Monthly Archives: March 2012

Straight8 Film Contest 2012

Acting is not one of my many pursuits, but my step-dad is entering the Straight8 film contest, and I’m one of the people in the film (along with my sister, grandma, and boyfriend)!  For Straight8 contestants use one roll of super 8 film to shoot a 3 minute 20 second movie with absolutely no retakes or editing (hence the name, I guess); you’ve got one shot to do it.  A week later you send in the soundtrack for the film and they put it together.  The other night we started filming, but couldn’t finish the whole thing for various reasons.  I believe we’re finishing it tonight.  I’m not sure how much I’m supposed to talk about it; maybe it’s secretive, maybe it’s not (I just don’t know).  Anywhoo, I will say it takes place at night, has religious themes, and involves a dead body.  I can’t wait to see it!

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Planting for March: Beans, Eggplants, and Cucumbers [Photos and Information]

That’s right!  I’ve planted more seeds!  I would have done it a few days ago but we had some unseasonably cold (to me!) and surprisingly rainy days.  Anywho, today I planted Royal Burgundy Beans, Easter Egg Plants, Rosa Bianca Eggplants, and Straight Eight Cucumbers.

The Royal Burgundy Beans are a compact bush variety (good for small places) and need no staking for support.  As you can guess they’re purple!  But they do turn green when cooked.  They’re also stringless (sounds good to me).  Plant them directly in the ground when the soil reaches 65-75F at an 1 inch down.  Because the beans mature all at once, it can be a good idea to plant your seeds in 3 or so week intervals so you can keep harvesting all summer long.

Royal Burgundy Beans

The Rosa Bianca is and Italian Eggplant with a sweet and mild flavor that’s great for cooking (can’t wait!).  Eggplants need to be started indoors (unless you live in the Southwest or the Deep South, I’ve heard) and transplanted once the soil’s reached 60F at least.  Eggplants are from India and China originally so they love the heat!  These eggplants are round with creamy ivory and purple flesh, and can grow to 2-3 lbs.  I’m practically salivating!

Rosa Bianca Eggplant

Easter Egg Plants are an ornamental eggplant, but they can be eaten.  The person I bought my seeds from (Sophie’s Seeds and Swine I mentioned in another post) says her variety was given to her by a friend and they’ve got a lot of flavor, but I can’t vouch for all Easter Egg Plants.  Some people say they’re bland.  We’ll have to wait and see!  Either way, the skin is thin and soft so it doesn’t need to be peeled.  Anyway, the Easter Egg Plants, like the Burgundy Beans, don’t need a stake for support.  Since they are eggplants, they need to be started indoors and transplanted, just like the Rosa Bianca.  If left to ripen on the vine, the eggplants shrink and turn yellow like an egg yolk!

Easter Egg Plant

Straight Eight Cucumbers are an American variety introduced in 1935 and are great slicing cucumbers (I didn’t really know some were better to slice than others, but I suppose it makes sense) and pickles.  Said to be a prolific and disease-resistant plant, they produce dark green 7-8″ cucumbers.  Plant them in late spring or start them ahead of time indoors.

Straight Eight Cucumbers

Let’s hope I have some sprouts in a couple weeks!  Happy planting!

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Some Tips on Heirloom Gardening

Hey, everyone!  As you may have gathered, I’m a beginning gardener, but this is a good thing because I can share some of the resources I’m using!

First of all, I’m a huge lover of books (hey, that’s my family’s livelihood), and I think they can be a lot more physically convenient than the internet and hopefully more reliable.  (Of course, I’m always using the internet for research too).  Anywho, here are a couple books I really like for beginning heirloom gardening:

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Heirloom Vegetables by Chris McLaughlin

Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva’s Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening by Annie Spiegelman

Also, knowing when to plant vegetables in the Phoenix area can be challenging, we’re in a very distinct zone: 13 (it really says a lot, unfortunately).  I like to go by the planting calendar for my zip code that I found on The Urban Farm’s Tidbits page.

And of course, actually getting those precious seeds to plant is super important (and exciting).  I like to support my local nurseries, but I also like supporting fellow Etsy shop owners, so I get a lot of my seeds from my favorite gardening store: Sophie’s Seeds and Swine.  They’re very affordable, have a wide variety, great customer service, and everything is shipped ASAP.  Check it out!

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An Image Saved: Memories of the Arizona State Fair

I love the fair.  I really love the fair.  I think it’s beautiful and magical and the fact that it’s only here once a year makes it even more so.  A lot of people don’t understand why I think this about the fair; I know it’s easy to look at the trash on the ground, the ghetto people who go, the employees who are worse and the dirty… everything!  Yeah, but there’s another side to the fair, one that I’ve tried to capture through my amateur photography.  Unfortunately, two years ago my home was burglarized and the computer that had all of my fair photos was stolen (among many other things, of course).  Luckily! I remembered my abandoned myspace account!  I had uploaded all of my photos of the fair to it.  Of course, they’re smaller and of a cruddier quality, but hey, they were there.  For your viewing pleasure I’m uploading some of them:

Arizona State Fair

I’m absolutely in love with all of the lights.

There are 3 Ferris Wheels in this one

I really don’t care if it’s cliche.  I wasn’t really setting out to make art, I just wanted to share what I love about the fair.

A Pretty Fun Ride

This ride is so fun (although my seat belt never seems tight enough) and I love all of the silly paintings on the backdrop.

This may be my favorite photo from the fair

This photo is on my customized debit card I like it so much. Haha! I think it’s the colors that really get me.  There are quite a few more photos, but I’ll just leave you with these for now.

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Photo Update: Heirloom Tomatoes, Carrots, and Radishes

I’ve got a photo update on my Spring Heirloom garden.  Unfortunately, not everything I planted in January sprouted (see Spring Heirloom Garden blog post) which may be due to a number of factors; maybe planting too early, missing some waterings, too much watering(?), who knows?  Anyway, if you’ve read some of my other garden posts (see posts tagged ‘heirloom gardening’), you’ll know that my Russian Malakhitovaya Shkatulka Tomatoes, Black Spanish Radishes, and Patriot’s Carrots have all sprouted, and they seem to be doing quite well!

Heirloom Black Spanish Radishes

Heirloom Patriot's Carrots (sorry the ground is more in focus than the plants)

Heirloom Malakhitovaya Shkatulka Tomatoes

I know that my radishes and carrots need to be “thinned out,” but I just don’t have the heart to do it.  I’m hoping once they get a little bigger I’ll be able to move them easily, instead of just pulling them out and tossing them.

In the next few days I’ll be planting some heirloom Royal Burgundy Beans and some  heirloom Straight Eight Cucumbers (if I can find what I did with the seeds!) so check back!

 

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It’s Just a Game… Or Is It? The Origin of the Ouija

Oh, the Ouija Board.  I’ll never forget my first encounter with the ‘talking’ board at a slumber party in middle school.  We stayed up most of the night conversing with the board, which we treated like a person, while I heard all sorts of supposedly-true horror stories about people who kept playing after the board had bid “Goodbye.”  Of course, it was all just harmless fun.  Being raised in a free-thinking household, I’d never thought (and still don’t) that it had anything to do with the devil, possession, or anything having to do with Christianity, basically.  And why should it?  It stems from Spiritualism!

The First Mass-Produced Ouija Board by Kennard Novelty Company in 1890

Basically, with Spiritualism (I’m sorry, I don’t have time to define the whole belief system, but it’s based on the idea that the consciousness transcends death, which is just a physical change, and that the dead can communicate with the living [among other things]) came various ways of communicating with the dead through seances.  As one can imagine, table rocking and turning along with mysterious rapping were some of the most common ways ‘spirits’ would make themselves known during a seance (or rather, some of the most common ways ‘mediums’ would get attention).  One of the ways spirits would communicate with the sitters (people participating in a seance) was through a planchette used by a medium.

The planchette was a small roughly heart-shaped piece of wood with two wheels and a spot to stick a pencil through so the tip of the pencil points to/touches whatever surface the planchette was on.  A medium could place his or her hand on the planchette and divine message from the great beyond.  Unfortunately, the planchette was, I’ve read, a huge pain.  It had a habit of straying off the paper and its writing was usually illegible.  Mediums usually discarded the planchette in favor of their own hand, allowing spirits to guide the pencil through it.  After a few overly complex versions of talking boards with letters, numbers, dials, and pointers came what we know as the Ouija board (yeah, that’s a brand name, but you know what I’m talking about).   Basically, in its simplest form, the talking board was a card (or even just a piece of paper) with letters and numbers, and maybe “Yes,” “No,” and “Goodbye,” and a pencil-less planchette was used to point out which letter or number the spirit(s) wanted to communicate.  Because Spiritualism had its origins in America, it wasn’t long before these talking boards were mass produced.  Pictured above is the first of these, Kennard Novelty Company’s talking board.  From there it evolved and today you can walk into your local toy store and buy a glow-in-the-dark version of one of these bad boys (pretty scary, huh?).  For your amusement, I’m including a link to a Squidoo page full of “freaky” Ouija Board stories.  Have fun! And remember, it IS just a game.

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Monday’s Alice in Wonderland Photoshoot

Hey, guys!  I totally forgot to update everyone on here on this whole photo shoot thing.  Anywho, on Monday I brought some of my designs to my friend Michelle’s Alice in Wonderland-themed shoot (woohoo!).  Michelle is a model, but Monday she was behind the camera, putting together looks, and giving direction to the model, the hairstylist, makeup artist, and me (by the way, everyone did such a great job).  I was flattered when Michelle asked me to contribute to the shoot; I’d never been to one before, let alone had some say in what it looked like!  So I designed and made some accessories…

Accessories by Kadence Clark

All of the accessories together: Three bows, a pair of lace gloves, and a felt brooch

One of the gloves (on my own hand haha)

A Lace Hair Bow (matches the gloves)

A stuffed rabbit I made also made it into some of the photos, along with my beloved Rat King (which I made for the Mutant Pinata Show at Bragg’s Pie Factory last year):

A cute stuffed bunny I made (currently on Etsy)

My Rat King "Pinata" (click to see it in my portfolio)

As of right now, I can’t post any photos from the shoot, but I will as soon as they’ve been published.  So check back!

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The Unique LA Spring Show 2012

Okay, I’ve got to say, I’m just learning about these art shows, fairs, conferences, etc.  but I feel super excited when I look at the Unique LA website (stateofunique.com).  Unique LA is held four times a year (February, May, July, December) and according to their website, “is the only event out there that focuses on and features modern, curated, Made-in-America goods.” (Though, to be fair, you could look at that sentence and see that it says “focuses on”).  Anywho, I’d absolutely love to go and see what’s there, what people are making! Of course, I would also really like to have my own booth there!  I’m pretty sure my art/goods would fit in with the ‘unique’ stuff there.

Someone's cool art at Unique LA

Just being able to go and look around sounds really exciting.  It’d be nice to see what people are buying, what’s already being done, what’s something I’d like to try doing.  The website says there are also (with the price of admission [$10]) free workshops and crafts.  Sweet!  Looking at the photos on Unique LA’s site, it looks like there are a lot of monsters, sugar skulls, mushrooms, native/tribal stuff and other trendy things I like (man, I hate liking stuff that other people like–which I think is also trendy :P ).  And food!! Ah! Imagine having a cold drink, a hot cheese-y burger and walking around checking out everyone’s super cool stuff (sounds heavenly to me!).  And might I add: IN LA! One of my favorite cities!

Spray-painted Suitcases (Good idea!)

As I said, this awesome thing is going on four times a year!  With LA being so close to Phoenix, I’m already trying to figure out a way to work a trip into my schedule/budget.

Let me know if you’ve gone and what it was like!

 

 

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The Under-Appreciated Adam Ant

Hey, everyone!  Well, I haven’t listened to any music in a long time, but I was reminded of this sad fact yesterday when I was getting ready to bring some of my creations to a photo shoot.  I was sort of nervous, and when I’m nervous about something I like to listen to music that makes me feel confident!! I’m always singing along to my music, so it’s got to be fast and the lyrics have to be inspiring (to me).  This means I’m usually listening to something from the 70s or my beloved 80s, like Adam Ant.  “Who?” you may be asking.  What a shame!  I think anyone older than me probably knows who he is (I sure hope!).  I don’t know if I can even describe him!  He’s everything I would hope to be if I were a man (ahaha).  He wears historically-inspired make up and clothing, sings from the romanticized point of view of subjects usually found in adventure stories (like cowboys, princes, and pirates), and his music is definitely something else!  I bet if you listened to “Goody Two Shoes” you’d recognize it.  Here’s a different Adam Ant hit for you, though, “Stand and Deliver”:

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