My arts and craftiness has slowed down as my work schedule has ramped up. Therefore, I give to you some good internets (all PlaidPaiselyandPolkadots approved) to browse:
Colossal: an art blog of really cool art-like things
The Oatmeal: an angsty online cartoonist with a fascination for violence and wild animals
Man Made: all about man-crafts
Pinterest, You are Drunk: this makes sense if you have ever been to Pinterest
Cake Wrecks: The glorious results of professional cake decorators
Handprint: More than you ever wanted to know about water color painting
ChemKnits: One of my favorite knitting bolgs
That is all for now, will be back soon with craftyness.
I have another little bonus project to do with leftovers from the recycled yogurt container earrings- make a bracelet!
This project will give a quick, bright, fiber art accessory without all the macrame. You can keep it simple, or you can add more colors and weaving designs.
- Plastic ring from left-over container
- Embroidery Floss
- Beads or buttons
- Spray Paint
- Hole Punch
- Double-sided tape
1. Cut a section of the plastic ring that is about half of the circumference of your wrist. Punch holes on both ends and then spray paint to cover the ends.
2. Lay double-sided tape across the front. Pick two colors of floss and attach one vertically and one horizontally on one end.
3. Hold the horizontal strands (pink) off to the side as you wrap the vertical strand (green) around the plastic. Press floss onto tape. After a bit fold the pink floss down and wrap the green floss over it- alternate until the end.
4. Leave extra pink floss at the end and braid, then finish with a loop. On the other end, thread more pink floss through the holes and tie on a button or a bead. Make sure to measure around wrist and adjust the placement of the button/bead to fit.
5. Wear and enjoy!
I am doing a special, celebratory tasting in honor of sticking with a diet long enough to lose 15 lbs. Hooray me! Hooray cupcakes and beer!
To highlight the diversity of beer flavors I decided to do a dessert tasting. I have paired Highland Brewing Co.‘s Mocha Stout with Sophie P. Cakes‘ Mint Chocolate Chip cupcake.
Sophie P. Cakes is a Lafayette cupcakery, and in my opinion, one of the best I have ever been to. The cakes are always fresh, and the flavors are unique without being nauseatingly saccharine. Mint and chocolate has to be one of my favorite flavor combinations of all time, so I was over-the-moon excited when they had this little guy the day I went to get my victory cupcake. The cake was very minty and bright green with dots of small chocolate chunks. The icing was a great compliment and the whole thing sang of wonder and joy.
Highland is the largest micro brewery out of Asheville, NC, America’s home-town of beer. During my recent visit I was able to take a walking tour of the brewery and taste a large portion of their beer labels. The Black Mocha Stout was one of my favorites. It is hearty and sweet in all the ways a classic stout ought to be.
Aroma: Hoppy with sweet caramel notes and a lot of oats. Very distinct coffee aroma- this by far is the strongest sent.
Flavor: Hops in the flavor add to the bitterness quality found in coffee, a lot of coffee flavor with some of the complex characteristics of caramel. Some chocolate, but mostly coffee.
Body/Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth with thick foam
Color: Dark brown, opaque in the glass
The rich coffee flavor and sweetness paired very well with the chocolate and aromatic mint of the cupcake. The heavier body of the stout also paired well with the cake texture. A very good combination. This stout makes a great dessert beer and I would love to try it in a beer float. Also, more cupcakes.
Photos courtesy of Mr. Andre LaFleur