Back in Georgia

I am back in Georgia, and I miss New York a bit. The weather is still humid and moist. It has been rainy and storming instead of getting ready for the fall. I have some photos to share with you of my family's home. It's a bit dreary because a tornado watch is in effect in the area.





My dresser with my Rockin' Out line


This shelf is filled with hand blown glass
birds and sealife figurines.

The dinning room

Good-bye everyone!


  
  

Chick Pea and Tomato Soup- Vegetarian

It is finally getting a bit cool here in Georgia. With chilly weather, warm food is very comforting. One thing that I love about GA is the beautiful fresh produce! There were some lovely vine ripened tomatoes sitting on my parents kitchen counter and I went from there.

Chick Pea and Tomato Soup Recipe
  • 1 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 3 small tomatoes on the vine diced
  • 1 Tbs of parsely (fresh or dried)
  • 1 Tbs of fresh garlic chopped, or granulated garlic
  • 1-2 stalks of green onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup of bell pepper chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 Tbs oil
  1. Put a large pot on the stove and turn on medium heat. Add oil to the pan. Add the chopped and diced green pepper, green onion, garlic, and fresh tomatoes to the heated pot. Sautee' the veggies for about 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender. Be cafeful not to have the heat too high, or the garlic will burn.
  2. Add the chick peas, can of diced tomatoes, and water to the pot. Add all of the seasonings and herbs to the pot. Bring to a boil. Once the soup comes to a boil, cover with a lid, and turn down heat to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 mintues, the soup is ready.
This soup goes great with grilled pita bread. I like to use whole wheat pita and toast it in the toaster. Then, put it into a hot pan prepared with a teaspoon of oil. Add Italian herb seasoning, sea salt, and granulated garlic to it. Turn on both sides to evenly coat the pita in the seasonings. This process took about 2 minutes for me to make on the gas stove.
Well, this recipe is extremely easy, and many variations can be made. Please enjoy, and feel free to leave feedback and comments.

Attack of the Bunnies!!!


Making these bunnies were extremely fun. My little sister was my intern. If there is anyone out there that has ever been an intern in the fashion industry, you know exactly what I mean (laughing).

I was in the process of doing some winter cleaning last year and had clothing that I did not wear. So, instead of throwing it out like a bum, I did a load of laundry the next day and turned my studio into a bunny factory. I was greatly inspired by crafters online, and it reminded me of my high school days. I used to turn clothing into bags, or other clothing styles, but we didn't call it upcyling.

 When I flew south for the winter, my sister and I went through my large inventory in the basement of my parent's home and went shopping for the bunnies. She helped me with picking out fabric, colors, it became a fun project. She has an excellent eye. Did I mention that I also have a large supply in Detroit, and in my closet, as well as NY? Yeah, i should stop buying new fabric and yarn...
Group shot of the ladies
Sorbet Lamb and Betty Flare
Betty trying to talk to Sorbet. Sorbet is a bit
afraid of Betty
Nathan G and his girlfriend Lizie. She's being
a bit dramatic at the moment.
Lily practicing ballet for Scott the librarian
Daniel, Betty, and Jack Rabbit hanging out
Daniel breakdancing
Word to the Kraken!

Date Night at Max Brenner

So the sterotype is that all women love chocolate. My husband wanted to surprise me, and take me to a place that he and a co-worker discovered near Union Square. Before we went he said,"Make sure you have your chocolate taste buds ready." Well, the sterotype is true for me. I love chocolate!!! I took more photos, but my camera battery died and the place was darkly lit.

The menus were spiral bound, and reminded me of sketch pads from my design classes. The theme was reminecent of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with the blond colors and the stylized font. The resturant aura was like dark chocolate, and the customers were the kids in the candy store. Tim ordered a chicken burger, and I had the original swiss and mushroom burger. They served them on wooden planks, and the waffle fries were dusted with powdered cocoa and cayenne pepper. They were awesome! The buns were house made, and had chocolate baked into the tops finished with an egg wash. There was even chocolate seasonings in the burger. The burgers were savory and well balanced. Here are a few pics from Max Brenner.

Mocha in a trademark Hug Mug

 
Double chocolate ice cream sandie with choco ganache sauce
served on a porcalin lined paper sheet plate

My goodies from the resturant




The top truffles are dark chocolate with blueberry filling.
The last three are honey and milk chocolate truffles

I was inspired, so I made a mocha at home! I used organic
milk chocolate that I chopped from a large chunk. Added
coffee from a French press, and whipped heavy cream.
Then I topped it off with chocolate shavings.


Check out Max Brenner's website! http://www.maxbrenner.com/

The Anna Sui Project


Back in 2008, I was an intern at Anna Sui. For 5 months, I enjoyed living in Manhattan and working in a live design house. I would love to talk about the things that went on there, but then I would have to turn you into jam (joking). I can tell you that I had a great supervisor, and that Anna's assistant helped to give me an awesome opportunity.


Amerika and Deery dolls in Anna's store
 It was my last week of my internship, and I had gained a few new responsibilities. That week, I helped take notes for a fitting, taught new interns, and did all of this while dressed in a Biscuit print Lolita skirt, Metamorphose brand, a pink Hello Kitty tee, and black cardigan with black tights. I would post the picture, but I was not wearing makeup…or a petticoat to give my skirt lift. I wanted to give everyone thank-you cards, but that sounded boring. Instead, I made a gift bag for my supervisor. While I was thinking of items to put in my supervisor's goody bag, I thought of how cool it would be to give the designer something. I like to daydream often. During the last month of my internship, I decided to make a doll. I borrowed a bad Singer from a friend of mine, and went exploring to find supplies. After a few sketches, and supply hunting, the final result was this:

The Anna doll in my 'dorm'
Back view of Anna doll,hand beading

Long story short, I gave this doll to Anna and the rest is history. Here are some photos of the items that I made for her store. The pins and hair barrettes sold out before I returned to NY that year. All that was left at the time were the two dolls in the photos above.
Amerika doll for Anna

Flowers doll for Anna

Sunshine doll for Anna

Deery doll 2008 for Anna Sui

More photos can be found on Flickr.com under "mienkintoshfairie"
pins and flower hair barrettes

Eeeeeek! There's a mouse in my food!


Pincushions are vital items for every sewer to have. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. But, the most popular and well known pincushion is the tomato with the strawberry attached. Inside of the strawberry is emery grit (sand). It was used to sharpen pins before modern methods of sharpening pins were made. Pins are now made of stainless steel without nickel plating. Sometimes, in a box of pins, there might be a few broken or dull ones. This is where the emery filled strawberry comes in handy.

During this summer, I wanted to start a fun sewing project. My husband, Tim, brought home this cute mouse plush from his job for me. I fell in deep like with it. My grandmother had just sent me a box full of fat quarters in different colors and prints. Instead of teaching myself how to make a quilt, I decided to make something useful with them. The blue mouse plush was sitting on my table next to my sewing machine, and I thought to myself: "Why don't I make a pincushion?"

The mouse project started in New York, and followed me to Georgia! Freelance work in the design industry is slim pickings. A great friend of ours was getting married in Georgia (where I went to school and where my husband is from). After the wedding, I decided to stay in Georgia for a bit. After making the first 24 mice, they became future merchandise for my store. I recruited my little sister to help me cut them out and stuff them. Three to four months later, I had completed 81 mice! By the end of the project, I wanted to send them back to NY to invade apartments. Along with the mice, I wanted to make an emery accessory. I didn't want to fill the mice with emery. Mice like cheese, so I constructed emery filled cheese for the mice. That was also a long process. When using emery, you have to cover it several times. I still have 60 pieces of cheese to cover!