December 23, 2011

Boredom in the craft room

My first attempt at using fantasy film. It burns a little faster than I anticipated, but all in all I like it.

Once again, I remind myself that even though I have a million fricking punches, I lack flower shaped ones. I still like these though. Pages from an altered book that I ripped out, now flowers. :)
The nest turned out alright, I saw the idea on cut out and keep for a wire nest today on my lunch break, this turned out okay for my first try.
Second try with soldering, my iron was acting up. McHottness thinks I need a higher temp one. We'll see. I plan to keep playing with this, so I may need to upgrade that.

December 22, 2011

Saw a necklace and tried to recreate it

Lessons learned: Need to make the books thicker. Perhaps find different colors for covers too. All in all though, it turned out okay.
Took pages from a book I'd altered (the pages were ripped out) and cut them to fit. Bottom book is fake leather with cardboard base cover, other two are fabric alone. Wire through the middle.

Finally broke out the new soldering iron

December 20, 2011

New curio

Took scanned images of newspapers from the early 1900's and printed them in 1/12th scale to cover the box. Teeth are fossiled shark teeth (small obviously). Bird skull, not sure what species (I keep random skulls and bones in my art room). Wish bone from a bantam chicken. Beetle compliments of McHottnes trapping weird bugs for me on the porch, lol. Shells, drift wood and rocks from our recent Morro Bay camping trip. Butterfly is an antique button...
Hung this up in my art room. :)

December 19, 2011

Little alteration

I had this odd little picture frame for a couple years, never bothered to put pictures in it. Decided to pretty it up. I used copper paint and patina, then added little collages to both sides. :) I like it better now.

December 16, 2011

The Occupy Movement in support of my mom

This is one of several articles from yesterdays occupy. I can't thank everyone enough for coming out! The Occupy San Diego movement, the ACCE and everyone who took time out of their lives to show support for a stranger in need of help. You guys are amazing and I am humbled. Thank you.

Some pics from the event  are up here:

December 07, 2011

I will be on the news tonight

Michael Chen came out today to interview my mom and I about her house situation! It will be on the 7pm broadcast, you can watch it online if you aren't local.

Also, we are up over 2500 signatures on!!!

December 06, 2011

Amazing updates with my mom's house

HUD agreed to add another 90 day hold to First Mortgage while we sort out this mess and save my moms' house! has listed my mom's petition in the featured section and has done a press release about it. It was even in the email they send out. (Thank you to my dear 'adopted' munchkin for that find.)
Additionally, Occupy Wall Street in New York is issuing a press release about my mother today in honor of action against foreclosures, and the OB Rag will be talking about my mother at the San Diego Occupy  Rally as well. The Occupy Homes movement has committed to being at her house if it comes to that (which I sincerely hope to avoid by saving her house prior to that) but it is nice to know that there will be a mob blocking if need be.
I am so happy I have been nearly bunny hopping all day. This has been amazing. We will be doing a live broadcast from my mothers home on the 15th, I will link it here.
While dealing with First Mortgage Corporation in trying to help my mom, it made me question how anyone could be such a soulless monster such as the VP of Loss Mitigation for First Mortgage Joe Sanders (His contact information is in a previous post by the way). I might post some of his emails later for examples. Things like this restore my faith in humanity. Several people have suggested occupying First Mortgage's corporate office and I am kind of hoping that happens.  :)

December 05, 2011

This is why my husband's co workers love me.

It is that time of year again. When I bake more than normal...
The caramel recipe was in a previous post, I added 3/4 c. walnuts to this.

Andes mint cookies:
2 1/4 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 c butter
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 c andes mints chopped up

Oven 375, stir flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt together and set aside. Beat butter with sugars until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs mixing until incorporated. Blend dry and wet ingredients, add andes mints at the end. Bake 9-10 minutes until golden.
(Hint; Take them out when they look 'almost' done and they will be chewy and not get too dry.)

December 04, 2011

Universal day

My boys took me to Universal to celebrate my B-day a little late. The Toad is almost as tall as his dad and I now... Crazy.

December 03, 2011

Marshmallows, Take 2

We tried a new marshmallow recipe.....
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray


Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows
Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

As always Toad tested and approved.