Sunday, December 26, 2010

It's Hot Chocolate Time!

as the temps dip to the teens & twenties here it is time to pack the cocoa into the ski basket. I thought I would share a recipe I got from a ski friend for a homemade coca mix...plain & simple, no corn syrup...just 3 ingredients!

4c powdered milk
1c sugar
1/2c cocoa powder

mix together - add hot milk and marshmallows and enjoy! I store the extra in a tupperware and bring it along with our lunch to the ski area!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ski Season is Here!

it is that time of year again to start thinking about packing our luggage sets and hitting the road for the downhill ski race circuit.

All 3 kids are racing this year and my husband is coaching which means someone is on the snow 7 days a week so we live a life on the go - often at freezing temperatures.

I decided this year that I need to invest in some good cold weather clothing so I have asked Santa for a long down jacket - kind of like wearing a sleeping bag on the hill!

doesn't that look toasty warm?? I also figured my feet need some new boots to keep them warm too so when CSN stores offered me the opportunity to review a product from their shops I decided to order a pair of BOG boots from them and test them out on the slopes.

look for my review here in a few weeks once they arrive and ski season gets underway!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Holiday Open House at the Hungerford

The Hungerford Unwrapped!

Friday, December 3 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday Dec 4th 1:00pm-4:00pm
1115 E. Main Street, at Goodman
Rochester, NY

Explore 4 floors of fine art & craft. Enjoy food, music, festivities & fun to WRAP UP your holiday gift giving.

Over 35 studios will be open

SHOP Local & Handmade for the Holidays!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week. We are looking forward to family packing their suitcase to join us for a famly filled feast!

We love ot make traditional as well as non traditional dishes and I would LOVE to hear your ideas for non-traditional thanksgiving meals.

One year we even had a pot of chicken curry when an Indian friend joined the festivities!

we also look forward to the arrival of the newest vintage of beaujolais nouveau...what is your favorite wine for turkey day??

let the countdown begin!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Love me my Sweet Potatoes!

with a bounty of sweet potatoes available right now I thought I would share a favorite sweet potato salad with you...something surprisingly different. Sweet and tangy with a delicious bite of ginger. Originally from Martha Stewart's Everydayfood magazine

I am able to find all of the ingredients at our local farmers market for one stop shopping!

Serves 4

* 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 teaspoon coarse salt
* 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
* 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
* 1 tablespoon oil
* 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
* 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
* 3 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a nonstick rimmed baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, coarse salt, and ground pepper; roast until fork-tender, about 35 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together fresh orange juice, oil, minced fresh ginger, and 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard.
3. Add scallions and potatoes; toss to coat with dressing. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.


Friday, November 05, 2010

First Friday at the Hungerford tonight!

come join the fun from 6-9pm - door 5, 2nd floor!

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010


I am a big believer in karma ... I do my best to treat people the way I want to be treated ... the golden rule, right? Unfortunately there are people out there that don't care if karma comes to bite them in the @ss!

Unfortunately I had my first run in with some one of this ilk recently at a show.

I accepted a stolen credit card for a purchase at the junior league holiday shops a couple of weeks ago.

I did not process at point of sale and therefore did not find out that there was a problem until I got home and the credit card was declined. I tried again a few more times over the next couple of days, tried the phone number they had given me - only to be greeted by a fax machine...then tracked down another number for the name on the card using google white pages.

On my third try I managed to reach the individual only to be told what I had begun to suspect...her card had been stolen...most likely by someone who worked for her!

unfortunately for both of us I did not remember what the person looked like who used the card - but I take heart in knowing that karma is headed her way!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Holiday Sale!

I have just listed a number of ready to ship holiday items in my etsy shop!

a few for Halloween and some goodies for winter and christmas! more coming later today :)

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not on etsy but interested in one - leave a comment here!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Rochester Fashion Week...

the past month has passed by in a flurry of activity as I got ready for Friday nights Art of Fashion runway show for Rochester Fashion Week. I debuted 7 new designs for women!?!? as well as some fun new styles for kids.

In the moments leading up to sending the models down the runway I had to pinch myself as I could not believe it was really happening. I worked with some amazing models, as well as a fabulous hair and make up crew from Tru Salon in Pittsford.

You can catch a glimpse of gock's frocks as they hit the runway in this news clip .. click the little photo on the upper right that says fashion week & the video will play.

I would also love to share a few pics here for your viewing enjoyment!





Thursday, September 23, 2010

I was thrilled today to find a convo in my etsy inbox from MaryMary - one of etsy admins. She wanted to let me know that the etsy marketing team had selected an item of mine for a Back to School guide on the Planet Green website!!

Handmade Back-to-School Must-Haves from Etsy (Slideshow) : Planet Green

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

How I spent last weekend....

Last weekend I had the honor of showing my goodies at a local juried art show that is held by our local Memorial Art Gallery each year. I was a bit nervous as the weather has been known to be rather nasty for this event but I managed to escape all but a brief shower on Sunday.

This was my first solo outdoor show and I was not sure what to expect with set-up and display.


I had a corner which was great for showing off my goodies and I had lots of time to look at my booth to see what was working and what wasn't...I would also love your ideas for better or different ways to show off my items.


my number one helper was there both days! couldn't do it without her!


happy customers donned their new skirts and took them for a test twirl!

I also added some new items in my inventory for those shoppers without little kids...reversible tote bags & tablecloths!



new knot tie jumpers


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Monday, September 13, 2010

Back in the Saddle ....

well maybe that is an understatement but hopefully life will return to its regular rhythms now that school has started again. That will also hopefully mean a more regular return to blogging!

I thought I would offer up a brief pictorial review of summer 2010 ....

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Splendid Table...

I am a true fan of NPR and listen whenever I have a chance. Unfortunately the signal is a bit weak - or shall we say non-existent at the cottage so I have been going through withdrawl. This past weekend I got lucky enough to hear a bit of The Splendid Table and they were discussing the best coffee maker and debating ways to brew coffee.

They interviewed Tom Owens of Sweet Marias Coffee and I could practically smell the coffee brewing as they debated the best way to brew a pot of coffee.

you can pop over to the splendid table and listen to the interview.

then let me do you brew your coffee??

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Knit One... Purl Two

so.. do you knit?? I can do the basics and a few years ago spent lots of time knitting wool bags to felt. It was a slight addiction I think. My piles of Black Sheep wool can attest to that! But then sadly the lure of the sewing machine siren became louder than the lure of the knitting needles and I have been woefully negligent of my yarn stash...

but...then this gorgeously tempting photo arrived in my inbox

it is a new pattern available at knitwhits or for free in the fall issue of Knitty

so...tell me...does it tempt you too???

Thursday, July 22, 2010

gock's frocks is now appearing at Kittleberger's

I am pleased to announce that you may now shop for special one of a kind gock's frocks designs at Kittleberger Florist & gift shop in Webster NY!

Offerings include petal filled tutus, peasant tops& dresses, skirts, appliqued crazy daisy tees, t-shirt dresses and frida tunics ... all one of a kind - available only at Kittleberger!






Friday, July 16, 2010

Green Jobs for Buffalo

take a minute to watch this inspirational video about Green Jobs and PUSH Buffalo - my little brother is a project manager for PUSH and I am so proud of the great work that they are doing!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Art In America interview with my baby brother!

The Sculpted Word
by Jon Leon 06/03/10

Ben Gocker is a New York-based artist whose exuberant drawings, paintings, sculptures, book objects, and other mixed-media works go on view next week in his first solo show at PPOW Gallery. Gocker, a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, curates a reading series of poetry called Poetry Time, inviting top-shelf authors to present their work in an intimate and interactive setting in a house at the border of Ridgewood, Queens and Bushwick in Brooklyn. His visual work often questions the precarious boundary where poetry alights from the page and becomes a full-blown lifestyle, an open way of moving through the world, where the graceful fold of a saddle-stitched book remains a remarkable technology.

Included in "There is really no single poem" are 11 pieces composed of small serial elements. Floating Collection consists of upwards of 30–40 books; the installation Early Poem is an assemblage of assorted collections and objects: coral, a 60-lb globe made of wood, rope, and twine, covered with canvas and horribly painted. Calendar consists of around 50 wooden staffs about 16" high whittled and painted in gouaches. These surround and interact with four boards painted and made porous with drilled out holes. Death & Friends, though one piece, is 22 separate monochromes - about the size of a hand. Drawings is an assortment of 36 plaster plates, each about the size of standard office paper. The work extends as far back as 2003 with a book called The Collected Poems of Matthew Romaine. A long scroll drawing begun about 3 years ago in Japan is an ongoing preoccupation with portability. Most of the work is very new, completed in the last 8 months or so and exhibits an all-over openness to the flux of one's surroundings.

JON LEON: I find it fascinating that you studied poetry at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, but instead of publishing a book of poems you're presenting your first show of drawings and sculpture and other visual works at PPOW this month. Did you ever intend to write a book, or was drawing et al, always your central discipline?

BEN GOCKER: I started out intending to write a book, and maybe I still do intend to write a book, but I feel like the work I'm doing now constitutes an approach to writing itself—not just the writing of a book, any writing at all. It seems to me that I'm still ‘on the way' to the poems. I'm creating a space for poetic practice, a poetic space—something not circumscribed by the page and yet still interested in that compositional field or place of activity. Drawing and sculpture have not always been my central discipline, yet always central to the ways in which I go about resolving the questions I have about language, life, color, and meaning—the whole experiential honeycomb.

LEON: The show's title, "There is really no single poem," is a line by the San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer. Spicer is often quoted as saying "Nobody listens to poetry." Do you find that loosening your definition of poetry allows for a more spirited and generous acknowledgment of its place among the arts? Like, if nobody listens to it, maybe they'll look at it?

GOCKER: I think it's important to keep your definitions loose. When we talk about poetry I think it's important to widen the scope rather than to narrow it. There is certainly a history of this. I'm thinking of the middle of the twentieth century here in America when poets would work collaboratively with artists, and also played roles as critics and curators. I'm thinking of O'Hara, Schuyler, Ashbery, Koch, and artists like Larry Rivers, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg to name just a few.

There's an Ashbery poem, "And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name," included in his Houseboat Days in 1977, in which he begins by writing: "You can't say it that way anymore." I think this is what artists and writers are concerned with—or can be concerned with—asking, "How can I say it?" And furthermore, how can the languages at work in different disciplines combine to make a more exacting language for getting it across—for saying it— whatever it is that has to be said. In something like 0–9, the magazine published by Vito Acconci and Bernadette Mayer in the late 60s, you have people like Dan Graham, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Hannah Weiner, Robert Smithson all seeking alternative routes to saying it - or maybe, as is the case, not saying it. But the field was open, and people had permission. Poetry has a pretty healthy history in the arts—I'm barely scraping the surface, of course— but I suppose Spicer is right somehow that no one listens to poetry. It still remains elusive.

LEON: It seems the limitations on what constitutes poetry and what the form can achieve is evolving from a hermetic and closed practice out into the world in a way that is reflexive and synergistic, almost magical, like Spicer going on about magic and transmissions in the "Poetry as Magic" workshop in 1957. There's an attention to exteriority in this shift, an acknowledgement that the work must allow entrance of a natural current from the outside, however mysterious and out-of-control it may feel, to crossover to a wider audience. What do you think about poetry's context and place in the public consciousness? Do you find it inspiring to think of it in the broader context of art generally rather than as a distinct artform?

GOCKER: A Haitian friend and I used to talk a lot about the spirit world. He had very strong opinions about this world—the reality and import of it. We would also talk about dreams being an extension of the spirit world, more accurately, the place where the spirit world and this world connect. His dreams offered him some serious and potent directives about how to live and what to do—whether it was drinking tea made from iceberg lettuce when he was sick, or taking wine at certain times of the year. Whatever it was, if someone came to him in a dream and told him to do something, he would do it. I don't know that my dreams offer me the same directives; regardless, your dreams exist, and the nightly unconscious phenomena happens. How do you choose to listen to what happens there? The same can be said of how you choose to listen to what happens anywhere at anytime during your life. What are the qualities of the world you pay attention to, in no small way, revere and allow to affect you? It's a matter of attention. When Spicer or James Merrill or an artist like Forrest Bess tap into these other possibilities of experience and relate it in their art they likewise make room for the reader or viewer of their work to apprehend more about the world.

Poetry is tough to get your head around sometimes. I think because it is made of words people want to understand it immediately, but it communicates with a rubbery immediacy. You have to give it time, and your head may never get around it. I know people who love looking at abstract art, but the minute they encounter language used with any kind of abstraction they run for the hills. I think, yes, if poetry can be approached from within the larger context of art people may allow themselves to listen.

LEON: You speculate on the qualities of the world we allow to affect us. Is there a diffusion of social stimuli that affects how you create and perceive your work? I'm thinking of the collection of monochromes titled Death & Friends (2010). Your work appears to be just delicate and reverent enough in its lightness of color, and its motivation to include the emotional and physical detritus of a world outside it to be impressionable in a meaningful way. It's generous to the space it occupies in the world by allowing the viewer entrance to it, like the delight that comes with a close reading of a text.

GOCKER: There's a lot out there that influences me. The work reflects those influences, reorders them, and presents them in another fashion. Death & Friends is a piece that points away from itself and toward another piece in the show, a large disc entitled Names, where I've written out in paint the names of acquaintances and friends and coworkers and old lovers; which in turn points to the 1970 Jon Anderson book of poems from which the title derives; which leads to Yves Klein's Yves Peintures and Haguenault Peintures. In some way, though the piece is drawing on all of these other sources, it can still be an empty space where someone can enter and think and look; and as you alluded to, approach the work with the sensibility of performing a close textual reading. I'd like the works to be simultaneously full and empty, to draw and to point, and ultimately, yes, to be generous
Summer projects....

wondering what is on your summer TO DO list? We started a home renovation project this spring that will hopefully be finished before the kids start back to school.

We opened up our back hall area and my husband built new cubbies for the kids - we desperately need help organizing all of our stuff...once the hall is done we are redoing the powder room off the hall so looking at new bathroom vanities, paint color, toilets etc... will keep me busy until the kids are off of school.

this is kind of the idea of our cubbies - will need to take pics when it is done

but, I would love to hear any tips for organizing our gear - soccer bags, school bags and ski race equipment and a 95lb dog!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

a bit late....but Happy Birthday to my Teenager!

it is hard to believe it has been 13 years - it goes by in the blink of an eye



taller than me - and thinks he is smarter than me :)

I am looking forward to the next phase of our lives together - or maybe not - I did say teenager didn't I?!?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

show me the love!

I love my customers and am always tickled to see the photos they send me in their gock's frocks ... I'd like to share a few I recently received and encourage you to send me photos of your gock's frocks in action!

Hard to believe she just had a baby!!!

and isn't she scrumptious! I so miss that age!!! thanks again for sharing - keep them coming!