Bonnie Jacobs
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About: Photographer, Illustrator, Designer, Artist, Volunteer, Mother, Daughter, Wife... and a kid at heart!!
AIDSwalk NY: That time of year again, when my daughter & I prepare for @AIDSWalkNY We’ve already started collecting donations & hope to top last years total. Last year we walked with our NOH8 Campaign family. We had a blast even though it poured rain the entire time. If you have a few dollars to spare, please consider donating to this worthy cause. As we did last year, we will write all of our donors names on our walk shirts (see pic). 
http://awny2014.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1089371&lis=1&kntae1089371=BD55CA02B7C540FE8828D263621F9500&supId=381832271&team=0&nmv=true

AIDSwalk NY: That time of year again, when my daughter & I prepare for  We’ve already started collecting donations & hope to top last years total. Last year we walked with our NOH8 Campaign family. We had a blast even though it poured rain the entire time. If you have a few dollars to spare, please consider donating to this worthy cause. As we did last year, we will write all of our donors names on our walk shirts (see pic).

http://awny2014.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1089371&lis=1&kntae1089371=BD55CA02B7C540FE8828D263621F9500&supId=381832271&team=0&nmv=true

A little video (thanks Ed Olen) from the HUMC mission to Haiti showcasing some of the kids who received hand-made monsters. If you would like to help with the “monsters For” project, visit http://www.bonniejdesign.com/MonstersFor.htm

Monsters for Hope Gardens Project
I’ve blogged about Hope Gardens before. It’s an amazing place that works with broken families to help them stabilize their lives and progress from homelessness to independent living.
Last year I decided to do something special for the children there & created hand-made, one-of-a-kind, lovable monsters that could be cuddled & taken anywhere. The monsters are something they can love & hug; something to bring comfort; something made from the heart! It took months, but I managed to make 49 monsters!!
The monsters were such a hit, that I would like to do this again. I would love to deliver even more monsters this year, So, I am turning to fellow artisans & crafters. If you knit, crochet, or sew… please consider making a monster & donating it to this project.
I have set up a page on Ravelry.com with all the details…. please, check it out  http://www.ravelry.com/projects/bonniejacobs/charity-monsters-for-hope-gardens-2

Monsters for Hope Gardens Project

I’ve blogged about Hope Gardens before. It’s an amazing place that works with broken families to help them stabilize their lives and progress from homelessness to independent living.

Last year I decided to do something special for the children there & created hand-made, one-of-a-kind, lovable monsters that could be cuddled & taken anywhere. The monsters are something they can love & hug; something to bring comfort; something made from the heart! It took months, but I managed to make 49 monsters!!

The monsters were such a hit, that I would like to do this again. I would love to deliver even more monsters this year, So, I am turning to fellow artisans & crafters. If you knit, crochet, or sew… please consider making a monster & donating it to this project.

I have set up a page on Ravelry.com with all the details…. please, check it out  http://www.ravelry.com/projects/bonniejacobs/charity-monsters-for-hope-gardens-2

I PRAY YOU ENOUGH

This was sent to me… and I thought it beautiful:

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged, and the mother said, 'I love you, and I pray you enough.’

The daughter replied, ‘Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I pray you enough, too, Mom.

They kissed, and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?

Yes, I have,’ I replied. ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?

Well…I’m not as young as I once was, she lives so far away & has her own busy life. I have some challenges ahead, and the reality is - her next trip back will be for my funeral,’ she said..

When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I pray you enough.’ May I ask what that means?

She began to smile. ‘That’s a prayer that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.’ She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and she smiled even more. ‘When we said, ‘I pray you enough,’ we wanted the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.

Then, turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.

I pray you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I pray you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I pray you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I pray you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I pray you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I pray you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I pray you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

Then, she began to cry, and walked away.

They say, it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them.

TAKE TIME TO LIVE….

To all my friends and loved ones,

I PRAY YOU ENOUGH
Bless
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
Brownie part…Mix together:1 stick butter softened 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa Pinch salt 1 Tablespoon red food colour 1 teaspoon vinegar 1 Tablespoon milk 2 eggs (or alternative for vegans) 3/4 Cup flour Pour batter into greased 8x8 pan Cheesecake part… Mix together: 8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg (or alternative for vegans) 1/4 teaspoon vanilla Spoon mixture over brownie part Use a knife & swirl/drag throughTop with choco chips Bake 350F for 40 min or until doneAllow to cool before cutting

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Brownie part…
Mix together:
1 stick butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa
Pinch salt
1 Tablespoon red food colour
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 Tablespoon milk
2 eggs (or alternative for vegans)
3/4 Cup flour

Pour batter into greased 8x8 pan

Cheesecake part…
Mix together:
8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg (or alternative for vegans) 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Spoon mixture over brownie part 
Use a knife & swirl/drag through
Top with choco chips
Bake 350F for 40 min or until done
Allow to cool before cutting

"Watch Your Step"
Wandering around the streets of NYC there is just so much to see that it’s easy to miss things. I try to take in more as I explore. Camera in hand forces me to look at the world a bit differently—slowly, carefully— as I compose thru the viewfinder.
Many times I am unaware of the strange glances I get from the passersby, other times I feel the stares full force. I know they wonder.. what could she possibly be taking a photo of… it’s just a sidewalk. But the artist in me sees it a bit differently.. line, texture, colour… something I must capture & take home with me.

"Watch Your Step"

Wandering around the streets of NYC there is just so much to see that it’s easy to miss things. I try to take in more as I explore. Camera in hand forces me to look at the world a bit differently—slowly, carefully— as I compose thru the viewfinder.

Many times I am unaware of the strange glances I get from the passersby, other times I feel the stares full force. I know they wonder.. what could she possibly be taking a photo of… it’s just a sidewalk. But the artist in me sees it a bit differently.. line, texture, colour… something I must capture & take home with me.

Just amazing!!

(Source: vimeo.com, via gibsonthomas)

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies

I have ben making this recipe for as long as I can remember. They have become such a family tradition that  friends & neighbors now ask for them.

Cookie dough:
1 cup butter (softened)

1 cup sugar
1 large egg
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups flour
Cookie cutters

Beat butter, sugar, & eggs together.
Add in cocoa, coffee, vanilla & cinnamon.
Stir in flour until just blended.
Wrap & chill at least 4 hours or until firm.
Heat oven to 375°F.
With rolling pin, roll out portions of dough to 1/8” thickness on floured surface 
Cut out shapes & place on cookie sheets.
Bake 8 minutes or until crisp.
Remove & cool on paper bags or rack.
When cool, drizzle with icing (below).
Allow icing to harden before storing.

Icing:
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups powdered sugar
additional water (as needed)

Mix together until smooth. 
Drizzle over cooled cookies.

Makes approx: 4 dozen 3” cookies

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"Monster Love"
It saddens me to know that so many women and children find themselves homeless and living on the streets. Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center works with broken families to help them stabilize their lives and progress from homelessness to independent living.
Thinking about the children at Hope Gardens and how being homeless can turn your life upside down; sometimes you must leave all your possessions behind when you leave a bad situation and you turn up at a shelter with nothing but the clothes on your back. I wanted to create hand-made gifts for the children, something they could love & hug; something to bring comfort; something made from the heart! I decided on lovable monsters that could be cuddled & taken anywhere.
Each flannel monster is a hand-made, one-of-a-kind, stuffed soft toy. Each unique felt face is hand embroidered to give each monster his own unique personality. They are very soft & cuddly and are perfectly made for giving comfort & love to a child. I also added a heart to each monster so it can share it’s love.
This project has taken several months to completed… and I am thrilled to have finished 49 monsters. They will be carefully packed & delivered to Hollywood United Methodist Church. Members of the church will distribute these & other toys to the children Dec 4.

"Monster Love"

It saddens me to know that so many women and children find themselves homeless and living on the streets. Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center works with broken families to help them stabilize their lives and progress from homelessness to independent living.

Thinking about the children at Hope Gardens and how being homeless can turn your life upside down; sometimes you must leave all your possessions behind when you leave a bad situation and you turn up at a shelter with nothing but the clothes on your back. I wanted to create hand-made gifts for the children, something they could love & hug; something to bring comfort; something made from the heart! I decided on lovable monsters that could be cuddled & taken anywhere.

Each flannel monster is a hand-made, one-of-a-kind, stuffed soft toy. Each unique felt face is hand embroidered to give each monster his own unique personality. They are very soft & cuddly and are perfectly made for giving comfort & love to a child. I also added a heart to each monster so it can share it’s love.

This project has taken several months to completed… and I am thrilled to have finished 49 monsters. They will be carefully packed & delivered to Hollywood United Methodist Church. Members of the church will distribute these & other toys to the children Dec 4.

"Love"
Some things in life are just so comfortable I don’t know how I would live without them.. a well worn pair of jeans, the perfect fitting tee, a soft and oh so warm sweater, my favorite pair of Chucks.
I need to add my new Fuji X100 to this list. I’ve had it less than 48 hours and I am already in love. From the moment I removed it from the packaging I was in love, it just felt right in my hands. I have been playing with it most of the morning and don’t want to put it down…. love. love. love.  I’m in love!

"Love"

Some things in life are just so comfortable I don’t know how I would live without them.. a well worn pair of jeans, the perfect fitting tee, a soft and oh so warm sweater, my favorite pair of Chucks.

I need to add my new Fuji X100 to this list. I’ve had it less than 48 hours and I am already in love. From the moment I removed it from the packaging I was in love, it just felt right in my hands. I have been playing with it most of the morning and don’t want to put it down…. love. love. love.  I’m in love!

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”

Alan Bennett (The History Boys)


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"Pete Seeger’s Clearwater"
Music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger launched the sloop “Clearwater” in 1969 to clean up the Hudson River through concerts, education programs and environmental advocacy programs that inspire, educate and activate people. 
 I was privileged to sail on this magnificent sloop with my family.
Make no mistake, the Clearwater, a replica of the Dutch sloops of the 18th and 19th centuries, is a work boat. But instead of food-stuffs and mail, she carries a poignant reminder of the potential beauty and wealth of the region’s much-abused and neglected waterways.
While on board it’s an educational excursion for all. Nets are trailed behind as we sail, then brought up so contents can be used to teach about what’s in the river. At the end, all living creatures are returned to their home & trash is kept to be disposed of properly.
It’s amazing how much more can be learned by hands-on education.
And if your lucky, Pete, will be on board with his guitar for a mid-sail sing along :)
As Pete says, “The time is now or we will not, I fear, have a future for the human race.”
For more information: http://www.clearwater.org/category/latest-news/

"Pete Seeger’s Clearwater"

Music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger launched the sloop “Clearwater” in 1969 to clean up the Hudson River through concerts, education programs and environmental advocacy programs that inspire, educate and activate people. 

 I was privileged to sail on this magnificent sloop with my family.

Make no mistake, the Clearwater, a replica of the Dutch sloops of the 18th and 19th centuriesis a work boat. But instead of food-stuffs and mail, she carries a poignant reminder of the potential beauty and wealth of the region’s much-abused and neglected waterways.

While on board it’s an educational excursion for all. Nets are trailed behind as we sail, then brought up so contents can be used to teach about what’s in the river. At the end, all living creatures are returned to their home & trash is kept to be disposed of properly.

It’s amazing how much more can be learned by hands-on education.

And if your lucky, Pete, will be on board with his guitar for a mid-sail sing along :)

As Pete says, “The time is now or we will not, I fear, have a future for the human race.”

For more information: http://www.clearwater.org/category/latest-news/

Thinking…

So I’ve been dealing with Insomnia the past few nights, nothing new to me. I get a lot done during the quite dark hours of the night & early morning: creating art, knitting & thinking… lots of thinking

I’m thinking about:

How a simple act of kindness can change someone’s life.
And how it’s good for both giver & receiver.

How I love all my old worn comfy T-shirts & how new ones always seem so scratchy

How I love hugs from friends…
and how much I love my friends
and how they love me back even when I’m at my craziest 

How the thought of Freddy Mercury in his black/white uni can make me smile

How I need to be in constant motion no matter what I’m doing.
Rocking, swaying, bouncing even if I am just standing in line or making dinner

How I must have multiple projects going on at the same time so I don’t get bored doing the same things

How much I love what I do!
I get paid to create, design & play while rocking out to tunes.
How awesome is that??!

How much a handmade item or piece of art can mean so much

How awesome it is to have a full blown laughing fit

How good it feels to do a favor for someone even when you really don’t feel like doing it

How proud I feel when I navigate somewhere by myself even tough I’m totally directionally challenged

How silly & hateful drama is

How some people are raised to hate themselves and the consequences of that

How I love my kids

How I can tolerate stupid people but ignorant ones annoy me

How much I hate liars

How I need to cut out all the scratchy tags from my clothing

Karma & how much negative/positive energy can effect you

How I wish I lived closer to the church I follow

How much I love homemade mac-n-cheese

Why companies feel the need to sneak stuff like Omega-3 into food

How Heidi Winzinger’s song “It’s just me” reminds me so much of me

How much I love music, books, art & photography

Why people feel the need to lie & how painful & evil it can be

Why my dad thought tossing me in the river at age 5 would teach me to swim

Why the local bartender taught me to drive at age 10 so I could get my dad home

How much I miss my dad at times

How I wish I could knit faster so I could make more things like hats, scarves, toys & blankets for those that need them

Why I’ve had so many near-death experiences & why God keeps me here

How perfect a banana is & even after it starts to go bad, you can still use it to make banana bread

How I can keep track of all my kids schedules & appointments but forget to feed myself

How much I love my paper & pencils

How much I love my mum’s Pumpkin Cake

How I can be so focused at times & yet get so distracted by the simplest things

How long hours of good productive work makes me feel good

How even when I’m exhausted a good run can make me feel energized

How much I love my “self adopted” sisters & family

How stupid racism, bigotry & homophobia are

Why people can’t just all get along & do good to each other

How I love the smell of vanilla & almond body wash

Why I can’t be in two places at the same time

How great trust is, especially when it turns out you’re right

How I miss my dog, Tawny, and wish I could have a dog right now

How I need to try to find the good in everyone

Why these thoughts come at me all the time & keep me up thinking when I should be sleeping.. and how I wish my brain had an off switch so I could use it to stop the thoughts from coming for a while. Or maybe a dimmer switch so I could slow them down a bit.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

This is my mum’s recipe & my favorite cake.

CAKE
1 cup butter (or shortening)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
2 teaspoons cinnamon 
2 teaspoons salt  
2 cups pumpkin 

Preheat oven to 350°F
Beat butter, sugar & eggs
Mix in dry ingredients
Fold in pumpkin.

Pour batter into greased & floured cake pans
Bake for 45 minutes (Bunt pan 55 minutes)
Cool 

ICING
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla 
3/4 pound powdered sugar 

Cream together cream cheese & butter. 
Add in vanilla
Slowly add in powdered sugar
Mix well until creamy
Icing cool cake 

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