Getting back into my pencil illustrations…. love the way it feels when pencil meets paper & you just get into the zone of drawing. This one of my friend Rachael Taylor. (Pencil on Stonehenge paper.)
AIDSwalk NYC 2014
Danya & I walked again this year as STARwalkers, raising over $1500. All of our donors names were written on the shirts we wore, as well as friends living with or taken by AIDS. We had several members of Team NOH8 wearing crowns. And this year… no rain!!! YAY!
As a NOH8 volunteer, in addition to spreading the word about NOH8 & helping the team with the shoot… you get to meet some pretty amazing people… like musician Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. He also makes some cool comic books… http://www.dmc-comics.com Love this guy!
ComicCon & NOH8
What an amazing combination!! I love working with my NOH8 family… and to be able to do it while attending ComicCon in NYC… WOW!!!
We had a blast, took lots of photos, met some amazing people & spread the message of NOH8 (No Hate). For more about the campaign visit http://www.noh8campaign.com
November 2013- A super typhoon hit the Philippines. One of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, cut a path of destruction through several central islands, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in ruins and estimates of as many as 10,000 dead.
These monsters (57) will go with my church’s mission team & be handed out to the children they meet. The Hollywood United Methodist Church mission team will be there for one week this summer, most likely rebuilding a house, a school, or a church.
More info on the “Monsters For” projects can be found at http://www.bonniejdesign.com/MonstersFor.htm
Mission to the Jersey Shore
Last summer the mission team from Hollywood United Methodist church spent a week at the Jersey Shore. We were on demolition duty… gutting a home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The following week a construction team would come in & start to make it livable again. We had an amazing adventure tearing down what needed to go & getting very dirty in the process. Blessed to be a part of this amazing group.
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).
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
This was sent to me… and I thought it beautiful:
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
1 stick butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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