Tuesday, March 31, 2009

oh how cool!

7 / 10

Staff at Lego have business cards with their details printed on a toy figure which looks like them. If only we could get these at the Guardian!

Photograph: Solent News/Rex Features
from great moments in lego history
(ht: boing boing)

Monday, March 30, 2009

no one and i mean NO ONE

needs this tip more than i do (no one and i mean no one wears MORE eyemakeup than i do)

from the beauty shop

how to fix a broken eyeshadow
pic from the beauty shop
(cool tip OR WHAT???????????????)

(ht: craftzine)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

nightmare playgrounds (iii)

once again dark roasted blend brings us the stuff of terror

spider uncredited
37. photo by KateLiby
25 "Swan Lake Ballet" by Mikhail Dronov, seen in Moscow - image via
26. Is this... Jar-Jar Binks?? - photo by Lyudmila Juhimec

and all i have to say is OH MY!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

she's not done yet

but i was so happy with her and i couldn't wait to post a picture (or two) of her until she was completed (the wings and the big yarn ball she's sitting on have to be done). pictures are crappy.. i took them upsidedown and spinned them around.

i really LOVE her. i got her done at liberty tattoo in berlin by pat macdonald (his pops and i go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back)

anyway, if you're in the mood for some ink, stop on by liberty they'll hook you up

and yes, i'll post her when she's DONE as well

in all fairness my knitting fairy is loosely based on a drawing on saw on the internet (i can't find her again or i'd give credit where credit is due). i told pat i wanted her to have a bun and have knitting needles sticking out of it. i wanted her to have wings and i wanted her to be sitting on a big ball of yarn. i wanted a raven in there somewhere and i wanted some purples. HE came up with the drawing which i will say once again I LOVE


from recycled (wool) sweaters!

i think this is at least the 3rd

tutorial for a
reusable sandwich wrapper i've linked to (i can't get enough of these)
betz white, contributor
picture from betz white's tutorial at craftstylish

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

the spring knitty

is up

and guess what? i WAS going to submit a pattern to them for consideration for the holiday gift season (it's a fairly easy pattern and a fairly quick knit. it's quick that is if you KEEP UP WITH IT. i am not finished knitting it yet. well, i'm working on two of them, but i'm also working on other things. i will try to finish in the next week and submit it. one never knows).

anyway look at this BEAUTIFUL cover project

it's called shipwreck and it's by bethany whose blog knitty harpy is HERE

the wicked beautiful shawl is a variation of ez's pi shawl. plus this one is beaded (you can't see it very well in the picture - which by the way is from bethany and mike kok)


more felting

and these couldn't be any cuter either!
there really is NOT enough time in the day...............

Sugarless Panoramic Egg and Egg Box

by Anita M. Wheeless


Photos by Anita M. Wheeless

this is one of the loveliest things i have seen

of late. AND to add a cherry to the top

here's a tutorial to make the felted nest!!! from after i finish this row....... (picture from there as well)

(ht: whip up)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

these are lovely

my niece is getting married in the summer. i'm making the favors and perhaps doing the centerpieces. these sure would look nice as part of a centerpiece, no? (YES)

organza flower tutorial from reese dixon (pic from there as well)

(ht: craftzine0

bad idea

(well ONE is a bad idea the other is a COOL idea)

high res tetris

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

i love hedgehogs

and even think from time to time about getting one. i ultimately decide AGAINST it though, they're animals that shouldn't live in a cage of course.
but lollychops has ended my dilemma!
(pic from lollychops)

she shows us how to:

Hammin' it up... hedgie style!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ok, this is a GREAT birthday idea

and it just may be close to someone's birthday (hint hint hint)

felix at avoision had his office showered with balloons. each balloon had a note attached from a friend or family member (with a personal birthday message). liz, felix's fiance was responsible. wow liz, this is one of THE coolest ideas i have ever heard of.

pictures are from felix's blog (avoision)
(ht: boing boing)

Monday, March 9, 2009

crushing pennies

is an independent film written and directed by (LOCAL) ryan casey. i think it's IMPORTANT to support local artists!

here's the facebook page for crushing pennies. why not become a fan?

night of the living dead pixels

ht: makezine

night of the living dead pixels

get out your floss

and plastic rings. we're gonna make dorset buttons!!!
Diane Gilleland, contributor shows us how over at craftstylish (this is diane's picture too)

these buttons are marvelous little creatures. i want to make millions of them!

it's finally available!

Sita Sings the Blues is finally free!
Posted by Cory Doctorow

After years of wrangling, Nina Paley's acclaimed, brilliant short film, Sita Sings the Blues is finally available as a free, open-licensed downloads. Paley spent a shocking amount of time and money fighting over the copyrights to the 1920s jazz music that is integral to the film (some have likened it to Betty Boop in Bollywood, which is catchy, but fails to capture the fantasticness of the film), Paley's finally secured a license that allows her to distribute the whole movie, for free, forever, under a remix-friendly license. .......

Saturday, March 7, 2009

here's a great idea

i never thought of! make yourself a bracelet from rare earth magnets

(there's a link to a site where you can purchase them at the instructables link above)

stitch markers are sooooooooooo expensive

(for what they are that is). well, dollar store crafts

shows us how to make our own knit and crochet markers! (pic of knitting marker from dollar store crafts. you'll have to click on that link to see the crochet ones!)

i never thought this would happen

crafts and controversy? oh not just no, but HELL no. crafts and controversy go hand in hand. depicting touchy subjects in crafts or sex in crafts - well that's been going on forever (and i hope it continues to do so). crafting is an expression of what we are, what we feel, what we know to be true, what we hope to be true. our crafts are a part of us.

no, what is shocking to me is the wapo actually writing an article about CRAFTING AND FREE EXPRESSION and crafting on the edge!!!! wowwwwwwwwwww

(the article is kinda funny too)


Uncovered! The Unseemly Side of Quilts
By Monica Hesse
Washington Post Staff Writer
The issue is wrapped in a prim plastic sleeve, but the lurid electric blue display copy still leaps from the page:





As in, "Shocking Quilts: We Show You the Controversial Patchwork." Advertised right on the cover of Quilter's Home.

(The magazine's other cover lines: "5 Popular Appliqué Glues Put to the Test," "Read This Before Buying That Longarm.")

Mark Lipinski, the editor of Quilter's Home, knew that the January/February issue might be perceived as scandalous.

This is why he took precautions -- $2,500 worth of precautions, which is what it cost to wrap each of some 45,000 copies in plastic before distributing them to newsstands and craft stores across the country. Doing his best to protect the unwary public from the adults-only images inside (but you buy it for the articles). ..........

pic: Mary Beth Bellah says her Viagra-inspired quilt "Helping Hands" has caused a stir at some shows. (By Stephanie Gross For The Washington Post)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009



this instructable on Disc Bead Bracelet - Cheap, Easy, and recycled shrinky plastic!
pic from dotatdabbled as well
here's dot's website DABBLED

i've made paper before

years ago. it was fun and i loved the end product. for me though, it was messy, you need a blender (which i wouldn't use for food again) AND a LOT OF ROOM

(the background noise and music is VERY annoying in this video. it's still quite helpful though if you've never made paper)

CRAFT Video: Paper Making with Lisa Jacobs

CRAFT Video: Paper Making with Lisa Jacobs from make magazine on Vimeo.
Posted by Becky Stern
at craftzine

oh my goddess, these are a SCREAM

literal music video versions of white wedding and under the bridge (found via boing boing)