Archive for September 2009

Fall Has Always Grown on Me

September 30, 2009

Where does the time go? I’m thrilled that summer’s out of here and fall has finally arrived. But I’m also thrilled with the progress my ready-made garden has made throughout the season. My post from May showed the beginning stages of the project, but here’s some pics of where we’ve ended up so far. Yes, most of those plants were only a few inches tall when we started, but they’re out of control now.

For me, this is the most wonderful time of the year. I’m really looking forward to spending these cool fall evenings on the porch with a good book enjoying all the colors of fall.

If it ain’t broke…

September 23, 2009



My husband is sick and my new mother-in-law brought over delicious taco soup for us to eat for dinner. Luckily, I had a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix in the pantry. I am so glad they haven’t changed their packaging in what must be ages. It just makes me happy. Not sure if this is because my mom didn’t make cornbread from scratch, either. She also used the Jiffy mix. I guess it reminds me of the weekday night suppers of chili and cornbread my mom would make in the winter. Yum.

The first Jiffy mix was created in 1930 by Michigan-based Chelsea Milling Company. They produce over 1.6 million boxes of mixes a day and offer 19 varieties.

Normally, the quotes around “Jiffy” on the box would bother me, but in this case I think it’s quaint!

I can’t think of any other products that haven’t really changed their packaging. Can anyone else?

Bouncing Around the Blogosphere: {Terrible Yellow Eyes}

September 16, 2009


Terrible Yellow Eyes

Of all the Bouncing Around the Blogosphere posts I’ve done in the past year or so, this one is, by far, my absolute favorite. For me, this blog was love at first sight. How could it not be? Terrible Yellow Eyes features two of my favorite things: creative variations on a theme and one of my favorite children’s books, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Select artists were invited by the blog’s creator, Cory Godbey, to create a work inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book.  And it looks like the idea is going to pay off with an exhibition.

As I’m sure you’ve heard, a movie based on the book is coming out later this year. I’ve seen a preview, and it looks like the movie will be as visually stunning as the book, which makes me immensely happy. I can’t wait to see it.

I’m posting some of my favorite works from the blog below. It was soooo hard to narrow them down to this many. If you’re up for it,  post your favorites as a comment or blog post. It would be very interesting to see who likes what, and who doesn’t like “Where the Wild Things Are”?

"Shadows" by Terrible Yellow Eyes creator Cory Godbey

"Shadows" by Terrible Yellow Eyes creator Cory Godbey

"Lonely" by Rekha Thorat

"Lonely" by Rekha Thorat

"crowned" by Jared Chapman

"crowned" by Jared Chapman

"Hide and Seek" by Dan Matutina

"Hide and Seek" by Dan Matutina

Shadow Box by Jeremy Vanhoozer

Shadow Box by Jeremy Vanhoozer

Reupholstery Adventure

September 12, 2009

This is my first post, and I’m so excited to be part of this blog! I just finished my first reupholstery project and got a ton of great feedback from everyone I made listen to me go on and on about it throughout the process. When I started, I was surprised how little advice there was for beginners available online. So, I wanted to share some tips I learned along the way to help others. I also recently found (a reco from a Miami Ad friend) and think it is so much more compelling than PowerPoint and an ideal resource for displaying “how-to” information. Here’s the link to check it out:

Bouncing Around the Blogosphere: {Mad Men}

September 11, 2009


Some of us here in the Deep-Fried vat love “Mad Men.” Some not so much. I’m a fan for a few reasons. I love the way it looks, and I love getting a glimpse into a time when the next new tactic was TV rather than social media. Another thing I find fascinating about “Mad Men” is how it has embraced new age social media as a marketing tool but still maintained the ’60s mindset. Several “Man Men” characters have Twitter accounts that they use quite effectively. And let’s not forget the very popular MadMen Yourself microsite we all has tons of fun with. So, it’s no surprise that there are an abundance of Mad Men blogs out there. Here are what I consider to be the top three Mad Men-related blogs that I’ve come across lately.  

The Footnotes of Mad Men

This blog explains a lot of the cultural references made on the show that might go over someone’s head if they weren’t around in the ’60s or didn’t pay attention in American History. One of the two. It also offers up real examples of ads of the age and art and design references.

Welcome to the Drapers

All the other mommies are doing it. Why shouldn’t Betty Draper be a mommy blogger, too?

What Would Don Draper Do?

There’s also a “What Would Roger Sterling Do?,” ” What Would Joan Holloway Do,” etc., etc. It’s not much to look at. Joan Holloway’s blog is much more visual. But this one was the most interesting to read in my opinion. And it’s dry, sardonic wit is smack dab on character.

Happy blogsurfing.

The Wengers’ Creative Challenge at The Home Depot

September 2, 2009


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Adam and I both really enjoy making things with our hands and, on occasion, we embark on joint creative projects. Adam’s been itching to make something involving power tools lately, and that gave me an idea. As I’ve mentioned before, I love, love, love shows that give you a creative challenge: “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “Food Network Challenge.” But Adam hates them. So, we concocted a Creative Challenge for ourselves: Make a sculpture in one week using half of a 2×4 and $20 worth of materials from one of Adam’s favorite stores, The Home Depot. We had a lot of fun, and even though we were mostly working on individual pieces, we collaborated on some things. (Read “Cassie had to ask Adam for help cutting up her wood.” The kind people at The Home Depot cut the 2×4 in half for us, but I wanted much smaller pieces that we would have to do ourselves. I was looking forward to using the drill, but there was the delicate matter of possibly splitting the wood and ruining the piece, so I let the expert do it while I just gave directions.) Anywho, I put our experience together in a photo essay using Whrrl. Check out Cassie and Adam Wenger’s Home Depot Challenge to see the results.

It was quite a learning experience. One thing I really noticed is that Adam likes clean lines and flush corners; whereas I prefer jagged edges and happy accidents. Adam is much more of a planner; I’m very reactionary.  He had his whole idea planned out before we left the store. I had a loose idea, selected items that caught my eye and knew it would all work itself out.

We allowed ourselves to use tools and items already in our possession. Adam’s preferred tools: table saw, hammer and drill. Mine: hot glue gun.My extra materials included small washers and screws for the eyes, a dowel rod, paint and dirt. Adam used finishing nails, screws, scrap pieces of white plexiglass, a dowel rod and a carriage bolt.

Lastly, I learned that it is quite an experience to chronicle your creative process. But it made me think more about why I was doing certain things and how I would explain it. And I would definitely love to do it again. Any suggestions for our next Creative Challenge?