Craft Hope’s softie project for kids

Hello world and fellow geekcrafters! Would anyone else like to join in Craft Hope’s “project 19”, softies for Hurricane Sandy kids?

Since the deadline is January 10, I figure maybe I can whip up a few murlocs. The project doesn’t specify toys-only, and I think a fun monster hat is both useful and … um, fun.

Heck, maybe this will finally spur me to write and post that murloc hat pattern. Yikes, that’s been too long!

via Project 19 :: Dolls, Animals, and Monsters. Oh My!.


Make stuff for kiddos with cancer

via project 16 :: the littlest warriors.

Hey, fellow crafters—from the yarn and sewing communities alike. Craft Hope is requesting folks make hats for kids fighting cancer. All sizes (babies to teens), boys and girls, fiber or fabric. They’re also requesting bags for the kids to take their stuff to the hospital.

Spread the word and get makin’. One’ll do. More is good, too.

p.s. if you can’t knit, sew, or crochet, you can always make no-sew hats like this and no-sew bags just like Martha. Hating on the Martha? Ok, fine, here’s another no-sew bag that’s NOT by her.

Pink hair progress update

Team progress: I’m happy to say we have 4 people on the team, 1 more to join, and 1 more silent partner who’s promised to dye her hair as well!  Our total progress is 13% of our goal.  If you’d like to donate to the team, you can still do so.


As for my own progress, I’m still sitting at 40% of my goal.

My fundraising page at Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Austin Affiliate.

I’m really really really thankful for all the folks who have donated so far;t makes me so happy that folks have stepped up and given $125 bucks!  That’s on top of my teammates paying to join the team as part of the cause! If you’re still planning on donating, please do.  Time is running out for this pink lady.

Speaking of pink: my hair is actually still brown, although a stylist has been scheduled and she will donate her time for the cause.  Before that, though, I need to get my mop cut off.  I’ve called 7 salons in Austin to see if any will donate their time for a haircut, and none so far have been willing.  The hair will go to Locks of Love, and almost any salon will package it up for you.  That part’s easy.

I’m waiting on 2 salons to get back to me (I left messages) and at worst, Linda–a survivor and sweet wonderful family member–has promised to be my fallback plan for a haircut.

UPDATE! A salon just called back and a stylist is willing to donate her time for the haircut!!  I’m so VERY excited!

In fact, I’m doing the Komen race for her and my Aunt Cinda.  I ordered a Save the Ta-tas shirt* yesterday and plan to sparkle glitter paint their names on it.  I’m hoping someone mistakes the rhyming names on my shirt to be the names of my ta-tas.

Save Cinda and Linda!  lol

*I did some research yesterday to figure out if I wanted to buy a shirt from Susan G. Komen,, or Save the Ta-tas.  The breast cancer site didn’t really disclose how much of their sales went to donations.  They say that 100% of the cost of ads on their daily clicks go to it, though.  That’s cool. Then I went over to and looked at their daily clicks: that money goes to Susan G. Komen.  Then I compared the numbers to Save the Tatas, a for profit group.  They disclose almost exactly what they donate, and how it is put to use.  I like that semi-transparency, and I like humor, so I went with that.

Oh, and I say semi-transparency and “almost” exactly because they say they donate EITHER 5% of gross sales or 25% of net sales.

Don’t it make my brown hair.. pink

Note: have I ever asked for anything via my blog? No. No I have not.

It’s just a scant couple weeks before the Susan G. Komen race, where I hope to have pink hair!

Please help me get past 40% of my fundraising goal!  I’d love to have a full head of pink hair, but I’ll settle for 50% pink.

Ya don’t like me all that much but think cancer sucks?  That’s cool.  Support my teammates, also dying their hair pink as a result of our fund raising.  The team total is currently 10% of our goal; I’d love to crank that up further.

So why pink hair for the cure?  Well, while chatting with a football fan a few weeks ago, I noticed that even he couldn’t help but understand all the pink for breast cancer, all over the NFL.  Now, if an obviously inferior intellect such as a mouth-breathing football fan)* can understand what’s going on, then maybe all this pink everywhere really does get people noticing and thinking about breast cancer.  And hopefully helping.

Then I figured, what would a head of pink hair do for awareness?  And the idea was born.

I’d really really love to surprise my nieces with pink hair when I visit them the weekend of Halloween, so please, donate soon if you’re gonna!  And if not, give someone you love a big ol’ hug and tell them you love them.  I sure love my two breast-cancer survivors: my aunt and my mother-in-law.  I love you, ladies!  And I love each and every one of you who supports them or other survivors.  Ok, I love you even if you don’t, but isn’t it more fun to help than not?  🙂

*Yes, that’s a joke. I like sports.

Tibetan Yak Hat

Fair Trade – Gifts – Tibetan Yak Hat.

Where do I even start with this?  Is it cute? Absolutely.  No question.  Is it a hat I’d want to make AND wear? Without a doubt.  Would it match Jess’s purse?  You bet.  (Wait, goats match yaks, don’t they?)

But beyond that, the group (Tibetan Artistan Initiative) that creates and sells them through The Hunger Site is EXACTLY what I want to do with my time… someday: travel the world finding small-time artisans or traditional craftsmen, sell their goods worldwide at a fair price to the artist.  That’s key.  Forget this 10-cent per doily rate we used to see in Chinese factories.  I’d want to give the craftsperson what their craft is worth, not just a living wage.  For me, the reward would be meeting people and seeing places, learning languages and new skills (if they’d teach me).  How fun!  How rewarding!!

Neighborhood farming

via powering down: neighborhood farming.

If you’ve ever thought about what it would take to get your neighborhood all thinking, or gardening, in the same direction, here is a time lapse of what what man did.

He gardened.  He asked two neighbors if he could garden in their back yards.  He got more neighbors’ yards involved.  He got use of a vacant lot.  He gifted his garden’s food, and is now formalizing that relationship with neighbors who wish to buy the food.

It’s grown and grown, and now he’s got a tidy little chunk of neighborhood producing, well, produce. It’s a great story told through color-coded maps, which of course I can’t resist.  Bonus!

Green Party versus Green People?

via:No Impact Man: Who do our political parties really care about?.

The blog post linked above is extremely familiar to me: it’s so frustrating to see almost nothing done on a large scale to help the environment. So much spin is put on politics. Calling coal “clean coal” by the folks who want to keep coal in production. Greenwashing products at the store so we will be more apt to buy them. Labelling “green” motivation and activists as quacks without scientific proof

It doesn’t matter.

If we want to see change, it must come from ourselves first.

That linked post?  It’s from “No Impact Man” himself. Go read his story; it’s amazing.  He changed, experimented with change, himself first.  He told his story.  And now many people hear what he did and affect some change in their own lives.  Some, like me, blog about things they change or want to change daily: all those little things add up.

They really do.

So start small, start with yourself, but just start.  Just do something.  Oh, and don’t be afraid to tell other people about it and even start a movement.  It’s ok, movements don’t have to be bad, crazy, or kooky.  Just do something.  Don’t wait for the government to make a law to force us into environmentalism.  Start on your own, now.