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MyWoodenRobot.org is not completely finished yet (we don’t have a homepage just yet) but the blog is set and you can visit it at MyWoodenRobot.org/blog.  Having the blog here was so much fun, but I’m afraid we’re at the end of this chapter and it’s time for a positive change.  Thanks for all your support here!  Hope to see you at the new address.  (A homepage should be up shortly so look out for that!)

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Today marked the very first time I sat through an entire Super Bowl, or any football game. I suppose you have to be the right company to enjoy it, or maybe it’s my new found appreciation for all things. It’s made me think about things that I simply need to do this year including (and in no particular order):

  • See at least 3 live sporting events. Tickets can run cheap and I’ve found that even nose bleed sections are just as entertaining…
  • Watch a play. Wicked will do this one for me, but I’d also like to see another big production as well as a few other independent plays.
  • Witness a monster truck showdown. I got that one after I saw it posted on A Little Pea and I just haven’t gotten my mind off it yet.
  • Visit at least 3 new museums. Los Angeles is actually a pretty cultured place if you know where to look.

Enough about the future though. I’m beginning school tomorrow and I have all sorts of mixed feelings. There’s a certain amount of apprehension that comes with school, at least for myself and I haven’t shaken it off yet. It’s getting a little bit better, but my stomach still gets tied up in knots. I’m definitely looking forward to this semester though. I’m taking 2 Journalism classes, one marketing class, and a health class online. Very excited.

And finally, I have a zit on the side of my nose. It hurts. It’s red. And it’s there. (I’m sure the greasy, but tasty, pizza and chips we ate today didn’t help this baby go down…)

Just as I was beginning to loose hope of ever selling an item, I got an email yesterday from another etsy member saying that she ordered a Scrap Journal from the store and just wanted to make sure that I send it to the right address.

I blinked several times, rubbed my eyes, and then starred blankly at the computer screen. Could this be true? Now the order only totaled $3.25 but I don’t think it was the fact that I was going to be $3.25 richer, it was the fact that someone had noticed and felt confident enough in my work to spend their $3.25 at my store. What a day!

I then rushed out to the post office that just opened near the house, the one right across the street from the classy strip club and was greeted by the nicest post office worker I’ve ever encountered. She even offered me pen when I was on the other side of the office filling out the mailer. How attentive.

Yesterday might have been ripped out of the pages of the twilight zone but, I sure enjoyed it. Even if it wasn’t real. (Yes, I had many, many dreams about having already sold an item, I know. It’s sad.) So I can now include myself in the masses that have already sold an item on etsy. yay!

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So long scrap journal! We’ll miss you, but we’d much rather have you with a new owner. =]

Now I realize that not everyone has that “special someone” in their lives, but relationships go beyond boyfriends and girlfriends.  It’s about human interaction in general.  Friendships, Family, and Romantic.  So I’m dedicating this month to helping you improve those relationships, or even beginning them! 

But what good would a preacher be if he/she wouldn’t live their own word?  So in the spirit of Relationship Month, I went through my phone last night and made a phone call to some of my close friends that I seemed to have lost touch with.  I’ve always had a hard time returning phone calls, or even picking up the phone, so you have to understand what a big leap this was for me.  (I much prefer email…)

I did a little bit of my work for Relationship Month ahead of time by beginning Apartment 310G (which you’re more than welcome to join!) and keeping the growing friendships I’ve aquired online.  For once, I actually feel good about nurturing my relationships and I gotta say, it feels so rewarding.  😀

That’s right, mywoodenrobot.org is almost done.  I won’t set deadlines for myself since school will be starting next semester and I have no idea how big the work load will be.  The blog is already up so if you want to check it out, you can go to mywoodenrobot.org/blog.  I’m really just going through some different designs for a homepage and others, so once that’s all together, you’ll be able to add mywoodenrobot.org to your favorites! 

I’ve been trying to think of new ways that we can all learn together, push our creativity a little further, and share our projects.  So Sergio and I came up with the “Bringing Domestic Back Challenge.”

It will be a weekly challenge for everyone to try and incorporate a more handmade and personal aspect into your lives.  We will all be challenged to use a different ingredient, try a new craft project, meet new people, etc.  Also, everyone will be invited to host a different week so they can create their own challenge for everyone. 

Participants will not be expected to join the challenge every week (I know everyone is very busy), but those who participate frequently will be rewarded with a small prize.  (For the first person to participate in 3 challenges in a row will recieve a MyWoodenRobot gift package)

Let me know if you’d like to join.  Our first challenge will begin Friday, February 1.  Hope to see you there!

 Just one catch:  Participants need to join Apt 310G if they’re hoping to win prizes (it just takes 1 minute to sign up (it’s 100% FREE too!) and if you’re already going to do the challenges, then a prize for doing it won’t hurt will it?).

Last night, after a long talk with my friend Sebastian, I decided that MyWoodenRobot should be more organized.  In the sense that I follow a schedule of topics I need to blog about on a certain day, month, week, etc.  By doing this, both you and me will know exactly what topics I will have to blog about that day and it will kind of force me to learn more instead of whenever I remember.

Here is what I have come up with so far:

How to Mondays – Every Monday, look forward to a how to post about anything from how to apply make up to how to change your car’s oil. 

Crafty Wednesdays – Look for a craft related story every Wednesday including interviews, craft instrutions, videos, etc.

Food Fridays – Fridays from now on will have at least one post dedicated to recipes, food, cooking tips, etc.

Bringing Domestic Back Challenge – New challenges will be posted every Friday (here and on Apt310G) to make your life better and more handmade.  Frequent participants will recieve prizes!

Every Month (beginning with February) will have a theme that is loosely followed throughout the month.  February’s theme, keep with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, will be about Relationships.  Not just romantic ones but friendships too!

Of course these are more like a guideline so you won’t only find articles related to that or restricted to the topics on those days or months.  Same MyWoodenRobot with a little more added. 

I always wanted to be more active in the crafting community or at least an admirer.  So it dawned on me that the next step I needed to take was to attend craft fairs, maybe get to know the vendors, the attendees, or coordinators.  And aside from getting to know the crafters better, I’ll also be more involved in the SoCal community. 

So I found this great site that shows all the craft fairs, shows, and festivals, coming up in the next year.  Unfortunately, craftmasternews.com it’s only for the west half of the country but smartfrogs.com will give you a list of fairs for the east half.

I feel so left out of the loop.  Just in January alone, there was a list of over 20 shows that I missed out on but I won’t let that happen anymore!  I’m so excited to attend the Chinese New Year festivals in Los Angeles in just a little over a week.  I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures!

My wonderful friend, and “roommate” at Apt 310G, Diane, tagged me to join the Big Bang World Record.  Sorry to break the news to your but this record is nothing perverse.  No, Big Bang is an attempt to make a world record of 1,000 links to sites.  You can join the list by checking out Mel at Monday Morning Power.  (I’m #206)

I’ll definitely have to let the roomies at Apt 310G know about this one! 

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You do not have to be tagged to play along. This game is simple and so are the rules.
1. Copy from *Start Copy Here* through *End Copy Here*
2. Add your site(s) to the list. Just be sure to post at each site you add.
3. Tag or don’t tag, your choice, however, the more tags you create the bigger the list will grow.
4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list. (If you would like the scroll box code, leave me your email address and I will email it to you.)
5. Come back and copy the master list back to your site, often. This process will allow late-comers to get as much link benefit as the first ones in.

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Bookworks by Sue Doggett $18.45 from Amazon

I just recieved this book in the mail yesterday and I love it!  Normally, I’d only expect to get about 1 maybe 2 crafts that I love in a book and for about $15 (if I do the craft more than once) I’m happy.  But I can definitely see myself doing many if not all projects from this book.

Up until now, I’ve been doing book binding from what I figured out myself and what I saw in a few instructional videos here and there.  After reading a through half of the book last night, I’m now almost confident in my bookbinding knowledge since I now understand a lot of the terms and lingo.

And probably the best part (if we’re excluding the information you’ll learn) is that the projects don’t look tacky or dated.  The designs are classic or modern and if you don’t like the way one book looks, you don’t feel like you’re limited to making it look exactly the same way they did it.  Lots of options here.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re even just the least bit interested in bookbinding.