Test Kitchen

Sometimes I wish I were just full, without having to waste time eating, or cooking, or dealing with that whole business of nourishment. I'll never be a foodie, but I appreciate those who are.

So while the kitchen isn't my favorite place, I'm always whipping stuff up. Messes! Art stuff, crafty junk, little piles of half-done projects, supplies, scraps, drips and globs.  My version of a Test Kitchen produces stuff like this:  

One wrist-warmer. Just one, because I can't remember how I made it, and don't really like it anyway.  Inside this bag are 3 half-done projects from last winter.  And by 'projects' I mean, just rectangles because that's all I can make.  But buying yarn is so much FUN!

One wrist-warmer. Just one, because I can't remember how I made it, and don't really like it anyway. 

Inside this bag are 3 half-done projects from last winter.  And by 'projects' I mean, just rectangles because that's all I can make.  But buying yarn is so much FUN!

Just a random drawing inspired by the hundreds of zentangle - adult coloring books out there.  Back in the day, this was just called DOODLING.  You did this during algebra class in the margins of your college-ruled spiral notebook.  Then you threw it out at the end of the year with great flourish because - ALGEBRA SUCKS. People didn't make whole coloring books out of their doodles and sell them on Amazon...  

Just a random drawing inspired by the hundreds of zentangle - adult coloring books out there.  Back in the day, this was just called DOODLING.  You did this during algebra class in the margins of your college-ruled spiral notebook.  Then you threw it out at the end of the year with great flourish because - ALGEBRA SUCKS.

People didn't make whole coloring books out of their doodles and sell them on Amazon...  

A weekend project to photo some Lego scenes with my daughter. Her idea. Got about half-done and GUESS WHAT? She's no longer interested. Not just uninterested....  Adamantly. Done. With. It.  Probably will just sit here for a LONG time.  

A weekend project to photo some Lego scenes with my daughter. Her idea. Got about half-done and GUESS WHAT? She's no longer interested. Not just uninterested....  Adamantly. Done. With. It.  Probably will just sit here for a LONG time.  

Okay, this is a little area of productivity amidst the piles of supplies. Leather scraps i obtained 3 years ago, finally turned into something useful - keyfobs for #holidaysales.  If they don't sell, friends and family know what they're getting for Xmas...  

Okay, this is a little area of productivity amidst the piles of supplies. Leather scraps i obtained 3 years ago, finally turned into something useful - keyfobs for #holidaysales.  If they don't sell, friends and family know what they're getting for Xmas...  

A whole pile of experimental pendants I made over the years. Most are really sloppy, some are just strange. The crafters out there know what I mean when I say: I can't get myself to throw them away because this pile represents a lot of WORK!  The Zen Book of Cleaning would say "Throw out whatever doesn't bring you joy." Or some shit like that.  Joy is a high bar in Craftlandia, though.

A whole pile of experimental pendants I made over the years. Most are really sloppy, some are just strange. The crafters out there know what I mean when I say: I can't get myself to throw them away because this pile represents a lot of WORK!  The Zen Book of Cleaning would say "Throw out whatever doesn't bring you joy." Or some shit like that.  Joy is a high bar in Craftlandia, though.

And finally: 

 

The pile of Modge Podge experiments-o-the-day.  Nothing much comes from my #modgepodge adventures except piles of crap. Here, some tiles I tried to cover with origami paper for no reason whatsoever. I have this origami paper and don't know what to DO with it, because it turns out I HATE folding Origami. Two things I dislike are following strict directions and being super precise.  Which is exactly what Origami IS.  Anyway, the paradox of #modgepodge is you can do anything with it, but most stuff turns out kind of crappy...

The pile of Modge Podge experiments-o-the-day.  Nothing much comes from my #modgepodge adventures except piles of crap. Here, some tiles I tried to cover with origami paper for no reason whatsoever. I have this origami paper and don't know what to DO with it, because it turns out I HATE folding Origami. Two things I dislike are following strict directions and being super precise.  Which is exactly what Origami IS.  Anyway, the paradox of #modgepodge is you can do anything with it, but most stuff turns out kind of crappy...