Jewelry for Cozy, September 2011

Yes, it has been two and a half years since I posted jewelry.  Yeesh.

I will be in Durham on Saturday for a trunk show at Cozy (770 9th St, Durham NC) from 10am-6pm.  Here’s a preview of what I will have with me!

Caramelized Onion, Fig, and Goat Cheese Tart

It’s the time of the year when my coworkers and I raid the fig tree near our office. For the second year running, the members of my monthly knitting group were the beneficiaries of our pillaging. Jake put the idea of figs with caramelized onions in my head, but instead of making the jam he suggested, I went a little nuts. After an hour or two surfing through Epicurious and finding (I can’t believe it!) nothing like this, I cobbled together a few different recipes and came up with my own tart. The idea isn’t entirely original, but the recipe is.

Filling
2 large onions, halved and sliced vertically
1T unsalted butter
~7 oz soft goat cheese
1 egg
two sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
12-15 fresh figs, sliced

Begin preparing crust (see below). While crust isresting, heat butter in large sauce pan or frying pan. Caramelize onions slowly, until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.

Combine goat cheese and egg using mixer. Set aside.

Crust (lifted from another blog)

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
11 tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 egg yolk
3 tbs. whole milk

Combine dry ingredients and mix them together in electric mixer. On low speed, add butter until the flour is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Mix egg yolk and milk together and add to flour mixture until just combined (about 15 seconds).

Remove the mixture from the bowl and put on a flour surface. Knead quickly until it just comes together. The dough will be dotted with butter spots throughout. Wrap in plastic wrap, stick in the fridge, and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Take pastry disk out of the fridge and put on a floured surface or a floured Silpat. Place the plastic wrap on top of the disk and proceed to roll out until it’s thin and about 12 inches across and 1/8 inch thick. Turn out onto tart pan. (May also be used for a free-form “rustic” tart.)

Here’s where I deviated from the original – Bake crust for ~20 minutes. Remove from oven.

Spread goat cheese mixture on crust. Sprinkle with rosemary. Layer figs and onions on top of goat cheese mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes longer.

Yum.

Caramelized Onion, Fig, and Goat Cheese Tart
Caramelized Onion, Fig, and Goat Cheese Tart

Nerdtastic Quilt

A few months ago, a friend of mine from MIT sent me his t-shirts from “back-in-the-day.” Opening up the box, I realized this was going to be a very fun quilt for me to make. I recognized many of the shirts and had my own memories attached to them.

We discussed doing the fabrics in cardinal and gray. I even went to the MIT website and printed out the Pantone numbers and color chips they keep there for branding purposes. Once it came time to pick the fabric, I fell in love with a charcoal on black print for the sashing and a deep multi-tonal red fabric for the border. The selection of the backing fabric was a bit more challenging. He had found a very funny “Nerds Rock” fabric online, but there was none of it to be found anywhere – just tempting photos of other items made from it. We eventually settled on a second, equally nerdy fabric – black covered in equations, Venn diagrams, chemistry formulas, etc.

Being the enterprising young lady that I am, I contacted one of the Etsy sellers who used the Nerds Rock fabric and she sent me her leftovers. There was enough there for me to complete the little surprise I cooked up. Amidst the amusingly masculine t-shirt selection there was a duplicate shirt. It is now a very nice pillow, made with the border and sashing fabrics to match the quilt, and the Nerds Rock fabric as the backing.

After all is said and done, I think the second fabric actually works really well as the backing – the color scheme ties in well with the red and black on the front. Overall, this is one masculine quilt. Didn’t know a quilt could be masculine, didja? 😉

I am super happy with how this came out. I really love making these things.

New Jewelry

I am trying to get my jewelry inventory up to date.  I can’t believe how much stuff I have around that I haven’t photographed or posted.  Below are some of the latest creations.  I have been focusing on making simpler things for When Pigz Fly in Raleigh.  I have a lot of good materials around, and I have a hankering to make something complex.  We’ll see how much free time I have this month…

Knitting Frenzy

I’ve been in quite the knitting phase for the last few weeks.  I am addicted to the Silky Merino Malabrigo, but I have managed to work with a few different yarns.  I have focused more on updating my Ravelry profile with the projects than anything else.

New Stuff for Artwalk

Just a last minute post to share a few new things I’ll have with me at the Watts-HIllandale Artwalk today (12p-6p – I”ll be at 1102 Virginia Ave.

I made a bunch of other stuff that is repeats of some of the more popular designs (or of stuff I have out at When Pigz Fly – my pretties are wonderful, but they can’t be in two places at once!).

When Pigz Fly

You can now find Pink Ginn jewelry at When Pigz Fly in Raleigh (11125 Six Forks Rd). The owner, Diane, and I picked out a selection of pieces including necklaces, bracelets, and a nice bunch of earrings. I’ll be restocking regularly (things already seems to be flying off the shelves!)

I also updated my Kodak Gallery album of what is currently available. More will get added to that when I take some photos of my most recent creations.

Upcoming shows include:

And finally… I finished my clapotis (pattern can be found here).  I knit it in Malabrigo Silky Merino and it is very touchable.

Joe College Day 10/4/08

Well, it’s tomorrow – I’ll be out on West Campus at Duke from ~3p-8p with a selection of pretty much everything I make. I whipped up a few more things in the last few nights. The earrings were inspired by some one of my friends was wearing earlier this week. I tried to go simpler with the necklaces, too – I know I like to wear complex pieces, but sometimes you need something simple!

Being Sick Isn’t All Bad….

Having a cold is generally a bummer, but I had so much down time that I was able to make a lot of stuff. In the midst of napping and watching the West Wing, here’s some of the new stuff I’ll have out with me at Joe College Day (October 4, 3-8p on West Campus at Duke). I went to the bead show on Saturday, so a lot of this is inspired by the new strands I picked up there. The lighting on the photos was weird – no idea why, but I did my best!

Steve and Leila’s Wedding

I can’t believe it’s over! My “little” brother is married. The wedding had an english garden tea party theme – here’s a pic of the bridesmaids for all of my friends who have been dying to see. 🙂 I totally got to discreetly hide a tissue in my glove!

Jen, Julia, Sarah, and Rachel
Jen, Julia, Sarah, and Rachel