Category Archives: Its Only Rock N Roll

Red Hot NAMM 2012

Every year I attend the NAMM show – (The National Association of Music Merchants).  I have absolutely no business or reason to attend the show.  I am not a musician and I don’t work in the music business.  But I do love Rock N Roll and thus the NAMM show where where hundreds of people who attend feel the same way.  Dr. Malibu likens the show to a high school reunion, bumping into old friends and reconnecting.   Getting your hands on a NAMM badge takes some connections but it’s not a tragedy if you can’t actually attend the show.  There’s a lot going on outside the convention center walls.

This year I ran across a booth Ultra Case which had a uniquely crafted quilt backdrop.  The owner’s sister in law, Liza, made the quilt using a collection of his treasured vintage rock t-shirts.  If you don’t know anything about quilting, you should know it’s one of the most undervalued and underappreciated forms of art.  To do it well requires a lot of skill, a good eye and even more patience.  Quilts take a long time to make.   I love that the notes along the border play Bohemian Rhapsody.  Amazing!  You an check out Liza’s work here.

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You never know what you’ll see NAMM.  People are dressed in some crazy gear, girls are decked out in mini skirts and fishnets, boys in their metal finest, tattoos from head to toe.  A few merchants post scantily clad girls around their booth to attract attention.  Gator Cases put this gator gal on display to capture interest from the crowds.  I couldn’t resist a quick pet and photo op.
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I wore my newest and coolest Pink Polkadot Dress and ran into the designer herself – Sharise Neil – who spotted me wearing her dress!
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The highlight of the event for me, was meeting Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers!  Chad tolerated my death grip on his jacket and stepping on his toes during my excitement over meeting him and getting a picture!
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When the convention center shuts down for the day, the evening is just gearing up.  Groups gather in the Hilton Anaheim lobby or the Marriott.  Literally, people party like rock stars until morning.  I mixed up a few shakers of lemon drops (of course) for the gathering in our room.  Just the right way to kick off the evening where more rounds of reunion occur and new friendships are forged.  Rock on!
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Peacock Feather Earrings Tutorial

Peacock Feathers are a popular trend right now in fashion and design.  When Craig Olsen decorated my swanky new living room and dining room they added fabulous accessories embellished with peacock feathers… and seeded my love for these pretty little feathers.  I found a peacock feather mask at a garage sale – and for only one dollar – it’s a great value on future craft supplies.  Flash forward a few weeks later when I was introduced to guitar goddess Ariel.  While admiring her gorgeous feather earrings,  I immediately knew what my next craft project would be!   Peacock Feather Earrings!  The perfect fashion forward accessory for the girl who loves a little funk in her fashion.

I found a ton of tutorials for making Peacock or feather earrings, and I combined a few techniques to settle on a method that was easy and suited my vision.

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First trim your feathers.  Just pull off a few of extra feathers from the left and right sides.  You need to expose the shaft of the feather in order to get a good surface to work with.  You might have to trim the shaft of the feather depending on its thickness.   Both the feather shaft and the jeweler wire need to be able to feed through your bead together.   Trim the feather shaft on the back carefully with a pair of scissors.

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Trim the length of the feather shaft so that it doesn’t protrude through the top of the bead once you feed it through. You also need to test that both the shaft and wire will fit through your bead. Once you have applied the glue, there’s no going back. Apply the glue to the trimmed feather shaft and insert it into your bead – following quickly with your beading wire. The beading wire needs to extend about a 1/2″ to allow room to wrap the wire.
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Bend up the wire as shown, then tightly wrap it around the feather shaft. The wire and the glue will ensure that your feathers will withstand any headbanging you might engage in.  Now thread your crystal bead.

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Using a pair of small needle nose jewelry pliers – grab the wire at the top of the bead – bend over to one side – wind the wire around the closed jewelry pliers to create a loop.  Use the jewelry pliers to grab the loop you just created and tightly wind the wire around the space between the loop and the crystal bead.  Trim the wire and use the pliers to round out any part that is sticking out.
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You are now ready to add your jump ring and earring hook and wear these pretties to your next rock n roll concert!

Life

My little blog has been neglected… There have been concerts to attend – Filter, Buck Cherry, The Sunset Strip Music Festival, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Def Leppard.  And that’s the stuff I did when Thing 1 and Thing 2 weren’t with me.  The kids and I went sea fishing with Bogart, attended Unique LA, visited the parental units in Hesperia, made another dress and cooking.  A LOT of cooking.

It’s been a great summer and I never wanted it to end.  No early mornings, no making lunches, no homework and studying and projects (well, projects are ok).  And did I mention it’s been a great summer?  Does all the fun we’ve had really have to end?  Can’t I just have a little bit more?  The kids are growing so fast – please, please can’t we just freeze this period in time?  This perfect time with just fun, no obligations.  Just stop already! We’re happy!  Leave us alone.

Remember the movie Secretariat.  The scene where Penny sees her kids enter the ballroom, and just looks at them.  The look on her face tells it all, is happy, she is full of love, she is so pleased with her family and her life.  I knew that look because it was me.  And a little bit of sadness knowing that life just might not get any better than this.

but of course, summer ended… and brought with it new challenges for Fall….

Lemon Drop Martinis, the squirrely kind

I’m posting this very late  – better late than never, right?

When I was packing for the 2011 NAMM show, I’m was thinking of my best friend Kat, excited that I would see her soon!  I met Kat at the Rainbow 20 years ago.  I was hanging out with a friend and Kat overheard our conversation about boobs – um, yes boobs, and she “busted” right into our conversation.  It was love at first sight.  I’d never met a cooler chick in my life (still haven’t and she’s got a lot of competition these days).  We were so head over heals for each other that when Kat mentioned that she wanted to transfer to Los Angeles, (she was a flight attendant living in Chicago) I said she could move right in with me… without bothering to check with my boyfriend.  So she showed up one day, and well, I don’t see him anymore… but that’s how it goes.

Kat ended up marrying her rockstar, moving to Scottsdale and is raising 4 amazing kids.  Despite her moving away – we remain very close, talk daily and visit each other regularly (but not nearly enough).  Kat didn’t introduce me to Lemon Drops – but she did teach me how to make them.  They’ve become my favorite drink of decadence.   Making them is always fun and every girl  needs to know how to make her own!

You will need:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glasses
  • Shot Glass
  • Ice Cubes
  • Vodka (citrus flavored is not necessary)
  • Lemons
  • Triple Sec or better yet Grand Marnier
  • Sugar

Fill your martini glass with ice cubes to properly chill the glasses.  Pour it out right before serving.

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes

Measure the following into your cocktail shaker:

  • 1 1/2 shots of your favorite and chilled vodka
  • 1/2 shot of Triple Sec (or Grand Marnier)
  • 3/4 shot of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sugar.

Shake then pour into your chilled martini glasses.

You can coat the edges of your martini glass in sugar by dipping the edge of the glass first in water, then into a plate of sugar.  I opt to skip this part as I really don’t like my drink too sweet and the sugar always sticks to my lipstick.  This of course, it’s Kat’s favorite part – she likes to lick the sugar off the rim.

These are quick and easy to make – master these and you’ll be invited back to the next party….  CLINKIES!
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A funny thing happened that last time I went to make a lemon drop.  The famous Wilma Fingerdoo stopped by for a cocktail and I had all the ingredients set out to make us a quick cocktail.  But Thing 1 had left us with no ice cubes.

Faced with an ice cube shortage, Wilma and I headed out to scout out the neighbors to see if we could borrow a cup ‘o cubes.  Sure enough, my neighbor Tom was heading out and how could he turn down two damsels in distress.  As we followed him to his apartment, a cute little baby squirrel came running out of the bushes and tried to crawl up Tom’s pants.  To Tom’s credit, he didn’t scream but the squirrel, despite his tiny size was relentless!  It charged again and again, undaunted by Tom’s foot gently trying to block him.  The situation when from cute to crazy and Tom finally escaped to a stairway while Wilma and I were practically rolling on the ground, hysterical with laughter.  We finally all escaped the squirrels advances and made it safely into his apartment for the ice cubes.  When we left, the squirrel made a half hearted attempt to follow us but clearly it was waiting for Tom and quickly gave up.