Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Don't Hate Stupid People...

This very wise piece of advice was given to me by my Uncle. And in his line of work he met a lot of stupid people...

mad at stupid people

Since he shared this gem with me over a decade ago, I have applied it to bosses, college professors, moms in the McDonald's play area, blog commenters who think they're snarky but are just plain mean, and craft-store employees who don't know the layout of their own store. To name a few. I could probably start an entire blog dedicated to my pity of stupid people. But not this one. This one is dedicated to all my crafty peeps who like a little bit of snark in their lives...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lottery Winnings and other income via e-mail

I get at least one e-mail a day telling me that I've won some foreign lottery, that a stranger has left a large sum of money to me in their will, or that a widow on her deathbed has heard from a friend that I'm a trustworthy person who can help her money find its way to a worthy charity.

One day I might respond to one of these e-mails. Sure, it seems highly implausible that any of these are legit because someone with millions at their disposal should also have access to a grammar check of some kind. And the FBI, Foreign Lottery Commission, and Law firms with wealthy clientele probably doesn't use a hotmail account for business matters (c'mon... gmail is so much more professional looking).

And yet, one day I might respond. If I do, and if the offer is valid, you'll never hear from me again... unless of course you respond to the Nigerian Prince, and we both end up on the same sandy beach drinking Pina Coladas.

In which case, cheers. And pass the sunscreen...

PS - Did you know that spellcheck doesn't recognize the word "hotmail" as having a valid spelling?
PPS - No surprise, because it doesn't recognize "spellcheck" as a valid word either.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday - Craft Blogger Edition

For crafters, dressing up often means we'll spill paint on our favorite clothes. So wearing our best clothes isn't a good idea. It can also mean more laundry, which means less crafting time. For craft bloggers who are not filming something to go up on YouTube, there is really no reason to wear anything other than sweats. And don't we get more creative when we are comfortable?

I asked some of my craft blogging buddies to share pictures of their crafting and blogging attire, and here they are - What I Wore Wednesday - Craft Blogger Edition.

Craft bloggers have to get their creative juices flowing early - one way to do this is with coffee. But the true creative blogger can't be satisfied with a standard cup. If it isn't decorated within an inch of it's life (check out the sharpie marker mug trend on Pinterest), it must be GIANT. And a hat will not only keep bed-head in check, it also keeps hair from getting into the paint.

Taking full advantage of the mom-bun and sexy-tousled-hair looks, this craft blogger has created a mash-up hairstyle that will not catch on anywhere. With baggy, over-sized sweatpants and a stained shirt, it is a sure thing that she won't be ruining her favorite clothes today with paint splatters. Though she's tried to dress up her look with a little Tori Spelling bling, the whole ensemble isn't even fit for a "What Not to Wear" episode.

Craft bloggers are notorious for upcycling, recycling, and refashioning. This blogger took all three to heart when she wore the old gym shorts from one of her children. A child growing out of their clothes or moving on to a new school, makes these the perfect gear for a glue-gun wielding craftonista.

Craft bloggers like to run in packs whenever possible. In part to blend in with other fashion casualties, and in part because if someone is wearing something worse, we won't stand out as much. This is true of these ladies who took their fashion train wreck into their front yard. You barely notice what the gal on the right is wearing, and her not-exactly-designer safety glasses look tame compared to her counterpart's apron. Hey- neon is "on trend" right now... right??

These are real crafters in their real wardrobes. If you'd like to see the very real craft spaces they create in, check out this post on Crafterminds about Craft Spaces.

Linking up here to lower the bar for the fashionistas:

pleated poppy

Friday, August 17, 2012

Spell Check Should be Automatic

Sometimes, reading makes my eyes hurt. Those cases are usually because the writing I'm reading should have made the author's eyes hurt.
The little wiggly red line under words is not a compliment. It is a clue. A clue telling you that your spelling is probably wrong. Maybe even very wrong.
Sure, every now and then you select a word that is beyond the capabilities of Microsoft's built-in spell check software. But if you're finding that every other word has a colorful accessory floating beneath it, odds are that the problem is you.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Spam can be Beautiful

I was cleaning out the Spam comments folder over at my crafting blog, and discovered this utterly confusing text:

Often, when I encounter spam, it doesn't make sense because someone improperly translated it. But there is at least an attempt at structure. One of the most glorious spam comments I have ever seen was left for a friend of mine - a string of over one hundred of the most profane and caustic words and phrases in the English language all neatly alphabetized. Whatever phrase just came into your mind - it was on the list. And so was that one.

This string of words left on my post "Always Kiss Me Goodnight Text Pillow" completely baffled me.

So I did what any crafter would do when confronted with the baffling. I made it pretty.

Now it is colorful and beautiful word poetry. Made from a spammy comment.
The ultimate upcycling craft.
I win.

Oh, and my beautiful friend Katie from Sweet Rose Studio is totally going to cross-stitch this on a pillow for me. When she has time. Someday. Maybe.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hello readers, where have YOU been?

Allison from House of Hepworths recently posted Haters Gonna Hate, to tell her loyal readers that she's been enjoying time with her children while they are out of school over the summer, and that is why she's been posting less. She felt compelled to do so after a couple nasty readers commented on her lack of posting.

I want to ask those readers - where are YOU!? You expect bloggers like Allison to post content daily for your amusement, but where have you been?
All summer, stats have been down for many blogs. Are you neglecting to take your laptop with you on vacation?
Comments are down across the board. Do you choose to run through the sprinklers with your kids over leaving loving comments?
Why do you not share my post on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest within moments of it being published? Why do you not reply to each tweet and like each Facebook status? Is it because you have a life? And this kind of dedication from a virtual stranger shouldn't be expected?

Yes. I thought so.

This is not to say that everyone shouldn't take a little time away from the computer if they want. Or a lot of time away from the computer. Each of us is accountable to ourselves, our families, and our spiritual higher power. Should we bind ourselves to anonymous masses on the other side of a computer screen as well?

A final word of advice. If you really want control over how often your favorite blog is published, start your own.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I CRAFT - Get Over It.

 I'm a Crafter. I Craft. And I have no problem with the words Craft, Crafting, or Crafter to define me and what I do.

The "Culture Desk" at the New Yorker might not agree. To Alexandra Lange, the journalist who wrote the article, because I'm not a skilled workman, I use ModPodge, and not everything I create has an apparent use (other than just be pretty) I'm the trifecta of un-craft-ness.

It seems that titles are like URLs. All the good ones are taken. 150 years ago, the word "craft" was taken by artisans who were anti-industrial and used romantic, medieval, or folk styles. Therefore, in the eyes of some, the word craft cannot be used by those of us who love factory-made products like ModPodge, Martha Stewart paper punches, and pre-cut wooden forms. And especially not by those embracing styles like chevrons, ombre, and putting a bird on it.

According to the top online source for all things factual, Wikipedia*, many other words in the English language have altered their meanings with time. "Awful" used to be a positive word (break it down - Awe - full... as in "full of awe"). Ask anyone who lived through the 80's and they'll tell you that "bad" is a compliment. And the most well known change in our language is that of the word "gay."

We speak a language that has changed so much that we offer 13-year-olds need side-by-side translations of Shakespeare in order to understand the most basic levels of these works. Why can't this same world be one where creating a felt wreath makes me worthy of the term "crafter", without demeaning the craftsmen and women of yesteryear?

I'm not the only one with opinions about the word Craft. See what some other Craft Bloggers have to say:

*Wikipedia is also where I got my information regarding the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Free Product isn't always Free

Sometimes craft and DIY bloggers are offered free product in exchange for posting about their experience with the product. And sometimes the value of the free product makes the exchange worthwhile.
However, in many cases, you'd be better off not getting the "free" stuff, and instead focusing your time and energy on activities that will help grow you and your blog.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sticky - Craft Definition

I just spent 3 days crafting and blogging. I may have washed a dish and folded a towel, but it is unlikely. Instead I was focused on getting my projects done. When I finished and came out of my crafting haze, it was to the aftermath of 3 boys left very much to their own devices. Sticky.