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This blog is done: for maybe
 
not that I have all that many readers ( a few champions--Cindy was the most sweetest devotee ((and for that she will gain big great kuudooa) and Roberta, and Debra and Lauren, Kerry and Steve....) but this game is done.

There are reasons...

i didn't realize that blogging was quite so snobby.

there are quite a few blogs that seem to deem themselves the "end all" in blogging. My experience and knowledge in blogging is that that everyone acknowledges others. Most craft blogs, with nothing else to do (peapies included) would link to other things.

The "go to" blogs NEVER update their links and rarely LOOK TO OTHERS. Oh, they link...but to who?...what? a pool of 20 of them selves?

I did try to engage other artists and crafters---taking the time to do the most wonderful anf helpful interview with Violette. What ever..apparentl...uninteresting to japanese stuffed animal makers!

Fine. Meanwhile other artists are linking to you!!!!

It sounds like a poor me, and it may well be. But the next reason is the real reason I have been a little over it...

The greatest piss-off for me, was the $50 I spent in my backtack "send off" to ENGLAND (figures) only to be greeted with a partner who couldn't send me anything. Months ago I responded to my bt'er understanding, but since I haven't heard in like 2 months, I am pretty confident I will not receive a "back tack", never complained to backtack people, since the call for angels seemed that they would handle it...now there is a back tack 2, and they closed it like 2 weeks before they ADVERITSED it would be closing.The 'elite" will be paired up with each other, the "bottom feeders and unknowns" will get burned... Another whatever, as I am quite sure I would not toss another $50 down the toilet....

My next trade on craft-log resulted in a nagging "did you send to your partner yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" me working hard to make multiple pairs of earrings, and a jewelry box to send meanwhile, the person assigned to me emailed me for "things I liked" and I told her to do what she did best, do what you do best.....best means

NOTHING!

I am tired of this game


It's just turned into a limited "self-affirming" i.e.--I'M GREAT--- ego trip...that I wanted to be apart of (but can't ) so I am done. I may be be a little bitter becuase of my back tack experience, then to here how they closed the newest way before it went on the market...I think I will I'm only do my supper-club site...iwho knows, I nigt keep it, we will aee,,,
llustration friday? good practice that designers should participate in...sing hi



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Germans missing the sensitivity chip
 
...I just deleted my previous post, that depicted the beautiful scenery I spent the last week in because it made me feel sick to my stomach after looking at pictures of people wading through chest high water with children in New Orleans. I felt the same way about the earthquake in Iran and the tsunami and bombings in London.

Feels pretty silly to be posting about little felt dolls or beaded this's and that's when thing like this happen. New Orleans will survive. Although, excuse my raging cynicism when I read foreign headlines like this "Katrina Should be A Lesson To US on Global Warming".

For now, it is just best to ignore bad manners. I guess if Germany prefers to be tacky and opportunistic that's their choice. My parents raised me to know that there is a time and place for things and this, to my notion, is at best cheap and unseemly.

And I am not saying either way what effect "global warming" has had...

This Scientist in the NY Times details the normalacy of all of this. I do know Hurricane Camile which occurred 35 years ago was a Cat 5 and had winds of 200mph "producing the highest hurricane tidal surge ever recorded in the United States" with 255 people killed, and 8,900 injured.

I would be interested to hear these German papers explain a LEVEE BREAK resulting out of lower waves and a CAT 3 Hur., as opposed the the CAT 5 Camile, but that is all besides the point right now . It is just one more "oportune" jab with little regard for the people suffering. One thing about the US, though is, no matter how much bashing we take, we never let that get in our way when others need OUR help!



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Fun design
 
I love scrolling trough the Red Dot Awards for design of everything.

here are some of my favorites...
The B1 bowl


These bitchen concave flames holder?


The Matha Stewart magazine enhancer, BookFrame

The Virgin Atlantic Airline lounge, where Courtney Love waits for the cops.


Say It! Storagecontainers.



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Chopstick Needles
 
I'm always snitching the really nice substantial chop sticks from restaurants. I use them to stick in the knot I sport on the top of my head. I also made knitting needles out of them for my backtack person (and huge fat ones from a dowel) but never thought of making crochet hooks. Here is a thread at Craftster , for doing just that.

By the way, to make the small chopstick knitting needle, just sharpen chopstick in a pencil sharpener (until they both look evenly grinded) then fine tune with fine sand paper. I also sanded the whole chop stick to make it extra smooth for knitting.





To do the huge ones, I bought a super big chunky dowel and cut with a miter box and a saw, two long equal size pieces. Then using my boy scout camp training, whittled (blade pointing away from body, safety first) one end on each to a graduated point. When they were both looking about the same, I just sanded the heck out of them (not that much really) till they were smooth.

Then topped with clay mushroom heads. voila.



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Little Meows
 


I used the pattern from Craftster.org to make the smaller one on the right, and after I was done (yes, it takes me until the very end to figure out) how very off I am on the features, so I tried one more time just winging it to make my own little kitty. Anyway it was a fun diversion from work.



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How Sweet
 

I find the cutest things on Disney's Family Fun site...like this basket cupcake...

I also love the Halloween costume ideas, for which I steal for my own costumes on occasion. I won first place at a school carnival for the witch costume (gigantic paper maiche hat with day glo green yarn Elvisra hair!) i adapted.



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Riddle me this Batman
 

This product by a local lady and client of Sera Beyn that I did something for (point of sale?, or something) called Holy Cow is well actually pretty holy cowish.

I assumed it was cute and pink, but nothing more, or no better than glass cleaner, but pink. I have been seeing it pop up in local stores (kinda pricey) but noticed it on my "culture and class mixing trip" at walmart for $1.78 so I bought it becuase it said it would clean stainless steel, a claim no other product can pull off for under $10 bucks.

IT WORKED!!! Sparkly with only a few streaks and removed 40 layers of what appears to be tarnish (I HOPE--sheesh) according to the rag I used. Now I am off to test the hard water/ soap scum stains on the shower door (a claim NOOOO product ever massed produced has EVER accomplished). I am convinced the only solution to soap sucm/water stains is like some south american hill village custom like hair washing with guinea pig urine.

We shall see...



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So many cool patterns for projects
 


There are just so many dang cute frre projects and I am testing a new feature...categories to the right.

For instance these Ricky Racky treasures can be found here!

category didn't work



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Talk about a cool free project
 

These Shoes are HOT! a cool free project that involves not only bead fringing the shoes, but painting them as well. This is a total thrift store revive if I have ever seen one, and the directions are so conprhensive!

There is also this beauty of a necklace (with downloadable pdf) too!



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Sacramento Lunch pictures
 


We went to a grossly overpriced icky lunch at Joe's Crab Shack on the river. Riley had a friend over that, well, put it this way enjoys breakfast, lunch, dinner.and snack.




Earlier before we left,the friend flagged down Rob running out to the auto parts store and asked Rob for a "piece of bread". Rob asked if he wanted to run in and get it and friend said no "you can". Don't get me wrong, he is very sweet, not rude just accutely aware of his hunger status at all times. I imagined, after many times telling his mother he was hungry, her telling him---grab a piece of bread.



too lazy to turn the bridge right side up for now. Wish I't gotten it raised for the ity bitty boat coing through.



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I have a new Month of Crafter Challenge
 



I floated the idea in this post and went ahead and did it.

a new month of creating! Accent Mark! Check it out and spread the word!!!



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Crafting Japanese
 
CraftLog by far the most organized and indepth weblog (THE MARTHA DEX???---this women saved me from the looney bin for saving 10 years of Matha Stewart magazines!) is also bi-blogging Japanese crafting Crafting Japanese.

So now that this new obsession sweeping the craft world has it's grips on me too, while perusing Flickr I came across these house quiltings...


House
Originally uploaded by Something To See.




House quilts
Originally uploaded by Something To See.



which made me think of these similar and easily adaptable to the prettier japanese versions than in this 70's of the verge of 80's craft book. I will scan the "plans" and post as a pdf in the near future!






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Key-keepers
 

Key-keepers
Originally uploaded by Soffia.
wow these spanish? inspired seem to be a theme here and are so colorful!



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more cute feltness
 

DOROTHY HORSE
Originally uploaded by planeta hilda.
I am flickr'ing right now and this was orignally fun!



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Butterfly loose while posting
 

Okay this is a little weird. There is a rouge butterfly loose in the house and seems to be strangly attracted to my computer space so while I am posting this I am bobbing and weaving around the little bugger in order to see the screen. This is a first for me at least.

I have a strange fascination with felt and found this neat site as well as this cool little felt box project (with a template) at at Holly Christian's site



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Darker side and the whole mess
 
unfinished and then the whole big mess





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File under: Late to the party
 
It is no wonder I would never know this diddy of a site, "Fashion Icon" (the name speaks for itself) it is very FUN. Not only is it tell the "what for" on fashion ( a subject that sorta intentionally passed me by, (you can almost HEAR the fashion gods exasperation when they found me "rrrttt. DANGER, DANGER...U_TURN, U-TURN ---REVERSE--rrrtt---LOST CAUSE, LOST CAUSE AHEAD" but it give sorta snappy DIY clothes rehab too!

For instance here is a fun Hawaiin Skirt Flairish Rehab



and a bitchen idea to Spruce UP old shoes!




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Inspiration Station
 

these are slightly dreamy and seem somewhat easy to replicate...I wonder if I could. I have been thinking about this. Starting a co-op inspiration challenge...whereby crafters attempt to replicate some catalog find. Now I am not talking about stealing someones idea...rather taking the idea (from the high dollar source) and seeing what crafters come up with.



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Future Watercolors
 

any thoughts on these future watercolor paintings?



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Watercolors
 






Here is a glimpse at my latest passion...I have been watercoloring. I am hoping to be at an art fair at a Winery down the river so I have started just a few. I made 2 for my neighbors birthday (I need to photograph) and I am having a hoot of time, becuase I set it to the side of this cranky computer and when jobs are out at proof I can step over a dabble and then return again while things are drying.

I am doing them similar to a graphic design..or Eric Caryle...painting and cutting out shapes.



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Pink Purse Cake
 

Pink Purse Cake
Originally uploaded by hobbycakes.
More cakes to lust over! Very cute!



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Flickr
 
This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.



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