April 16, 2012

Samuel Sloma: Rust Belt Americana

People tend to look in a drawer of trinkets and describe its contents as old junk. To Samuel Sloma, Ohio University student and baller jewelry maker, each piece of this "junk" has a story to tell– a story you can wear around your neck or on your ears. For three years, Sloma has been handcrafting distinct pieces for his line Rust Belt Americana, previously known as ARTifact. Sloma aims to capture the very essence of America in each necklace and pair of earrings he designs. All listings on his copious page contain a charming story about Sam's jewelry-making adventures and discoveries from vintage miniature harmonicas to army patches. Wanting to learn more, a personal interview with Sloma appealed to me more than a slice of apple pie. That’s saying something.

As I entered his room, a record spun round while a single light lit his workspace unintentionally giving off an evil scientist vibe. He explained his lack of light bulbs and whisked away the heavy blanket that covered the natural light from his window. Much better. I set up shop while Sam went to work, grabbing beads and pliers and asking me if I like skulls (of course!)– Sam had recently made a new pair of earrings. Rocking slicked back hair and a very American shirt, he looked eerily similar to the unexplained Zack Morris picture that was sitting in his supply box...

Visit the Rust Belt Americana links below!

using what I have: food food food

My roommate and I haven't been grocery shopping in quite some time, so I'm getting a little more creative with my cooking. I had some ground beef in the fridge I knew I needed to use soon, so opted to make that beef my dinna! Instead of just making a boring old burger (we don't have buns anyway...) I grabbed a bunch of food I was craving and put it all on the wrap with the beef patty. Kind of tasted like a gyro. And now everything smells like red onion. Sorry, boys.

Recipe makes a single serving. For me at least.
Took me about 15 minutes

What's in the damn thing?
• 1/4 lb. ground beef
• 1 tortilla shell
• 1 T. of hummus
• 2 T. Chopped red onion
• Appx. 1 tsp. each of: salt, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic powder
• Parmesan cheese
• Lettuce
• 1 T. Olive oil

Whip this shit up:
1. Cut up that onion and put the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat
2. Put all that seasoning and chopped onion into a medium bowl and mix it into the beef (I just used my hands)
3. Form an oval shaped patty and drop it on the pan
4. While that's cooking (you have about 2 minutes per side), prep your wrap by slappin the hummus, lettuce, and parmesan cheese on the tortilla shell
5. Remove the patty from the pan and plop it onto the shell
6. Wrap it on up any way you know how and chow down on deliciousness.


PS: Here is a look into the world of Thread Magazine! We wrapped shooting tonight for our spring issue. It's a hell of a time commitment, but really worth every minute. I feel this issue is going to be fantastic, I can't wait for it to release!

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April 3, 2012


I was making perogies for dinner last night and I scorched the shit out of my finger while I was draining the water. *Insert sarcastic voice for next sentence* It's so weird because I'm not a clumsy person at all! I feel like an idiot with all this gauze wrapped around my battle wound. Why do inanimate objects always win?

On a better note, I didn't cut myself while slicing strawberries for this delicious strawberry salad! Wish I would have had some feta cheese to top it. BUT I did have red wine, and we all know that's what really counts.