A Shiksa on a Mission

Balaboosta (n.)(bah-lah-b00-sta) A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife
I'm a shiksa on a mission...
It may not be perfection but it's the journey that counts

Monday, October 31, 2011

Evil Made Easy

This Halloween I was tasked (actually I cheerfully volunteered) to make specimen jars for the Mad Scientist's Laboratory at the school's Harvest Carnival.  So I did what any evil and insane scientific mind gone horribly wrong would do....I took Jell-o (which, sorry everyone, is pretty disgusting even sans floating heads) and added basic items to gel in them.  Some good ones were cauliflower, soy linguine noodles and a big knob of ginger. But the very best was when I sawed off the top of Barbie's decapitated head, glued on a walnut for a brain (insert Barbie/walnut brain joke here) and floated her in a mixture of lime and black cherry Jell-o.  Runner up was the fingerling potato finger with just a hint of black nail polish. 

I believe this is what they refer to as Finding Your Calling.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


My new favorite things.....terrariums.  I was given one as a gift from a crafty friend and then I saw a book about them at Powell's so I felt the universe was telling me it was time to put succulents and air plants in pretty little glasses with rocks and shells.  Voila! 

It's good when the universe is upfront about what it wants and not vague or abstract.  I prefer my universes to be straight shooters.

I will be making more.....until the universe lets me know I am done.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Flannery's little friend is having a birthday and I felt the need to make her something because I love that she always wants to make presents for her friends even though it makes her mom have to apologize profusely.  It's really sweet.  Plus, this little girl is so smart and precocious. Once I got an email from her mother asking if any of her friends wanted to have play dates with her.  The email said please RSVP to the mother.  So I did.  Found out that mom didn't write the email.... That girl is good!

I made her a little skirt from some Dr. Seuss fabric my mom sent to me and remnants from other projects.  Then Flannery designed a headband to match. I think she'll look pretty good.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

That Soup

The soup that the kids will eat without complaint.  The soup that Flannery will eat morning, noon or night.  The soup that is made more than any other one we know. It's Bean and Bacon soup.  And I have to say that I'm a fan too.  It has four kinds of beans, potatoes, carrots, broth and it will be making an appearance at the Five Cent Farm on a regular basis throughout the Fall and Winter (and let's be honest, probably into Spring around these parts).