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Friday, June 30, 2006

ATC Envelope Template

I just joined an Artist Trading Card swap with the wonderful girls at Glitter

In the spirit of craftiness, I came up with an ATC Envelope template so each card can travel safely in its own special wrapper. The dotted lines should be a roomy 2.75" x 3.75" to provide ample space for your card, so be sure to turn off the page scaling in the print options so that it will print correctly.

Download the template in PDF format!

Have fun and email me if you'd like to swap cards!

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Illustration Friday: Rain



Ah yes, this is a topic we are all to familiar with in many parts of the country. My yoga class was cancelled last night because the studio flooded. At one of the classes I attended earlier this spring, as the instructor was coaching us through a series of poses, she said something to this effect:

"Now everyone, turn to your left ... and look at the lovely rain outside! It's so good for the plants and it's so beautiful! Some people don't like the rain, but it's really amazing. Just think, even as it comes down, and the clouds are filling the sky, the sun never stops shining."

I try to remember this when I am inconvenienced by the weather, and envision sunshine filling the sky above the clouds.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Illustration Friday: Jungle

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Peanut Butter Files

If you actually know me in real life, you know I love peanut butter! In my ongoing quest to eat more healthy, I have switched to natural peanut butter. I tried to look online to see some sort of review of peanut butters but I haven't found any such thing. Well now there is. I've taken it upon myself to sample all sorts of peanut butters until I find my one true love. Lets' begin.

NB: All these reviews are for the Crunchy variety unless otherwise noted.

Trader Joe's Organic
Saltiness: Medium
Crunchiness: Lame
Texture: Very Smooth
Overall: 8/10
Trader Joe's does a great peanut butter! It's every bit as creamy as Peanut Butter & Co (see below), and is more flavorful. It loses big points due to its inexcusable lack of crunchy bits. Comeon Trader Joe! Get with the program and make Crunchy like you mean it!

Woodstock Farms Organic
Saltiness: Medium
Crunchiness: Below Average
Texture: Slightly Gritty
Overall: 7/10
This has a really nice, roasted flavor. It also seems like some of the red "skins" to the peanuts are in there, which may be why it falls victim to that scary gritty consistency that afflicts some natural PBs. It still is tasty with a balanced saltiness, though not quite crunchy enough for me. Woodstock Farms also makes an organic "classic" peanut butter, which does contain palm oil, but is a good transition if you're not quite sure about making the jump to totally natural.

Peanut Butter & Company Crunch TIme
Saltiness: Medium
Crunchiness: Slightly Above Average
Texture: Very Smooth
Overall: 9/10
This is a really awesome one! It's made by a peanut butter restaurant in Greenwich Village, but you should be able to find it in a local store. The texture is very creamy and it has a slightly sweet, light flavor. The only improvement I would make would be more crunch and maybe a little more salt. I haven't tried their creamy version, but I imagine it would be perfect if you are a creamy eater.

Peanut Butter FAQ
Q: Why Natural?
A: Natural peanut butters have no hydrogenated oils, which are those nasty toxic trans fats! Just peanuts, and salt if you want it. It's great for purists!

Q: It's so OILY though!
A: Don't get grossed out. The oil settles on top, but with a good stir it blends in just fine. Flip the jar upside-down to store and it makes stirring easier. Most natural peanut butters actually have less oil than normal grocery store peanut butters because there is no hydrogenated oils added.

Q: So how do you do your peanut butter sandwich?
Rudi's Organic Bakery European Multi Grain bread. Gobs of crunchy peanut butter. A drizzle of honey or some kind of berry jam (never grape!!). Here's the trick: put the whole thing in the toaster oven for a few minutes to get warm and melty.

Other favorite peanut butter carriers: Granny Smith apples, bananas, and graham crackers.

Q: What's your favorite recipe?
A: The Elvis Sandwich.
Butter two slices of bread.
Peanut butter the other side of each slice.
Fill with sliced banana.
Grill on medium heat until browned on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Illustration Friday: Portrait

Hello everyone! It's been a while -- I've been on vacation! I'm loving the new Illustration Friday site, and am delighted to contribute again!

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