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Thursday, April 24th, 2008

dolly heads
My good pal JJ sent me this crazy assortment of heads and parts. When I first started using some dolly heads in my plushes a few years ago, it was because I was on a mission to get rid of stuff. I used up all the doll faces I had on hand and then I started buying more because it was so much fun. A lot more. Now I have a big box full of them and friends are sending them to me from far away places. Mission NOT accomplished, but that is OK. I can’t wait to use these, especially the happy clowns!

N & blossoms
We went to see the Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park in Newark the other day. It was like a fantasy land with all those trees in bloom. There were so many blooming trees! Supposedly they have more cherry trees than DC and they are working on planting 2000 more this year! We spent the day there with one of my oldest friends and his family. Their son is 2 months younger than our baby girl. It’s so nice having kids the same age. It was a beautiful day at the park!

Happy Birthday Amy!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

6 years old, wow!
amy turns 6
Thanks for hanging out with us for six years so far, you lovable pesky stinky adorable thing, you!

Amy’s Flickr set

Gewurzplatzchen

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

There is a blog all about ice cream people. That means any ice cream with human characteristics. (There is a blog about anything and everything these days, isn’t there? Gotta love the internets!) Well this blog is awesome in my book. I love ice cream people! I found it a few months ago via Angie Mason’s Memory Jar Journal and added it to my bloglines. I decided to tell the blog author about my very own ice cream plushes and he posted them right away. How very nice! Now I think he is double awesome and he said I am awesome too. Yay for blog love!

Real ice cream is one of the hardest things to photograph. When you see a beautiful picture of ice cream, it’s probably really shortening or some other kind of non-ice cream fake stuff. I love making ice cream with our little home ice cream maker. I can’t deny that I use strawberry Quik powder often in my cooking, despite my efforts to be healthy and use all natural and organic ingredients. Strawberry Quik – fail! It is my weakness. I even bought the huge 72 serving size. I didn’t even know they made such a big size and then I kinda spazzed a little when I saw it in the store. I squealed “THIS IS NEW!” and my husband kinda pretended he wasn’t with me. I made some strawberry frozen pudding and it was quite good. I thought I had a great photo of it on the camera screen, but when I got it on the computer it looked like slop. So I am not even going to show it. But it was soo yummy! Here is my recipe:

2 cups milk
6 tbs strawberry Quik
3 tbs cornstarch

Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and place over a low flame. Stir constantly until boiling. Cook one more minute, still stirring. Remove from flame and cool completely. Put pudding in ice cream maker and freeze according to ice cream maker instructions.

Next time I make this I will try again to get a good picture, but I imagine it will still look like slop. It is really pink and pretty, you will have to trust me! Here is a nice dessert picture to make up for it.

Gewurzplatzchen

Wednesday was international day at my son’s school. They held a feast and the parents were invited. I made these German Spice cookies called Gewurzplatzchen. They were very tasty! It was a bit of a challenge to find a German cookie recipe that didn’t have nuts and also coordinated with what I had in my cabinets. After clicking around a little while, I found this recipe. Internet, I love you! I think the dough would work well for cut out cookies, so next time I will try making these in fun shapes.

Here is the recipe.

mauve unicorn chartreuse walrus

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Kristen of Schmancy asked me a few questions. You can read my answers over on the Plush You blog. The fun part about the interview is that there is a giveaway too. Just comment over there with your favorite two colors and animals. One winner will be chosen to receive a custom plush made by me based on their choices! Big thanks to Kristen for saying such sweet things about me; I’m seriously blushing!

In other news about making plushies and giving them away, if you make plushies and would like to help out a good cause, please check out Softies for Mirabel.

It was sooooo nice out today. The kiddies and I spent a good amount of time playing in the dirt in our little urban yard. It’s nothing like the megabackyard we had in Ohio, but the plot I till is actually about the same size. We’ve already got oregano, mint, rocket, and a bunch of flowers peeking out! Tomorrow I hope to get some seeds in the ground.

pooser heart

2nd Annual Softie Awards

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Softies Central hosts a wonderful contest called the Softie Awards. The second annual is now well underway with over 500 pictures already submitted! Check out the plushy goodness in the Flickr pool. You have until April 18 to submit your own softie.

Here’s one of my favorites from the Softies Awards contenders. His name is Phillip and he loves Bob Marley. How cute is that? I love Bob too. I dig the boxy head and all the details on this guy. He looks so happy and relaxed. Let’s get together and feel all right! Phillip is made by Emily Molloy and you can check out more of her work on her Flickr.
Phillip

Brooklyn Flea April 27

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Brooklyn Flea April 27
I’ll be joining the fine Etsy folks at their booth at Brooklyn Flea to sell some creatures and spread the word about my next plush class. Cal Patch (Hodge Podge) will be also there and a few others too. I love Cal and am looking forward to a fun day! Hope to see you there!
brownstoner.com/brooklynflea
etsy.com
hodgepodgefarm.blogspot.com

Mod Duck

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Mod Duck

Mod Duck has a new job: AMBASSADOR!

The artists for Crammed Organisms have been chosen. Go check them out. Tons of awesomeness!

Welcome to the Harada Blogada!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Hey there hi there ho there! I just put this blog thing on my website. I’ve been getting bloggy over on livejournal for over three years now, but I’ve decided to bring it on home. I’ll probably still write over on livejournal because I have lots of nice friends over there. Hi nice friends! I blog on MySpace sometimes too. Hi MySpace friends! All my blogs are pretty much the same, though. Just a lot of willy-nilly x-posting all over the place. Thanks for reading, xoxo Jenny

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