Thursday, February 17, 2011

Crash: The Stunt Woman...

I got in an accident on Monday.
It was horrendous.
I was on a bike.
And a car t-boned me.
My bike flew up 20 feet.
I flew 15.
Had a nice landing straight in the middle of the intersection on the pavement.
Then I got up and shook it off.
Then an ambulance came.
And a firetruck full of hunky firemen.
Did I mention it was Valentine's day?
The guy that hit me was a chef.
He told me "It's okay Lady."
Really?! Because I'm pretty sure it's not!
Well luckily I went away from it with just a few bumps and bruises.
But do you know what the best thing of all is?
My fabric saved my life.

I was riding home from my favorite fabric store and for some reason wanted to bring a backpack in stead of using my bike basket to carry my bag.
The backpack was full of a heavy weight wool.
When I was flying through the air matrix style, the weight of the backpack turned me and allowed me to land on it and take some of the impact.
My P.T. calls me Crash, The Stunt Woman.


On a lighter note.

Here are some of my latest creations...

My People Silk

It is a silk print with pretty little vintage ladies on it.
Silk was a nightmare to work with but worth it!

Original pattern and design to boot!

"RAD" rayon with organza overlay skirt!

22 inch coat zipper! Super cool.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


If you do, you will be the happiest mommy in the world.
If you don't, WELLLLLL... You're missing out. Big time.
I know the first thing out of my mommy's mouth is going to be,
"No fair, I can't find blood oranges in this town!"
I agree, it's not fair. It's actually a travesty. But have no fear you can use any orange and it will be amazing. I am sure every single one of you has seen and drooled over the cover of the most recent "BON APPETITE" issue. If you haven't, get in your car and drive to your nearest store and look at the cover. There will be drool on the floor infront of you within 2.2 seconds.
Allison has been secretly torturing me with it out on display in her spot in the dressing room. Every "5" I waltz into the dressing room and see this heavenly stack of ooey gooey brownies winking at me.
"BAKE MEEEEEE" they say in a calling tone. "BAKE MEEEEEEE!"

I decided to once again carry on with my citrus obsession.
And delete the walnuts.
Because my mom says so.
She never allowed nuts in our desserts growing up...

So my twist. Add blood orange zest to the brown butter. And use the best cocoa powder around... Valrhona.

The result... The deepest darkest brownies you've ever sawwwwww. These babies are black. And you know once you go black, you never go back.

I'm gunna call these BLOOD BROWNIES. Because they are as necessary to life as blood. Or maybe just because they have blood orange in them... YOU DECIDE!

Now when you make these. Be alone. If you have a husband, send him to golf. If you have a child, give them a cardboard box to build a spaceship. And take the pan. To a quiet corner. Grab a ginormous glass of milk. And a couple napkins. And be happy for the rest of your life.
Please and thank you.


AKA: Brown Butter Brownies with blood orange
Vegetable oil spray
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup (Valrohna) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons finely ground espresso
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, chilled
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
zest of a blood orange

Position oven rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 325º. Line an 8- by 8-inch metal baking pan with foil. Press foil firmly against the sides of the pan and leave a 2-inch overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray and set pan aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and orange zest over medium heat. Once butter has melted, continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring often, until butter has stopped foaming and has turned a light brown color. Remove from heat and immediately add sugar, cocoa, vanilla, water, espresso powder and salt. Stir until combined and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add eggs to chocolate mixture one at a time, whisking well after each addition. When mixture is thick and shiny, add flour and whisk until blended. Continue whisking vigorously for 60 strokes. Pour batter into pan.

Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached. Cool completely in pan set on a wire rack. Using the foil, lift brownies from pan. Cut into 16 pieces. Serve immediately or store at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 days.

Adapted from Bon Appétit, February 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011


My mom told me I amaze her yesterday.
I told her I amaze myself.
I felt like a total narcissist.

She could have been referring to the fact that I have gone bonkers with sewing.
In THREE weeks I have made 3 dressed, 2 shirts, some dance clothes, 2 character skirts, working on a evening gown and another original dress design.
It's kinda creeping me out.
I have spent this week trying to pull a brand name out of anyone who cared to listen.
There were some great things. The forerunners:

Reed in the Wind
Cattail Reed
Huckleberry Designs
J.A.R. Handmade Clothing

I decided on, LONE REED.

I love it.
I don't want it to have a negative connotation.
"Poor thing".
Lone is not a negative thing.
For me LONE REED is close to my heart.
One of my favorite movies in the whole world is "You've Got Mail".
Yes, one of the best chick flicks in the history of time.
There is a part of the movie that Frank says to Kathleen, "you are a lone reed. You are a lone reed, standing tall,
waving boldly in the corrupt sands of commerce."
I forgot about this quote and made my brand name then watched "You've got mail" and heard the quote and almost freaked out.
I knew I had heard that somewhere!!! DUH!
I was sold.

Next, I was convinced I could draw my own design, get it onto my computer without a scanner and print it onto fabric.
They turned out a hell-of-alot better then I thought they would!
Here is what they started off as...

I also LOVE the idea of having a little change of name for different things.
Like, "LITTLE REEDS" for a children's clothing line. Or "DANCING REED" for my dancewear. Or "EDIBLE REED" for baking. hahahahaha