• I Might Need a Shower

    After the Holidays I took a little break.  From November to December I lived in my workshop, catching less than 4 hours of sleep a night, with a small break for lunch and a show on Netflix of Hulu to put me to sleep.  The Holidays are intense, and so when they are over I hibernate.  Most of January I spent in bed, watching multiple TV series on netflix and dozens of movies, and perfecting Chocolate Chip Cookies.

    When I couldn't get any lazier I begin the new year with a project: build a new mobile store for traveling.  Jeff (my second in command) and I sat for days in the workshop cutting out foam models and arguing various design element.  There were so many factors to consider, each of them conflicting with the other.

    With most of the brain work done I sequestered myself in my bedroom to model the displays, with the occasional distraction of the "Wolverine and the X-Men" cartoon and "The Last Airbender" cartoon (the movie version was crap).  I also ate a lot of hot pockets.

    Today I sent the drawings off to the carpenter.  Check out the work below.  I'll explain more in a future post, but know that these are the ultimate belt workbench units.  They transform, display, store, and pack away.

    Tomorrow I take a shower and shave.  Being a mad-scientist is fun sometimes, but then I need to see the sun!

  • The Bestest Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I've been working on a Pirate Chef Cookbook; a little side project that may actually hit the shelves one day.  Until then I plan on posting some awesome recipes from me and my friends.

    Today's Excerpt: Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I highly suggest the Heath® alternative.

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    These cookies are rich.  I mean, if you are anything like me you will squirrel three cookies up to your bedroom with a tall glass of milk, anxiously waiting to play the next Justice League cartoon.  By the time the title sequence is over you will have eaten two cookies, instantly realizing that the third cookie was presumptuous.  Your belly will be poking out.  Needless to say you force the third cookie down anyway.  The mental anguish of the third decadent cookie is more troubling than it’s digestive consequence and so you push on.  The third cookie is down, but no more, oh lord, no more... at least not until breakfast.

    Pilfer the following:

    2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
    ½ cup Instant Oats
    ¾ cup granulated sugar
    1 ½ tsp salt
    1 tsp baking soda

    2 tbl whole mike
    2 sticks (1 cup) of salted butter, room temperature.
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 eggs
    ¾ cup packed brown sugar

    1 ¾ chocolate chip (approx ¾ of an 8oz bag)

    Step 1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees

    Step 2. Grease two baking sheets.  If you have your butter wrappers still around use those to grease the baking sheets.

    Step 3. Combine flour, oats, granulated sugar, salt and baking soda in one bowl. Mix up with a spoon

    Step 4. In a second large bowl combine milk, butter, vanilla extract, eggs, and brown sugar.  Using an electric beater mix these ingredients together, but don’t over mix.  Stop when the butter is evenly distributed but still in small clumps.

    Step 5. Slowly mix in your flour mixture from Step 2 into your larger bowl of sugary buttery goodness from Step 3.

    Step 6. Mix in your chocolate chips.  See below for a extra yummy alternative with Heath ® bar chunks.

    Step 7. Spoon our 1 ½ diameter balls of dough onto your cookie sheets.

    Step 8. Bake for 11 minutes for chocolate chips cookies only.  12 minutes if using the Heath® alternative.

    Alternative 1: instead of 1 ¾ cup of chocolate chips use 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup Heath® chocolate chip and caramel package.  If you can’t find the pre-chopped Heath® bars just buy a few bars and smash them up yourself.  It’s not rocket science, you were a kid once.  You should remember how to smash things.

    Alternative 2: consider sprinkling sea salt on the top of your cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.

    Alternative 3: Combine Alternative 1 and Alternative 2.  WHAT?  That’s crazy business you say.  Darn right it is, but crazy good!

    Tips:  When you are chomping at the bit to make cookies you don’t have time to wait for your butter to get to room temperature.  Put both sticks in the microwave and zap it for 20 seconds.

  • Coming Soon: 3 Mouse Moon T-shirt

    It's nearly complete.  I'm so excited to launch the new '3 Mouse Moon' t-shirt.  Between this and the new 'Howl' t-shirt I'm sensing a theme.

  • We're Back and Well Rested

    We're back.  The holiday season was crazy busy as usual.  I slept in the workshop the majority of December, managing three shows simultaneously.  There were moments I felt the tears of stress welling up.

    While I was in the war room, my team of amazing people were out in the field running our two DC events and our big NYC event.  We did good.  And we'll be turning that goodness back into more American made products.  This year we're hoping to start work on a small line of socks, increase the guitar strap and dog collar offerings, and start work on some women's handbags.

    The picture above was taken at Carmine's Italian Restaurant in Penn Quarter, DC; our post holiday celebratory dinner.

  • Just in time for Santa

    I've been up all night photo editing Sunday's t-shirt model shoot.  Take a look at some of our new designs just in time for the Holidays.

  • Hello Reindeer Pillow

    Hello Reindeer pillow.  You are new to the workshop.  I just found you today and have no clue where you came from.  You look cozy and I will enjoy sleeping on you while working in the workshop 24/7.

  • Our 2011 Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair

    We just got finished setting up our 2011 Grand Central Terminal Fair.  It's run by the Jones Lang LaSalle people and they do an amazing job of bringing together some of the best craft/gift/clothing/etc. designers from around the country.  We are honored to be a part of the festivities for two years in a row.

    We plan to rock the house.

    Jon

  • T-shirt Preview

    Our newest T-shirt design launching in a few weeks... "Howl Training."  Isn't it adorable!!!  It will be ready in time for the holidays... be patient.

  • Uncle Scrooge's Dime

    If you're of my generation, you would have run home right after middle school to catch the latest episode of Duck Tales.  Scrooge McDuck was the wealthiest Duck in the whole world.  He loved his money and his three nephews; Hewey, Dewey and Lewey.  His greatest possession in the world was his Lucky Dime, the dime that started his fortune.

    My version of Uncle Scrooge's dime is the first belt buckle I ever made.  I made it on a first date.  You can read about the story here. Though the belt buckle doesn't have any special powers it does evoke some pretty vivid memories... hunched over a plaster mold, using a blow torch to melt some pewter pellets I got from a craft catalog.  All of it happening in my parents backyard in DC.  It was the start of everything I would pour my heart into for the next seven years.  It's been well worth it!

  • Notice things like this

    Someone close to me snapped this and I wanted to share.  I consider this more art than most graffiti I've seen.  It just makes you want to smile.  If you like this and cooking and share in the confusion of life, check out her blog here.

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