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