I’ve never considered myself a huge fan of the gingerbread cookie. Too flat and hard for me to bite into. This has never stopped me from eating them as soon as Christmas came around, though. I love the gingerbread flavor, but hated the texture and found that, even with the frosting that sometimes goes on a gingerbread man, its pretty bland. Thats when I pulled out my mixer and decided to figure out how to make a ginger bread cookie that I could bite into without feeling bored or breaking my teeth upon chewing. It took some time, but I eventually made THE most delicious batch of cookies…that I never wrote down the recipe for.
After years of making these cookies without a recipe, I decided it was finally time to get it down on paper. Literally!
I suppose you could use a plain old chocolate chips instead of Hershey Kisses. I also suppose you can own a Furbie instead of an adorable puppy. Hum a song instead of listen to it on full blast. Tweet your jokes instead of telling them to your real friends. BUT WHY!? Live life to the fullest! Use those kisses. Make some delicious cookies and eat most of them on your own. Enjoy!
I crave a lot of things when I try to cut down on others.
I’m postponing my inherent diabetes by cutting down on sugar, and now in turn, I keep craving sandwiches.
This is a self portrait of sandwiches on my mind. This one was a ham and cheese…
I was going to do an end of the year post, but I’ve decided to not look back.
I was going to write down a list of resolutions for 2014, but resolutions are only good for remembering what you did differently for the first couple of months of the year, by the end of the 12 months.
All in all, my upcoming goals are modest and simple, this year. Besides working toward a clearer visual identity for myself, I’d like to accomplish the following:
- Clear out my closet of oversized band shirts and invest in more good quality, bright and simple pieces
- Find a weekly fitness routine that I love (hello again, NTC)
- Continue making our house a home
I made some party poppers in preparation for New Years Eve. They don’t pop, so I basically made little wrapped gifts in tubes for people to rip apart. How fun!
Heres how I made them.
you’ll need the following items:
You’ll also need some fun things to stuff inside of your party poppers. Since I’m making mine to celebrate New Years, heres some fun ideas of what to add:
- good fortunes written down on construction papers
- a lucky dollar to start of the new year with some financial good luck
- gold and silver wrapped candies
Heres the step by step on how to construct these little treats:hole punch lots of fun colorful papers into confettitape one end of your tube to your crepe paper, and roll it uptape it together in the center of the tube sectiontwist one section of the crepe paper together and secure it with a tied ribbon
then add all kinds of fun little treats!
Twist the other end and secure the entire thing with a tied piece of ribbon!
Matt Ritchie and his family have been a group of the most hospitable people I’ve met since moving to the Bay Area. I always knew him as a dad and park ranger who, according to other people, made awesome miniatures.
When I think of the type of person who builds “miniatures”, I think of little old men with huge glasses who hover over the only light in an otherwise pitch black room, listening to themselves humming over AM radio. Someone on the verge of becoming a kook. It wasn’t until I was invited to Matts studio when I realized how intense his collection of hand made art really was.
Matt didn’t build “miniatures”. He simply created an entire illustrated version of his life that happen to be small enough to be confined to a series of flat files, rat shaped frames, and hand cut wooden boxes. Matt’s pretty much mastered wood working, the use of a ball point pen, composition, story telling, flip books, clean line paintings, button making, and protecting his local park from hoodlums! His studio is one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever visited and was so glad to not only get to snoop around and take some photos, but to also have them featured on Juxtapoz.com, recently.
Check out more photos from my studio visit with artist Matt Ritchie at Juxtapoz.com