Monthly Archives: August 2011

Audrey Project: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Here is my very first piece for The Audrey Project!  My two inspirations for this necklace were the iconic white draped pearls (of course) and that amazing structured coral coat that Holly Golightly wears on her date about town with “Fred, darling.”

Materials:
  • Swarovski Crystal “Pearls” :: coral color ::
  • Vintage brooch :: white enamel on brass
  • Sterling silver closures

This necklace feels so nice on the skin…the “pearls” are smooth and cool and due to their number, they provide a strangely satisfying weight, which is something I find very appealing.  Not sure why.
This item will be available for sale soon through my Etsy!

INSPIRATIONS:
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This movie was really cute…I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to see it.  It had great style, charmingly flawed characters and fun dialogue.  I felt that the ending was very abrupt and could’ve benefitted from a more gradual transition, but overall it was good.  Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) was by far the highlight of this film, but Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi (the over-the-top stereotyped Asian neighbor) comes in at a hilariously offensive close second.xoxo, Jenna

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Tattoo Love: Amanda Wachob

Do you love tattoos?  Well, I do.  Let me clarify… I love beautiful, interesting and unique tattoos.  Barbed wire and Chinese symbols need not apply.  I mean, unless you read/write Chinese, how can you be sure that the symbol you are permanently putting on your body means “Love” and not “I’m an asshole?”  It’s just not for me.  I’m not trying to sound like the grand sage of tattooism, because I’m far from that.  I got my first tat when I was 17 (underage…had my friends sister sign for me), slightly intoxicated and put zero thought into what I was putting on my right shoulder blade.  It’s two flowers (lilies I think) that join in a circle, but it might as well be a sign that says “I’m an asshole.”  I don’t regret a lot of things I’ve done in my life, but admittedly, that decision is one.  I’ve thought about removing it, but since I really do love tattoos, I’ve decided to cover it up with a new design….whenever I decide on what that will be, I’ll be sure to let you know.

I can’t remember where I first saw the tattoo artistry of Amanda Wachob, but I think her work is so beautiful.  I’ve been kind of scared of color in tattoos because when it’s done badly, it is reeeeally bad.  The way she does color though, looks like you’ve just had your skin perfectly painted by a wonderful artist…and that is what I think tattoos should be…works of art on your skin.  I would LOVE to be tattooed by her and if I ever find myself in NYC with a lot of money, I’d be seriously tempted.  Here are some of my favorites from her site….do check it out!

ABSTRACT: these are so cool…I like how it looks like paint.
This style isn’t really me, but I still really like it a lot.
MODERN:  Her color and shading just knocks my socks off.

Who’s feeling the itch to be inked???  This girl.  ——–>  xoxo, Jenna

Art Love: Frida Khalo

Dear Frida,
How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways….

I mean, really.  How wonderful was this woman?! I love her fearless voice, strong mind and independence.  Her strength and her vulnerability and how she so honestly depicted both in her work.  I love her haunting imagery and unapologetic bi-sexuality.  I love that she drank and cursed as well as any man and I even love her unibrow.  I love that she knew who she was and never lost sight of that.  She said “I was born a bitch.  I was born a painter.”  Here are some of my favorites of hers…

Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace
What the Water Gave Me
Two Fridas
The Broken Spine
“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”
Self Portrait with Cropped Hair
Girl with Death Mask (She Plays Alone)
The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico),  Diego, Me and Senor Xolotl
Henry Ford Hospital
The Little Deer
The Dream

“I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return”

Xoxo, Jenna

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Strawberry, Lemon and Mint Daiquiri’s

Rum is not my go-to liquor of choice.  I just don’t enjoy the flavor of it unless it is completely disguised by lots of fruity goodness and I typically don’t drink fruity drinks that often.  So that left the magnum bottle of rum with a remaining fours inches of liquor in it sitting on my bar for four years…since my wedding reception.

 Now even though I don’t love rum, I still love my drinks strong and didn’t want them diluted by blending it all with ice, so I did a little thinking and came up with a solution.  I will never make daiquiri’s any other way from now on…they were perfect.  Perfect consistency and flavor…smooth and freezy cold, but without ice chunks. Perfectly perfect.  Granted, this new method of mine took a little pre-planning, but I think it’s worth it.  Here’s how I made them…

Step 1:  Decide on your flavor
I went with strawberry, lemon and mint….a very summery concoction

I used…
  • 2 & 1/2 pints of strawberries
  • 20 fresh mint leaves – this left a subtle minty breathe to the cocktail, but you could surely use more if you want that to be a more prominent flavor
  • 1 cup real lemonade – my favorite is Simply Lemonade
  • 1/2 of a fresh lemon – or a whole lemon if you want more citrusy tartness
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (optional) – this all depends on how sweet your strawberries are.  I ended up using three because I wanted it sweeter
  • Bacardi light rum
Step 2:  Cut up your cleaned fruit and add to your blender along with the lemonade and washed mint leaves.  Add your fresh lemon juice and be sure not to get any seeds in there.
Step 3:  Blend it all up and give it a taste to see if you want to add anything else.  Seriously this makes a totally delish smoothy, doesn’t it?  But we’re gonna booze it up.  Not yet though!  Don’t add your rum yet…that’s for later.
Step 4:  Pour the mixture into ice trays.  This filled 3 & 1/2 trays.  For the rest of the empty cubes in the fourth tray, I filled them with lemonade and added a mint leaf to each one.  Stick these in the freezer over night.
Step 5:  When the fruit cubes are frozen, pop them out into the blender and add your rum.  The blades need some lubrication so that’s why you wait to add your liquor…this also eliminates any additional dilution, because who wants that?  I did have some trouble getting the cubes out of the trays and had to dig them out with a knife, but they came out pretty easily.
Two full trays of fruit cubes yielded two very large rum daiquiri’s.  I had used up all of the rum, so for the remaining tray of 1/2 fruit 1/2 lemonade cubes, I made us a third cocktail with tequila and added a splash of OJ making a delightful frozen strawberry margarita…but we’re not lushes or anything.  😉
This could probably be spread out among more people if I used smaller glasses, but we were in it to win it.  If you decide to multiply the recipe to make these for a larger group, you’ll either need more ices trays or an additional day to dump the first batch of frozen goodies into a bowl to keep in the freezer and then repeat.
p.s.  We never made it to the pool  😀
Happy & safe drinking!
Xoxo, Jenna

Book Review: Crafty Superstar

This is the perfect book to read if you are thinking of entering the Indie Craft world either as a hobby or a small business and the main themes taken away from Crafty Superstar are…”Be Informed. Be Confident. Be Yourself.” It’s written in a very casual voice…almost as if you and the author have been friends for years and already have a comfortable back and forth banter established that’s heavy on slang and sarcasm. If that’s not your cup of tea, then it might become annoying, but honestly, I didn’t think she went over the top and found her humor quite charming at times. All of the above makes Crafty Superstar a quick and easy read…that and the font is huge with doodles all over and the pages are super thick. Grace Dobush touches upon pretty much every aspect of starting a small craft business, giving a good compare and contrast with specific options and things to think about, but without going into intense detail, making this a fantastic introductory book.  Because she doesn’t go into great detail, you’ll need to look elsewhere for all the nitty gritty deets, but she does a great job providing very helpful resources. I am quite positive that I will be pulling this book from my bookshelf many times over the next year because of it’s tremendous resource value. I mean the Epilogue alone has 20+ pages of forms, templates, great recommendations for online crafty communities, blogs and publications as well as small business resources, suggested reading, suppliers, and to top all of that helpfulness off, a list of all the major North American craft shows.

Happy reading!  Xoxo, Jenna

Self Portraits

I’m a big fan of portraits.  Even self portraits…especially self portraits.  I know some who do, but I don’t consider it vain.  The face and body can tell a million stories and when someone else is doing your portrait, you get a bit of what they see in you (or even what they see in themselves) in the end result.  But…when it’s YOU telling and executing the story,  perhaps the intention can be more clear.  I found this great post on A Beautiful Mess ….

…and it’s something that I want to start playing around with.  I’m usually the one behind the camera and it’s not that I hate being on the other side, it’s just that…I love photographing the people in in my life and the world around me, but I also want to be in the world that I’ve captured as well.  We’ll see what comes of this.  Do you have any favorite portraits of yourself?  If you want to share them, post a link in the comment section of this post!  While we’re on the subject, remember these cool posts on photographed portraits?  The Girl Who Levitates & Vivian Maier …I found these ladies very inspiring.
Cheeeeese!
Xoxo, Jenna