Friday, October 29, 2010

Sad Face Cake.

I meant to post this about a month ago...oops....

My dear friend Heather gave her notice at work, because she is in school full-time working on her Master's in Library Science.

Completely understandable considering our ridiculous stage crew evening hours.

I made her a "going-away, but not really cause you're still in town, yet I'm still sad to see you go" cake.

The outside was gray (for sadness), but a butter-cream frosting. The inside was a tasty, neon green, vanilla pudding cake! Yum!

September 27, 2010


Talk about a crazy looking cake. (A few people even liked it better than the previous chocolate, blue Bob cake.)

One person thought it was an emoticon. Someone else called it the "Shrek" cake.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Could you imagine working somewhere for 20 years?

On September 18, my boss celebrated his 20th anniversary of his employment at our hall.

I just passed my 9th anniversary, and I can't even imagine being here for 20 years.

I figured 20 years was AT LEAST worthy of a cake, so I took it upon myself to make one, and invite a few people to the office at lunch time to enjoy.

I made a chocolate chocolate-chip cake with butter-cream icing.

The cake recipe I got from Design Sponge Online, and it's called the Country Style Chocolate Chip Cake, with the recipe here.

I used a butter-cream icing recipe from AllRecipes.com. (Adding some aqua food coloring for pizazz.)

Luckily, I live near Party Favors in Brookline, for all my baking supply needs, have a great kitchen supply store near by at City Housewares, and have an AWESOME friend, Ching, who let me borrow some pans!

It came out really well, despite me not having baked in a long time. I guess it's like riding a foodie bicycle.

I like how the lettering turned out, despite my unsteady hands.




I even decorated it, but almost managed to have a "Cake Wreck", because I used black icing and the little "rosettes" almost look like poops.




The inside, I was little worried, I didn't put enough icing between the layers, but it turn out just right. I really love the color contrast of the aqua and dark brown. What a fun color combination!




So many chocolate chips! I dumped in a whole bag!



Now I want cake........

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Arrival of my Sketchbook Project 2011 Moleskin

It arrived a few days ago, the unassuming empty Moleskin, in a simple yellow envelope.

With it, came one small page of instructions, as well as my Brooklyn Art Library Card.

The back had my name, appropriate bar code, my theme, and the future site of my information.

I say "future" because I need to fill it out...but only after I get started.

My theme, that I chose myself, not the "random" option, was "Dirigibles and Submersibles".

I've always loved the sky and the ocean, and thought those devices of travel were cool, but that's about it.

I wanted to give myself a challenge. Having been a drawer and doodler, but not a "serious artist" most of my life, I figured by picking theme that I wasn't too familiar with, I'd have to push my limits of creativity.

Open up my mind even more.

I may make myself crazy.

I may have a terrible amount of fun.

Either way, I'm looking forward to another adventure.

Time to sail through the skies and dive through the waves!


The Sketchbook Project: 2011

Monday, September 06, 2010

Flickr & The Sketchbook Project: The Marie Edition.

I an attempt to get my creative "juices" flowing, I'm avoiding doing my ecology homework (just reading a few chapters) and spending more time on my visual arts interests: photography and drawing.

First, I've started a Flickr account, which can be viewed by clicking here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vonkampen/

or checking out the handy-dandy blogger gadget to the left.

Secondly, I've signed up for "The Sketchbook Project" 2011 Tour. The idea in a nutshell is you sign up for a theme and empty moleskin, have about 4 months to fill it up with the art of your choice, you send it back, and it goes on what TSP people call a "concert tour but with sketchbooks".

After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.

There was even a CNN news article about it!

All the info including the video can be found on their site:
http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject

I recommend it for artists of any level, including doodlers and moms, but not limited to any of those!!!!

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Upgrading systems...so to speak...

Since I'm changing this blog from only work related things to a mix of work PLUS the artsy crap I like to do, I decided to do a change of title for my blog.

Good-bye, "I don't listen to classical music, but I work in this field".

Hell-o, "Stories from Backstage: Work, Photography, and other artsy crap"!

Thanks to my friends John and Mike. (Who were also the only two who chimed in on what I should change the blog name to.)

They win! (No, there was not actually a prize, but maybe I'll make them some chocolate Jesus-i.)

While getting reading for a dress rehearsal in BH, Sarah and I discovered that one of the ceiling lights (a PAR 56) was burned out. During the time Sarah traversed to the lighting storage closet, I hung out and waited in the creepy, dirtiness that is the ceiling above the stage.

Of course what better thing to do in creepy, dirty places than take photos.

I recently purchased the Hipstamatic app for my iPhone. It's a FANTASTIC photography app. I am absolutely in love with it.

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Stolen from "The Nerdist", a side note about the history of the Hipstamatic:

SIDENOTE! The original Hipstamatic was a toy camera created in 1982 by two graphic designing brothers in the Twin Cities who were tragically killed before they were able to mass produce it. Only 157 were made. Read more about that here or visit the surviving brother’s tribute blog, The Great Hipstamatic 100.


A terrible tragedy, but a loving legacy by their older brother.
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Now that you know a little more about the app, and the real camera that inspired it, here are a few shots I took:

Me, waiting for Sarah.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vonkampen/4963834747/in/set-72157624768061929/

The Pepsi bottle that has been here for at least the nine years I have worked here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vonkampen/4964438308/in/set-72157624768061929/

The old bricks of the walls.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vonkampen/4963839817/in/set-72157624768061929/


Brick detail.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vonkampen/4964442866/in/set-72157624768061929/

Sarah, when she arrived with the new bulb.



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The light bulb was successfully changed. I did not fall through the ceiling.

A win-win situation, as far as I am concerned.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Suzanne Vega: P.D.C. (Pretty Damn Cool)

I guess I did work AT LEAST one cool show in 2009.

In November, I stage managed for Suzanne Vega at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, and was hosted by the Celebrity Series of Boston.

I've always loved the song "Tom's Diner", but it wasn't until the sound-check that I put two and two together, and realized she was the artist!

The gig itself was simple, her guitarist and bass player were terrific, and I got to hear additional songs of Vega's that it turned out I like.

Post show, her tour manager was kind enough to take a photo of Sarah, Suzanne Vega, and myself, in that lovely transept.

2009 came and went like a thief in the night...

...at least for this blog, it did.

Seriously, what was I doing?

Working?

Not a single post in 2009.

Does that qualify as a "fail"?

I'm considering revamping this blog into something else, but what exactly...

I have my more personal Livejournal.

I have my travel blog (which is linked on this one).

I could make this one, more about my crafty adventures and photography...

I guess I need to ponder this for a while. Until I figure it out, I'll keep it related to the concerts and events I work.