Archive for February, 2010

In my world, protests are pink and furry.

A few short weeks ago, I learned the dreadful news that one of my favorite shows of all time, Ugly Betty, was not going to be renewed for another season. Now, for YEARS, I have declared my undying love and admiration for this show. Week after week, I would laud the writing and acting abilities of those employed with the show, and remark as to how great it was for young women to have such a fantastic role model on television.

Many people might criticize the show for its crazy telenovela-esque plot turns and outrageous fashion don’ts, but I think the show is wonderful. The plot twists keep you glued to the television week after week, and almost every episode feels like a season finale. But at its core, the show really has heart. Betty is a young woman trying to make a life for herself, in and out of the business world, without compromising her principles, and without losing sight of her long term goals of changing the world. Betty’s family is a loving and supportive unit, composed of Betty’s widowed father Ignacio, Betty’s sister Hilda, who lives at home, and Hilda’s son Justin, who was born when Hilda was still in high school. Underneath all of the hilarity and the drama that occurs in Betty’s life and in the lives of her family members, there is a real undercurrent of unconditional love amongst these characters. They accept each other, flaws and weakness and all, no matter what. And at the end of every episode, you have the sense that you’ve learned something about humanity, without feeling like you’ve just sat through an after school special.

So in protest of the cancellation of this wonderful masterwork, I have re-created this bunny, which Betty-philes may remember from a season 1 episode of Ugly Betty called “The Box and the Bunny.” To find out more, and to learn how you can make your own bunny, please continue reading “behind the scenes”: Continue reading ‘In my world, protests are pink and furry.’

What on EARTH did she do to that perfectly good towel?!

Well everyone, in just a few short hours,  you will know exactly why I ruthlessly savaged this pink towel. In fact, I think the result will even justify my destructiveness. Hope you think so too. See you then!

Big-Ass Book of Crafts Book Review

Hi guys!

I’m still trying to get the hang of this “posting at regular intervals” thing…I seem to be suffering from long-time-no-post syndrome. Please bear with me though, because I’m really enjoying this blogging thing!

Anyway, I have been working on a project that I really hope to post here soon, but…it’s not finished yet. In the meantime, I’d love for you guys to see another HIGHLY recommended book from my collection.

The above silhouette plate is just one of the projects I have made from Mark Montano’s FABULOUS “Big-Ass Book of Crafts.” I really can’t say quite enough about how AWESOME this book is, but, I sure will try. Continue reading ‘Big-Ass Book of Crafts Book Review’

Japanese eraser jewelry

Can I just say it? I LOVE Japanese erasers.

For those of you who may not be so familiar with these awesome little doo-dads, they come in food shapes, animal shapes, sports-related shapes, you name it. They’re so dang cool, I don’t want to use them for their original purpose at all. But I don’t want them sitting forgotten in a drawer either. I have enough old receipts and movie ticket stubs (and unfinished projects) taking up that space anyway… So I came up with a solution. Make them into jewelry!

Continue reading ‘Japanese eraser jewelry’

Who wants a hug?

So you know those “priceless” Mastercard commercials? Today’s featured project was inspired by one of those. I guess you could call it an “as seen on tv” project. I know that at least a few of you crafters out there will remember the AWESOME “hug creature” from this Mastercard commercial . He’s a smiley little guy who can be found at the little shop of priceless things. I definitely wanted to make one for myself, but I didn’t know how to knit to save my life. Luckily, the internet is filled with people who want to teach me :-) Please see here for example.

I never really wrote down my pattern, but I am sure I could come up with it again if you guys were interested. If you want to know anything about my materials, what size knitting needles I used, etc, please leave a comment here. I’d love to hear from you!

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