Alan Manuel Gonzalez

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Head in the Game

I wrote this whole entry about crowns for evil queens, and realized it just had to go on Spooky Moon.

I love headbands and tiaras, I just don’t have any. I may have to fix that. Here are some of the less evil things I found whilst poking around.

Silver Wire Tiara by Scarlet Tiaras

Silver Wire Tiara by Scarlet Tiaras

I love the modern look of this. For the wired queen.

Most Delicate Wreath in the World by Avigailadam

Most Delicate Wreath in the World by Avigailadam

This I would actually wear. It’s lovely and understated. I don’t know if it’s the most delicate, but it’s certainly a contender.

Arwen Tiara by Lizzy Tunc

Arwen Tiara by Lizzy Tunc

Definitely for wearing to the Medieval Faire. With wings.

Elvish Tiara by Artistes les Tordus

Elvish Tiara by Artistes les Tordus

This thing is just plain cool, though it looks terribly uncomfortable. But I suppose a little discomfort is worth it to look like you could turn someone into a tree.

Fairy Crown by Pink Pixie Forest

Fairy Crown by Pink Pixie Forest

Had to finish with this, because damn. Pretty sure if you put this on, pixies swarm you to do your bidding.

Freezer-to-Microwave Bacon Packets

Baaaacon. On a sandpiper plate.

Baaaacon. On a sandpiper plate.

I like to make breakfast bagels with egg, cheese, and bacon. But no way in hell was I going to deal with raw bacon in the morning, when I could barely walk a straight line. The eggs are challenging enough.

I used to get that microwavable bacon that’s $7.99 for four packets, and never, ever goes on sale. It made my frugality gland itch. So I poked around, did some experimenting, and came up with something that works for me.

This is not an environmentally friendly method of cooking bacon! It takes a ridiculous amount of plastic and paper. But you’re already eating pork, made through an environmentally devastating process, so you may as well go whole-hog. So to speak.

I swear I'm not a shill for Glad.

I swear I’m not a shill for Glad.

First, tear off about 12 inches of Press’n Seal and lay it on the counter, sticky side up. If you’ve never used Press’n Seal before, you are in for a treat. I only use plastic wrap for paint effects in the studio. Yes, you must use Press’n Seal, otherwise known as parafilm. For some reason, no one but Glad┬ámakes a commercial version, but if you work in a lab, you’ll be familiar with it.

Not two, not four. Well, maybe four.

Not two, not four. Well, maybe four.

Next, take three paper towels, fold them a bit at the end, and place them fold-down on the Press’n Seal. You’re aiming for at least an inch of clearance all the way around. Yes, three paper towels. I have experimented, and this is the least amount that will keep nearly all the mess in. Two = grease everywhere.

Yes, bacon is greasy. Yes, it still sticks.

Yes, bacon is greasy. Yes, it still sticks.

Next, spray a light coating of non-stick spray on the paper towels. Be careful not to get the Press’n Seal, or it won’t stick together.

Place three pieces of bacon on the towel. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of this. It’s like I missed the money shot. Don’t worry if the bacon has to be bent a little on the ends, just try not to let the pieces touch.

I can hear the trees dying.

I can hear the trees dying.

Take another three paper towels, fold them on one end, and spray the folded side with non-stick spray. There, you can see the bacon a little in the background.

Lookin' tidy.

Lookin’ tidy.

Place the paper towels fold-side down, making sure the folds from this batch are on the opposite end of the folds from the last batch, so you have a mostly even amount of paper towel throughout.

This is also a great way to hide your bacon from guests.

This is also a great way to hide your bacon from guests.

Finally, tear off another 12 inches of Press’n Seal, place it over everything sticky-side down, and press the edges to, well, seal. Because Press’n Seal, see?

This was early in the stack. IT WAS ON SALE.

This was early in the stack. IT WAS ON SALE.

Toss your bacon packets in the freezer. They are good for fitting in that space on top where nothing else fits.

Snobs can sod off--I love my micro.

Should have wiped down that panel.

When you want some bacon, toss a packet in the microwave. I like mine very crispy, so it’s three minutes for me.

When it’s done, carefully grab the packet on opposite corners and remove. Give it a sec to cool down, then peel everything back. The bacon may still stick a little to the paper towels, but it pops right off. Unlike if you hadn’t used non-stick spray. Then you would cry because your bacon was a papercraft.

You know what you have to do.

You know what you have to do.

Voila, bacon! I realized after I did most of this that I didn’t have any pictures of the finished bacon. What is it with me? Anyway, yes, I totally made bacon just now to get the pictures. See how I sacrifice for you?

And yeah, it’s already gone. Yum.

 

 

The Secret World of Dragonflies

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Magia Mexica

Magia Mexica trades Mexican handcrafts, and their shop is beautifully curated.

Huichol Tuft Mask

Huichol Tuft Mask

Huichol Bull Head

Huichol Bull Head

I found them looking for Huichol bead work, which I adore, but they have all kinds of stuff from all over Mexico.

Cat Alibrije

Chameleon Alibrije

Chameleon Alibrije

Raccoon Alibrije

Raccoon Alibrije

I could fill a room with their stunning collection of Alibrijes, Oaxacan wood carvings.

There are lots of other types of crafts as well. I only wish the shop were divided into categories; but it’s worth going through all 21 pages. There actually are categories at their website, but the selection is smaller.

If they add tiles, I’m toast.

Mezcal Bottle

Mezcal Bottle

Huichol Yarn Painting

Huichol Yarn Painting

Black Mask with Iguanas

Black Mask with Iguanas

 

Muscle Car City

This post was originally intended for Florida Fringe Tourism, but I think life has taken Glendon away from the site, possibly for good. So instead, you get it here.

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Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda is, in a word, overwhelming. But in the best way. 99,000 square feet of shiny classics beg for a camera, so be sure to bring yours.

When Treworgy was 16, he used money saved from pumping gas to buy his first car: a 1957 Chevrolet CV. At the time, it was affordable because it was several years out of date. He kept the car through high school, and when he returned from the Navy in 1968, he began again. He always had two or three cars around. He would drive one, and fix up the others, selling them to either buy more cars, or support various business ventures that allowed him to…buy more cars.

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40 years of collecting found Rick with over 200 cars. In 2009, he bought an empty Walmart and moved four warehouses full of cars to his lifelong dream, a museum.

The front of the house is run by his daughter, April. There you’ll find a diner, gift shop, and speed shop for performance parts. If wander back, you’ll find a small teaser of what is behind the double doors.

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A GM man to the core, the collection is heavy with Chevrolet, Pontiac, and a sprinkling of Oldsmobile, Buick, and others. You can see most of the body styles of the 1957 Chevy, along with impressive collections of Camaros, GTOs, El Caminos, and Corvettes. The dates range mostly from the 1950s to the 1970s, but go back as far as the 1920s. Every car is in pristine running condition, and showroom shiny.

You can get almost as close as you like to the cars. Instead of roping everything off, you will see the occasional sign: “Unless you are nude, don’t touch this car.” Most cars have model information in the window, and some have complete histories. Several have the hood up, so you can see the inner workings.

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Rick averages 400 visitors a day, but those 720 parking spaces don’t go to waste. On the third Saturday of the month, it becomes a chrome wonderland, when MCC hosts a car show, and collectors bring their classic and specialty vehicles from around the country.

If you’d like to visit, Muscle Car City is open every day but Monday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $6.00 for children. Kids under two years old get in for free with an adult. Sorry, toddlers, you can’t sneak off by yourself.

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Dragon Head Watermelon Carving

Clipboard Image (10 August 2015)

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar by Mary Holland

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Links, 7aug2015

Hijab-Lolita Fashion

Hijab-Lolita Fashion. Via Kari.

Rylai the White Baby Fox

Rylai the White Baby Fox

Benjamin Shine Tulle Works. Be sure to watch the video.

Benjamin Shine Tulle Works. Be sure to watch the video.

 


Indoor kitty gets to hunt her food. Via Ivy.
Macro Photos of Carnivorous Plants by Joni Niemela

Macro Photos of Carnivorous Plants by Joni Niemela

The Dark Crystal Gets a Documentary. Yay!

The Dark Crystal Gets a Documentary. Yay!

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