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!

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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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Just as I was about to get off the computer, I of course just had to find something else to do on the interweb.  I now know how Meredith can call herself an internet addict.

So of course, I landed on etsy and I came across RunnerBean’s shop and I’m so glad I did.  Though small (compared to other users that have what seems like infinite products) with only 18 items listed, it was a very fulfilling browse.  You see there, I came upon these wonderful statue type items that runnerbean calls paper gurumi which she explains came out of an appreciation for the growing craft of amigurumi (crocheted toys done in a continuous stitch made in a round) but didn’t they was gifted with the dull ook.  So, they ventured into the paper version of amigurumi and came up with these:

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Sol  $35

 

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Lark  $30

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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. 

Paper Cuts Studio has been such a big inspiration for me.  And after that wonderful interview with the lovely Feliza-Rose from Paper Cuts Studio, I decided to take my designs, book binding, and well everything to the next level.  A few of her journals feature linocut prints (like Robot Love) and after she explained how approachable this craft was, I decided to give it a try myself.

So without further adu, here are my first linocuts.  After I did the first one (the mushroom design at the bottom) I couldn’t stop!  But it was getting late and I needed to go home (I did the work at Sergio’s house a.k.a. the Wooden Robot creative headquarters). 

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Clock wise from top left:  Cartoon Broccoli, cupcake, ice cream, birdie, Phat Monkey, mushrooms, lanterns.
I think this may be a new addition to my top 5 hobbies (don’t ask me what the other 4 are, there’s like a 20 way tie).  It’s fun, easy, fast (depending on your design) and best of all:  cheap!  I got a sheet of linoleum for about $6 and these cuts only took half of that sheet.

I’ve just spent my entire morning on the site Funny or Die.  It all started with the Tom Cruise Scientology parody by Jerry O’Connell and continued with Will Ferrell’s The Landlord and ended with Waldo Caught on Video!  I wish I could continue but there are things that need to be done…  Until next time Funny or Die…

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I was reading Italian Lasagna’s blog today and I came across the amazing store Wink.  They sell wall decals there that stick, but aren’t permanent for those of you fickle decorators like myself out there.  I love the Tweet Peet design (above) but they also have more sophisticated styles.  I know that I wouldn’t mind any of them.  And this is a great alternative for those of you who aren’t digging the framed look so much.

I decided that I’m now going to stop trying to surprise Sergio.  Nothing gets past him.  Even when he doesn’t have a clue, he somehow ends up finding out on accident.  Let me show you what I’m talking about.

His 18th birthday.  First birthday I spent with him.  We had just watched Garden State and he was obsessed with it, so I thought it would be nice to buy him the DVD as well as the soundtrack.  I didn’t mention anything other than the fact that I bought him a present and in the wide world of products and merchandise, he pin pointed exactly what I bought him.  He said he had a hunch.

Christmas ’05.  I was so excited that year.  I saved up enough money to buy him two lego sets.  It was my first big purchase for him since it set me back about $120.  I was very careful not to leave any clues around and just when he saw the wrapped boxes, he guessed that I bought him legos.  And I didn’t even shake it!

Valentine Day ’07.  I decided that we were finally going to have a real Valentine day with the chocolates and all.  But this time, I was going to attempt to make truffles since I had just found a recipe on allrecipes.com.  I was so anxious to tell someone about my gift idea, so I had to text it to my sister (who lives across the country).  Unfortunately, I was so used to texting Sergio that I didn’t bother to look at what my fingers were pressing and ended up sending a text that read, “I’m so excited.  I’m going to make Sergio truffles for Valentine Day!  Shhh.” to who else but Sergio.  I was picking him up to go to school that day and as he was getting into the car, he had a huge smile on his face and said, “So you’re going to make me truffles?” 

His 21st Birthday.  It hasn’t even happened yet and already he’s found out his present.  This, I will blame on Gmail.  So I was at his house yesterday checking my email and the internet gave out because of all the rain so I didn’t get a chance to log out of my account.  And for those of you who have gmail, you know that it will stay on your account unless you take the extra 2 seconds to click ‘Log Out’ yourself.  I didn’t think much of it since I didn’t have anything special there.  So I went home and thought about the perfect gift for Sergio’s 21st birthday.  I logged onto Ticketmaster and found two tickets that were decently priced for Wicked and bought them.  Naturally, when you buy just about anything online, they send you an order confirmation to…that’s right.  Your email. 

When I saw Sergio this morning, I decided that since the play was just 3 weeks away, I should tell him now so he can request that night off and just as I spoke the words, “So I got you a birthday present…” he interupts me and says, “Wicked?” 

And that is the end of me trying to surprise Sergio because he’s not even trying and he’s finding out the surprises.  I now know why he never gets them. 

I’m not mad or disappointed, I just thought it was funny how my luck with this always turns out.  And it made me feel a little bit better that he felt bad about the Wicked thing because he knew I was trying to surprise him with that one.  Oh well.

So once in a while, I decide to keep my promises, especially since it’s for the good of My Wooden Robot.  =]  So today, I got off my lazy butt and took some pictures of my new card designs.  We uploaded 5 today but I have a lot more coming that we’ll be posting everyday (at least one new card a day).  I’m so excited because I actually built the macro photo studio (thanks Paper Cuts Studio!) and my pictures came out so much better.  Now I can spend my time making more designs than struggling with my poor lighting situations or weather that’s not cooperating.

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So check out my etsy store to see the new designs (as well as the ones that have been up).

This is one of my favourite cakes ever! …. Pound Cake! Not like the average cake, Pound cake has a lovely light and fluffy texture and a sweet taste. Very easy to make!

Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 4 free range eggs
  • 250g margarine/ soft butter
  • 250g self raising flour, sifted
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/ Gas 4/ 350F, and grease baking tin
  2. Cream the butter and caster sugar, and then add eggs one at time mixing thoroughly before adding the next egg.
  3. Mix in the flour and cinnamon, and mix until no lumps and nice and creamy.
  4. Spoon into baking tin and bake for 45- 50 minutes or until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Cool for ten minuted before removing from tin and turning out onto a cooling rack, to cool completely.

Serve on it’s own or with a nice cup of tea…

I originally got the recipe from here, but I slightly changed it.

-Yasmeen