Following the Fox: Georgetown Snap Cafe
A red fox wearing glasses introduced us to bubble tea a few weekends ago at the Georgetown Snap Cafe. My husband and I had been walking in the heat for a couple of hours when we spotted this fox prancing across the top of sidewalk sign pointing the way to Snap, “Georgetown’s cutest cafe.” This fox promised us mouthwatering refreshments, including “Bubbletea.” We had no idea what bubble tea was, but I’m a sucker for a good animal mascot so we followed the fox down the alley way to his storefront.
Bubble Tea. Try it. You’ll like it.
Feeling uncharacteristically adventurous, and incredibly thirsty, we ordered some bubble tea. I tried the coconut. Weird and wonderful! The bottom of the glass was filled with what looked like blueberries, but were in reality big, gummy black tapioca pearls.
Why “Fish Eye” Tapioca Rules.
I LOVE large pearl tapioca. When I was a little girl I would affectionately ask for the pudding with the “fish eyes” when I wanted my grandmother to make tapioca pudding. I just never considered drinking them. Once I got over the fear that I was going to choke to death on one as I sucked it through the jumbo straw, I started to really enjoy the concoction. It was kind of like drinking a runny batch of tapioca pudding.
Now as for the fox’s claim that Snap was the cutest cafe in Georgetown, that was a little bit of a fable. It had cute potential for sure, but it needed to have a good, deep cleaning. I was also a little sad that the hip little red fox that helped us find Snap didn’t play a more prominent role once we arrived at the establishment. We did like the bubble tea enough to walk back later that evening for a second round. Thank you mister fox for showing us something new!
Art Deco Cigarette Girl
“Emily, the Art Deco Cigarette Girl” sculpture is one of those ideas that I had in my head for a couple of years before I felt ready to create it. It is modeled after my Siamese cat Emily.
“Emily” (the sculpture-not my cat) is available for purchase here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/183561660/art-deco-cigarette-girl-siamese-cat-art?ref=shop_home_feat_3
About the model:
We adopted Emily when her previous pet mother passed away. Most of the time she is a timid girl, but when she feels confident, she prances around, strikes elegant poses, and will talk your ears off. She is one elegant cat especially with her sleek black “gloved” front paws.
Art Deco Influences:
Weird as it may sound, sometimes when I looked at Emily, with her slinky feminism, I saw a 1930s-style Art Deco cigarette girl. I decided to sculpt this sweet anthropomorphic cat art doll based on that crazy picture in my head.
She is mainly sculpted from polymer clay. For her body, I started with my favorite blend: Premo translucent clay mixed with dried cinnamon and alcohol ink. The translucent clay gives my work a soft waxy sheen. I attached the torso to a wire frame and sculpted the skirt over that. I also add metallic paint finishes to amp up the glam.
Mixed Media Elements
To add some softness, I tucked in a little lace trim to peek out from underneath her skirt. The tray that she is holding is a small matchbox that I painted and decorated with polymer accents. My “Marie Young Creative” maker’s signature mark is stamped inside. Clever, huh?
This sophisticated kitty is sitting on a separate black jewelry box made from wood accented with a polymer black and white tiles on the lid and diamond pattern edging on the sides. You can display the two pieces together or separately.
Polymer Clay Guild Challenge Entry
I’m going to enter “Emily” in the June PCAGOE challenge: “Art Deco/Art Nouveau.” Public voting will be open between June 1-7 at www.pcagoe.com.
Most of my pieces are sculptural. I like to work in 3-dimensions. But lately I’ve been experimenting with flat designs on sheets of polymer, mainly with the idea of turning them into “fabric” for my polymer figurines.
Bird Business Card Case
This bird-themed business card case design came from one of those experiments. The bottom layer is a stamped bird design on a pale yellow translucent sheet. The top layer is a mokume gane pattern created from slicing into purple and gold polymer sheets. Wouldn’t it make lovely “fabric” for a polymer skirt?
I just finished photographing it to list in my store. I love the shot of Lucy demonstrating how reflective the interior is.
I live in Hollidaysburg, Pa., a quaint historic town with a “Tree City U.S.A” designation. It isn’t exactly known for its gritty photo shoot locales, but if you venture a few blocks off the town center, you will find an old carriage house that has been transformed into a garage and a hang-out for graffiti artists.
This old structure made a great setting for the class I just took with photographer Marlaina Pacifico Wills of Grin Gallery Photography. Shooting in the dark space challenged me immensely.
And just to make the setting a little more interesting, Marliana set off smoke bombs.
More photography stuff: Photography: Improving Your Suck to Good Ratio
My grandmother had a passion for cleaning. Keeping her house spotless was like a career to her. Personally, I am not a fan of cleaning. I love a neat, organized house, but I hate to waste precious creative energy on household tasks.
I’ll admit that my husband does the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping us from living in squalor. He likes to point out that fact to our friends, family co-workers, and people we’ve just met. It is embarrassing, so I’m trying to help out more.
Part of the reason that I hate cleaning, is that I don’t like the chemical odor from harsh cleaning products. Two products make cleaning a little more pleasant for me are Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and Spiff Cloths. Both products are Made in the U.S.A.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
A friend of mine introduced me to this natural castile-based product. It comes in many scents, but my favorite ones are the citrus orange, almond, and peppermint. You can even use it as a body wash and shampoo. In fact, the label says you this “magic all-in-one” soap has 18 different uses. You can pick up Dr. Bronner’s soap in most grocery stores and certainly any store that caters to organic products.
My other favorite product is the Spiff Cloth. This streak-free, spot-free cloth is sold by Berit Hines, who is one of my fellow members in the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. It really lives up to its claim to allow you to clean without glass cleaners or other chemicals. I love the way it gets rid of the cat hair that seem to stick to every surface in our home. You can pick them up online at www.spiffcloth.com.