Five Tutorials I Would Like to Try

link-love-icon250Following Diane and Tammy’s Link Love mission, today I’m sharing five tutorials I would like to try!






Chevron Scarf#1 Jody McKinley’s Chevron Scarf pattern on her JavaJem blog. I also featured this project in my recent post on variegated yarn projects. I just love how the six different colorways of Koigu combine so cheerfully. My biggest hesitation on this one is that I have never knit a single stitch. I’m thinking I’d have to tackle some much simpler scarves before attempting this beauty.





#2 This DIY Chevron Wall Art project by Emma of MyBojuLife. There’s lots of paint chip art out there, but this one grabbed my particular attention. I have a lot of leftover paint chips from when we remodeled one of our bathrooms, and this looks to be a quick and fun project.



#3 Rachel at LinesAcross has this tutorial on how to make beads from scraps of paper and leftover embroidery floss. This tutorial I also featured in a previous post on using flosses in jewelry. It’s a brilliant way to be creative and thrifty at the same time, and I think I have an idea of how to use these beads in projects other than jewelry…




#4 I love the concept behind this baby mobile by Alisa Burke guest posting at SewMamaSew. Once again, I featured this project in a fun previous post about water-themed crafts. With a minimum of planning and expense, she created this striking project. I don’t know any babies who are currently in need of a mobile, but I know some little boys who might like to help me make them a cool door curtain…





Picture of Rain Gutter Garden Planter Troughs#5 Last of the five tutorials I would like to try is some variation of this Rain Gutter Garden Planter tutorial on Instructables. Our house is on an incredibly tiny lot, and planters are our only option. Using rain gutters is an economical way to go vertical without creating too much weight. We’re thinking that some (shallow-rooted) herbs and lettuces might be a nice place to start!

My previous posts in the Link Love Mission include “Five Books I Made Something From,” “Five Posts I’m Proud of Creating” (note: from early in the history of this blog), “Five Favorite Projects for DIY Crafty Goodness,” and my favorite and most important: “Five Blogs that Make Me Laugh.”

Five Blogs That Make Me Laugh

link-love-icon250Following the lead of Diane and Tammy, this week I’m rounding up the “Five Blogs That Make Me Laugh″ as part of their “Share the Link Love” mission.





#1 April Winchell

She’s just… just… April. She ran the hilarious and controversial blog Regretsy, and now she’s acting and doing voice work in Hollywood. She’s brash and ballsy, unapologetic and funny as hell. I’m looking forward to seeing if she will continue some of the really amazing holiday charitable works she did with the CF4L Regretsy goons, and her collection of truly horrifying music is, well… truly horrifying. Her comment on the Paul Anka cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit? – “Makes you want to drink Nyquil and crawl behind the armoire.”

#2 TheBloggess

I bet most of you reading this have already heard of Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess (Tagline: “Like Mother Teresa, Only Better”). She can be hilarious while at the same time being very honest about her mental health issues that change over time. She was big-time involved in the Traveling Red Dress Project, and she has a photo of Wil Wheaton collating. How can you beat that?

A recent quote: “In all seriousness, bullying is shitty and you shouldn’t do it. That being said, almost no one who is real a bully actually realizes it, so I sort of think it would be better if we had a ‘Maybe-Stop-Being-Such-An-Asshole’ Awareness Day, because honestly, if you don’t think you’re occasionally an asshole then you are totally an asshole.” SO TRUE.

#3 Fark

File:Fark logo 2011.jpgI just love Fark. From the epic threads like the Ballsack Conundrum to the Photoshop contests and the (mostly) good natured bickering in the comments, it’s all pretty fun. But the best part really is the headlines themselves. There are some really witty people out on Fark.

For example, just take a look at the 2012 Headline Of The Year Contest. The overall winner: “Alzheimer’s Walk set for Saturday. Search and rescue set for Sunday.” Geek subtab winner: “Stephen Hawking reaches 70. Must have been a really steep hill.”

#4 Homestarrunner

I miss these guys a lot. They remind me a bit of the Muppets in that there’s simple stuff for kids and more sophisticated stuff for adults while still being funny and not sickly sweet. The site is still open, but they haven’t put any new material on it since December 2010. This is a real shame as Homestarrunner has some of the funniest flash cartoons you’ll see ever. Some of my favorites:

  • The entire series of Strong Bad Emails, especially Dragon (introducing Trogdor, the Burninator!), and Techno. All of the cartoons (best read in order starting with the earliest at the bottom of the list) are full of easter eggs, making it that much more fun to watch. These emails used to come out roughly once a week, creating a keen sense of anticipation on the webs.
  • Teen Girl Squad
  • Halloweeen and Decemberween cartoons [click on Holiday and get yourself a bucket of popcorn]
  • Puppet Homestar singing with They Might Be Giants – ya rly! [click on Puppet Stuff and scroll down to “Puppet Jam: Tropical Lazor Beams]

#5 Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole probably, but nevertheless it is FUNNY. My ribs hurt for days after reading The God of Cake, and in fact I have tears streaming from my eyes as I type this just looking at some of the illustrations.

And her story, This is Why I’ll Never Be An Adult, spawned it’s own meme. There’s a reason for this. Allie is hilarious.

How about you? What blogs always make you laugh?

Five Posts I’m Proud of Creating – 2013

Once again following the lead of Diane and Tammy, I’m rounding up the “Five Posts I’m Proud of Creating in 2013” as part of their “Share the Link Love” mission.

I started blogging in February of this year, and what an adventure it has been! I honestly had no idea of exactly what I was getting into, and to be honest, I still don’t as blogging seems to be constantly evolving (just read Diane’s post on the topic). Creating posts takes more time than I originally thought, but I’m happy to be writing again after a gap of many years. I’m also trying to emphasize quality of posts over quantity of posts, and that seems to keep me motivated and to be working. With all that in mind, here’s five posts I’m proud of (in no particular order):


Hitting “publish” the first time was a pretty interesting experience. It was nerve-wracking and thrilling while I was being hopeful and curious all at the same time. It was also the result of a failure (but a fail-forward type failure).
Computer keyboard and touch pad

(Insert sound effect here: “Yeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggghhhhh!”)

[Photo by darrenleno via Flickr]

The first was an e-commerce platform that I had spent a lot of time and money on setting up, customizing, and maintaining. And after an extended period of time, I never sold a damn thing on it. Not one. Hardly got any views. Obviously, I had to make a change.

Moving my listings to Etsy was the easy part, but changing the .com to a blog took a lot of work, mentally and digitally. Switching to a new web host and learning WordPress were two big hurdles. But the biggest challenge was in making the commitment to blogging – a decision I did not take lightly.

I’m very happy to say that ever since I hit “publish” on the first post in late February, although it’s a lot of work, I’m having a lot of fun with this blog!

#2 Followup on my ACrafty Interview with Betty Busby

acrafty interview - betty busby with her quilt disco urchinI published an interview with quilt artist Betty Busby in June. I have been in awe of her work since I first saw it and I was so curious about her process. In August she was gracious enough to give me, my husband, and our dog Scully a tour of her home and studio space in Albuquerque. It was a real honor and treat for all of us, and I’m really happy that I was brave and took the chance to ask her if she was available.

#3 Making a Better Blog

The Better IdeaMost of my very early posts on the blog are about my own projects and products, and that was fine. But in May, after doing a lot of reading about blogging, I had a kind of epiphany about the direction of my blog. I’m sure it will shift again someday, but this post sums up my current bloggy path.

[Photo: The Better Idea by (the brilliant) Peggy Dembicer via Flickr]



#4 Favorite Books – Crafty and Otherwise

As part of Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May project, I put more information about myself out on the internet than I ever thought I would. Of all the 31 topics that month, I really enjoyed creating this post about my favorite books.Bill the Cat for President

 [Bill the Cat for President from Bloom County. Photo by tjosephson2 via Flickr]

#5 My Hexie Madness Series

I had done a few other crafty roundups before, but the hexagon series really stands out. I dug deep, spending days on the internet to find examples of hexagon crafts in all types of disciplines. I ended up finding some really outstanding hexies in interesting places. I tried to find as many tutorials and patterns as possible, but where those didn’t exist, I did find some excellent sources of inspiration. Love the leather pouffe and these popsicle sticks – so fun! [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4]

How about you? Share your “proud five” post over at CraftyPod!