crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (Default)

So, thanks to my thumb still being numb from using the scissors to debone five pairs of jeans, this is all I have to show for today's work. 7 panels of patched denim reclaimed from several jeans, 16 inches long of varying widths for the sleeves of the kimono.

The piles at the left are the other panels of the kimono, the ones that didn't have holes, and thus didn't require patching. The pile at the bottom is all the trimmings that were left over from cutting the other panels into a managable state.

Hopefully, my thumb will NOT be numb tomorrow and I can start working on sewing the panels together for the migoro pieces, and then work on the sodes and okumi. I think the Eri will end up either being made from fashion denim scraps or whatever is left.
crazyfurries: (evil)
Hey y'all help a girl with computer trouble out!


I need to get my little laptop Ion checked out since files have been mysteriously disappearing. Most notably a 14mb file of story notes (so much screaming), so I'm offering out a little deal. I need $80-140 to pay for someone to fix this. I'll have this art-card post open until I meet those needs.


2.5 x 3.5 inch artist trading cards, collectible and portable inspirations.

$5 Lucky Dip you get something random, could be something like the cards pictured middle left, and bottom-middle and bottom-right, could be a character or something else

$10 Black and White Sketch (not pictured) I sketch you a portrait black and white on an ATC card of whatever character, animal, or person you happen to want in ink.

$20 Watercolor card I sketch AND watercolour a portrait of whatever character, animal or design you desire.

Comment here or ping me on aim @ BitternBright!
crazyfurries: (plush bug)
I should always remember to forage in my own yard for some things for salads. It's so easy to forget how delicious some plants can be in a salad, and cost so little for me to get aside from a little work picking them!

Case in point, the wild wood violet, which grows like gangbusters in the grass of the lawn, between the dandelions, creeping blistered charlie, clover, pokkelidjer weed (crownvetch) and tiny fernlike plants I can't freaking identify.

Four cups of violet blossoms and I haven't even gotten through 1/4 of the yard. What I don't eat, I'll press or dry on a rack for dried flower jars.
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (creative)
Warning y'all, I'm going to have an image heavy post, but the good news is that you guys get to see for the first time how my embroidery work progresses!

A little under two weeks in the making )

crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (^_^)
I will never cease being delighted at the look and feel of a handembroidered piece of work.

Just doing work in a single color lets me explore all the kinds of textures I can achieve with thread. French knots, bullion knots, back stitches, sachiko, and chains....

Now if I could figure out how to record dozens of nature documentaries to listen/watch while I'm working I think i'd never stop.
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (creative)
"Come on, we're going to be late for meeting up before the concert."

"Gimme a minute, have to check the latest on twitter."

"Fine, fine, what's going on for the city buzz?"

"Looks like there's a mash-up bankjob strike on the First National Banks in town...slime and zombie based... Regular Street Patrols from Ifron Tas Chalae network are giving out safe detour routes."

"You just love that Superhero Buzz app on your iPad."

"This is the greatest thing since they invented bulletproof spandex."
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (creative)

a little bit inspired by [ profile] missmonster's monster paintings.

hand-embroidered, using a faux-victorian frame, calico fabric and embroidery floss!


Nov. 10th, 2010 02:06 pm
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (^_^)
Just cleaned for an hour and a half. filled three shopping bags with trash Iiiii think I've earned a little time out and about.

Honestly though? I just wanna cuppa tea. Mnh. Nearest tea/coffee place is too far, and bars are not the happy places.

Going to work on altar space and must find the nails so I can hang up my latest goodwill acquistions. Got some shadowboxes for a buck each and I think they'll make wonderful wall-altar spaces.
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (experimental cooking)
Here's the results of today's cookie baking...

They're each about the size of a silver dollar, lemon-lavender shortbreads and the purple food coloring painted on top of them is the alchemical symbol for air~

EDIT: For reference, there will be 3 more elemental shortbreads coming.
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From [ profile] wanderlustlover

Reply in the comments if you want me to write up five interview questions for you! or if you want to throw in FIVE NEW QUESTIONS.

Find out more about me! )
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (experimental cooking)
A sign that I have been rolling out way too many ravioli for work every week when my waking thought is that 'oh that was a nice dream about a new filling for the ravioli'.

For those who don't know, I roll out an average of about 60 orders a week.
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (creative)
Alright, a fandom RP I'm in is doing a charity drive to help out the people of Haiti,


Post a comment to that link with a screencap of your donation, and what you want done.

And May all powers bless ya if you donate.
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (experimental cooking)
Or, by another name, me and the banquet leftovers.

I gotta say this for weddings, as exhausting as they are to prepare, I always find myself with plenty in the fridge afterwards. Take this past weekend, 225 people (give or take a few who didn't make it or arrived without invite*) came to celebrate two joyous people bein' wed. 144 of these people ordered chicken, 65 ordered pork, and 16 were vegetarian.

Dear chicken folk, yeah you didn't leave us any leftover almond crusted chicken, but thanks to a lil quick thinking for myself, I got several pounds of scrapmeat from when we trimmed all those breasts down into fat-free-ish portions. A lil more trimming on my part and I had several pounds left of fairly useable meat, two thirds of which have been cooked up in various ways. ('plain'** and 'marinated in cherry wine') The last third of which is properly marinating in some tasty miso paste.

Dear pork folken, several of you were not interested in your pork tenderloins (likely you switched for chicken or the vegetarian option), you fed many a waitstaff, dishwasher and line cook. I scored some masted potatoes from you.

Vegetarian people, more of you showed up than written down, but it was alright since we made too much of the autumn veggie risotto anyways. Your leftovers fed ME and also got placed into the sides station to be reused in a special this week. You guys had GOOD taste.

All in all a good haul, I am a little sad that this upcoming Saturday will be the last banquet for several months, but I think I can live with it.

*I'm looking at you Bachelor Duo who were at the Bar and decided it was bright to lean against the service door. I know both of your faces now. Do NOT honk with the service staff.

** Not quite what it sounds like, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and saved to be mixed in with any sort of sauce and carb.
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (plushie!)
Right, seeing as lugging around Ion in my backpack is scratching up the case of the sweet lil thang I realize I might just have the materials at home to make my own laptop case.

I figure the math is like this for making it (your mileage and materials may vary), and since I cart around art stuff all the time, making certain I have space for those will be a priority as well.

I figure that my bristol board pad will be a good size to work from so!

the width of the pad + 2 inches x 7 + 6 inches again.

It should work out like this. / or \ = width of pad +2 inches, _=3 inches ((X+2)x7)+6 = Z, Z x Y=total size needed.


the above would be how it would be folded/laid out with the main body.

External dvd drive pocket would be the dvd drives size (X+1 in) x (Y+1 in) the same formula for making a pocket for the wireless mouse and the ac adapter main patch with an additional formula (X+1 in) x((y/2)+1 in) for the button flap.*

This shouldn't take too long, and I think I'll do this using the quilting method for lining and padding. For those not of sewing background, the quilting method is when you place your fabric good sides (Read as: the parts you want the outside world to see) together, with the insulated or padding on top, then sew together and turn inside out.

I figure I'll need side padding for the 3 in sides, which'll be a simple X+2 by 3 inches, same method for the main body. Not sure on the top handle, definitely going to pick up some safety buckles if they have them at Jo Ann's.

*...Holy crap, I used algebra to design my own laptop case. Quick someone help me calculate the geek cred points one gets for this!
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (experimental cooking)

Make moar crabcakes and freeze them


Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Clean the Kitchen.

Use that angel-hair pasta you made from scraps at the resort

Clean the kitchen afterwards.

Mug the UPS guy when he finally delivers my ichibankan order.

Make a mess in the kitchen squeeing over loot.
crazyfurries: (erba?)
Your results:
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Will Riker
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Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Deanna Troi
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Mr. Sulu
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fine literature. You have a decisive mind
and a firm hand in dealing with others.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Test

...I'm the bald captain. I...really have no idea how to react to this.
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (creative)
Went to see the West Bend showing tonight, and get myself a signed copy of the companion book!

The pre-showing event with the cheese and beer tasting was pretty decent, I've actually encounted the Saxon creameries work at the Bistro and knew the two cheeses by the sight of their rinds. There were beers being served out for trying and tasting in little cups.

Me? I've never been, and I don't think I'll ever BE a beer person. I tried the cherry beer and the pale ale and...really, I think if I ever attend something like this again, I'm going to remember to attend on a full stomach. There were some interesting exhibits on display in the museum, like a replicated 1887 camera and photography! And an exhibit on Wisconsin Native American culture with people dressing up in clothes and styles likely worn by their ancestors at that time. Lot of interesting ideas there!

Meeting Faythe again was fun, however, the same social seize-up of my ability to talk and interact in crowds got the better of me again. Stick me in front of someone with a group behind me, and watch my brain fail to think of something beyond a short answer. The director of that showing was really nice, and was completely okay about me brining in a sewing project to sit down with.

I have to say this for fancy embroidery sewing, like Jenny Hart from Sublime Stitching said, "I can't describe how good this feels, this is better than drugs, better than alcohol, better than SEX." I can even manage to be sociable while I have something to do, though I was a little self-conscious since more people asked to see what I was working on. Though, given this was a crowd for indie films and indie makers of shinies, I guess I shouldn't have worried so much.

Preparing for work tomorrow and next week? CALIFORNIA!!!


Apr. 13th, 2009 09:15 pm
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (musecackle)

I've been talking about this in IM's for a while now and this week I finally got photos!

And the reason it's maroon is that the suit is made from all the old t-shirt uniforms I had to wear during the second run of my janitorial job at Kohler.
crazyfurries: a cranky abbysinnian kitten (experimental cooking)
Bleu Cheese filled meatballs: 2 parts. This recipe was inspired by the 'snack' I'd have at the bistro of cooked bison meat trimmings and bleu cheese butter and [ profile] pikkopots Cordon Bleu Bites.

Bleu Cheese 'butter' filling. An adjusted recipe to make the filling a little more gooey and less greasy.

1/4 pound of blue cheese, I used gorgonzola, but whichever variety you prefer, go for it.
1 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
3 tbsp soft warmed cream cheese
1 tbsp softened butter

Cream together the butter and cream cheese until slightly fluffy, then add sauce, pepper and crumble up bleu cheese into mixture. Cream once again, and don't mind too much if there are big chunks of bleu cheese. Spoon this into a ziplock bag, removing all the air from inside the bag and roll flat before sticking this into the freezer to solidify it. This'll be handy later.

Meatball mixture!

1 lb ground bison meat (you can use ground chicken, or ground beef too, I just like bison)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic powder or 2 minced cloves of fresh garlic
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder 9optional, I like my meat spicy sometimes and it compliments the gorgonzola)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 egg.

Mix everything in a medium bowl, you can use your hands to mix if you're not too squicky about touching raw meat, I'm not, and I find it a good way to make sure everything gets to a nice even consistency. Let it chill in the fridge for an hour before taking it out.

When it's ready also take out the bleu cheese 'butter' that was frozen earlier and break it into marble-sized chunks. Start heating a medium skillet on medium heat.

Take a lump of mixture about the size of a gumball machine capsule or rubber ball and flatten it out in your palm to about 1/4 inch thickness. Place the chunk of bleu butter in the middle and wrap the meatball mix around it, so that there are no gaps. Fry in the pan with no oil until all the sides are nicely carmelized. You can fry about 10 meatballs at a time in a good-sized skillet. They got quickly if they're still warm, but you can also freeze them before cooking and fry them when you want them in your lunchbox.

Mojito Chicken Sushi

1 chicken breast
1 lime
Mint leaves
Avocado slices
Soy Sushi wrappers
1 cup hot cooked untreated sushi rice.
1tbsp sugar
1 tbsp water
pinch of salt
1 cutting board
1 plastic wrapped sushi maki mat

Zest lime and split zest into two equal portions. Rub one portion of fresh zest onto chicken breast and allow it to sit. Juice lime and combine it with the other zest, sugar, water and salt, muddle 2 mint leaves inside of this mixture, then removed the leaves and use the mix to treat your rice as you would with a regular rice vinegar mixture. Mix thoroughly and find a place to keep it warm. Start cooking chicken breast in a pan with no oil, until fully cooked, then allow it to cool. Peel and slice avocado and mint leaves, set aside. On your flat, stiff cutting board, lay a sheet of soy wrapper down, and lay your limed rice lightly before spreading it across the sheet, pressing it in to a thin layer of rice. Press your sushi mat on top of the rice and wrapper, with the slats parallel to the length of the wrapper. Holding the sheet and the cutting board carefully, flip the board and mat so that the board is on top, leaving you a neatly laid wrapper-up sushi strip ready for an inside-out roll. By now your chicken has cooled off enough to cut it into 1/2 inch (squared) thick strips. Lay down the chicken strips, the mint and the avocado at the end of the wrapper and roll like any regular skinny inside-out roll. You'll be able to make about 3 rolls, with eight pieces per roll with this, and still have some rice leftover. You can decorate the pieces with whatever mint bits are leftover or little peels of granny apples.
crazyfurries: (voip)
Maybe it's just spring fever and the nice weather, but I just tilled, fed and turned the soil in a spot I hope to grow a little patch of vegetables this year.

That's right, you heard me. I have the urge to garden, and it may be a misplaced biological need to nurture something, or else save a little at the markets, or have some really cool foods in my lunchbox.

So I remember what I want to plant, and how big my space for growing is...

Here's the list

Plot size: 2 ft by 4 ft, heavy clay even after tilling in leaves and grass, low soil depth (not so good for long carrots).


Parisienne Carrots: They say I can do these in a windowbox, so we'll have to see.

Green Beans: srsly, these are way too easy to grow and nice to eat that I can't put them onto the list

Onions...eeh. Possible.

Broccoli: a definite WANT...but again not sure how well they'll do.

Heirloom Tomatoes: I got hooked on the tuscan summer tomato soup we did at the bistro and now really want to grow these for the garden so I can make my own soups and sauces.


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