16 December 2008

MWMH :: Gingerbread Teeth

On a Date

This time tomorrow I will be landing in Lala Land!! I can't wait! But I will admit, today was a rather fine day in New York City, what with the snow and all. I had planned that this day would be devoted to two very important things: 1) packing & 2) making gingerbread cookies with the new cookie cutters that my friends bought me as an early birthday present. Fortunately, I accomplished both things!

Snow in the Courtyard

On the walk around the corner to the grocery store, I made a mental comment on what lovely weather we were having, what with the sky being so grey and bleached out, and the temperature being so nice and crisp. Little did I know it would only get better!

Snow Falling

Within 30 minutes after I had returned from the grocery store, I notice a facebook status update commenting about "snow." So, obviously, I rush to the window and see not just little white flakes, but huge white fluffs coming down, and rather fast too. I flipped out a little, or a lot. Furthermore, it snowed for the rest of the day and it's still going now, at 10:25. OOO!! The flakes just now got really big again! Ahhh this is so exciting for me! I've been pressing my forehead to my window for at least half the day today just watching the snow fall, but when I look at the windows of the apartment complex across the street from me, I realize that I'm the only person doing this. Everyone else's window is devoid of a nose squashed against the glass and mouth breathing a big circle of condensation on it. Ah, oh well.


Anyways, I won't bore you anymore with my weather naïvete. (Oh but it's so pretty!) So what would make a snowy evening at home even better? Filling the dorm with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread cookies! Exactly. So I busted out my new cookie cutters--which are the most random, amazing amalgamation of shapes: a banana, a tooth, a carrot, a toothbrush, and a lobster.

Lobsters and Teeth

I got to work, made the dough, chilled it for a while, and then baked batches and batches of cookies. The first batch I tried out each of the cookie cutters, but soon found out that their sizes varied so much that the baking time would never be right for all of them. Since the carrot is ridiculously gigantic, I only made one of those. See, I'm taking these cookies to class tomorrow, since it's our last class of the semester, and our final critique in sculpture (and yes, I realize that I'm turning into Maggie Gyllenhaal's character in Stranger Than Fiction, I know...).

I made mostly teeth and lobsters because they were a good size and that way I would have plenty for everyone in class. I think they came out pretty tasty, and if you would like the recipe, you can find it over at No Special Effects. They didn't come out quite as chewy as the recipe said, but maybe it's because I rolled the dough out too thin. But then again, this did yield more cookies, so I guess it works out. They still are quite tasty and adorable, I think.

Sigh. I love nights like these, when I can integrate my hobbies with the forecast...

Until I reach the land of sand and ill earthquakes, adieu!

14 December 2008

Little Faces, Little Boxes

Hello Lovelies!

I realize I have missed Mid-Week Magic Hour for the past, oh, two weeks at least. Well, truth be told, I've just been a little busy, as they say. Anyways, I'll make up for it and show you part of what I've been up to...

Drawing Final

What's that you say? It's my drawing final. Granted, it is more of a painting/sculpture/installation piece, but my drawing class is run quite, QUITE loosely. Basically, if it has some portion where there is a line on something, you're good to go. Here are some detail shots of the piece:

Drawing Final

Drawing Final

Yes indeed, it took a little bit o' time. There are 17 gouache portraits of photographs that I took of some people in India during my trip (which was almost a year ago! I can't believe it!).

Drawing Final - Detail 2

Drawing Final - Detail 3

I painted the faces on tracing paper so that when mounted on the window, the light would shine through and give their faces an ethereal quality. I then made each portrait an origami box out of butcher paper to surround it. After a few snip snips and one very late night, I finished. Now all the boxes are sitting awkwardly inside a plastic "Have A Nice Day" bag. Hmmm...

Anyways, I went to the Holiday Craft Fair at Divine Studio today! It was so inspiring and amazing. I bought an adorable fox clock from Sesame Letterpress! What a nice day. Now I am working on my sculpture project, which is going to be odd. Let's just say it involves a lot of unflavored "clear" gelatin and black plastic vertabrae. I'll leave it at that.

Until next time...

07 December 2008

New Knitting Project Under Way!

Greetings from the library!

I realize that I haven't updated in a week, but you see, it's almost the end of the semester, and I have ever so much work. So, I am using my time at the library updating my blog instead of writing my final essay! I think that sounds like a perfect form of procrastination, don't you?

Anyways, before I get into talking about my new knitting project, I just need to tell the world something quite exciting: it snowed!! Oh it was so beautiful!! At first, when I was looking out my window around 8 pm, I looked at the ugly peachy-fluorescent street lamp and saw these little things hovering around in its light, and I began to wonder if we had some sort of lunar eclipse and there was an invasion of gnats or some other type of natural phenomenon. But they were in fact tiny snowflakes, which continued to grow in size as the night progressed! I was so excited! It was another beautiful form of procrastination, just screaming at me to stop writing, make some hot cocoa with marshmallows in it, and stand by my window and watch nature do its thing. So I did. And I got basically no work done. Which is why I am here in the library, being actually quite productive, up until right now. Also, I went to the Mud Coffee shop which I've heard so much about, and I loved it, and I want to go there all the time. There was even a grizzled old man at the bar with a sketchbook and some pencils and he was so cool. I want to be like that when I'm old...

Okay, so back to the topic of this post. I recently received in the mail this great book Romantic Style: Knits and Crochet to Wear or Display! It has a bunch of lacey, 1930's-inspired knits, and I just love it. I've decided that I am first going to knit this lacey shawl which I will intend to wear as a thick scarf. I bought some lace-weight 100% baby alpaca yarn from KnitPicks and I can't wait to get started. Here's the color that I chose:

I think it should be quite a lovely addition to my wardrobe. In addition to this scarf, I really want to make this hat from the purl bee. I love how it's made from such soft, yet light yarn. And it's such a simple design that I'm sure it will look good with everything. It calls for cashmere yarn, which I would definitely love to buy, but it's so expensive! Maybe I'll just splurge with some birthday money or something. I think that's what I'll do! Yeah!

Anyways, that's about it. I have about 1.5 weeks of school left, and my birthday is in 12 days, so I am excited to say the least! I can't wait to return to the land of 75º winters.

Until next time....