Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Something New!

If you look around, you might notice some new things around the blog.  For instance, every Monday, I will list one item from Voodoo Vixen.  If you swung by the blog yesterday, you might have noticed this.

This week's item is the Keira Dress - $83.96




You might also have noticed that there is a blog poll on the right side of the blog.  I'm trying to gather some information from my fellow rockabilly folk, so please answer!


Last, but not least, I want to bring up my Fishing Lure Giveaway.  I'm going to give away a retro-inspired, hand-painted fishing lure to three lucky people!  It is super easy to enter.  The contest finishes April 30th!  Only 1 month left to enter!!!!


Coming soon: A fun 12-week summer challenge (photo challenge)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter

I enjoy Easter, not as a religious holiday, but as a celebration of spring.  I typically have fresh cut flowers in my kitchen on Easter.  I also start planning any planting that I want to get started.  I also tend to make food that emphasizes the glory of spring!

This is a fun (and early) menu for those of you who, like me, just want to celebrate new beginnings with the beginning of spring.  Also, this is a paleo meal.  Anyone can eat it, but it does not have any grains or sugars.  It just means that this is a healthy menu - do not be afraid!


Menu
Salad of Spring
Minty Lamb Meatballs
Roasted Beets
Paleo Coconut Cream Pie


My Salad of Spring starts with a salad spring mix.  I then added chopped up strawberries and sliced almonds.  To top this off, I used a mixture of a little apple cider vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil (in the glass).


I really like lamb.  It may be that it's delicious.  I may be the fact that I'm part Greek and lamb is used frequently in Greek cooking.  I don't know.  It's just tasty.  For this meal, I used a pound of ground lamb.  I diced up a third of a yellow onion and 10-12 mint leaves.  I put these into a bowl with a 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella, a teaspoon of garlic, and a teaspoon of crushed rosemary leaves.  I then add in one egg and my pound of lamb before mixing with my hands for about 3 minutes.  I then rolled 8 balls.  While these baked, I prepared a sweet mint sauce.  This is basically 1-1/2 cups of water, 12-15 mint leaves diced, some agave nectar, and some arrowroot powder whisked together and simmered/boiled until it turns into a lovely sauce.

Roasted beets are different from pickled beets.  Some people have only had pickled beets from a can/jar and that's all they know about beets.  What I did here was wash and peel red beets and golden beets.  I chopped them up into bite size chunks and put them into a ziploc bag.  In the bag went a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Give that a shake, dump it into a glass baking dish, and bake for 35-40 minutes!

My Paleo Coconut Cream Pie



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shorts for Summer Style

Summer is coming up and its time to make sure you have shorts for the season.

For my fellow sewing-aficionados - Shorts!  I like using these two patterns to create two different style of retro shorts, both high-waisted.  Simply shorten the legs to cut for shorts.  Butterick for standard shorts.  Folkwear for Land Girl Shorts.
Folkwear #240
Butterick 5895
My biggest problem is chub-rub.  I'm curvy (not fat, though I wouldn't mind going down a pant size) and even at a size 4 (a few years ago) I had chub-rub going on.  I tend to add a little to the butt-area for the Butterick pattern.  A little can go a long way, so if you decide to give this a try - don't over do it.

For the land girl shorts, I suggest making your shorts about knee length and then putting them on in order to figure out what length you really want them.  You can trim the bottom most of the way and then roll the hem - or you can trim and hem.  Its up to you.  These shorts offer a more relaxed, baggy option.


Burda actually offers a pattern for high-waisted shorts, but I have not yet tried it.  Have you tried it?  What do you think about it?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Heads Up!

This summer in Fairbanks, Alaska, I will have a tent at the Monday Marketplace (downtown on the riverfront).  I wanted to share this with you guys in case anyone decides to visit.

I decided to call my booth: Hepkats.  I will be selling my hand-painted fishing lures and Lindy Bop dresses!  I might have a handful of other items there, but that is still to be determined.  My fellow crafters Deanna and April (She Knits In Pearls) might have some items to sell as well.  We shall see.

I will, of course, always be up for posing with anyone who wants a picture with a pin up girl.  If its a nice day out, I will be in a retro swimsuit.  If it's a little ugly out, I'll be in a dress.  Always pin up sexy though!




I also wanted to mention that McCall saw my tweet and facebook post about wanting men's retro patterns.  They told me that they would talk to their merchandising department about it!  Isn't that exciting?!  Have you guys been posting about it too?  Tell me!  The more people who say something, the more likely it will be done!




At the end of May I will begin a 12-week summer challenge that I've put together.  I'll make a big post about it towards the beginning of May.  It's a photo challenge - one photo a week, but it has to be for that week's theme.  It should be pretty fun and it will totally give you something to do.  Want an example?  Here is a sneak peek at Week 10.

Week 10 (August 2 - August 8) - The poppy is one of the symbols of August.  Find some poppies and strike a pose or make something with poppies as your theme and get a picture of you and your project.

If it sounds like something that would be fun, then just hold on a little longer and sign up to take the challenge in early May!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wanted!

I have a few things that I'm looking for that I thought I'd post about.


Wanted: Crossfit/Weightlifting Shoes
I'm one of the few people at the gym (Crossfit Fairbanks) who doesn't have weightlifting shoes (who actually care about it).  I like the Ma Strength shoes and the Reebok Lifter 2.0 shoes.


Wanted: 1940-1965 Camper Trailer to fix up
I wouldn't mind getting an old camper trailer, something that needs a little work.  I'll give it a good overhaul.  This would be a fun summer project and, in the end, a good investment for myself.


Wanted: Products to Review
I am looking for some products to review.  I get anywhere from 50-120 visitors a day.  It seems like my numbers are starting to increase as a whole - exciting to me!  If you have something you'd like me to review, send me an email.  I prefer things that are rockabilly or useful to the rockabilly community, but I'm open to various things.

Me at VLV 2013

Wanted: Modeling for Photographer
I would love to have another photoshoot done!  I'm hoping to do this as soon as the snow melts.  If you're in the Fairbanks-area, send me a link to your portfolio!  If you're looking to expand your portfolio, also let me know.  I try to be easy to work with.  I can do my own hair and make-up if you wish.  My site at Model Mayhem.


Wanted: Your Input
I'm in the process of coming up with some brand new clothing designs and I will soon need your input.  I'm really hoping that you, my readers, will totally help me out.  My first question to you is: What do you do to work out?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sewing UPRISE!

I think it would be awesome if there were vintage/retro sewing patterns for men.  Wouldn't it be fun to dress our men just as we enjoy dressing ourselves?



If you would like to join in the Sewing UPRISE! then just do the following (as many as you would like):
  1. TWEET about the Sewing UPRISE using #sewingUPRISE.  Feel free to use the above graphic.  Feel free to tag @SewSimplicity and @McCallPatternCo
  2. Post to FACEBOOK and feel free to tag Simplicity and McCall as well.
  3. BLOG about it.  I'd like to see what kind of suggestions you have for Simplicity and McCall (these are the two largest pattern conglomerates in the US).  Also, if you're going to blog about it, then be sure to leave a comment so I can check it out!

Here are a few patterns that I would like to see produced again.






Product Review: Crosley Songbird Radio



I bought myself a Crosley Songbird (Crosley Radios) radio in turquoise.  It was about $50 which may sound like a good chunk of change, but this thing is awesome.  I can hook up headphones and my ipod.  I can set it to automatic - use it as an alarm.  The sound quality is great.  I love the turquoise color, but if you want something else it also comes in: black, red, blue, pink, and green.  I love the retro look of all the Crosley items.

I actually bought this because I asked my uncles if we could finish restorations on the 1956 Nash Metropolitan so I could put it in a car show or two.  The Metro is a two-tone turquoise and white car.  I wanted this so I could play my ipod while in the car or at the car show.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bad Betty Shoe Giveaway

Did you know that Chronically Vintage (blog) is giving away some shoes - Born Bad Betty Shoes (website)?

Look at these swanky things!  I love those black Va-Va-Vroom shoes!


You can find heels, flats, and purses! Definitely check it out!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring For Cotton

Cherry, from She Knits in Pearls, let me know that there was a sew-a-long about to go on hosted by Lucky Lucille.

I'm going to do this.  I just have to figure out what I'm going to sew.  This shouldn't be too hard.  I love sewing and I always need something new. 


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weightlifting Seminar

This weekend I attended a two-day weightlifting seminar at my crossfit gym (Crossfit Fairbanks).  Coach Ma and Coach Manuel from Ma Strength guided us through snatches, cleans, and jerks.  I learned a lot and had a blast!  I now know why my split jerks are so wobbly - I lean forward and need to have internal rotation for my arms.  For my cleans - I also lean forward a little.  I need to move straight down.  As for my snatches, I think my form was good, I just needed to work on arm rotation (internal, not external).

Left to right: Coach Ma, me, and Coach Manuel
I need a pair of weightlifting shoes.  I was one of the only people without them and it's effecting my weightlifting performance.

Product Review: Bandelettes

On my bloglovin' feed a week or so ago, I saw that the Glamorous Housewife had posted something about a product called Bandelettes.  These are basically stretchy lacy bands with wide, thin strips of silicon to prevent the bands from slipping.  They prevent chub rub.  I've had a chub rub problem since I can remember.  For like $15 or so, I ordered myself a black pair (as you can see).

I like how comfortable these things are.  I ran around my apartment pretty much just in my robe and these bandelettes for a whole evening/night.  They really were comfy.  I tried repositioning them and they always stayed put.  I also like how they never "dug in" anywhere on my leg.

I don't know why I don't always trust other reviews.  I think its due to growing up with clothing that never fit me properly.  When I was a kid I was curvy and overweight - not a good combo in this day and age.  Nowadays, I'll admit that I should probably drop 20lbs, but I workout all the time AND STILL HAVE CHUB RUB!   If you feel this pain.  If you have chub rub going on.  Take my advise, and the Glamorous Housewife's, and get yourself a pair of bandelettes!   NOTE: There are a handful of colors.

http://www.bandelettes.com/

Saturday, March 21, 2015

#3 DIY Pomade

Some commercially made pomade
Hair is important for rockabilly men.  My boyfriend is surprisingly particular about his hair.  Pomade is a styling wax that is a near essential for rockabilly men.  Most people just buy their pomade online or at the store, but why not try making your own?  This could be a wonderful gift or home project.  If you can't find containers locally, try amazon.com

Lonely Hepkat's Pomade Mix

Makes approx. 1 cup

My ingredients
5 TBSP Beeswax
4 TBSP Coconut Oil
3 TBSP Olive Oil
2 TBSP Jojoba Oil or Argan Oil (both excellent for hair)
1 TBSP Castor Oil (to stimulate the hair) or Tea Tree Oil (super cleanser, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal)
3-4 drops Essential Oil for aromatic purposes (optional)

1. In a small pot, melt the beeswax and coconut oil on medium-low heat.  Don't let your wax boil.
2. Whisk in the other oils until they are fully incorporated.
3. Add in your essential oils and whisk lightly.  You can choose whatever smells best to you.
4. Check your mixture for consistency.  If it's not thick enough, add in a tablespoon of beeswax.  If it's too thick, add in some extra coconut oil or olive oil.  If you want to let it cool, then check it - it's fine.  You can reheat your pomade and continue on with the next step.  I put a little (a spoonful) in the fridge for a minute and checked it.
5. You'll need a tin or jar to hold your pomade.  Be sure that you can reach the furthest corners with your finger, otherwise it's no good.  Check at local craft stores and be sure it can hold water first.  Pour your pomade into a container and let it cool.



Cutting Beeswax
Beeswax and coconut oil



Melting
All oils together, melted, beautiful

I actually had problems with my first set of tins that I had purchased at JoAnn Fabric.  I tested them out with water and water leaked all over the place! I tried sealing up the bottom using my trusty glue gun, but the glue didn't hold up to the oils.  I highly recommend testing your tins or getting solid single-piece made items like tins made from one piece of metal or small glass jars or single cast plastic.

Hot pomade in tins

Nearly cooled pomade


Of course, I made some pomade and have it up for sale at the Lonely Hepkat Etsy Store.  Each pomade tin holds 2 oz of pomade.  I call it "I'm Hair For You, Darling".



Something fun that can also be done is to make your own custom label.  Here are a few actual brands of pomade that might help inspire you.






Friday, March 20, 2015

Retro Fishing Lure Giveaway!

 GIVEAWAY!

I wanted to post again about my Fishing Lure Giveaway!  I have 3 hand-painted lures to give away!

What I really want to do is to send out 3 of these cute fishing lures and get some pictures back (like 3 or so from each person) - within two or three weeks of them arriving by mail - of people catching fish with the lures.  I'll be selling them this spring and I would love to have some pictures to show people.

** I definitely encourage pin-up poses with the lures too!  Ladies, this would be a great photo op to be had with your man!  Men, you can send me your manly pin-up pics too!

If you are interested, here's what you must do:

  1. Send me your name, email, and address.
  2.  I just need to know that you are able to go fishing.  Send me a pic of you with fishing gear or your fishing license or something like that.
  3. Tell me why I should send you one of the three lures, what you plan on catching, where you plan on going, etc.  This can be as simple as: "I love to go fishing.  I would go to Blue River and fish for trout."   See?  Super easy.
Send to: JessieDesmond@rocketmail.com
OR
Leave a comment with everything included!

 The giveaway ends April 30th! 

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