Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory

Hooray and Congrats to Jim Parsons for winning an Emmy for The Big Bang Theory. I LOVE this show and Sheldon is a character i could follow for seasons. Being a small Star Trek fan (actually Star Trek: The Next Generation) and somewhat of a geek I enjoy the awkwardness of this show and it's cast of characters. I am super excited for the next season since Sheldon (Jim Parsons) will be going on a date. Now that doesn't seem big but for this show it completely demonstrates the uncomfortableness of having to be social.

The only thing that worries me is that it's moving to Thursday nights. If it's opposite on 30 Rock I won't know what to do.

If you haven't seen The Big Bang Theory, please check it out. It brings out the inner nerd in us all :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hooray Craft Wednesday!

Hello...We meet again for another Crafty Wednesday.

Today's Craft: Paper Covered Pencils

Mechanical Pencils
Decorative Paper (experiement and find a paper that works for you)
PVA Glue (or any tought glue. I think PVA is the best, but Sobo glue would be good too)
Glue Brush
Guillotine Paper Trimmer (optional)

1. Cut strips of decorative paper to fit lengths of mechanical pencils, with a 1/4” overlap.
2. Coat backs of decorative strips with glue. Wrap around barrels of mechanical pencils just below erasers.
3. Reuse over and over and over again!

Happy Crafting and see you next week :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

~Crafty Wednesday~

Hello and Welcome to another addition of Crafty Wednesday.

Today's craft comes to us from everyone's favorite handmade marketplace, Etsy. It was presented in one of the How-Tuesday's video through You Tube.

Parchment Flowers

Super Cute and Super Easy.
Grab your supplies and get craftin!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Google Analytics Experiment: Log 1

I have been so inspired by my fellow D List Teamers from Etsy and all of their great advice on Google Analytics. So I created an Excel spreadsheet tracking my Daily Views to see which days are best for posting. This is the first week and so far Tuesday seems to be a winner. I wonder why that is? This experiment will be over a month long and I'm sure to learn a lot.

Tune in next week for Log 2

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Crafty Wednesday!

We meet again for another addition of Crafty Wednesday.

Today's Topic: Craftzine.com

Craftzine was a quarterly magazine that was around for about 2 years. The they decided they would have a larger outreach if they became solely an online magazine. You can buy old copies of Craftzine from their website, which I highly recommend. Cratfzine is made for crafters (ok duh!) but it not only gives great projects and ideas but showcases artists in the field. Everything from a woman who knitted a house equiped with gfood, table, dishes and artwork to feature Project Runway designers who put LED lights into clothing. Some of my favorite projects were making a wallet out of underwear, ironging plastic bags together to create a recycled reusable plastuc bag (who doesn't love the Target bullseye), crocheting a fancy granny square bag, and one of my next projects a hawaiian blank.

Right now you can get the same great expereince from the Craftzine website that includes interviews, tutorials and a network to be among crafty people. Sign up for their news letters and become a fan on face book. The exciting thing about crafting is there is always something new to discover and these people are at the forefront.

Tune in next wednesday to see what we're crafting.

Have FUN! :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Crafty Wednesday :) Book Review: Retro Revamp

Hello Crafters!

Today’s Crafty Wednesday is a book recommendation. I collect craft books like some people collect stamps.

“Retro Revamp: Funky Projects, from HandBags to Housewares” by Jennifer Knapp

This book has a ton of great projects including:
~Holly Golightly’s Dream Bag – which is a great made out of assorted ribbons
~Comfty T-Shirt Quilt – a quilt made out of you’re old favorite T-Shirts. I want to do this but first I have to get over the idea of cutting up all of my concert shirts.
~Mad Hatter Teapot – great project is you like to mosaic
~Flower-Power Bike Basket – make it even if you don’t own a bike. Just hang it on your wall or something
~Mystery Date End Table – you could use any board game you like. Monopoly would make a wonderful table

And for the pets you love oh so much:
~Dapper Dog Collar – super cute and super fashionable
~Mice Madness – fun catnip toys and a great way to use up scrape fabric

Get this book and go Crafty Wild!

Happy Crafting :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

3 Custom Orders and 2 Papers

WOW! What a weekend. My dayjob was falling behind on work so overtime was offered this weekend. I made a deal with my boss that if I can in for the maximum amount of time then to let me have monday off to do school work an my Etsy orders. I have been seeing great success with my custom orders. Someone gave me the task of pineapple and colonial VA. Pineapple is a symbol of hospitality. I used a "colonial" color on the outside to make the box, I have a pineapple patch to place on the front and I''m using a map of Northern VA for the inside pages. It's being given as a present for someone who is moving away from our lovely Metro DC area. I also have 2 papers for school due and so I am etremely happy to have the day off.

I juat read this great blog: http://etsyadventures.blogspot.com/2010/08/15-things-to-do-while-youre-waiting-for.html
Check it out if you're an etsy seller. Great information and tips!
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