21 April 2014

Relax and you will float

I'm leaving for PDX on Thursday.
I don't have a job, nor a place to live.
Also, I don't know anyone there.

In lieu of flowers, please donate mix CDs.


I'm a horrible swimmer. But when I was a teenager I drove down to Lake Timberline a lot and I always wanted to swim across the lake so I could jump off these people's dock who were never home. You know how I did it? I stopped like every third minute to relax, float.

No idea how to swim, but I made it back and forth across that lake countless times.

I also pooped outside for my first time in their yard.
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Listening to: Solange Knwoles - I Decided
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10 April 2014

It's Official; I'm weird

I saw my first 25-pound bag of carrots almost four years ago. I was new at Food Fantasies and when people bought things that seemed odd to me and I couldn't imagine why on earth a person would need such a thing, I'd ask them what they were planning to do?

Now, I get it. I'm growing and canning my own foods. I have gallon jars of Kombucha and Compost Tea sitting around on my counter. I grow and can my own vegetables. 

Hi, my name is Jeannette E Spaghetti, and I buy carrots 25 pounds at a time.


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Listening to: The Growlers - Someday
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04 April 2014

One of a kind

Many people have given me their broken dishes and at some point or another, I cut them into pieces for a mosaic.

This particular piece is from a plate donated by a Food Fantasies customer. Carol volunteers in a thrift store and sets aside chipped dishes they receive but can't sell. I love finding a purpose for something that would otherwise end up in a landfill. (Thank you, Carol!)


Dishes offer me a variety of colors and patterns that can't be acquired any other way and I absolutely love the way text blends into my mosaics. 

This is the first time I've ever found my last name. 

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Listening to: Kid Koala - Excerpt 3 Stoppin Traffic
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31 March 2014

Blockhead

The bad news is, I have to cut 35 more of these one-and-a-half-inch squares. This particular plate was cooperative, but most of them aren't. 


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Listening to: The Intelligence - Moon Beeps
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20 March 2014

Spring Break

I'm working on this mosaic, barely.
Quilted mosaic

I feel like I'm still recovering from that last mosaic. I was working on it about 20 hours a week. I need to start making some smaller pieces. I've said that a lot for a while, but I'm attracted to larger pieces, so I'm not taking action.

Since I wasn't able to post photos while I was working on that last commission, here are a few progress photos for you to enjoy:

Redbird Electric
Typical work scene. 20 January 2014

Redbird Electric
Finished the Red on 4 February 2014.

Redbird Electric
Eight days later, I had finished the white and was well into the yellows. 12 February 2014

Redbird Electric
Here are my fingers holding a tessera to demonstrate how tiny the pieces are that I work with. 12 February 2014

12 March 2014

The Cat Has Left The Building

Cat's out of the bag!

 Here's the #secret #mosaic I've been working on! @jesse_sherman9 commission for @redbirdelectric

So that's my big secret!

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Listening to: The Mantles - Thin Reminder 
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01 March 2014

The Thingamajig

I don't know what this kitchen utensil is technically called, but it's something like Spaghetti Noodle Grabber. I call it the Kool-Aid Stirrer.


And it makes a good back scratcher, if you're in a pinch. 

What do you call this thing? Any other uses for it?

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Listening to: The Smiths - Rusholme Ruffians
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27 February 2014

I'm not as skinny as I thought

The majority of my clothes are thrift finds and I always try them on before I buy because I can't look at an article of clothing and tell how it will fit my body. As soon as Target put out their swim suits, I headed over to their clearance rack because I only have one pair of jeans and no sweaters. I broke my rule and tried nothing on because it's the middle of winter and due to my lack of winter clothes, I dress in 2-3 layers of pants and shirts.

I found quite a few articles of clothing that were in the $5-8 price range. Out of a dozen things, only two pair of pants didn't fit. So I returned them today and when the dude asked me, "Was there a problem with these jeans?" I replied, "Yeah. I'm not as skinny as I thought." 

He made this face:

Horrible photo

I wanted to laugh, but I kept it cool. It was hilarious.

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Listening to: Islands - Swans (Life After Death)
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22 February 2014

Teaching the art of mosaic

This is my second time teaching someone how to mosaic. I have never taken a class and feel anyone can do this! Just draw a picture, then fill in the blanks (think paint-by-number) with broken bits of glass, ceramic, beads, metal, or whatever tesserae you feel like using.

Teaching mosaic!

Kelly's first mosaic, in its beginning stages. She has her picture drawn and has started to fill in the spaces with broken tile and dishes.

Teaching mosaic!

She's a stud! Brilliant work and I couldn't be more proud!

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Listening to: Waldeck - Addicted
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16 February 2014

Can you keep a secret?

I can't. Well, I can, sorta.

It's incredibly difficult to keep these secret mosaic commissions under wraps. In lieu of giving it all away, enjoy a few progress pics.




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10 February 2014

First I procrastinate, then I ramble

Last week at this time, I was like, "Aw man, the dang link for my lasagna-making demo on the news is still broken!" Since then, I've been working and mosaicing and am just now getting around to posting about the news experience. But yeah, that's right. I demo'd how to make lasagna on the news. My first time making lasagna was a few days before this aired.

Lasagna demo about to happen! Wish me luck!

So how'd it happen?

I'm not quite sure. It's weird I was asked to do this. I've blogged for many years and the only three readers I have are the same people who I encountered when I first started this thing: my mom, Desotoe Joe and Baol. Okay, technically I was trying to stretch my readership; I met my mom way before blogs were invented.

Just before Christmas I was offered a lasagna-making kit from a Red Gold Tomato Person. A few weeks later this same Tomato Person asked me to give a brief lasagna tutorial on the news. I said yes even though I had never made lasagna in my life. I knew I could handle it because about a year ago, a dude from work came over and made me lasagna. He's an idiot, so I knew it would be easy. (Kidding, Taylor!)

I knew it was easy because it's layers of sauce-noodles-cheese, sauce-noodles-cheese, sauce-noodles-sauce-cheese.

Layers.

Of three ingredients.

1- Noodles: Use no-boil noodles because it isn't safe for anybody to handle hot noodles.

2- Sauce: add whatever you want to it. Mix a big can of diced tomatoes and two small cans of crushed tomatoes. Or just get one big can of each. Or two small cans of each. You don't have to add anything else. Or you can add cooked meat and whatever vegetables you have on hand. Red, orange, yellow and or green peppers, onion, carrot, mushrooms, spinach, kale, zucchini, squash, and like Taylor did...an apple. I know, it sounds like a typo, but try it.

3- Cheese: Google the cheese. Use whatever is your favorite. One of my cheese layers was ricotta and the other was my own personal blend of shredded cheeses. Mozzarella seemed essential. Then, I added a package of a "Mexican" cheese blend which made me feel uncomfortable, but it was the only way I could incorporate Queso cheese. And I added Colby cheese because it's my favorite. (Technically, Colby cheese is my favorite regular cheese and Derby cheese is my favorite fancy cheese.) 

1-Set oven to 350.
2-Gather your three ingredients.
3-Oil *a baking dish*. Or several small dishes - as long as they are 2" deep.
4-Layer your sauce, noodles and cheeses.
5-Notice at one point I look around confused because the camera guy frantically gave me the wrap-it-up signal

Click HERE to watch video... their embed link is broken. Argh!

*I spent a lot of time searching for a 13"x9"x2" baking dish and I had to buy one. Someone said "get Pyrex" and then I encountered an off-brand and both brands had all these boxes with different combinations of 13 pieces and 20 pieces and 4 pieces and 32 pieces and so many prices and I spent more than 20 minutes trying to figure out what to buy.

In retrospect, I just needed a 2" deep pan I could bake in. I prefer to use several different smaller dishes so I can make a variety of lasagnas at the same time. It's hard to explain, but easy to do.

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Listening to: Nobunny - Do the Scrooge
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31 January 2014

Learning New Stuff

I think this is the fourth chalkboard I've decorated. I enjoy the challenge of figuring out what to draw and making it happen.



February is Heart Healthy month and I didn't want to land in a Valentine's Day rut, so I came up with a Tree of Life sorta idea to incorporate hearts, as leaves.

Except my first attempt looked like a haystack.


But I kept adding and changing until I felt like my stack of hay morphed into a tree.


Taa Daa

Success!!

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