Archive for October, 2012

Izzy Hadala’s visit & press! :)

October 28, 2012

Florida teen talks respect at anti-bullying assembly

October 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM


The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — It wasn’t the type of clothing Izzy Hadala wore or what neighborhood she lived in that caused students to tease her. It was a birth deformity caused by a rare genetic disorder, ectodermal dysplasia.

For Hadala, a 14-year-old from Orlando, Fla., that means she is missing some teeth, fingers and toes. But her condition is leading her to become a national spokesperson for anti-bullying. And on Friday, she brought her message to Cabell County.

Hadala spoke to students at Huntington Middle and Southside Elementary schools, sharing her story and encouraging students to embrace their differences and view one another for what’s on the inside.

“I didn’t want people to see me as different or someone with a disability,” she said to the middle school students. “Because I don’t have a disability. I can do the same things as anyone else can.”

Hadala also read from her book, “First Day Speech,” about a boy with a cleft lip who decides to start his kindergarten year off by telling his new classmates all about the deformity on his face. It’s what she has done on the first day of school since first grade.

But some kids still teased her, making for many days of feeling uncomfortable and going home and crying. After finding a supportive group of friends through church, it became easier for Hadala to embrace her condition.

“You shouldn’t be ashamed of what you look like,” she said. “It’s those differences that make you unique.”

Hadala’s visit was sponsored by the parent-teacher organizations at both schools, along with the school system’s central office. Teacher Teri Booten, a member of the middle school’s Respect, Protect and Connect Committee, said she saw Hadala on “The Today Show” on Labor Day and talked to the committee about bringing her to Huntington.

“We thought it would be great to have a middle school student talk to them,” Booten said.

Several student members of the committee asked Hadala questions about her condition, experiences and how to deal with bullies. Eighth-grader Josh Eastman said her presentation serves as both proactive and reactive to bullying at the school.

“It’s prevalent. You see it in most of the classes in one way or another,” Eastman said. “Her message was really powerful … I think it will make a lot of difference in people’s lives.”


The Wild Ramp KickStarter Campaign

October 2, 2012

Many of my friends are “Friends” of The Wild Ramp, which is a new local-producer grocery at Heritage Station in Huntington. More about that:

in the Herald Dispatch

more in HD about an upcoming conference

on WV Public Radio

Anyhow, one of my friends, who is a volunteer and all that stuff (and also has a cool blog about bicycling and going car-lite A Simple Six ) asked if I might like to design one of the possible t-shirts for the Wild Ramp’s Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the business (it is a non-profit and is run by volunteers).  We are still waiting to hear from the Board members and I think there are other artists also working on this project, but this is my design

my design for the Wild Ramp

It is, really, mostly their logo, but I have rendered it in glue gel and soy wax-resist batik with procion dye.  I draw a “template”, but each shirt has to be hand-drawn by me with the resist material, dried overnight, “painted” with a second resist (melted soy wax), chilled, then dyed for several hours, then washed and dried.

These two shirts are on their way to be displayed or something at the Wild Ramp.  I’m pretty sure they don’t want me to sell any yet, as the plan seems to be that if you give enough money you get a t-shirt as a reward gift, like with public broadcasting.  After the Kickstarter thing is complete, they might be selling some in the shop. Or I will sell some and give a portion of the proceeds to the Wild Ramp. It isn’t worked out yet.

But, hey, if you would like to support this great new, growing (ha ha ha, get that little garden-type joke?) endeavor to increase the availability of fresh, local food to Huntington AND increase opportunities for local growers, producers and artisans to find a market for their stuff, hop on over to the Kickstarter proposal and consider making a gift!  Thanks!  🙂

Pumpkin Cheese Pie with Ginger Snap Crust

October 2, 2012

I wanted pumpkin cheesecake a couple of weeks ago, but, well, I overthink EVERYTHING and wanted it to be “exactly right”.  So, there was a whole internet search… Found lots of recipes, but I didn’t want to make a BIG cheesecake (guess who would eat it all?). I wanted it to have cottage cheese in it as well as cream cheese.  I wanted it to be fairly pumpkin-y.  This is what I cobbled together:

Crust: couple handfuls of ginger snaps and a handful of walnuts and 2 tablespoons of butter. Crunched up in mini-food processor and pressed into Pyrex pie plate.

Food processed 8 oz of cottage cheese smooth.

Mushed up with electric mixer:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c brown sugar

2T flour
Little orange extract
Spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves
Then add half of 15 oz can of pumpkin. Add the smooshed cottage cheese. Add 2 eggs.

Pour into the pie crust and bake at 325 for 50-75 minutes until center is set.

(ooops, I can’t find the picture of the slice of pie. gratuitous picture of my giant orange cat instead)

So, I have been silent here…

October 2, 2012

Apparently, I divide my focus when I post on several Facebook pages, including my own Goodness Gracious WV page and sell things at artisan markets and Art Walk and Etsy and … whoo!  I have had some things at The Common Ground Shoppes at the Heritage Station in Huntington, too.

I will make a little effort to post here, too! (Sorry, you’ve missed all sorts of recipes and pictures of tshirts and descriptions of “new” batik techniques while I have been silent!)
I’ll start with the easiest thing. Photos of some batik t-shirts:

green sea turtle, pink owl, purple hedgehog batik onesies

green sea turtle, pink owl, purple hedgehog batik onesies

And some patchwork satchels:

patchwork satchels with long handles and snap closures

bright-colored, hand-made, lined patchwork satchels with long cross-body strap and snap closures

so you can see the strap better… 🙂

And a crop of handspun yarns:

Wool yarns, all handspun by me 🙂
Sortof clockwise from upper left: fat grey & grape shetland (3.5 oz, 100 yds, $20); fat berry blue & black Dorset/Suffolk & Jacob wool (90 yds, $15); 3 skeins berry Dorset & soysilk (78 yds, almost 2 oz, $18; 90 yds, almost 2 oz, $20; 102 yds, just over 2 oz, $22); fat natural grey Coopworth wool (78 yds, 2.5 oz, $15); fat cherry Dorset/Suffolk and Jacob (90 yds, $15); two skeins approx. worsted hazelnut superwash merino wool (225 yds, 3.5 oz, $25; 210 yds, 3.5 oz, $25)