Monday, May 11, 2009

Fried Green Tomatoes

I picked my first tomatoes out of my garden last week~! And when I say picked, I mean they kinda fell off the vine into my hands. Probably because I was sooo excited that they were doing so well, and I probably fondled them a bit too much. At any rate, I had these great green tomatoes so, we made Fried Green Tomatoes. And they turned out super yum!

3 medium, firm green tomatoes, sliced
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c milk
2 beaten eggs
2/3 c cornmeal
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
olive oil

Sprinkle tomato slices with salt and pepper. Let stand for 15 min. Place flour, milk, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate shallow dishes.

Now, heat up your olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Dip tomato slices in milk, then flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs. In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for about 5 min. on each side or until brown.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Spring Show this weekend in Austin, Tx -- May 2nd and 3rd

This weekend is the fourth annual spring show for Handmade Austin Women. Handmade Austin Women are dedicated to unique design, and the highest quality in handcrafted work.

The Handmade Austin Women Spring Show is an annual market that presents unique artisan design and outstanding handcrafted art. They organize the show to promote the profound benefits of sustaining women artists at work here in Texas. They support Austin's cottage industry and the growing character of our local, independent economy

Since it's the weekend before Mother's Day, this would be a great time to get out there and find some cool stuff for Mom (or if you are a Mom, find some much deserved cool stuff for yourself~!).

Hosted by: Ginko Studios; Located at: 800 Gullett Street, Austin, TX 78722 (512)389-1920

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I heart Steampunk~!

Actually I heart Steampunk jewelry by one particular etsy artist, And Catherinette Rings is having the best giveaway ever. I mean it. EVER. These are the coolest rings I've ever seen. And right now, you can enter to win a ring. Seriously. I can't say enough about these jewelry pieces. They are super fab~! So, click on this link and go sign up...or at least take a look...because I love them so hard, and I know you will too~!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Monday is National Hairball Awareness Day ...

How gross is that? I know. It is gross. I was at PetSmart today and was chatted up by a sales associate. I literally laughed aloud when she told me about the (?). Not because I think hairballs are funny. They are not. They are awful. I am not trying to belittle their awfulness. I do, however, find it funny that there's an awareness day for it. Because that's just silly. And seems don't know....maybe a company that has a product that helps with hairballs. Which, in this case, happened to be Science Diet pet food who the sales associated just so happened to have coupons for. But, then again, I did find this link where they are celebrating the "holiday" in Washington, DC. You know in case you want to "touch an actual animal hairball." (Gag.) But, I digress. The REASON I even know about this is because we got a cat! He's so precious!


I've been thinking about cats since I held some kittens at a pet store a few weeks ago, and I happened to be at an animal shelter last week with a friend. And there was this sweet kitty who was King of the Day and a VIP at the animal shelter. Considering that this is NOT a no-kill shelter, I think those are both dubious honors. Also, he had been at the shelter for over a month. He's 5 years old, and his former owner said that they surrendered him because he was spraying everything in the house. But...he was soooooo sweet at the shelter. And very cute. And he was older, had been neutered, and was declawed. (I KNOW the declawing thing is cruel, but I have leather furniture so, I figure if I got a cat that is ALREADY declawed, then it's not as cruel or something.) Anyway, I decided to take a chance on this little fur ball, and I am so glad I did. He's awesome! And he hasn't sprayed anything at all..not even once. He's just a great addition to the family.

So, helping kitty adjust to his new home, has taken up a lot of my time. But, I did have time this week to add two new jewelry designs. I've been thinking about Mother's Day coming up next month. And I found some charms and chain that I really love. I think they are a great mix of vintage and contemporary. I found some awesome 1960s brass chain. It's heavier than I usually work with it. But, it's not too heavy. When I bought it, the seller had it listed as the "perfect chain", and I think it lives up to it's name. So, I added a vintage brass scripty Mother charm and a semi-precious blue lapis stone, and came up with this:

blue lapis + vintage brass

I also stumbled upon a brass locket that looks exactly like one my Mom had back in the 1970s. It's a double-sided oval locket with an art nouvaeu design on front and back. I paired it with the vintage 1960s chain. I absolutely love it. I made one for myself to keep and one to sell.

art nouveau locket + vintage brass chain

Thursday, April 23, 2009

FREE JEWELRY GIVEAWAY from Love and Lust Designs

Love and Lust Designs is giving away a free Gaia Necklace and Earring giftset. Click here to enter in the drawing.

This giveaway will end April 30th and the winner will be announced May 1st!


Allover Art has a special giveaway from j. brown Art. Click here and follow the instructions to enter for a free print of your choice. Some very cool artwork!

The giveaway runs from Thursday, April 23rd to Thursday, April 30th at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be chosen and the prize will be the winner's choice of any 4x6 fine art print with free shipping from j. brown Art!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Have you seen Wordle? It's a time suck, but it's a little fun one. You can type in your blog site or you can just type in words. It will randomize the words and art it up for you. Here's the one that I did for my blog.

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