Rusty Blazenhoff: Fluff super fan

I’m obsessed with Fluff. Marshmallow Fluff.

I make and collect art (and art-products) inspired by Fluff. People make and gift me Fluff-inspired art, like this amazing bell jar dioramaMy logo is a visual portmanteau of the iconic Fluff jar and my last name.  I run an Fluff-focused Instagram as Lynne White, the “Betty Crocker” of Fluff.  I spend days every holiday season making my mom’s award-winning Fluffernutter Fudge to bring to parties and to give to friends. I once won first place in a mid-century supper club contest with my Fluffernutter fudge tree. I’ve served Fluffernutters at the Archie McPhee store in Seattle (they later made a finger puppet in my likeness!). My daughter judged a Fluff cooking contest with the astronaut who brought Fluff to space. In 2019, I created an elaborate “Fluffernutter the Clown” costume for myself. If there’s a news article about Fluff, my inbox will be filled with emails from folks making sure I saw it.  Right now, I’m creating an all-electric Fluff art car called “Lynne White.”

But even I didn’t know that I was a super fan of Fluff until I saw it in print. In 2017, Fluff celebrated its 100th anniversary. The book that tells its tale, “Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon” by Mimi Graney, was published that same year. In the chapter “Ladies Love Fluff,” Mimi shared a story of mine about how I wrote to Durkee-Mower, the company who makes Fluff, about its fictional lady mascot. It starts, “Rusty Blazenhoff, a Marshmallow Fluff super fan, wrote to Lynne White in 1996.”

Hi, I’m Rusty Blazenhoff, a Fluff super fan. My identity is forever enveloped in sugary sweet white stuff (not as messy as it sounds!).

“Rusty Blazenhoff: One Bad Apple”

So, I got some “fan mail” shortly after I published the last issue of my zine.

Hrm, ok. I’d better respond quickly to that. I certainly don’t mean to offend:

Well, that’s the end of that. What can ya do? “Eat Fuck Kill” isn’t for everyone, I guess. <shrug>

[10 minutes later]

Oh, wait, a response. Oh good, they are offering me a second chance. I’d better read the entire thing. Looks long though.

YIPES. What do I do?! <composes self>

Ok, what else can I do?

I’m SURE that will be the end of THAT.

Oh, wait…they’ve already written back:

A friend made this wise suggestion:

Again, this is the zine issue in question.

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Cool Tools podcast show notes

Ancestry.com:

Rusty Blazenhoff and her Italian cousin Giuseppe Petrucci in Vignarola, outside of San Giovanni Incarico, Italy (2015)
photo by Carolyn Anhalt

A couple of things I’ve made with my Cricut Maker:

Blazenhoff Industries holiday card/ornament “in the wild” (2020)
Made using vintage album covers, postcards, and Marimekko postcards
1962 Fawn cigarette machine boxes
Box template came from JustGreatPrintables/Etsy