Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Angry Rooster

Angry Rooster
Got some props on Dude Craft. That makes a girl's day. I would definitely recommend checking his blog. 

Perfectly cool example of things he finds that I otherwise would have never heard about would be this fantasy tree house.
via DudeCraft more pics on Dornob
It's like Hansel and Gretel meets the Ewoks meets Lord of the Rings. Who wouldn't want to have that to play in as a child?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

mmm... BACON.

photo courtesy of mgbales on Flickr
It's Iowa State Fair week back in my home town of Des Moines, IA. This means it's hot as hell outside, and there will be about 100,000 people walking around with bellyaches from all the crazy food concoctions at the fair. Anything you ever wanted (and didn't know you wanted) can be found there to consume with fervor. Most of the food items on sticks. The Fair is full of people watching, beer, and gluttony. 

This got me to thinking that I never got to try the chocolate covered bacon at the fair last year. This is a travesty that must be corrected.

Now that I live in Fl, I realize that bacon love is not just a localized Iowa thing. Bacon worship can take many forms: Paintings, scarves, jewelry, housewares... the list goes on. Here are a few goodies to tempt your bacon loving tastebuds. The color combo of brown, pinks, reds and white are very pleasing, and a great way to saunter into fall. No napkin needed. 
Bacon bowtie $40.00 by Toybreaker
Guilty Pleasures no1. print $15.00 by twoofhearts

Felt Bacon Wristlet by purpleandlime $17.00

Bacon Coaster Set by diffractionfiber $18.00

Hand Carved Bacon Stamp by sugarskull7 $10.00
hand crochet bacon scarf by bernicesutherland $80.00

Lastly I thought I'd share my favorite bacon recipe of all time. It's called meat candy. Please to enjoy:

3 packs of little smokies
3 packs of really good bacon, none of that low fat stuff
1 lb. of brown sugar
cookie sheet
aluminum foil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Cut the bacon into thirds, roll a little smokie inside one of the thirds, spear with toothpick. 
Repeat until all the bacon and smokies are wrapped and lined up neatly in foil covered cookie sheet.
Then cover entire bacon/smokie line-up with brown sugar
Place in oven for about 1.5 hours. The brown sugar will caramelize the fats in the bacon creating a hard candy shell. 
After bacon looks cooked and crispy around the smokies, remove and transfer to another plate. If you let them sit too long, they will stick to pan.
Then scarf down your meat candy! Don't forget to share. If you bring this to a party, be prepared to be asked to make it over and over again. It is always a favorite.

Friday, August 6, 2010

First Florida Show

Craft shows. You never know what the day is going to be like. This particular show will be my first one since I moved down to Florida in January. Away from the familiar, I must admit I'm a bit nervous. 

Previous shows I've done in Iowa were with familiar places and friendly faces. Craft Saturday was a great gathering of local indie crafters from Iowa run by a talented and super accommodating crafter extraordinaire Danelle Williams. She always made me feel welcome, and brought in a great variety of artists and crafters. The best part was I could share a table with my fellow crafter, neighbor, and bestie Chrissy Jensen, who now owns Domestica

Showing up to her house early in the morning to tag my products, hauling the tables in and out of the venue, filling my travel mug full of secret cocktails to make the day more interesting, and laughing.... a lot.  She held my hand through a lot of the process and I liked it. 

Now, it's just me. 

Bigger venue, more crafters, more everything, and it's all new to me. No familiar faces, no return customers, no inside jokes. I'll admit, it's a bit intimidating, but this is what I asked for. I wanted to follow my dream of being ME. The me that I wanted to be. "BE Your Own Hero". That keeps repeating in my head after listening to Eps.34 on Indie BIz Chicks podcast by Chrissy Herron

I'm ok with the newness. I've made friends with it. It will be the motivation that makes me push myself. Without the familiar, there are no preconceived expectations, which means I can raise the bar as high as I want. 

Now it's not JUST me. It's me and whatever else I want to achieve.