Thursday, November 19, 2009
Team ESST SlideShow by RunswithScissors4
Saturday, November 07, 2009
So, I've got my sweater with the right seams, and I started unraveling. The tutorial says to cut it, but I'm kind of a chicken, so before I started cutting, I spent some time with a small crochet hook unlacing it a bit. You can see the fine thread that the sweater's sewn together with, and once you know how to look for it, it's easy to cut. The sweater pulls right apart.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sometimes I'll randomly give a dollar or two to some foundation, but it really takes cold weather and the holiday season each year before I start thinking harder about giving back.
Every year the above mentioned local non-profit organization, Appalachian Outreach, (which just happens to be a branch out of my alma mater) does a Coats for the Cold drive here locally. I always try to give something, or at least help out with collecting coats and accessories from other people. This year, I just happen to be downsizing in my Etsy shop and I've got bunches of hand-crafted scarves and hats that haven't found happy homes. So I'm making a box full and taking them down to AO to be part of the Coats for the Cold drive next week.
I highly encourage everyone to find out if there's a local Coats for the Cold drive in your area any time in the next few weeks, and if there is, to find something that you could donate for the good of others this winter. Or do something to give back. I'm a pretty big fan of Toys for Tots too, and I try to do that every year, or another local toy drive. Even if it's just something little, it makes a big difference to people who maybe can't afford a new coat, or scarves and hats for that matter, or kids who aren't going to have a great Christmas for whatever reason.
So, go and give a little back! Right now! :)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Have you heard of Pandora yet? It makes my heart sing! It's Internet radio, and not just random Internet radio either, but customizable radio! You enter an artist, or a song, and it compiles a streaming radio station based on music from that artist and other similar artists.
You can't pick a specific song and start with it, nor can you browse the list once it starts, it just streams. You can tell Pandora if you like or dislike an artist or song as it streams into your playlist, and it remembers and builds your list based on that.
And the best part?
It's totally free!
Pandora gives you 40 free hours to listen each month, and you can make lots of different lists too! If you go over the 40 hours, you have the option of paying 99 cents for the rest of the month unlimited, or you can subscribe to a more advanced service that has more services and unlimited listening.
I really like how it's helped me discover several new artists just based on one artist that I like, Anya Marina, who rocks my socks off. :) This is an Imeem playlist, since one thing Pandora doesn't do is let you compile and post specific lists, I had to use another site.
Some of the songs are only 30 second clips but you can listen to the whole song on the Imeem website. If you look in the top of the box (next to the artist photo on the right side) while listening to a 30 clip you'll see a ? and you can click it to go through to Imeem to listen to the full song, and you should be able to do that without an Imeem account. Enjoy, and go check out Pandora!
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Cool weather makes me start dreaming of pulling out the long sleeves, coats, sweaters, and scarves. I've been rearranging my Etsy shop lately to showcase some of my favorite fall designs. Here are a few of my favorite fall friendly scarves. There's a ton more where these come from, so check me out! :)
Sunday, October 04, 2009
There are about 50 people in four different groups currently making scarves. I'm just blown away by how neat of an idea this actually is. I didn't take a picture of my square (because I'm a bit of an idiot sometimes, really) but I've requested one from Australia where my scarf currently is. Yep, Australia! Isn't that the coolest?
By the time my scarf arrives at me again, it will have visisted several spots in Australia, England, and have taken a scenic tour of these United States. There are 12 of us total in each scarf group.
I only recently got the first scarf from the person above me on the list (she's in New Hampshire). We each add our own yarn and pattern/stitch of our choice to each scarf, following some basic rules set by the owner of the end scarf. I really hope she's not out there somewhere, about to read my blog, because I'm about to post a picture of her scarf on it. :)
waits to make sure....
Okay then. Her starter piece was this nice little knitted cable section, sooo soft and pretty. I started on the same end as her cast on and did a nice little front post/back post ribbed section in a pretty green. Even though I can knit, I'm not planning on knitting on anyone's scarves unless they want knitting only, as I'm not very good at anything except basic stockinette just yet.
I feel really special to be taking part in something so cool, and I'm going to share pictures of the scarves as I get them and work on them. I'm hoping I can still get a picture of my original starter from Australia without anything else on it yet (I want my scarf to be a surprise) and I'll post that too. So, that's me, how are you?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I've crocheted forever, but knitting is something quite new to me, and quite hard actually. I had tried to learn several times before, but it wasn't until my trip to Denver that I finally got someone (Kristen) who understood me well enough to get how to teach me.
I'm still terribly excited that I completed a project without having a breakdown or throwing the needles. The only thing I've ever managed to knit before this is a swatch, and even that usually resulted in the needles being thrown across the room.
I'll be posting some pictures in a few days, but in the meantime, in honor of learning a few things along the way with this piece, I'd like to share those things, in hopes that they might help others.
- Unlike crochet, the number of starting stitches you cast on does not directly relate to the width of your piece.
- Related to the above point, casting on 40 on 15s is *way* too wide for a scarf
- Watching television while knitting can sometimes lead to disaster, and the forced repeat of several rows due to error.
- A russian join is a good way to connect two balls of yarn together, but it doesn't work very well when you're doing something open, or using 15s. Or when you aren't really good at it.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Rather than repeat that all here, I'd like to put up a few different photos. You can see my entire album on Facebook.
I really enjoyed the scenic vistas out at Red Rocks and of course took a bunch of pictures out there. They were getting ready for a concert, so we couldn't actually see the ampitheatre itself, but we still got very close, closer than this actually but I just love this picture.
Downtown Denver. I just love buildings, and isn't this a beautiful sky??
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Let's just say it has something to do with Hogwarts. And by 'something to do with', I mean GO. Love. Hug daily.
And now...Universal Studios is going to bring that dream to life for so very many of us, coming to a theme park near you Spring 2010.
I Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts.
Must...Go...Hogwarts. I just like the idea of the whole little section of the park being devoted to Harry Potterdom. The article above says that all of the restaurants and everything in that area are going to be Potter themed, it's very exciting.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Since we're transitioning into the fall, I'm going to make it my goal to update my blog once a week minimum. And the posts will actually have to be interesting. *scary, i know*
I'm setting fall Etsy shop crafting goals and coming up on a new term at the HPKCHC on Ravelry, so there will be things to blog about. Honest. ;)
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
I present to you, HBP in 15 minutes!
**Warning: Swear words, extreme movie spoilers, and moments guaranteed to make you giggle loudly are included***
So, imagine my happiness when their album Äppelknyckarjazz popped up on iTunes' New Music Tuesday today! Yay! I didn't buy the whole album, but got the song i had heard on Colbert, Fel Del Av Gården and made this playlist so I can listed to the rest of the album to pick my favorites. Thanks to Imeem, I can stream the whole thing to see what I like and what I don't. listen! Love!
(You might have to click through to Imeem to listen to the full songs...)
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Here's some info from the TeamESST blog:
ALL ETSY SHOPS - HANDMADE, SUPPLIES AND VINTAGE - are invited to participate by placing an announcement in your shop and joining in with promoting on the "Official" Promotional thread in the Etsy Forums. This will be a “Shopping Event” similar to a Public Marketplace. There will not be a "Overall theme" since Etsy is a Global Marketplace hence, the seasons, cultures, holidays, etc. can vary quite a bit. Although not required, we do strongly encourage shops to have a feature, theme or sale as this can pique interest and help you to draw people to your shop. You do not have to participate for the whole weekend simply join in when you can on the Promo thread in the Etsy Forums.
My sale is 50% off Storewide! And US buyers who spend $25 after discounts get free US shipping. Yep, yep! Come check it out! I'll be adding new items all weekend!
|Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade|
Thursday, July 30, 2009
One thing I really can't ever get enough of is any kind of music with a good beat. I like other music too, but if a song has a great rhythm, I'm hooked---doesn't matter if it's pop, hip-hop, or in another language, if you can move to it, I'm with it. :)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Daily/Colbert - Universal Health Care|
Monday, July 20, 2009
I'm working on some videos for the Trunk Show. I started this one a while back using Picasa, but stopped it when I realized the quality might have issues. So I got frustrated (naturally), then IckyDogCreations had some of hers on her blog, and taught me how to do the Picasa videos through Blogger, and when they show up they show up a lot better! This is me working on testing them. Whatcha think?
Warning: these have music!
The above video is my original edit, and this one is me going back in and doing some editing.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
A part of her overhaul was new graphics and a new approach to photo taking. She shared a lightbox tutorial with us on the Owls blog, and it's definitely on my list to make one of these for myself! I mean, look at these results!!!
Check her out over on the left with her Etsy mini, or just click through here:
Monday, July 06, 2009
I'm enjoying a nice slow birthday at home, had a birthday lunch, and launched the new Etsy Owls Challenge. I haven't entered a challenge for the team since Valentine's Day, so I was excited to actually enter this one. Come on, it's Frida! I can't miss Frida! This little gal is my entry:
Now I'm off to crochet. :) Go vote for me! :) (click that awesome entries text above to see the blog!)
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Anyway, in planning for this, I think I'm going to spend some time browsing through my Frida sketchbook and looking at some of my favorite Frida pieces. For some reason, I can't get Blogger to let me upload a photo, so for now I'll put in a link, but later, I'll add it in. My favorite Frida painting:
lo que el agua me dio
Monday, June 15, 2009
Anyway, I made my way to this because I saw Robert Capa's brother Cornell listed in the current issue of AP, and remembered that Robert had taken some photos during the war, so I set off to find them on Magnum Photos . These photos aren't all his, and also include work from others from the same time. I'll be sharing more soon!
Click on each photo to be taken to them on the website where there's a bit more of a description that what I'm giving here, as well as around 1000 more photos from this time.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
It was started last year by one of the teams I'm in, the Etsy Supply Street Team. It started as a little bitty idea but expanded so much, and last year's Yart Sale was huge! It's basically a gang of people offering fantastic sales, think yard sale, but with gorgeous art instead of that junk in your garage :)
Of course, this year's will blow last years away, because this year's sale gets one of the coolest teams on Etsy- us! :)
We've decided to participate this year as a team, it won't be our entire team, but I'm hoping it'll be a good amount of us. You'll be able to see our items by searching etsyowlsteam + Yart and before the sale we'll post all of our sales on the blog for a look see, too!
If you're an Etsy seller, you should participate! For some awesome information on how to do that, check out the Etsy Supply Street team blog for all the latest information and also this very helpful article on the Storque!
See you at the Yart Sale!
Select scarves only in 'Extra large Scarves' section apply for 50% off discount. Prices have not been adjusted. Convo first or wait for a Paypal invoice before payment.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Seriously. Read it.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Get any pair of fingerless gloves for only $5! That's 50% off on average, and $10 off of this pair!
Prices have NOT been adjusted so please wait for a Paypal invoice before completing payment or convo me for a special listing
Buyers from the US and Canada: If you purchase more than 1 pair, or any other item with the fingerless gloves, you'll get free shipping on your order!
This sale starts right now and will run until Sunday, May 31st at 10:00 PM Eastern. A new sale will begin at that time, and the Summer Sales will continue until August!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Today was a nice break from the normal, as my bf and I went to see Star Trek with a friend of ours. Being that the movie theatre is (in another city) near a Hobby Lobby, I also side tracked and bought a bit of yarn. I needed to get Gryffindor colors for a House Unity project I'm doing in the Cup, but it turns out that what I ended up buying could've been purchased at my local WalMart.
I did get a gorgeous skein of green Caron, it's Simply Soft Shadows. It's neat because it's a solid color with a series of different colors twisted in. It works up gorgeous. Well, Shadows does. I've never used the green, but I did get a grey once, called Mardi Gras. It works up like this:
(Note that you can click that to see it still in my Etsy shop :))
This is the green version. Isn't it gorgeous?
I also bought KNITTING needles. Yep. I'm ready to try it again. (it was a terrible disaster last time). I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes, and also how my crochet projects are coming along. I'll be better, I promise! Happy crafting!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
WARNING. My music is strange, just in case you didn't know. :)
If it gives you that 30 second crap, there's a link in the top of the box that says 'play full song here' or something like that. just click that if you want to hear more.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I know a lot of people spend a LOT of time on Flickr just browsing around. I really haven't before, but recently I was introduced to some really cool things on Flickr. Things so cool that I think I might start browsing Flickr to see what else is out there. :) As soon as I figure out how...
Anyway. The American Photo spread of Flickr Superstars also features Lauren Rosenbaum Her photos are definitely different than Gary's, yet are just as if not more intriguing for some very different reasons. I mean, check this out.
She does this gorgeous set of self-portraits called 365, which is a year of herself and her camera. I definitely recommend flipping through it. As noticed in the photo below, she also takes a lot of really cool photos in (bathroom) mirrors. The below shot was 118 of 365. She really makes me want to grab my camera and go take pictures of myself, which is saying a lot because I tend to not like photos of myself.
If you take a look at some of her photos, you'll soon notice she's either capable of seemingly impossible feats such as levitating or holding her kids in one hand, or she's great with Photoshop. The magazine even goes in-depth with one of her shots and explains the process of how she ended up floating in midair. You can see a small version of this tutorial in her photostream as well. I looked through a good 100 pages of photostream for this picture in a size I could save. It's in the magazine and it makes me go ooooh...
These are some of my other favorites:
Please note: The photos used in this feature are all really low-quality versions of her photos. Visit her photostream and check these pictures out in better versions. I just looked through her whole photostream, and trust me, you won't be sorry!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
One thing I've joined is A Granny A Day. The object's simple: Make a Granny Square every day and share it. :) I've yet to share a square, but I'm working on my second one (I just joined a few days ago). I'm thinking I'll make a lapghan and sell it in my shop. Check out the awesomeness that's in this group, the color combinations are so inspiring!
Monday, April 20, 2009
A few posts ago, I mentioned that I'm a Maghound member, and that because of it I've fallen in love with American Photo. The May/June issue headlines 12 Flickr Superstars, and highlights some really awesome photography that's on Flickr!
This photo REALLY caught my attention, because it looked so tragic, and just a touch familiar. Turns out it's from the Atonement set, which photographer Gary Shrimpling was allowed access to after filming.
All of his photos that really catch my eye are Long Exposures, which I know so very little about but am so very captivated by. Here's a few more of my favorites of his extensive collection. Click on any photo to be taken to his photostream.