Oct 31, 2009

Cut the Craft

And the holiday season begins Philadelphia! I will be there! Hope to see you there too!
Check out the web site here for more info.

Oct 27, 2009

the new hair

so I did it. took to pics from the movie the apartment and this is how I ended up....will take a bit to get use to it. My head is a great deal lighter...I have suxh think hair. It reminds me a bit of my early punk rock days at TSU...minus the asymmetrical back.

Oct 26, 2009

tune for the Day

As a kid I thought the bigger the woman and the better the momma...so of course I thought that Momma Cass had to be the best momma ever! Here's the tune for the day. I actually had a pretty good Monday, so this song felt right to post. Happy Memories!

Oct 21, 2009

Conditions of Pooh Chracters

Inhabitants Conditions Additional fatcor Cause Drug (brand/common name)
Pooh inattentive subtype (ADHD); cognitive impairment; possibly Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) (ADHD impulsive subtype excluded), if so he may have Tourette syndrome Obesity and poor diet "Shaken Bear Syndrome" (dragged down stairs by Christopher) resulting in microcephaly, ADHD: cause unknown Stimulant (Ritalin/methylphenidate)
Piglet Generalized Anxiety Disorder Bad environment emotional trauma from trapping heffalumps antipanic agent (Seroxat/paroxetine)
Eeyore chronic dysthymic disorder or Major depressive disorder Housing problem [[Unknown antidepressant (Prozac/fluoxetine)
Owl dyslexia (very bright) Housing problem see: Theories of dyslexia
statistically high risk for Poorer Outcome (single-parent household (overprotective, unemployed) aggravated by Peer influences, i.e. Tigger as a Role Model)

Tigger hyperactivity and impulsivity subtype (ADHD)
unknown Stimulant (fluoxetine) + sedative (clonidine)
Christopher Robin possible Gender identity disorder in children (from illustrations), overactive imagination (though delirium is not speculated in article), complete absence of parental supervision and educational problems Unknown
Rabbit Narcissistic personality disorder (God Complex)

New Banner for the Season

The weather in Baltimore is never predictable. In fact, I have to admit, I really like that about here. Last week I had to give in and turn the heat on, today I have the windows open. The leaves are changing and the season is definitely fall. My favorite! So I've changed my banner in the shop and added some new fall colors. Now, any help that I could use in how to get my image to be solid??? As much as I play that I know photoshop, I so don't know it. HELP! I've also have been slowly adding new items. I also posted my holiday schedule too!

Pics from Philly

Well, it wasn't the most profitable...but it was fun! guess how many vendor names were Jen? We really needed a ball to play four square. Being in a gymnasium in the Old Pine Center really made me home sick for Elementary School.

Faceoff #2

Faceoff #2 I'm truely liking this site: Awkward family photos! think I may have some good ones to submit.

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Oct 15, 2009

Come and See mE!!!

This Saturday is Squidfire's first Art Mart on Philadelphia! So come and visit! Start your holiday shopping early ! Great vendors in a great area of Philadelphia. I'll have new pillows..including this great new tree pillow! More bags , cloth napkins, coasters, pouches and clutches....hope to see you!

Oct 14, 2009

BEST MAkes it a HIT!

Yay! BEST wins the Mobbie Award for Outstanding Art & DIY blog in Baltimore! Won't you come and help BEST celebrate tonight at Metro Gallery? Say around 7 or 8? I'll be there! Thanks so much again to all of our wonderful readers and the Baltimore Sun!

Oct 13, 2009

I made it!Holiday Heap!

So I'm in Holiday Heap!!!!! And this makes my holiday schedule complete! I'll be at AVAM's Bazzart on November 27 & 28, Charm City Craft Mafia's Holiday Heap on Dec. 5, and Squidfire's Holiday Mart on Dec. 12......all in B-more.....all one right after each other....boy do I need a clone!

Oct 12, 2009

Melancholy Monday presents: Sonic Youth sing the Carpenters

I love this version...as a kid who actually owned most, if not all of the Carpenter's albums...as well as seeing them for my first concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion...this song seems to make my day today. Still hanging with this dreaded cold and feeling quite melancholy. enjoy....

Oct 11, 2009

Baking in a Jar...A Huge Success!

After yesterday's post, I couldn't stop thinking about this baking in a jar phenomenon. So I had to take a break from the sweatshop for some cooking therapy. I did some research on the jars and found them at my nearest ACE hardware..that I was so impressed with. We have a fairly new store by me in Waverly. The shop was clean and friendly and I couldn't believe the cookingware as well as the paint available. In fact just about anything you needed for home repair or beautification was there. And so easy to find as well as a very friendly and helpful staff!
Anyway, I bought my 12 8oz wide mouth jars for $9.99 and then went off to the grocery store to by my items for the week as well as my new adventure on chicken pot pie in a jar. I made a huge batch that I ended up freezing half of the filling and used the pie crust you find in the frig section in the grocery store..yes I was feeling a little pressed for time, so we went with the quick version. I also used the rotisserie chicken.
I made 5 pies with one of the pie crust. Whipped up some apple pie filling and made three apple pies in jars . Hmmm....very yummy and oh so cute. One chicken pot pie filled me up! So two more go into the freezer and the other two remain for lunch and/or dinner this week. You can find the recipe and directions here

Oct 10, 2009

Pie in a jar!

I'm loving this idea! I've been trying to expand my cooking confidence and have been cooking up a storm. Problem is I'm only cooking for one, not that my art department minds me bringing in my bake goods for all of us to munch down! You can get the whole shubang here

Squidfire Mart in Philly!

This is just a quick post to tell you about the Squidfire Philly Art mart that I will be participating in on October 17th. This is the first time Squidfire is bringing us to Philly, and everyone is really excited to go. Philly is right around the corner, so please do stop by and get some holiday shopping out of the way!I will be posting more this week to get you as excited as I am about another show in Philly!

Oct 8, 2009

one reason why I teach

today I woke up not feeling too well...the old ear ache and porcupine in the throat syndrome...and yet, I had to admit, I am so lucky to get to do what I do everyday. I love my job. I absolutely love teaching. And yes today was my day teaching three classes in a row starting with my Fundamentals of art class of 33 , which goes right into my studio class who are painting with oil paint and full of messy Marvin's and then we get a hint of a break with, if I'm lucky, a 20 minute lunch with my buddy Tricia and then another fundamentals of art class which is a talkative GT group of only 22.....but I am so lucky to make a mark in this world. I am childless but I have many children out there...and i love them all. They always come through when I need them and they always, and I mean always make me smile! I had this song in my head with the wonderful memory of the first time I saw this movie at my grand parents house on a Saturday afternoon in the mid 70's. My sister had to watch it for a class she had in either junior or senior high...I'll have to ask her...but it made a very strong impression on me. My favorite movie and song to date!

Sweet Treasury!

Thanks Erica for including Otis in this sweet collection!

Oct 6, 2009

Pics from Crafty Bastards!!!

Thought I post some pics from our booth! Thanks again for all who stopped by!

Please Vote ...and vote often!!!

Just a reminder to vote for BEST for a 2009 Mobbie Award for Outstanding Art & DIY blog in Baltimore! As awesome as it is to be nominated, it would be 1000 times more awesome if you would take a minute (really, only 20 seconds) to vote for us baltimore's craftiest group in town. Jen Menkhaus and some very special core peoples work really hard to bring you all that is awesome in Baltimore Craft and beyond and would be super excited to win. There's just a few days left to vote

Thanks to all of our wonderful readers and thanks again Baltimore Sun!!

Oct 5, 2009

thanks Crafty Bastards

WOW! What an amazing day full of happy people! My day was very profitable and happy...oh so happy. Thanks to all who stopped by! Hope I made some new fans! Next stop Philadelphia...stay tuned!

Oct 1, 2009

still thinking about that haircut

Crafty Bastards is this Saturday!

It's coming! I can hardly believe it! I should know by the aches in my hands and the lack of chitter chatter from my crafty friends, but it really just hit me that tomorrow is October, and that meansCrafty Bastards is this Saturday!

I'm so excited to shop the wares of some of the finest crafty wares by some of the coolest crafty people in the country. Plus, your local favorites will be there as well! Including tigerlilly shop,sweet pepita, jennyjen 42, beth pohlman, the broken plate, dandelion blu, block party press,biggs and featherbelle, carlybird weaves, cotton monster, jaime zollars, red prairie press,pistol stitched, spaghetti kiss, the garbologist's wife, tlane, and the littlest bean!

Get the most up to date information on the Crafty Bastards blog.

Now in its 6th year, Crafty Bastards is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. The fair is all-day, outdoors, free to attend, and will offer goods for sale, food, entertainment, prizes, and more!Crafty Bastards will take place Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Click here for a map.

See you there!

New Cloth Napkins..jennyjen going green!

I've been really stressing over how I can go more green...and thanks to Trixie Palace's Andriana Pateris's great idea...cloth napkins with my favorite fabrics, rick rack and recycled fabric backings! They will be debuting this weekend at Crafty Bastards for $6 a piece or 4 for $20! Hope to see everyone there! Rain or shine! I will list my left overs in the shop next Monday!