Topic: grumble grumble
I have a complaint or two: One thing I will not miss when the Olympics are over- That highly annoying "i believe" song that they play over and over and over, before commercial breaks, after commercial breaks, as the segue between events, in the background as a new graphic pops up....SOMEONE MAKE IT STOP!!!! They play it every five minutes and it is driving me crazy!!!
So I now have the non-beta of the new blog editor. I had the beta edition one day, and sort of liked it. Now i'm not so sure. The main panel is a sort of a weird green rounded edge web 2.0 table that's jammed far to the left margin leaving a large 30% black space on the left margin. The background colour of the page is a jaundiced liver bile green. The text edit window has shrunk. On the plus side: It is worlds better than the old HTML notepad where you had enter all your own tags. I think I'll send a comment about all the wasted space on the right margin side.
I finally had a chance to check out the new relocated Vincenzo's Italian market in the New Bauer Lofts building. http://www.vincenzosonline.com/MovingDay.aspx There's a map of the new place. It's much larger than the little corridor they had on Belmont and they have a larger selection of everything, including dried mushrooms. I got a package of black Morels, a package of boletes, some Black Trumpets, Wood Ears, and a package labeled "forest mushrooms" that included oysters, chantrelles, and a few others. I picked up a package of fresh shiitakes to accent the dried shrooms. I also got real Arborio rice from Italy and I made some smokey forest mushroom and Spinach risotto. The flavor was deep, smokey, earthy and rich. To go with it I made some fresh battered haddock with lemon. Fish can be a bit bland, so I always pair it with something flavorful. Dave thought it was food worthy of a five star restaurant. All I know is that it was delicious.
The Bauer Lofts is quite the urban hipster hang out. There's a couple home decor shops, a bistro, a card and gift shoppe, a very large tea shop, a "holistic nutrition wellness center" an art gallery, and a few stores yet to open. Vincenzo's has an expanded Cafe/Bistro area and lots of table for eating in store. All of Waterloo is going from Hippy to hipster. An American Apparel is opening soon, either in the lofts or beside Waterloo Square. More Hipster stuff!
In sewing news...I am working on a denim jacket with leather trim. The shoulder yokes will be patch-worked leather, all seams will be piped with leather trim, and there will be some leather corset lacing detailing on several seams. There' will also be bold copper rivets on the yoke and several other places. The jacket is supposed to look rugged, with the corset lacing being a witty, feminine accent. it's supposed to go with the denim and leather pencil skirt and the high waisted corset-detailed wide leg jeans.
I was having trouble with the yoke, trying to figure out how to do it, how to keep it from being bulky...I fell asleep thinking about it and ended up dream about sewing leather ALL NIGHT! Almost everyone I have ever known in my life affered up advice, a first grade teacher, people who are now dead, Dave Sim had a few word to offer saying I tend to get stuck on small details...which of course he's right...he said that about one of my paintings I was working on many years ago...for the most part their advice had nothing to do with what I was trying to accomplish. I think nine tenths of the advice we get in our lives is quite useless, but the one tenth that is worthwhile more than makes up for the nonsense. Looking back it's amazing how much useless advice came from kindergarten to grade six teachers.
So I watched American Idol online...and thie show is now so far over the shark it's gone right inot the whale tank. or some tank. This is the worst bunch ever, not one can sing anything. They should have cancelled after last year. Ther's no one even trying to be so bad their good, like Bird Girl Meagan last year. I can't see Queen wanting to share the stage with any of these losers.
Someone e-mailed methis picture of a necklace that they found on one of the crafter's marketplace websites. It's a zipper and some plastic beads. It's sort of cute, not overly original and HOLY HELL it's being sold for $110. there's an identical black one going for 130$ and it's made with gold plated resin beads. That's double speak for gold plated PLASTIC! There are bunches of crap made with dime store jewelry findings and metal zippers. The seller lists it as a "statement piece" yeah, the statement is "I like to spend 100$ on stuff made with 5$ worth of supplies from Len's Mill Store!"
And now not a grumble: Maybelline's new Lash Stilletto Voluptuous Mascara. It's good, as good as the late lamented and discontinued Sky High Curves. The original lash Stiletto had a weird plastic smell and made lashes look spiky and unnatural, the newest incarnation looks much nicer. And the waterproof is almost as good as the washable version. As a bonus, it's far less expensive than DiorShow Iconic -which is the gold standard for mascaras.
And that's all my mild complaining for today. Maybe tomorrow I'll post a sketch of the jacket i am making.