After working in Radio for almost a decade, I wanted to get something to represent that time but I also wanted it to be more than just that... I didn't want to just get something representing the places I've worked, I wanted it to have a deeper significance to me and my life.
I remember my parents owning an old school radio, it was always in their bathroom.. for shower music? I guess? Mom said it was given to them by my grandparents and I loved the way this thing looked ever since I was a kid.
When I was coming up with the idea for this tattoo, I just knew I had to get a photo of that old radio and make it the main focal point of the piece. I also have a "nature" theme going on, on my body, and for now I'm planning to keep going in that direction, so I needed to work in something "floral" - The flowers in this piece represent each of the province's In Canada that I've worked in. I got this done while living in Regina so I still need to add an Ontario Trillium to complete the piece.
Done by Jesse Zaboz who works at Art Sharks in Saskatoon
Oh, if you're wondering... Yes it hurt, especially the hand job part!
This tattoo even ended up winning some awards (It was done at the Pile O Bones Tattoo Convention in Regina)
To this day, I am still IN LOVE with this tattoo and can't wait to add to it!
Record store day was this Saturday - To celebrate, I wanted to show you a few records from our collection PLUS this extremely simple craft *If you have records laying around that are unusable*
The records I previewed in the video:
Something Silly: Dorothy Provine – The Roaring 20's
Something Serious: The Arctic Monkeys - AM
Something Local: The Lucky Ones - Better Late Than Never
Always love getting recommendations for different music to listen to, and it doesn't matter what style - I'm always open to something with a funky beat
HOW TO TURN AN OLD RECORD INTO A BOWL:
Find an old useless record and grab a medium/large steel bowl
Heat oven to 200C and place the record flat, on top of the bowl for 8 to 10 mins
*No hotter than 200C that or you may release toxic fumes into your oven
Check progress at the 4 min mark, see if the album becomes "flexible" and can be pushed into the metal bowl you've picked to use as your mold. If its not flexible enough yet, put it back in the oven...
You'll be able to push the vinyl into the metal bowl to create a smaller bowl out of the album... you can use a smaller bowl or glass cup to do this, or just fist it with your oven mitt! Yeah, you read that right... I said fist it.
Let things cool... and TA DA! Record Bowl!!
ALL my patrons got the full video and the Banana Bunch site members get access to a photo set with phone wallpaper! WAH WAH WEE WAH! VERY NICE! What male character should I do next? I'm thinkin'... Gordon Ramsy
This was the FIRST matching tattoo I ever got with someone and I cherish it so much! It means something different than the other tattoos because I know it DIRECTLY links me to one of my best friends and I always think of her when I see it.
The story behind this tattoo is... interesting. The first thing people ask when they see it, is "Are you a hairdresser" to which I usually respond "How does my hair look?" and if they say "Good" then I say, "Yes.. I'm a hairdresser"
Spoiler alert... I'm Not.
Siarra and I got scissors because the guys we were dating at the time, didn't like that we hung out so much and would call us "scissor sisters" so we always just went along with it and made super inappropriate jokes when we would have sleepovers.
This tattoo was done at Gaslight Tattoo Parlor in Regina
The scissors point to each other when we put our fingers together in the "scissoring" motion haha!
This was my second time ordering a box from Hello Fresh and this on was delivered April 3rd! I turn into a kid at Christmas waiting for this thing... is that strange? That I'm THAT excited to cook new things? Our first meal from the new box was definitely not a disappointment... I give you MELT IN THE MIDDLE MEATBALLS!
Looks fuckin' glorious doesn't it? That's what I thought too when I saw the picture... and this was one of the 3 meals I was most excited for. The other two I chose this time were the Sweet Potato Coconut Curry and Turkey Milanese
The real challenge for me with every Hello Fresh meal, is getting it to look as much as I can, like the picture provided. That's the "fun" in it for me... besides eating the food, fuck I love eating - Usually I get a pretty close match...
Even more important than appearances... WAS IT EASY TO COOK? HOW DID IT TASTE AND WAS IT WORTH THE $? Kinda. Yes. and Yes. Uh... I should elaborate
Cooking these meals (as a skill level:mediocre cook) is still a challenge. I always try to cook my meals by making the least amount of dishes/mess and I find myself using tools I'd never regularly, to make some of these hello fresh meals. They also put heavy importance on using fresh spices, which I can appreciate - but taking the time to shred basil leaves or pick tiny parts off a rosemary stem can become the time consuming part of the recipe. It definitely requires some patience and work to put together and some extra clean up at the end. If you are the type of person who defines cooking as "putting a pizza or lasagna in the oven and done" this may be a little bit of a frustrating process for you, but we should all learn basic cooking skills just in case the robot overlords who cook for us one day, break down and we're left helpless. *Am I the only one waiting for robot chef's to cook for everyone one day?
The ingredients all looked great to start and instructions were clear - It did take me a little longer than a half an hour because I had a mix up with the sauce *We will get to those details... You can read the steps and ingredient list for the MELT IN THE MIDDLE MEATBALLS BY CLICKING HERE
Once I started washing and cutting up my ingredients, I noticed my shallot had a small yucky spot... I just cut it off and kept cooking (It wasn't a problem)
If you order a food box like this I recommend opening each bag of food you've received and going through the ingredients, also check your best before dates. Sometimes things are more fresh than others, and you may want to cook a recipe first depending on that.
Here I had completed step 1: prepping and cutting all the ingredients
(Garlic, Basil, Mozzarella, Shallot)
Mix them in a bowl with 1/2 the Italian spice provided and the ground beef - When its all mixed up, grab some to roll into a meatball... put a mozza cheese cube in the center of each one! (thats where the "melt in the middle" part comes in)
I cooked them on low/med and for a little longer than the recipe said - While the balls harden, start softening the spaghetti and get the sauce goin'
This is where I got a little confused... In the recipe it said to add the broth concentrate to the tomatoes - ON THE BROTH CONCENTRATE it says add 1 cup of water - It never said to do that in the recipe, but do I follow the instructions on the broth concentrate? I did. The sauce was a little too watery and needed extra time to simmer down and thicken *Not that big of a deal*
They also wanted me to add the basil stems in for flavor, and remove them later. Knowing me, I'd forget - or miss a stem and have an unpleasant bite of my meal, so I just skipped that step and left the basil stems out (I did add the basil leaves to the sauce near the end as directed)
In the end, I was very pleased with this meal. It turned out so good and my kitchen smelt heavenly. I will try to recreate this meal in the future, but I may modify the ingredients. The sauce wasn't my favorite thing in the world and I felt like I didn't have enough of it for these two plates. We also had a baguette with butter to go with this that *WAS NOT PROVIDED BY HELLO FRESH*
This meal cost $9 each from Hello Fresh *not taking into account the baguette I bought from the store for $3* I got my box at a discount - We order the Pronto plan: 3 Meals for 2 people delivered right to your front door! I got a discount for you to use too! Sign up with my coupon code to get $$ off your first order
*You dont have to, but using the code gives me $25 off my next order, so help spread the food love!!
I have memories of him letting me drive the boat, catching fish... going up north and catching frogs and accidentally letting them all loose in the cabin! Listening to him gracefully play piano and not so gracefully clean out his fish tanks while my grandmother would run after him with towels to clean up the split water. He had the most amazing energy. It was a party where ever he went and no one was ever a stranger, as he could strike up a conversation with just about anyone over anything. His presence will be missed.
It's never easy losing a loved one. Over the weekend my grandfather passed. It was the best possible way to go, too. He was at home surrounded by loved ones and had one hell of a party on his last day. He said the most beautiful thing to comfort me about his passing, click play below...
He also said, if anyone asks, tell them "That old fuck passed away"
MAKKREEL, HENDRIK (HANK)I would like to announce the passing of my husband Hendrik (Hank) Makkreel on April 7, 2018 at his home in Fenwick, Ontario. Born in the Netherlands on November 29, 1929, Hank came to Canada in 1953 and started his business as the “The Piano Doctor”. Hank would like his friends and customers to know he has left his business in the capable hands of his son Michael in Ridgeville, Ontario. Hank is survived by his “Beautiful Wife Marie” of 63 years, and his three children Terri, Mary Ellen and Michael. Also, we would like to thank the staff at the St.Catharines and Welland Hospitals and the PD and Hemo-Dialysis Unit for their wonderful caring and concern! Hank had stated fondly to his friends and family, that he had come “TO THE END OF HIS 88 KEYS”. In keeping with Hank’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to PASSFIELD MORTUARY SERVICES, St. Catharines. (905-682-0474). In lieu of flowers and memorials, please donate to The War Amps Ontario Key Tag Service, 1 Maywood Drive. Scarborough, Ontario M1V 5K9 1-800-250-3030
Its really not fair to call this "drag" because we do a really bad job of it. Lets call it Dollar Store Dress Up. Dress Down? Ugh. We're boner killers.
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