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Shesingswedance’s first craft show!

About a month ago (ugh has is it really been a month??) I set up for my very first craft show. They had one in the community I live in so I decided to join. I wouldn’t say it was the best match for me or my crafts but it was free and at the very least it gave me the confidence to be able to work the next one. IMG_5259 IMG_5261

I feel like the show went better then I expected it. I went in with the mind set that I wouldn’t sell anything so when I did sell something I was pleasantly surprised! I think I’d have a better time selling at Renegade or BUST Craftacular. All in all it was fun and I got my name out so it was worth it. Also I’m less intimated for my next show. I’m hoping to start the NYC circuit come next year. We shall see! At the very least I’ve got a ton of ideas to work on and I hope to release a whole new line of items for Valentines Day and Spring. IMG_5265 IMG_5268Luckily for you since I didn’t sell out of everything, I’ve started uploading them to my Etsy, which you can find here. And because it’s Christmas time here’s what I’ll do. Use the code HOLLYJOLLY to get 30% off your order (code expires January 2nd, 2015) and if you order before December 20th, I’ll upgrade your shipping to Priority at no extra cost**, so you’ll get it in time for Christmas! Questions? You can email me or message me through Etsy.

**Free upgraded shipping is for US customers only. Sorry!

A Love Letter. #1

IMG_4934Dear New York,

This past weekend I was on my way to the Bust Craftacular Market in Greenpoint, Brooklyn while on the subway and I couldn’t help but smile. I’m sure I look silly sitting there with a big grin on my face while every one of the train is avoiding eye contact. It’s just that every time I ride the subway I fall a little more in love with you. Just looking around the train watching all these different kinds of people getting on and off. It just makes me giddy. I want to know their stories! I guess that’s why I am so into Humans of New York. It’s this photographer who has this amazing ability to get people to tell them their stories. I’m sure you’ve heard of it before and if not, well get on it!

I’m sitting on the train thinking about Humans of New York and the fact that everyone has a different story and I just want to know it all. For example, there’s this women sitting across from me with deep red hair and the longest finger nails I’ve seen in person. I want to ask her so much. “How long does it take to get your nails done? What made you decide to grow them out? How long have you been growing them? What sort of techniques have you developed to make certain task easier for you?” Really I could just go on and on. Who is this person and what is her story. I think of these things often when ever I see an interesting person.

Then a man got on who caught my eye. He was probably in his late 40’s/early 50’s and was wearing a Bronx hat with a Budweiser Nascar racing jacket. He stuck out like a sore thumb riding a train through Brooklyn. Immediately I wondered who he was. You’d think he was a tourist but then he was wearing a Bronx hat, which isn’t such a tourist thing to do. I was intrigued. But just like most stories, I figured I’d never learn his true story. I’d just be stuck with the one I made up in my head.

I got off at 9th Street and 4th Ave to switch to the G train. It’s usually the fastest way to get to the hipster epicenter of Brooklyn. Head up the stairs and then I see a Manhattan bound sign, which threw me off because the G doesn’t go to Manhattan so I turn around and head down the stairs pass Budweiser dude. Check out some signs and realized I was going the right way so back up those stairs I go.

At this point the Budweiser racing dude ask me “Hey didn’t you just go down these stairs?”

“Yeahhhh. I’m just a little turned around.”

And then the most unbelievable thing happens. He tells me his story. We head up the stairs together towards the same platform. He’s waiting on the F train (which does go to Manhattan) and I, the G. His story bounces around a lot and the entire time I’m just nodding my head. Him asking me quick yes or no questions here and there before continuing on.

He’s down in Bay Ridge picking up his money from a painting job. He hates that part of the job because he use to work for a guy who was a millionaire who lived in Montauk. He loved that job because he always got his check on Friday. He could depend on it. But a lot of people didn’t like that job. Eventually his boss, the millionaire died and a part of him died too because he just really liked this guy and hid job. Recently he went back and visited and all the same people still work there and look the same but it’s not the same because it’s a new company now.

And then he’s asking me if I’ve ever been to the Art museum on 86th street in Manhattan. He goes into telling me about this beautiful painting with mountains and trees.

“You could just picture living in a tent there and being happy.”

He goes on to tell me that he brought his girlfriend there but she had a schedule for them. “She kept saying 2 seconds per painting, come on let’s go! And I kept telling her she has to enjoy the painting and take it all in not rush it. You got to appreciate it.” I try to get a word in edge wise but it’s just not happening. But that doesn’t bother me. I’m generally interested in hearing more.

He continues his story by telling me about he’s a great painter and the guy he works for really appreciates the work he does because it’s always perfect. “Everyone paints walls in a ‘W’ but you don’t do that,” he tells me while pretending to paint the walls the correct way. “You do small W’s, not big W’s and you go back over a few times if you have to because it’s better to take those few extra seconds to even things out then it is to have lines on the wall. I never have lines on the wall. You also don’t start at the end. You start near the end and then go to the corner and then go back.”

“Have you ever heard of Bob Ross? Guy on tv with a big Afro. I love Bob Ross. I’ve seen every episode. One day I was going to buy one of his kits for $40 that teaches you how to paint a picture. I think it’s worth it because then you could paint something as big as you wanted and then you’ve got yourself a big painting that you did and you can feel good about it. Ya know?” It’s then that the F train pulls up and I tell him he should totally get that kit as he gets on the train.

And then I stand there with my mind completely blown away. Here I was wanting to know someones story and not only do I find it out but also his story was fascinating. He was this guy whose done odd jobs all his life and all he really wanted to do was paint. Plus his fascination with art? Who would have guessed? I really hope that guy gets an art kit for Christmas this year. I think he deserves it.

Thanks New York for making me giddy again and for sharing one of your stories with me. Can’t wait to see what my next subway trip has in store.

Love,

Jackie

28 Before 29, A recap.

DSC_0046About a year ago I put down a list of my goals for the year and I’ve got to admit, I haven’t looked at them for probably at least 9 months. 28 things to do before I turn 29 years old. I guess since it’s been a year and now that I am 29 I should probably take a look at that list and see how I’ve done, eh?

1. Learn to play the Ukulele. Nope. Didn’t do :/ Maybe add this back on to this year?
2. Learn to crochet. Again, nope. But I did learn to weave so that’s kind of similar right?
3. Go to the Doctor and get a physical. I did do this!
4. Go to the dentist. Yup. Finally got all my teeth work done too. Though I think I probably need to go back to a dentist and get a physical again at this point.
5. Have most of our debt paid off. Okay so we’re still doing well but it might take a little longer then we hoped to get it all paid off. Moving took it’s toll and made things a bit tighter.
6. Read one book a month. Wow. Another one I totally bombed. I know I read a few books. But definitely not 12. For shame.
7. Take my camera in to get cleaned and start taking better pictures again. Eeps. Didn’t get it cleaned. But did get a cleaning kit and took a photoshop class so when I am actually genuinely trying to take good pictures they do come out and I am capable of editing now. So sorta completed?
8. Start doing a weekly art/craft project. I’m not sure I got this done weekly but I did kick my butt in high gear and started creating a lot more. Though I think I might have burned myself out with the craft show because I haven’t quite gotten back on the horse for that one.
9. Look into getting a laptop/start saving up for one. I did get a new laptop! I love it and during the times my depression was hiding I was pretty good at keeping my blog up to date so I would say it’s helped. My depression was my derailment. Luckily though, along with the seeing a doctor I also started seeing a psychiatrist. And the meds have seemed to help. (Thank goodness!)
10. Be a better mother. Not that I was a bad Mom while in Colorado but I feel a lot better about who I am as a mother these days. Sure sometimes I still have my bad days where we don’t do much but I also have more good days then I did in Colorado and that all that really matters. Winter time is always my hardest time. But who wants to go out in the cold anyway!
11. Make a decision about blogging and if I decide that I want to do it then either redesign my blog or hire a designer. I think I did make a decision about blogging. I’m going to continue with it. I enjoy it and really want to build this little space of mine in order to join/create a community of makers and shakers. I just really like to create and this blog helps fuel that. I also did redesign this site since last year but I’m still not in love with it. I think it’ll do for now though.
12. Get into a habit of doing yoga/meditation/going on walks/moving. I don’t know if I would cross this off my list per say. I am much more active now then I ever was in Colorado but that could just be that I’m in a city and so walking every where is easier. But I don’t know if I’d call it a habit.
13. Get my next tattoo. I completely forgot about actually getting my tattoo. I know what I want, but I need to find an artist.
14. Work on illustration style. I still really suck at it but it’s also something that I want to continue working on where as some of the other goals I don’t care so much about.
15. Sell 10 things I’ve made. I think I’ve done this! At least I am going to say I did because a craft show definitely wasn’t on my radar last year but I did it! I also hadn’t officially started my Etsy at this point last year so yeah. There ya go.
16. De-clutter the house and get better at getting rid of things. So we definitely did this. Grant it now that we live in a bigger place we certainly do have more furniture now. But I would say we have less stuff. I have a much easier time now letting things go.
17. Make a 2010 family yearbook. If possible catch up on years 2011-2013. Whoops. Definitely didn’t do this.
18. Come up with a longer plan goal. I haven’t really written this out yet but I’ve gotten a better idea with where I want to go in the future. Now I would just like to focus it a little more.
19. Make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Okay, this one can be crossed off like five times now. This past year I’ve been able to visit and chat with quite a few old friends. Moving to the East Coast has helped a lot with that. As for new friends? Yes. I’ve got several people that I’ve met this past year I would consider to be a friend. And not just a friend that’s convenient but actual good friends.
20. Work on driving anxiety. Yes and no. By the time we left Colorado Springs I felt good about driving in areas I was familiar with and even took the kids to a nature center in an area I wasn’t familiar with. But then we moved to NYC and I will never ever drive here because people are insane and why would I bother driving here when I can walk/take the train/etc?
21. Take Sophie to the beach.   Took her to the beach in Wilmington. She loved it. Thought Joel would of loved it more but nope. Sophie still tells me stories about going to the beach.
22. Create a work space that inspires me. I HAVE MY OWN OFFICE! And it’s awesome. The End.
23. More deliberate dates with Steve. We’ve been on dates… a few. I think there’s still room for improvement so I won’t cross this out yet.
24. Write at least 12 handwritten letters. Definitely did this. Probably a few times over. Though I do still owe some people a few letters and postcards.
25. Make something for each kid. Ehhhh. I’ve made them things all year but none of them were exactly the type of things I had in mind.
26. Buy an instax camera and take 52 pictures. I did buy an instax camera and for awhile I was really good at taking pictures once a week. And then we moved and I became not so good at keeping up with any of these things.
27. Develop all the rolls of film I have laying around the house. I did develop my snorkeling ones from my 26th birthday but I still have a ton more.
28. Spend the weekend in Denver going to the zoo and a museum. Yeah. We never got around to spending time in Denver. But we did go on an epic cross country tour and saw some cool things. Does that count?

DSC_0071In conclusion? I completed 11 things out of 28. I didn’t do so hot in keeping up with some of these goals. At the same time I feel like 6-7 months ago when we found out we were moving to Brooklyn, a few of these goals became obsolete. I can see myself wanting to add develop film and learn the ukulele back to the list but rather then learning to crochet I think I’d rather focus on weaving and rather then facing my driving fears maybe it makes more sense for where I am at to face my bike fears. Now to work on my new list.

What I Wore: Fuhgeddaboudit

What I Wore: Fuhgeddaboudit So here’s my hair in all it’s bleached out glory. This is pretty much what it looks like between blue dye jobs in case you were wondering. My hair is finally starting to get light enough that I’m considering trying out new colors. I haven’t decided yet. Sophie would love to see me with pink hair but at the moment blue is so me. Though I am starting to get the hair cut itch. I just don’t know what I’d want. My hair is down to the middle of my back at this point, which I love. Hello Mermaid hair! But it’s also a pain so more often then not it ends up in a messy bun. Decisions Decisions.What I Wore: FuhgeddabouditLet me tell you about this necklace. It is so good. I fall more in love with it each time I wear it. And I always get a ton of compliments on it. Even the cops who pulled me over during this photo shoot took the time to admire it! I got it at Renegade Craft Fair back in September and it’s seen a lot of action. I just love that it’s so different. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out Sultana Maria Jewelry yet, you should get on that. All of her pieces are really unique. She finds all sorts of items at thrift stores and antique stores then crafts them into beautiful items. What I Wore: Fuhgeddaboudit  Dress: Target // Cardigan: Gap // Tights: Target // Boots: Blow Fish // Necklace: Sultana MariaWhat I Wore: Fuhgeddaboudit

31 Postcard Challenge: Week 1

31 Post Card Challenge, Week 1Here are my first five postcards for the 31 Postcard Challenge that I wrote about here. It was a lot of fun making these and they’ve already been sent out! I’ve decided to go ahead and make most of the postcards myself. It helps push me to be creative and gives me a break from my usual craft items. Making all these postcards also forces me to sit down and write! Since about half of the postcards being sent out are to people I don’t know, it’s been harder to think up what to write. But it’s great practice. I’ve really enjoyed the whole process thus far. Only 26 more to go!

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Things that are awesome #8

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Tampon Run: Because video games that involve violence are more accepted then talking about menstruation. Periods are not gross and weird, guys.

And to continue with the vulva/vagina love, Let’s Clear Up Some Lies You’ve Been Told About Vaginas. (*contaings sexually explicit language)

One of my favorite, if not my favorite, musician wrote a book and I can’t wait to read it, Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. Also a friend of mine from college wrote a book and it’s fantastic. My Body Is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta. Have you read anything good lately?

A friend of mine recently posted this on her facebook and it made me smile. Hope it does for you as well! (posted with permission)

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In the Kitchen: Bok Chuy, Mushrooms and Ramen Recipe

In the Kitchen: Bok Chuy, Mushrooms and Ramen Recipe I’m here with another random vegetable ingredient that most people don’t see everyday. Bok Chuy! We got one in our CSA a few weeks ago and to be honest it’s been sitting diced up in my freezer for awhile now. I had no idea how to cook this vegetable or what to do with it. But because I’m the person that I am I spent the past few days researching how to best cook Bok Chuy. I think this ramen recipe might be just it. If it’s not the best well at least it’s delicious!In the Kitchen: Bok Chuy, Mushrooms and Ramen Recipe In the Kitchen: Bok Chuy, Mushrooms and Ramen Recipe In the Kitchen: Bok Chuy, Mushrooms and Ramen Recipe

Bok Chuy, Mushroom and Ramen Recipe

8oz of mushrooms, sliced
1 inch of ginger, diced
1 clove of garlic, diced
3 tbsp of fish sauce
1 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp of sesame oil
2 tbsp of sweet chili sauce (less/more depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tbsp rice vinegar
32 oz of chicken broth (1 box)
6 oz of Soba Noodles
1 large bok chuy, diced

Start by sautéing the mushrooms, ginger and garlic in a large pot. This can be done in olive oil or even easier, use a little chicken broth. Once your mushrooms have started to get softer add in the fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce and rice vinegar. Let it cook for 2 minutes. Add in chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add in soba noodles. Let cook for 2 minutes* and then add bok chuy to pot. Cook for another 2 minutes before serving.

*This depends on the soba noodles you use. Check the directions on the noodles.

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Renegade Craft Fair – Brooklyn September 2014

Renegade Craft Fair - Brooklyn A few weeks ago I went to the Renegade Craft Fair in Williamsburg and it was awesome. I met up with my friend Alyssa and got all sorts of things. Despite the rainy day we ended up having a great time. I can’t wait for their November market! There was just so much I wanted to get. I’m definitely going to have to set aside some funds for the next time.Renegade Craft Fair - BrooklynWe split some tasty crepes from La Crêpe C’est Si Bon. It took forever to get them but after taking one bite of the savory one I’d have to say it was totally worth it.Renegade Craft Fair - Brooklyn Couldn’t resist this Rocky Mountain Post Card. I’ve got a collection of post cards from each place we’ve lived and this one is perfect to represent Colorado. The mountains are one of the few things I miss about that place. The postcard and the National Parks patch is from Ello There.Renegade Craft Fair - Brooklyn Love this Stay Hungry Enamel pin from Yardsale Press. It’s so perfect. I’m hoping to pick up a print from them sometime soon as well. They were all just so good I couldn’t decide. They made the buttons as well.Renegade Craft Fair - Brooklyn Okay so this deer vertebrae necklace is pretty much my favorite thing ever. It’s made by Sultana Maria. I pretty much fell in love the moment I saw the necklace. Pretty much everything in her booth was fantastic. Sultana was also just the cutest. I love when artist don’t just make great things but are also awesome people.

The goat tattoos were being given out by Billie Blooms who sells the cutest little bloomers. Made me wish that my littles were still little!Renegade Craft Fair - Brooklyn Okay so Alyssa Hoppe‘s booth was a lifesaver. Just as it started to rain we walked up to her booth and she was doing a garland making workshop. Perfect. We sat down for probably about an hour making garlands. I even learned to macramé! It was super exciting and so nice to get out of the rain. By the time we were down the main downfall had passed. As soon as I got home I had to find a home for my garland.Renegade Craft Fair - BrooklynAll in all it was a great time. Sadly I didn’t take nearly as many pictures of the actual fair as I would have liked. Rain. Meh. But I’m really glad I didn’t let the rain stop me. Here’s a few more artist that I saw there that you should check out!

ABJ Glassworks – Beautiful glass hanging planters, moon phases, and jewelry display pieces.

Art Star Gallery and Boutique – A cute shop located in Philadelphia, PA with all sorts of different artist represented.

Gnome Enterprises – Awesome shirts. Seriously, I want them all.

Greenwich Letter Press – I loved all their prints and cards they have to offer. They even have enamel pins (which is my new jam.)

Saurstar – I really like her teeth rings and NYC dirt necklaces!

Ever since going to Renegade I’ve been going through Etsy like everyday. I realized that for so long all I did was look and consume free things without actually supporting artist. Of course I was never really in a place to spend the amount of money most artist deserves but that’s a whole different situation. Anyway, point being, I’ve really gotten in to supporting artist that I’m into. Plus it means I have more pretty things to decorate my office/apartment with! If you’ve gotten any recommendations for things you think I might like, send them my way!

What I Wore: Mellows Pages Library and a book reading

What I Wore: Mellows Pages Library and a book reading
A friend of mine from College recently published her first book and I was able to go hear her read a few passages from it two Fridays ago. I had a really great time and really enjoyed checking out Mellows Pages Library, a sorta DIY independent library that had a whole range of independent books. Definitely the sort of place you’d expect to find in the Hipster Capital of the United States.
What I Wore: Mellows Pages Library and a book readingI can’t say I’ve ever been to a reading before. Sure I’ve been to open mic nights and poetry slams and that sort of thing. But never a book reading. It was really interesting though. You know how you read a book and you have a certain idea of the tone and infliction used. You read it with a certain voice that makes sense to you. And then you go to a reading and you hear the book read by the author in her voice with her feelings and her inflections. It really changes things. Not drastically but it makes it easier to hear the author coming through the story. At least for me it did. I liked being able to note the differences between the voice I pictured in my head and the actual voice of the author.
What I Wore: Mellows Pages Library and a book reading

Jacket: Gap // Dress: ASOS // Leggings: Old // Boots: ModCloth // Purse: Street Level // Hamburger Pin: Yardsale Press // Heart Necklace: Television Train Wreck

What I Wore: Mellows Pages Library and a book reading
What I Wore: Mellows Pages Library and a book reading
What I Wore: Mellows Pages Library and a book reading

Eggplant: For those that think they don’t like it.

Crockpot Eggplant Pasta Sauce Recipe for those who think they don't like EggplantEggplant. It’s one of those vegetables that you had once when you were a kid and for whatever reason you didn’t like it. It was too bitter or too mushy or whatever. All you know is that you didn’t like it and so you never ate it again. At least that’s how eggplant was for me. So when one large beautiful purple eggplant showed up in my CSA box this month, well, I was less then excited to say the least. But then I started to think about all the other vegetables that I had recently given a second chance, asparagus, green beans, brussels sprouts, beans. And I realized, maybe eggplant should get a second chance too. Seeing as the problem with my dislike with the previous vegetables was simply the way it was cooked, all I had to do was find a way to cook eggplant the best possible way I could. Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. Crockpot Eggplant Pasta Sauce Recipe for those who think they don't like EggplantCrockpot Eggplant Pasta Sauce Recipe for those who think they don't like EggplantEggplant Pasta Sauce in a Crockpot

Ingredients:

1 pound of lean beef (or any other meat you like in your pasta sauce.)
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 large eggplant, diced (you can peel it as well. I don’t bother but if you want the eggplant to completely disappear in the sauce then taking the extra step would help that.)
3 cloves of garlic, diced
pepper (to taste)
salt (to taste)
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
3 tsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of chili powder
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup of red wine

Start by browning your meat on the stove. If you’re using a lean meat, the olive oil will help when cooking. If your meat is on the fattier side you probably won’t need much if any olive oil. I also just like the taste it adds to my sauce especially since eggplant absorbs all sorts of flavors from the liquids. Once your meat is brown, place in your crockpot. Add in the rest of your ingredients. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours. You want your eggplant to practically dissolve in your sauce. Cook your pasta noodles and serve with a heaping spoonful of sauce and parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Crockpot Eggplant Pasta Sauce Recipe for those who think they don't like Eggplant