Monday, January 26, 2009

...and the Winner is...

So at this point it seems that Leon is the winner by default. With no other entries, he is automatically the most popular. Anybody have any last minute entries? or should I just call the contest early?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Still Need Entries.

Only three days left and still no entries for sayings. Here's a pic of the pillow for inspiration.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Audience Participation

So, I need some help. I'm making a candy hearts pillow for a valentine's pattern. What should the sayings be? Email, comment or Twitter, I'll put up a poll with the entries and then use the 4 most popular. Winners will get recognition on Crochet Pages and a goody via snail mail if they're willing to share their contact info.

Submit Entries to: (subject: candy hearts)
@agecrochet on Twitter
or Comment on this post

1) 12 characters or less
2) nothing obscene
3) please don't send contact info via twitter or comment, leave your email and I'll drop you a note if your suggestion is picked.
4) Crochet Pages Staff cannot enter (sorry, Galen), but contributors may, since I will not be deciding the winner, you will.
4) Deadline: January 23, 2009.
5) Once the poll's up, vote often. The poll will be up from January 23, until the end of this month.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Crochet Exchange

So, if I was thinking of starting up a Crochet Exchange, would anyone be interested? I'm thinking Granny Daughter's, like 20 per month. Let me know what you think - or Twitter @agecrochet

Saturday, January 10, 2009

With a Little Help from My Friends

So, since the weather sucked today, Sarah and I spent a large part of the day working on my studio. The result is a snow day that managed to actually be a productive day. We moved a ton of stuff into the studio including my computer desk, which is going to allow me to be a lot more productive all around - especially since Black Jack on Pogo is not worth climbing 2 flights of stairs for.

I'm going to need some more shelving and also some more totes and shoeboxes, but it's definitely starting to look like a studio in here. I'm really happy with what we got done today, and I think that tomorrow, I might see if Hubby will help me bring the comfy chair up. Also, I may start setting up my sewing area and get a floor lamp or two up here for when I need extra lighting.

I've been labeling the homes for everything, that way if someone else is helping me up here, it'll be really easy for anybody to put everything exactly where it belongs.

So far, so good, I think. I'm really happy with how things are coming together and I think that the organization, although somewhat pricey is going to be worth it in the long run.

Snow day

Taking advantage of the snow day to work in the studio. The more I get done in the studio, the easier the rest of everything else will be to clean. I hope. That's what I keep telling the husband anyway. Also, it keeps the cat happy, he likes the window seat up there.

Need to get some music up there to keep me moving, also the computer desk and possibly the comfy chair. Will need more totes, more shoeboxes and a bigger trashcan.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Studio Updates

The studio progress reports will be happening in a text box at the bottom of the blog. I hate to bury it down there, but it was the only place the even approached making sense. If you're interested, check it out. If not, you'll never even notice it.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Studio: renewed efforts

So, in addition to the weight loss challenge I'm in with my friend Sarah, I've challenged myself to finish the studio. I started with a whole lot of good intentions and once the newness wore off... well, let's just say there hasn't been much progress.

I'm going to start posting what is finished, sort of step by step, to keep myself going. Probably in the sidebar.

Keep me moving - drop me a twitter @agecrochet

2008: A year in review.

Ok, so 2008 sucked. I think that's pretty clear, when even the sportscasters are saying it. For example, most people working retail got fewer hours and therefore smaller paychecks than expected. Lots of people lost their houses, couldn't pay their bills and so on. The economy is a mess, and so on and so on.

But some really good things happened this year. For example, Barack Obama got elected. Tons of people who never voted before (including me) got off their ass and did something about it. As a country, we proved that we are actually capable of caring about something important - like our future.

However, the post isn't for being preachy or for tell you things you already knew. I want to give you a chance to catch up on some news you may have missed. Good news, funny news, things that were way off the radar for the average person, so without further ado:

1) Forget socks, adopt a koala for Christmas

Why is this good? It's a chance to do something good, really good, without leaving your home. The money goes to medical care and habitat preservation for koalas and the best part is, since all the prices are listed in AUD, it costs less than it looks like it will.

2) Fingerprints Can Reveal Drug Use, Medical History

Why is this good? It's not mainstream yet, but it means that just through fingerprinting we could potentially eliminate suspects in crime, or eventually, maybe even use this for custody cases. If a parent is steadfastly denying drug use, this could be used to check the validity of that claim.

3) Jumbo Snow Globes + Sunlight = Consumer Hazard

Why is this good? Honestly, it's not. It's not good at all. But it is really funny.

4) Andean Mummy Hairs Show Hallucinogen Use

Why is this good? Because the drug the man had used was not native to where he was from, it shows that ancient peoples travelled much further overland than was previously thought. It also it more evidence that drug use is not unique to modern cultures.

5) Single-Celled Giant Upends Early Evolution

Why is this good? Anything makes scientists re-evaluate old thinking is a good thing. It's how we learn more. When wacky stuff happens it makes people look at other things from a different perspective, and that's always good.

6) Oldest Marijuana Stash Found

Why is this good? This proves that ancient people raised crops for reasons other than survival. It sheds a lot of light on ancient culture. Like the Andean Drug Mummy, it also shows that drug use is not a new thing.

7) Christmas Lights May Pose Lead Hazard

Why is this good?
This is not good in and of itself, however the fact that the public is being made aware is a very good thing.

8) Homeless get Caviar for Christmas

Why is this good? Seriously? Win-win situation people! Homeless get fed and it's ironic-funny.

9) Candy Canes Fight Germs, Settle Stomachs

Why is this good? My favorite Christmas Candy is actually good for me? This is awesome news! Also, they're making tons of headway into natural and holistic type cures and treatments with this line of research.

10) What are you doing here?: Man asks wife at brothel

Why is this good?
It's not, not really. But it is funny. Plus, how slow a news day does it have to be for this to make INTERNATIONAL news. This happened in POLAND, people!

11) Bags To Go is available on

Why is this good? Because it's a book. By me. For sale. Which means I actually managed to finish my first book and by the deadline I set for myself!!!

12) Um, actually, I think I'm out of stuff.

Hope you enjoy these links, mostly they're from and Reuters Oddly Enough. Also, I hope you realize I have now given away the secret, you all know where I get all the wacky trivia from.