Archive for May, 2010

Anyone seen Mulder or Scully?

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about how much I miss the X-Files. I used to LOVE that show back in the day. My room was plastered with Mulder and Scully posters, lots of my jewelry had little alien faces on it, and, to this day I could still quote you chapter and verse about all of my favorite episodes.

So I thought, what better to post on this blog next than an alien?

If you are interested in making this otherworldly and adorable little guy, please find the free pattern here from Lion Brand.com. I didn’t use the colors noted in the pattern. I used some light green variegated Vanna’s Choice yarn for the arms/legs/antennae (I think it might have been called Seaspray mist?), and just a plain blue TLC or Red Heart blue acrylic yarn for the body. I also used 9 mm safety eyes instead of the 6mm called for in the Lion Brand pattern. And plain pink thread for the mouth.

If you want to see the front and back view of the alien, please click continue reading. Thanks all, and the truth is out there!! Continue reading ‘Anyone seen Mulder or Scully?’

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought that I would make a pair of empanada earrings.

Now, I know that empanadas do not represent anything to do with the holiday really, and that Mexican heritage cannot be boiled down to a filled pastry, but hey….they look pretty cute right? So if you’d like to see how I made these, please click the “Continue reading” link below. But in the meantime…

I researched Cinco de Mayo today to find out what it was really about, because I was curious. I honestly didn’t know anything about the holiday, other than my personal speculation that it must be the happiest day of the year for the Corona beer company.

Turns out, the real story is way more interesting than margaritas and an excuse to wake up wearing a sombrero. Cinco de Mayo is not the observance of Mexican Independence day as one might think. It actually started as kind of a “Stick it to the Man” debt-free holiday.  And, honestly, can’t we relate to that concept pretty well these days?

It all started when Mexican president Benito Juárez decided that Mexico was going to stop paying interest on its debts to France. France, of course, was expectedly perturbed by this, so they threatened to occupy Mexico until the the debt was paid up. The French occupation suffered a pretty embarassing setback though when, on May 5th 1862, the Mexican militia was able to handily rout their opponent (translation: they OWNED the French army’s derrieres). The French army had not seen defeat in 50 years before that day, but, they sure got a good look at it in Puebla, México. Four-thousand Mexican troops defeated a better-equipped 8,000 french soldiers, and no foreign army has really invaded the Americas ever since.

So, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, and in honor of sticking it to your creditors “con estilo” (with style), I present to you, this empanada earring tutorial. And, if you read till the end you can see a cool Mexico-related video! Happy 5th all!

Continue reading ‘Happy Cinco de Mayo!’

Cute Stuff Book Review

One of the things I really enjoy about a good craft book is getting a lot of good info in a small space, and therefore a lot of bang for your crafting buck.

I also like to be able to learn a lot just by flipping through the pictures. I’m a visual person, and I know that lots of you crafters out there are too.  Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo satisfies on both counts. The colorful and clever images, and simple but cute craft ideas (and lots of ’em I might add) will keep you busy on many an afternoon.

To find out a little more about this wonderful book, please keep reading after the jump. Continue reading ‘Cute Stuff Book Review’


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