ohio”?? Readers out there – what foods do you like, no matter what your friends’ raised eyebrows suggest?

yarn!

i found a sweet box of yarn at an estates sale last saturday!

yay!

yay!

 

so on with the big circle blankets… no fear of a yarn shortage in the near future!

also – an update on the blankets: i am about 2/3rds finished with one. suggestions are gladly welcome!

 

i've gotten o the hard part now...

i've gotten to the hard part now...

 

fun layers

fun layers

buttons & birds

winter scene painting + cigar box of buttons + a field guide to Birds

its always exciting to find treasures and transform them.

a little history: when settling into our apartment in texas, ashlae and i found a winter scene painting at the goodwill in Denton. for several years it found a home on the wall in the living room. about six months ago, after finally feeling like my last long term mixed media piece was complete…

 

bubble girl

bubble girl

 

i found myself looking for a new blank canvas. my eye landed on the winter scene. being granted permission, i cleaned a slate and painted over the scene with a white wash.

and so the canvas sat blank – propped against the wall … then smashed between a mattress and box spring on a long trip … finally in a new home re-emerging.

the box of white buttons was a estate sale discovery. walking into a home where everything was tagged for sale – books, lamps, dishes, everything but the kitchen sink (as they say) – sat a cigar box full of white buttons of all shapes and sizes!
now stashed more neatly in a set of funky vintage cans …

 

buttons!

buttons!

 

so the two came together!

the start

the start

 

upclose

up-close

 

combined with some beautiful cut out birds …

i love field guides!

i love field guides!

 

testing it out ...

testing it out ...

 

i’m looking forward to some dedicated nights focused on obsessive gluing!

more to come…