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I love all things drag queen. If there is a movie with queens in it, I will rent it. If there is a TV show about queens competing (gasp!) I’ll watch it.  Now there is a show about queens making over real women. I WANT TO BE ON IT!

I first heard about RuPaul’s Drag Race from Henry Rollins.  Yes, that Henry Rollins. I saw him on a spoken word tour and he talked of his experience as a judge on the show. I’m not a big fan of reality shows. But I thought, if it has queens and Henry Rollins, how bad can it be?  Now, I am completely hooked.

The funny thing about Drag Race is that some of the queens I like better in the workroom (as men) than I do on the runway (as women).  Some of them I like better on the runway. Weird, huh?  For example, I love Willam Belli when he’s in drag.  His character is hilarious. She is alternately vapid and razor sharp.  Willam Belli the man comes across vain and mean.  I love Chad Michaels in drag.  Chad out of drag is boring.  But, the winner of Season 4, Sharon Needles is the opposite. I love Needles in the workroom. He’s funny and smart.  Needles on the runway is stupid. She even describes herself as stupid.  Beautiful, but stupid.  Stupid is not entertaining.  Stupid does not take any effort.  Of course, I love the grand dame of all queens RuPaul herself.

There is so much effort and art that goes into drag. I am mesmerized by their talent with makeup and design. Also, it is not lost on me the irony involved in queens teaching real women how to be women again. It sort of supports a sexist ideal. But, at the same time, I feel that it sort of reclaims some of the power of being feminine that so many of us lose. There is power in being fierce and serving up some curvy realness. There is power in the confidence it takes to stomp the runway in three inch platforms and a five pound wig.

What does a girl do with an unwanted subscription to Bride magazine and some free time?

She makes paper beads of course!  Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about re-purposing things. One of my favorites is Blue Velvet Chair (will open in new window). I saw a posting on there recently about all of the different things you can do to recycle magazines and paper. There are some amazing items that people have created on the site.

I liked the idea of paper beads since they are small and didn’t require me to purchase any new tools.  But, guess what. I did buy a new tool. I found an awesome little tool for rolling paper beads made by Paper Bead Girl.  You can see her Etsy site here. She also sells an adhesive for making paper beads. I was given a sample with my roller. I like it, but so far, I like the beads sealed with Diamond Glaze better. It gives them a really nice coating. You might think they were made of wood or plastic.

I’ve made some of them into bracelets for myself.

Is Waffle Week anything like Pancake Tuesday?

In my quest to find some cool and different decorations for my reception, I came across the concept of “wedding wands.” The idea is, if you are at a venue where you can’t use bubbles or maybe you just don’t want soap involved, your guests can wave pretty ribbons to see you off. I like the idea a lot.  Since Jon and I are not being whisked off to a honeymoon after the reception and I’m sure my family would appreciate if I stayed around to help clean up; I don’t need them. But darn it I wanted them. So, my excuse to get my craft on is that the kids’ table could use them as a center piece. Then the kids can run around like little crazy people waiving these sticks around. It will be like Lord of the Flies, but with bells. After a few glasses of craft beer, I might waive one around myself!  I thought I would share my crafting experiences with my adoring fan base (all 3 of you).

 

Supplies!
Supplies

First, trip to Hobby Lobby (chose them over Michael’s because of the 40% off coupon this week). I got a bag of 12 inch dowels, some silver paint, some ribbon, some bells and a giant blue feather. I already had the block of floral foam.

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Sticks
Silver Sticks

Then, I gave the sticks 2 coats of silver paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbon
Ribbon

Cut the ribbon into 24 inch lengths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feathers
Feathers!

I bought one of those ostrich feathers from the floral department. I don’t know what continent the teal blue ostrich hails from, but I’m glad this one gave up a feather for me. I just cut the shoots off the feather and glued about 10 strings to the top of each wand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Project
Aren't they pretty?

I glued the ribbon on with a hot glue gun, and then glued the bell on and viola!

The Chinese character for green spray paint also translates as muppet camouflage.

Out with 2010, in with 2011. I am not a person who does a lot of resolutions. I think they are asking for failure. However, I do sort of have one for 2011 and that is to do more canning.  I do not do it because I’m a localvore or because I’m worried about high fructose corn syrup. I do it because it is tasty and often money saving.

So, here’s to 2011 and some tasty home canned goodness!

I’m what you call a taste maker. No offense, but you’re really more of a smell maker.

This is a little off the beaten path for my blog, but I found something tasty that I’d like to share with you.

I am a chai fanatic. You put chai spice on anything and I’ll try it. There used to be an Indian restaurant here that made great chai. I frequently get it at Starbucks. In the colder months, I sometimes make it at home.  I can never seem to make it as good as they did at the Sitar.  So, i  rejoiced when I recently found an excellent recipe for chai concentrate.  My apologies for not being able to remember which blog I found it on. I surf a lot of food blogs these days.

I have enjoyed the recipe in black tea and in coffee. It is not as sweet as you expect, I usually add one tea spoon of sugar. I also added a bit extra of the spices. I wanted the spice to be really strong.

 

Chai Concentrate

MAKES ABOUT 1 1/2 CUPS (ENOUGH FOR 28 CUPS OF CHAI)

Unlike many brands of chai mix, this one includes the sweetener and the milk. All you add is a mug of hot tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

Empty condensed milk into a jar or plastic container with tight-fitting lid. Stir in the sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Store in refrigerator.

To use: Brew a cup of strong black tea, such as Assam, then add two heaping teaspoons of concentrate or more to taste. Stir well until concentrate has fully melted.

To give: Pour into small jars with lids and tie with an attractive bow, or wrap the jar first. Attach a tag with instructions to keep the mix refrigerated and how to use it.

To keep: Store in refrigerator for up to 6 months.

 

Why I love the Spotless Frog

Of all the irritating local commercials, my favorite hands down is the Spotless Frog.  Here is a short list of reasons to love the Spotless Frog:

  • His lips are out of sync with his singing
  • He does not sound like old Kermit, he does not sound like new Kermit.  He sounds like someone doing a REALLY bad impersonation of the bastard love child of new Kermit and Ernie.
  • I have never, even once, heard the Spotless Frog say, “We’re Dealin’!”
  • He wears dentures.
  • He is an excellent speller.
  • He IS NOT Little Steven Grindstaff!

And that is why I love the Spotless Frog.