Sunday, February 15, 2009


Hurrah, hurray for Fridays, and soulful evenings with friends, good live music and half inch thick by 7 inch cookies. Mmm. I know, it's been a week since I posted, erk, *bonks-self-on-nose* bad Joanna but it's been a long week.

YAY! breezy made me a poppy hair clip it was uber cute :D

Poppy hair clip :D
Tuesday my parents came back from a 13 day search for a new home in colorado, so of course I procrastinated and didn't really clean, and was late picking them up. Then they tell me we have a new home, and the agent is coming sunday, and the moving evaluators are coming monday and I have 4 days to clean, craft, and drive my mother around for errands. BOO. Not to mention they have all this home improvment they have to get worked out this weekend, before my father has to go work in colorado, so their really stressed and barking orders and it's general chaos at my house.

Luckily my friend Amanda saves me, and via the magic/evil of facebook we planned a day of cake baking :D. The recipe changed multiple times but in the end she chose a red velvet 3 layered heart cake with meringue frosting and almond heart garnishes. 2 grocery trips, 15 minutes of trying to get her dog to stop quivering, and a sandwich later, be began on our endeavor. We double the recipe, and had alot of questions (does pink instead of red make a difference, how much cocoa was that again, does the meringue look 'peaked' to you?)
WAIT! 2 cups of vinegar? ..vinegar?! Luckily we didn't put the vinegar in. it was a minor handwriting-0, but still i was reaal hesitant to put 2 teaspoons of vinegar in.

Egg in a shell :D! It's just so perfectly fitted.
Red, well, pink velvet mix.

Question: (this goes to all you bakers) have you ever put vinegar in a cake, any cake? let me know, it was foreign to me! Anyways in the end the cake was going pretty ok, until we put the meringue on. Sorry Amanda, it was just an odd, odd cake, and not very stable, and kinda lumpy. sad :(

Anyways that was Wednesday, on thursday i got lots of colored polyvinyl to make my camera shaped camera bag. Yay for sales! the vinyl was the 3 mm thick premium kind :D! and on sale for 3 dollars a yard (compared to it's normal 7 dollars) I had a good talk with Kionna and we worked out the details to the lining; i spent thursday night making the rest of the template. I plan on devoting my monday to it so plan on pictures maybe tuesday, probably thursday.

Friday the 13 was wonderful, it snowed a butt-ton (7 ish inches). i don't care what the weatherman said no way was it four! for all intensive purposes i discredited him the moment my mother sent me to school in full rain garb with no change of clothes and it didn't rain a lick that day, and i couldn't play with the other children because of my yellow plastic coat that stuck to everything. :/

anyhow....bemis in downtown omaha had a benefit concert FRIGGATRSKAIDEKAPHOBIA!(lineup: Honeybee, Bear Country, Capgun Coup, Conchance, & Box Elders) and my asian counterpart Moral invited me to the preparty with a small tilly and the wall concert! So I dragged my ass out of bed, shoveled the snow, and bust out of the house to brave the crappy snow-covered roads. 20 minutes later I am downtown getting a signature sharpie X drawn on my hand and eating abnormally giant oatmeal raisin cookies. *mini heaven*

We (Alexandra, Moral, Claire, Mary, and I) danced along as tilly played sing songs along, and couple of random songs, a 'beat control' cover, and freest man :D (fave!) And Jamie had her cute nephew there too, which of course i took pictures of. After Moral's dad managed let us meet the band and take pictures *contented sigh*

Honeybee was wonderful, and so was Bear Country (i think i subconsciously like bluegrass/country twang) but at the end i left around midnight, so tired since i had been there since seven. All in all Friday the 13th was a success and nothing but snow went wrong take that!

Susan sings soulfully (Bear Country)
Instrumentalist from Honeybee, jamin' on the melodica
Melissa (Honeybee) & hubby Brandon in the background
Honeybee brought a quilt!
I think she might have noticed Amelie (my camera)
Moral, Alexander, Claire, Mary & I with Tilly and the Wall
Cute keyboardist!
Awesome sketchy man with great shirt & scarf combo.
Balloons & an oval tambourine.
Mmm. Hydration.
Jamie's having fun!
Kionna shows her UK pride
Sing songs along!
They're looking at her nephew who was fixated on the moracca
Opening song
Nephew silhouette

That's all for now!, tomorrow i'm making record bowls and i've decided to make this more a photo & crafts blog so the theme will be animals!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Walter & Tim's Maiden Voyage.

The last week an a half have slipped by, I meant to put up flower production pictures before I posted them on Etsy but... of course I procrastinated for a whole week. :/ The good news is that I made a new resolution to not watch tv without needle in hand, and that has led to the creation of 56 lovely flower clips. So here's to a flower filled week. (Here's the self promtion) These are post production and the most sucessful pictures, they come in 7 colors and you should totally check my etsy for them :D

Somehow during the week, getting the newspaper at 4 became part of my daily routine, and on thursday while rooting through the comics and marketplace ads I noticed a post for antique bonanza in the small town of Walnut, Iowa (self proclaimed antique town) So I phone up master crafter Breanne (aka. minihorse) in Lincoln and suddenly I had Saturday adventure plans!

Now, as most of you probably don't know, I have a spring-suction-cup-attached-to-my-winshield whale which I have dubbed Walter. To go along with walter the whale, I christened my car tim. (doesn't the adventures of walter and tim just roooooll of the tongue?) Anyways, I soujourned to lincoln friday afternoon and purchased a ton skeleton keys for my necklaces (38 if you wanna get particular) which I just purchased finishing clasps for them so they should be up on monday? or later today.maybe.

After key shopping I went to first fridays (photo based!! *swoon*) It was fairly disappointing, I expected more but maybe i got over excited. Taura Horn was there again and she had cute new pictures (interweb link) of native nebraska twas lovely. and there were baby pastries at a corner exhibit so that was nice. Then we went to walmart and got supplies for cakeball making. Breanne, Blair and I made red velvet cakeballs with almond bark on the outside, then watched Ponyo on the cliff by the sea by anime gods, studio ghibili, for a bit and hit the hay.

8 far-to-short hours later, bleary eyed me was awake and preparing for the maiden voyage of tim&walter. We decided to be hipsters and breeze played melodica while I sang while we drove 2 hours to quaint walnut (pop. 837). Up to expectations the town was choc-o-block full of antique shops (11 out of 18 ) And I was nothing short of a tourist as a oo'd and aa'd my way down the brick road. The first three shops were far too expensive, and we soon discovered the basements are way frigid. So we park ourselves at Aunt B's for a lovely meatloaf lunch before continuing the rummage. We searched through 7 more stores and found a mirad of wonderful things. I ended up buying a knit blanket, a three tiered cake plate, a large suitcase, 3 old cameras and all under 50 bucks :D!
*Swoon* A tiny working baby piano just like the ones
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's had in concert :D!

A delicious meatloaf meal for me, and a chicken pita for Breanne.

MM. Action shot. omnomnom.

A baby cast iron oven complete with leaf attachments!

Charming owl teapots

*sigh* A panoramic photo I really wanted,
but alas i'm cheap and twas 75 bucks.

Behold, the queen reigns from her wicker throne.

Jigglypuff gold plated pokemon card? yes, amazing.

Reflection portrait, note how empty the street is.

A cute, overfilled shop with gorgeous light,
sadly it was closed. I'll go back just for the pictures one day.

This shop had cute bells!

A chic french beret. I will attempt making knockoffs of this shortly.

Quilt Central!

A 3 story barn of antique-ish goodness.mmm.

All in all a wonderful day. I would recomend the sojourn to walnut, so worth it.

Look for necklaces, keychains, laptop bags, and potentially berets in the coming week :D.