• Stories from the workshop

    The alley cats behind our workshop are a constant source of amusement.  One particular cat has taken to lounging on a side-turned mattress.  He is so very into that mattress that he let me get super super close to take this iphone pic.

  • IGGY'S

    There is a well known institution in Rhode Island called Iggy's Doughboys, where Iggy's sells Doughboys.  Doughboys are kinda like a doughnut, but without the hole.  Powdered sugar, chocolate, etc are all common toppings.  Seeing as I am only in Rhode Island for one more day I needed to hit up my local haunt.

    We arrived just before the storm.  OMINOUS, isn't it!

    I was a little piggy, I ordered a lobster roll, three clam cakes, a cup of New England clam chowder, and a coffee milk. Coffee Milk is only found in Rhode Island.  If you read the ingredients you quickly learn it has nothing to do with coffee, but still tastes like it.  It comes as a syrup and you mix it with milk, just like chocolate syrup, except WAY better!

  • Mom Weekend

    My mom turned 65 today, and she does not look it.  She still runs her own general contracting business and still swings a hammer with the guys she employs.  It's kept her young and strong and I'm grateful.  Most parents settle into retirement about this age.  My parents, however, are still doing all the renovations on their house in Rhode Island by themselves.

    This week I'm up in Rhode Island visting them for the celebration and just enjoying the water.

    My sister and I grew up spending summers here.  Seems posh to have a beach house, but this little beach neighborhood is very much working-class.  There's not a lot of fru-fru here.  I greatly dislike fru-fru.

    When I was about 8 I didn't have many friends in Rhode Island so my mom put a sewing machine in front of me and taught me the basics.  I made hats, pillows, big pillows, little pillows, littler pillows, a game case for my Nintendo video games, and more pillows... they were easy to make for a beginner.

    If someone asks me how I got started in design I guess this is it.

    Just a little self portrait.  I kinda like a composition.

  • NEW Teeth Belt and War Penguin Belt

    Behold two new amazing belts.

    "Teeth"

    Design by Nina Carelli

    Concept by Jeff Ball

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    "War Penguin"

    Design and Concept by D.Billy

  • Chicken Ride

    One of my artists (and friend), David William, and friend, Nathan Manuel, were in the (e)merge Art Fair this weekend.  I stopped by to say hi and ride a chicken.  One artist made a roast chicken that you could sit on and ride just like the old airplane rides outside of grocery stores.  Only 50 cents and it was well worth it.

  • NEW 'Zombies in Space' Belt

    We just did a soft launch of the new 'Zombies in Space' belt.  We'll make a big stink about it when we finish the rotating belt images for the VR belt tour function.  But till then it is up online and ready to be loved!

  • Grand Central Terminal

    Jeff and I are hard at work designing our booth for the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair.  It is the premiere Holiday Fair in the country and an honor to be invited to participate.  Last year this event was a huge BOOM to my company, helping up spread the word to NYC and surrounding areas.  Over 1,000,000 people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day during the holidays.  Can't pass that up!

    We like to make models before committing to actually building out the space.   Also building models is just plain fun.

  • Dog Collar Photoshoot

    Recently our Creative Director, Jenna, and Lead Photographer, Keith, took on the task of producing our dog collar catalog.  It's nearly finished, and soon we'll be bombarding pet stores!  This is Dewey.

  • Pepperoni Rolls - Future Pirate Chef Cookbook Entry

    Behold the majesty of the Pepperoni Roll.  I developed this little concoction while hanging with some friends for the weekend.  The local grocery store didn't have much in the way of food, but they had some odd essentials, which I managed to turn into a culinary wonder... The Pepperoni Roll!

    Here's what you'll need:

    1. Pepperoni (This time I used Turkey Pepperoni as it's 60% less fat... as if that'll matter by the time these are done)

    2. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (one package is enough to make 4-5 of these Pepperoni Rolls)

    3. Mozzarella String Cheese Sticks

    4. Preheat oven to 375

    Unroll the Crescent Roll dough, making sure to keep two of the crescent triangle together so that they form a rectangle that looks like this.

    Place 5-6 pepperoni slices in the middle of the dough.

    Add one mozzarella stick.

    Wrap up the little concoction, making sure to pinch the edges and seal it all in.  Double check to make sure the crescent roll perforations are sealed.  Remove excess dough from ends and save for a potential 5th roll.  One crescent roll package has 4 rectangles of dough, though if you remove the excess dough after you pinch your pepperoni rolls closed you can get enough dough for a fifth roll.

    Place then in a non-stick pan, leaving an inch or so between each one.

    Next place your pepperoni rolls in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.  You just want them a wee bit golden brown.

    Eat as a full roll or cut them up into little bits as an appetizer. Soooooo Gooooood!

  • 2011 T-shirt Time Capsule - BLAST FROM THE PAST part II

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