Web Roundup #17

Yeah, I’m going to stop even attempting to pretend that I’ll be able to do this weekly. Not sure how I ever found the time. I’m nowhere near caught up on Reader, but I’ve been keeping at it. I’m down by about 70 subscriptions from last time, at 501.
These appear in reverse order from the date I starred them (most recent star first), so they may be clumpy or in weird chronological order. No ranking of quality is intended (everything here is awesome!).
Now let’s get to the goodies! Normally I include recipes and news articles and the like, but I’ve been working on my backlog of crafty blogs and there’s so many good things that that’s all I included. :)

Crafty Goodness
Just look at these adorb felt crowns! (Maureen Cracknell Homemade)
I love this pillow! Might have to borrow some ideas from it. (Little Island Quilting)
The cutout slice on this clock is genius! (Knock Off Decor)
This colorful collection is fab. I especially love the top-left pillow. (In Color Order)
The Mad Hatter would be pleased with these paper teacups. (How about Orange)
This needlework is SUBLIME (seriously, it’s hilarious) (FY Needlework)
Great negative-space embroidery idea (FY Needlework)
Oh I definitely need one of these. And some of that fabric. (Fluffy Sheep Quilting)
A pattern for an adorable embroidered cup cozy. (Feeling Stitchy)
I adore these texty fabrics with the bright prints! (Echinops & Aster)
I also intend to make some of these fancy bookmarks! (Decor Hacks)
Clever idea to decorate your plain candles. (Aunt Peaches)
This quilt is fantastic! (Blueberry Patches)
For those who really love zipping things. (A Quilter’s Table)
Scroll down to see another fabulous quilt. (The Intrepid Thread)
Check out this gorgeous medieval costume! (Starlight Masquerade)
Cute monochromatic pouch, with surprise inside. (Sleepy Owl Studio)
I like this fastener idea. Might borrow it (Sotak Homemade)
Felt calligraphy on a pillow. There’s nothing about that I don’t like. (Hungry Hippie)
I really need a dinosaur embroidered on a shirt now. (FY Needlework)
Calvin and Hobbes. Snowmen. Embroidery. YES. (FY Needlework)
Cross-stitched Hogwarts Crest. OH YES. (FY Needlework)
Great sentiment, great concept, great execution. (FY Needlework)
I am speechless before this beauty. (FY Needlework)
Some lolz. (FY Needlework)
I like this tumbler pattern. Think I’ll do it for my redecorating this spring. (During Quiet Time)
Crossword puzzle pillow! Aw yisssss. (During Quiet Time)
A Hexie pouch! Lovvvvv. (During Quiet Time)
Fancy pincushions! Easy, too. (Decor Hacks)
Love the color scheme. (Craftin Mechanic)
Wintery Dragon embroidery pattern. It’s free! (Corvus Tristis)
I love this concept. I definitely will try it one day. (CAF)
Another blog related to the one above. There are owl pillows. (CAF)
I absolutely MUST learn crocodile stitch. (Carina’s Craftblog)
“Elizabethan” baked goods. (Aunt Peaches)

Have you seen or done something awesome lately? Feel free to share links in the comments!

Web Weekend #16

So I realize it’s not the weekend, but hey, whatever. It’s been freaking forever since I did one of these (#15 was published on June 3!), and I know that my “fans” have been missing it.

Back in June, my total number of subscriptions was 439, and I had apparently been on a deleting spree at the time, after just adding a whole bunch of new ones. Now, my subscriptions are up to the frightening number of 572, thanks to Sew Mama Sew giveaway day. I habitually subscribe to each blog that I enter a giveaway on (I owe them that much, right?), and place them all in a particular folder. When I get around to it a few weeks later, I then read them for a while and see if I like the blog enough to keep it around, at which point I move it out into the correct “regular” folder. So while that number will probably stay high, it *should* go down soon, lol.

So anyway, for those of you just tuning in, this is my, ahem, weekly installment where I share a bunch of cool things I’ve seen around the blogs that week. I’m finally getting back to it because I’ve got Google Reader on my phone now so I can reader a lot easier now. I may be changing up the format of this feature a little, so we’ll see how it goes. This installment is a little  lumpy and one-sided since I’m still catching up, and I ended up leaving out a lot of stuff I wanted to include.

Without any further ado, here’s a selection of the cool things I’ve starred this week! Enjoy!

Holiday Stuff
This list of unique gifts-in-a-jar strives to bring you some new ideas for gifting (Curbly)
And this list of cool paper ornaments helps you decorate with flair (Curbly)
Here’s a list of stocking stuffers for all — I’ll definitely be raiding this list. (CasaSugar)
Do you tell your kids about Santa? I don’t, so I know how this writer feels. Lucky me, I don’t live too close to family. (Mommyish)
Gifts for the geek in your life. (The Mary Sue)


OF COURSE Batty is a fan of Dickens. Illustration from this article.

Society in General
Your favorite Muppets are here to help… this time with explaining and normalizing divorce for kids. (Mommyish)
In defense of Twilight fans. No really. Read it. (The Mary Sue)
Behold! The Hawkeye Initiative! (The Mary Sue)
Young Hero Of The Week (The Mary Sue)
Female body armor hits Afghanistan! Huzzah for female soldiers! (The Mary Sue)
A portion of hell froze over. (Jezebel)
It still sucks to be a female writer. (Jezebel)

Crafting!
How to make salt dough – ornaments or whatever – great kid’s craft! (Blisstree)

Food!
Eight Hanukkah recipes – a little late but still good. (Blisstree)


I just love this photo. No political message intended. :) (Via The Mary Sue)

TV & Movies & Books & …
There’s going to be a sequel to Boy Meets World! (The Mary Sue)
The Beeb is gonna make a miniseries of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (The Mary Sue)
Universal is suing about the porn parody of 50 Shades, because they want to see how much irony we can take at one time. (The Mary Sue)
How do we feel about patriarchy in our fiction? (The Mary Sue)
The Star Trek Into Darkness trailer we’ve been dying for. (The Mary Sue)

STUFF
Someone buy me this LSP bobblehead, stat. (The Mary Sue)
This is why I love James Hance. (James Hance)


Fabulous geeky holiday cards by Alicia. More at this link.

That’s all I’ve got for this week folks. I sincerely hope to be back at it again regularly from now on. :)

Web Weekend #15

I am hoping for a productive week. Lots on my to-do list. Fingers crossed for me?

This week I have 439 subscriptions. Slightly down from last week, and I expect that it’ll decrease more next week. I go through phases.

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest  or on Tumblr for nearly-daily fun and flailing. Check the right side of the page for a list of all the places you can find me.

Pizza Math (by Twaggies)

Things to Buy or Make

Simple Vinyl Zip pouch – I make similar ones with velcro and a fabric cover, this is a great tutorial (Wild Olive)
Cork bouquet – I love the flowers tucked in (Unconsumption)
A flower made of Q-tips? Surprisingly cool. (Thanks I Made It)
Some beautiful gauzy summer baby blankets (lea & lars)
Great tutorial for making Half-Square Triangles (halfstitched)
Distressed Number art – also cool for letters, no? (Knock Off Decor)
The Censorship Towel. LOL, now shut up and take my money. (Dornob)
This musical craft is patriotic-themed here, but you could do it with any music and theme you wanted. (Infarrantly Creative)
Drawstring bag with hidden pocket – I make these too! I’m planning to list one in my shop on July Listing Day (Infarrantly Creative)
A rug made from felt scraps! (Curbly)
Cute embroidery pattern to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee (Feeling Stitchy)
What is bobbin lace and where can I learn to make it? (Button button)
Melty bead bowls – great kid craft (Creative Jewish Mom)
If you don’t love Mr Darcy, you don’t have a soul. (Button button)
An especially Dwarven accessory: Battle Axe Hair Sticks! (The Mary Sue)
Ocarina Buttons! I’d do the Song of Healing. (Sprite Stitch)

Ideas to Use

How to match your sauce with your noodle (Savvy Housekeeping)
We ended up with a lot of partial bottles of soda from the last FRG meeting, so I’m excited to try some of these uses for flat soda (Simple Organized Living)
I guess it makes me a bad feminist, but I kinda like -ess terms for females, like embroideress. Check out this bit from an old book about it. (Feeling Stitchy)
Grow your own potatoes anywhere! (Lifehacker)
A mason jar makes your blender into a Magic Bullet (Lifehacker)
Did you know that you can bake bread in a crock pot? (Lifehacker)
Great for all those butter tubs and sour cream pots: nail polish remover will remove ink from plastic (Lifehacker)

Geekiest fish ever. (via So Geek Chic)

Edibles & Libations

Cheese and Garlic rolls – yum! (Your Homebased Mom)
Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns – another yum! (Frugal By Choice)
Tropical Sangria (Centsational Girl)
A cocktail for the Diamond Jubilee – the Big Liz (Aunt Peaches)
This foccacia bread looks delicious (Two Peas and their Pod)
Black Forest Cupcakes (Not Your Momma’s Cookie)
Elizabethan Honeycakes (Inn at the Crossroads)

Articles and News

Amelia Earhart’s freckle cream has been found. (The Mary Sue)
The neuroscience of time – really fascinating topic (io9)
DC’s big news: the original Green Lantern (aka Alan Scott) is/was gay! (Comics Alliance)
Well that’s depressing – no matter how much weight you lose, people will still think of you as a fattie. (Jezebel)

Moral of the story: Just Create! Don’t wait for perfection. (via Drawn) (click to go to source and embiggen)

Entertainment: Books, TV, Movies, and others

The Game of Thrones season finale is going to be 10 minutes longer. Check your DVR.
The Doctor’s new companion is named Clara! (The Mary Sue)
A supercut of Harry Potter spellcasting (The Mary Sue)
The TNG/Who comic came out this past week, and I am really mad at my comic shop for not having it. (io9)
Who do you want to play Finnick Odair? (io9)
They’re apparently making a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. Not sure how I feel about it. (The Gloss)
More drama from former Losties – aka, an excuse to look at Dominic (Jezebel)
There may be hope for the future – children’s tv is gloriously diverse (Jezebel)

Art

Another glorious installment of The Dalek Game, this time featuring Tom Bombadil (by Kathleen at Errantry)
Chrisolo Robin (by James Hance)
Cat on a Leash (by Gemma Correll)

Weekly Greatness:

Here’s an interesting concept: a single-use lamp powered by blood sacrifice. (Dornob)
Thank you Link. (Dueling Analogs)

An impossible FMK. (via The Gloss)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #14

This was one heck of a crazy week. The turnout for Giveaway Week was INSANE, and I really hope that at least a few of those lovely people stick around. I really enjoyed chatting with you all.

This week I am boasting 448 subscriptions, although I rather expect that that number will decrease a bit in the coming weeks.

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest  or on Tumblr for nearly-daily fun and flailing. Check the right side of the page for a list of all the places you can find me.

Stitch has lost control of his Naughty Level (by silvaniart)

Things to Buy or Make

Cool thrifted and remade art (Recyclart – I got an “attack warning” from Firefox on the source site, so beware.)
Nintendo-themed towels for Geek Pride Day (Zelda Informer)
Avengers Jewelry! (The Mary Sue)
Cute knitting bag (Sleepy Owl Studio)
My daughter would love this pink bag (Sew Delicious)
Literary coasters (Savvy Housekeeping)
Geometry garland! (Savvy Housekeeping)
I love this cool striped quilt (SOTAK)
Simple vinyl wallet with stitched details (How about Orange)
Stuff made from floppy disks (Instructables)
Beaded crocheted bracelet (Cut Out and Keep)
Some cool Kindle cases (Apartment Therapy)
Adorable shirt for a little girl – might use this for Missy (Colette Moscrop)
I love this jacket, especially with the studs! (Corvus tristis)

Ideas to Use

Bees seem to prefer “ordinary” flowers over fancy ones. (Treehugger)
Clever trick for the inevitable Bead Spill (Fusion Beads)
We have a push reel mower and LOVE it. (Art of Manliness)
How to invert browser colors for easier night browsing (Lifehacker)

I need this Allie the Ally (via Geek Mom)

Food

Avengers cocktails. YES. (So Geek Chic)
DIY Magic Shell – dangit now I want ice cream (The Kitchn)
Tzatsiki potato salad – seems like an interesting twist (Smitten Kitchen)
How to make ice cream in a food processor (The Kitchn)
DIY maraschinos – perfect for your ice cream and your magic shell (The Kitchn)
Chicken Monterey – making me hongreh (Blogchef)
Cod Cakes – going to try this with that random fish in my freezer (Inn at the Crossroads)
3 kid-friendly food-for-adults recipes – the chicken salad looks really good (Simple Organized Living)
Watermelon Shark! (Gluesticks)
Lazy skillet potatoes (Frugal by Choice)
Broccoli-cheese potatoes (Shiksa in the Kitchen)

Articles and News

Russia wants to build a base on the Moon. (io9)
Did you hear about this Hitler-esque guy? Shudder. (A Teacher on Teaching)
The NAACP endorsed marriage equality efforts this week! (Gawker)
Behold! The most disturbing men’s garment ever created – NSFW (The Gloss)
BB creams are coming to America! You will love them. (Nouveau Cheap)
What are your thoughts about children and religion? (BlogHer)
How much privacy is there in your relationship? (BlogHer)

Gratuitous picture of Robert Pattinson (via The Mary Sue)

Entertainment: Books, TV, Movies, and others

Pattinson as Finnick? I’ll take it. What do you think? (The Mary Sue)
Matt Smith carried the Olympic Torch through Cardiff! (The Mary Sue)
I’m just going to leave this Joffrey Practice Target here. (io9)
Fill that Tardis-shaped hole in your life with this mini-sode. (io9)
Gratuitous article about Helena. (The Gloss)
First trailer for The Great Gatsby! I love Baz. (Gawker)
Jim Parsons is thirty-nine?! (Gawker)

Art

Goodnight Pond” by James Hance (James Hance)
A cool take on the Three Wise Monkeys by Charles Santoso (Charles Santoso)
If the Doctors were dinosaurs by Peter Fogelsong (via The Mary Sue)
Some awesome art by Claire Hummel (via Comics Alliance)

Weekly Greatness:

People were soooo weird in the 1890s (Hark a Vagrant)
This needs to exist. It MUST. (Drawn)
Accurate comparison of literatures. (Drawn)
This guy turned a giant jawbreaker on a lathe to make a shot glass. (Youtube)

Let’s begin our week with some inspiring bravery. (by Brooke Pennington, via Colossal)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web “Weekend” #13

Hello Hello! I actually have a good reason for delaying the roundup this week! I wanted to include it in my GIVEAWAY WEEK festivities. (Also I am horribly behind in my readering.) For those of you who missed the memo, I’m participating in a massive giveaway party hosted by Sew Mama Sew. I’m offering a fun and eclectic bundle of crafting supplies, and EVERY COMMENT ALL WEEK counts as an entry. If you happen to not want to be included in the giveaway, just make a note of it in your comment. If you’d like to enter one/some/many/all of the other giveaways (there are hundreds), check out this link here. There are 5 categories, so have fun.

So for the newbies (hi out there!), let me lay down my ground rules for this thing here. I usually do this on the weekends, and my goal is to feature links to all the various things I found on the blogosphere that tickled my fancy that week. None of these links are sponsored or requested in any way – this is just me giving some love to the things I enjoyed. (And it’s NOT exhaustive – I have to cut like 90% of the things that I “star” as I’m readering.)
I share a lot of crafty things and recipes. I share a handful of interesting articles about a variety of topics including current events and science. I share links to fabulous art, and I share a smattering of things that I just thought were great. I get my geek on frequently – I put in a sprinkling of pictures and they tend to be quite geeky.
I’m currently following 413 blogs, holy crap. This giveaway thing is quite unhealthy for my reader, lol. I added probably 100 of those today as I was surfing the giveaways. I expect that number will be, like, 700 by the time I’m done.

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest  or on Tumblr for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Check the right side of the page for a list of all the places you can find me. And if there’s somewhere else you’d like to connect with me, let me know! (I’m not making a facebook page until I know that people are interested.) Now let’s get to the links!

I featured this photo on the last roundup and just couldn’t bear to delete it. Uh oh, I may be stuck in an infinite loop. (via FY Link)

Things to Buy or Make

A colorful and cheap spiked macrame bracelet – hardcore, dude. ;) (Thanks I Made It)
Cute patchwork pillow – excellent intro to piecing, I would imagine (SOTAK handmade)
Patchwork from the selvage edge of fabrics – this makes the waste-not spirit inside me very happy. (Happy Cottage Quilter)
Make a real life Pinboard, with a cool sliding panel in front! (Knock Off Decor)
Turn your spaghetti sauce jars into gorgeous Moroccan lanterns! (Matsutake)
DIY a shrinky jewelry piece from #6 plastic (Rust and Sunshine)
Use up that paper hoard by making this origami flower! (Creative to Keep My Sanity)
A purse that looks like Cap’s shield. YES. (So Geek Chic)
Crocheted Yoshi egg blanket. VERY yes. (So Geek Chic)
Homemade sidewalk chalk (Modern Mom)
DIY nail polish – an area of crafting that I’m itching to try! (Delighted Momma)
Awesome hardware necklace (Thanks I Made It)
Blackwork is gorgeous, and here’s a free pattern! (Feeling Stitchy)
Geometric felt bookmarks – very fun and modern (How About Orange)
I feel very inspired by this cats-and-laser-dot embroidery (&Stitches)
One of many old-school Zelda quilts I’ve seen. Gotta try this. (Copiously Geeky)

Ideas to Use

A list of commonly-wasted foods, and some ideas on how to avoid doing that (Savvy Housekeeping)
I’m not the only one who’s been changing up my grocery-shopping. Do you have any revelatory tricks? (Simple Organized Living)
Mary Corbet’s Stitch Play Index – an index of gorgeous embroidery stitches by a fabulous stitcher (Needle N Thread)
Really easy-to-follow tutorial on applying grommets (A Quilter’s Table)
DIY Wood Butter to keep your wooden stuff looking pretty. (Lifehacker)
DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets – brilliant! Already added them to my to-make list. (Lifehacker)
Apparently MAYO will clean crayon off your walls? (Lifehacker)
3 ways to enhance your embroidery (also 3 adorable inspiring projects) (Wild Olive)
This party theme (and the post title) absolutely cracks me up. (Young House Love)

I could watch this ALL DAY. (via Hipster Game of Thrones) (YES, this is another repeat; what is WRONG with me.)

Food

A cake covered with Whoppers. My husband would DIE. (Stars and Sunshine)
A tip for a better PB&J (Lifehacker)
Basic Yellow Butter Cake – a great one for my Basic Recipes series (The Kitchn)
A copycat recipe for a Wendy’s frosty. Gotta try this one. (The Kitchn)
10 cheap staples everyone should have in their pantry – oh, great post idea! (The Kitchn)
23 homemade breads. Yes. Bread is one of my faaaavorite things. (The Kitchn)
Candied Ginger, two ways (Inn at the Crossroads)
Simple chicken salad with a twist: Basil! (Blogchef)

Articles and News

A time lapse video of the recent annular eclipse. Boo for living on the East Coast – it must have been awesome in person. (Wired Science)
What do you know (or think you know) about the Pacific Garbage Patch? (io9)
This article will generate a 20-minute workout for you. You have 20 minutes, right? Sure you do. (Lifehacker)
Thoughts on couponing – got any suggestions to add? (Get Rich Slowly)
This week, let’s have a history lesson on … bra-burning? (The Mary Sue)

I am not entirely sure why this happened. (via Epic Ponyz)

Entertainment: Books, TV, Movies, and others

All the new SF/F shows: this list is pretty depressing, honestly. (io9)
Someone researched how our “future” was portrayed in fiction for more than a century. You know you want to see the infographic. (io9)
There’s a nifty-looking Harry Potter web series coming soon. (io9)
If you had to guess which literary characters are most frequently portrayed on film, who would you choose? (io9)

Art

Video game characters in the ukiyo-e style by Jed Henry (via io9)
Sonic Screwdriver beats Lightsaber. What happens next, though? By KK Jordan (via io9)

Weekly Greatness:

How to throw an insult like Shakespeare (Aunt Peaches)
Just a bit of fandom silliness, at the expense of Legolas. (Cleolinda)
Australia is TERRIFYING. And funny, if it’s a comic. (Momentary Lapse of Reason)
Matt Smith, everyone. (Who Generation)
TESLA. (The Oatmeal)

This would scare the bejeezus out of me. Via Epic Ponyz

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #12

Hi there! I missed last week’s roundup because I was ill. Sad, because I actually was completely caught up on reading. I didn’t quite manage to go back all the way to the point I left off at, but this was a good week and we have plenty to be going on with.

A few announcements: Next week I will be participating in Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway week! So make sure to come back on the 21st to find out how to enter an as-yet-undeclared prize (it’ll be good, I promise).
This week may be a rough one because my to-do list is massive, and next week my husband is having a pretty major surgery. But I promise, I’m going to try to keep things together.

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest  or on Tumblr for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Check the right side of the page for a list of all the places you can find me. And if there’s somewhere else you’d like to connect with me, let me know! (I’m not making a facebook page until I know that people are interested, fyi.) Now let’s get to the links!

This week, I’m starting off with a badass. (via FY Link)

Things to Buy or Make

A cute and simple relaxing eye mask (Wild Olive)
Tatted Lace corsage bracelet by TotusMel – well, there’s another craft to learn. (Instructables)
DIY Hollow book – definitely planning to do this, soon (by craftknowitall on Instructables)
A business card holder from a cassette tape! (by Jer_Faludi on Instructables)
Knockoff Moleskine notebook (by arte.sano on Instructables)
I love this cute fabric pendant by Ellen Baker (Craft)
DIY concrete planters? Yes. (Apartment Therapy)
Quick, cute idea for graduation gifts (Crafts Unleashed)
Easy DIY: teacup candles (A Bit of Bee’s Knees)
A pretty, flowery embroidery pattern (Carina’s Craftblog)
Rock Candy Jewelry. Yes you read that right, and it is awesome. (1 Fine Cookie)
Mercado market bag – ingeniously designed. (The Kitchn)

Ideas to Use

How to test floss for colorfastness, and how to make it so if it’s not. (so september)
How to refill a foaming hand soap dispenser (by frollard on Instructables)
Tips on making a terrarium (CasaSugar)

I could watch this ALL DAY. (via Hipster Game of Thrones)

Food

Top ten cocktails (The Kitchn)
Ten Martha recipes for Sangria (The Kitchn)
I’m a sucker for onions and rice and cheese. ($35 a week)
Also for honey and garlic and pork. (Blogchef)
These raw vegan fudge bars sound heavenly. (Good Girl Gone Green)
A lovely list of delicious low-calorie snacks (A Bit of Bees Knees)
Pink Lemonade Cookies – would be so cute for a girly party (Gluesticks)
Pineapple Lime Grilled Chicken – four delicious words. (Shiksa in the Kitchen)
10 Cracker recipes (The Kitchn)
Frozen yogurt dots – perfect for kids (The Kitchn)
10 drinks associated with literary figures<3 (The Kitchn)

Articles and News

Thoughts on IUDs. This is relevant to my life. (io9)
Did you hear about Tanning Mom? It’s very sad. (The Gloss)
The military has been completely destroyed since DADT was repealed. Oh wait, no, the opposite of that. (Jezebel)
Wow, um, I’m going to take up yoga now. (Blisstree)
The Mommy Wars MUST END. This is getting toxic. (Eat the Damn Cake)
I really really loved this article about drawing wheelchairs (it’s more applicable than you’d think). (The Mary Sue)
North Carolina sucks. The end. (Gawker)

This was taken on the first day of filming for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Omg. (via EpicPonyz)

Entertainment News

Maurice Sendak passed away this week. And literally the entire internet mourned. Let the wild rumpus start!
Biff Tannen (actually Tom Wilson) has an awesome business card. (io9)
Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson in CBS’s Sherlock Holmes sendup. I am … interested, but not hopeful. (Jezebel)
The Fifty Shades trilogy has officially found its way to the banned books list. This makes me sad, but not for the reason you may think. (Jezebel)
I really enjoyed this article about superheroes and “the closet.” What say you? (Comics Alliance)
Wil Wheaton wins this week’s Tearjerker Award. (The Mary Sue)
David Tennant is rumored to be part of the next Fast & Furious movie. I’ll SO watch it if he is. (The Mary Sue)

Art

I really needed to read this encouragement about shyness. (By Omocat)
Amazing upcycling of plastic bottles (by Garth Britzman, via Colossal)

Weekly Greatness:

I love this series. You should check it out. (The Simple Dollar)
Kate Beaton did it again. (Hark A Vagrant)
Every Major’s Terrible (xkcd)

Let’s end with a hearty laugh. :) By Natalie Dee

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #11

Whew. It’s been another rough one. I’m gearing up for my Grand Re-Opening on Tuesday so I’ve been crazy busy. I’m actually going to open in a few stages. This week, I’ll be debuting jewelry.
I’m still at 363 this week. Weirddd.

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Now let’s get to the links!

Help! Help! (via Literate Knits)

Things to Buy or Make

Bracelets made from vintage knitting needles (SewNewThings)
It’s dangerous to go without your house key (So Geek Chic)
A Dalek dress. Very yes. (Fashionably Geek)
DIY vintage jewelry wreath. I love the colors. (BlogHer)
Cool rug made from felted balls! (Instructables)
Really amazing coffee table made from a pallet. (Unconsumption)
Bracelets and other jewelry made from glass bottles. (Bottlehood)
A lovely gift for a bride. (Oh Happy Day)
Mini garden inside your house! (Shelterness)
DIY these sculptural coil vases (Shelterness)
Three ideas for upcycling trash into jewelry (Fusion Beads)
Make some cute washcloths from your old towels (Michele Made Me)

Ideas to Use

Do you have a creative kid? DIY is the community for them. (Laughing Squid)
Here’s a whole bunch of free social media icons for your blog. (Shrimp Salad Circus)
How to write enticing Item Descriptions (Etsy Blog)

Awwww. (via Literate Knits)

Food

Whole Orange Chocolate Chip muffins (Thrify & Green)
Chicken a la Oink (haha) (Lost in Transition)
Mouthwatering grilled pineapple (Rantings of an Amateur Chef)
ANZAC biscuits (Shiksa in the Kitchen)
Takeout-style Orange Chicken (35$ a Week Project)
Ice cream sandwiches! (Smitten Kitchen)
Cast-iron Pineapple Upside Down cake (Rantings of an Amateur Chef)
Bruschetta Chicken (Pioneer Woman)

Articles and News

The NYC Department of Records released a huge collection of old photos. (Laughing Squid)
What is CISPA, you ask? Here’s the answer. (Gawker)
Another list of amazing untranslatable words (io9)
LEGO is an awesome company. (GeekMom)
My grocery store pet peeve is crowdedness – either from the other shoppers or from bad store design. What’s yours? (The Kitchn)

You know you're a true fan if you cringe at this scene because you know that Viggo just broke his toe. (via Literate Knits)

Entertainment News

Amazon released a list of the most-highlighted bits on Kindle books. 8 of the top ten are from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (and Jane Austen provided the other 2)! (The Mary Sue)
io9’s guide to summer Sci-fi and Fantasy tv! (io9)

Art

Double-Exposure portraits by Jon Duenas (via Colossal)
Alex Konahin did this skull with a dip pen! (via Colossal)
I really like this series that Noelle Stevenson’s been doing. (Gingerhaze)

Weekly Greatness:

Samwell Tarly, everyone. (Literate Knits)
Translation is your friend. (Literate Knits)
Pictureless Pins – a text-only way to enjoy Pinterest (Laughing Squid)
Oh, there’s a text-only Instagram, too. (EpicPonyz)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #10

Double digits! This was one of those weird weeks, where it seemed to fly by but drag on forever at the same time. I have been stocking up for my Grand Reopening at my Etsy shop on May 1 (I’ll be posting more about that later this week), so I spent a lot of time AFK.
I’m at 363 this week – I went way down, but most of those were “haven’t been updated in months” culls. (Speaking of which, does anybody know what happened to Allie Brosh? [No I didn't delete her.])

By the way, it’s Earth day! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely day off, hopefully enjoying our planet. If you’re interested in earning rewards for your green actions, come join me at Recyclebank! It’s easy and free. :) (Disclosure: I get points if you sign up from my referral link.)

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Let's start the week bravely - by Noelle Stevenson (Gingerhaze)

Things to Buy or Make

Upcycle your easter eggs into tealights! (Taylor Made)
4 felt no-sew pendants – great for kids’ jewelry! (Wild Olive)
I really want to get this Knitting Tower for Missy! (Wee Folk Art)
Fairy Ribbon Rings – another thing Missy “needs” (and maybe me too) (Wee Folk Art)
A PDF pattern for that “Day of the Dead Owl” I featured a while back! (threadhead)
DIY colored pencil jewelry! (Design Mom)
Colorful and comfy floor pillow tutorial (Living with Punks)
Scrapbook-paper wall plaques – definitely going to do this. (Life Made Interesting)
Candles inside eggs! So pretty. (Mom’s Crafty Space)
Put laces on your high heels – quite posh, I think. (Craft)
Apples to Oranges sewing kit pattern (Straight Stitch Society)
Gift bows from bags! Of course it’s Martha. (Craft)
Conflict-free diamonds. Wink wink. (Mini-Eco)
Glue gun bandolier, for your most badass crafting adventures. (Craft)
Coffee body scrub. (The Gloss)
Legend of Zelda alphabet cross-stitch. Adding to my To-do list. (Epic Ponyz)

Ideas to Use

A ton of ideas to upcycle plastic bottles! (Under the Table)
Some inspiring spring embroidery floss color collections (Wild Olive)
Tips for embroidering on difficult fabrics (StitchPunk)
Making the most of one acre (From Scratch Club)
Now that Picnik is gone (RIP), try Picmonkey. (Carina’s Craftblog)
Quick infographic about dress cuts/styles (The Gloss)
Thinking of starting a bookblog? (Living Learning and Loving Life)
Photo Composition 101 – I need to study the heck out of this. (Technology for Moms)
Make your home smell delicious with this easy simmer. (A Bit of Bee’s Knees)

This also applies to girls, I think. (via Badder Homes and Gardens)

Food

Dinner guests to impress? Here’s 15 ways to do it. (The Kitchn)
Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream. Yeah, you’re kinda drooling there. (Not Your Momma’s Cookie)
Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Maple Glaze. You’re still drooling. (A Spoonful of Sugar)
Homemade Coffee Creamer! (At Home with Kim)
Plum & Thyme Iced Tea – this sounds really fancy and delicious (A Bit of Bee’s Knees)

Articles and News

Dave’s not here, man. But we do have some research about cannabis. (io9)
You needed more creepiness in your sex life? Here it is. (Jezebel)
Nuns may be the only part of the Catholic church who aren’t actively destroying lives, so of course the Vatican had to rebuke them for it. (Jezebel)
Thoughts about blogging business. (Ramble Ramble)
Someone has invented a REAL sonic screwdriver. (The Mary Sue)

Duckie! (via Cute-sturbing)

Entertainment News

A treasure trove of 500 fairy tales has been discovered. Now can we retire Snow White? (io9)
After 4 weeks at the top, the Hunger Games finally gave up the box office crown. (Jezebel)
Fill your Doctor Who cravings with these catchphrases. (Anglophenia)
Game of Thrones drinking game. Go easy or you’ll die of alcohol poisoning. (io9)

Art

A roundup of Calvin and Hobbes mashups (Comics Alliance)
Sketchbooks need more leaves. (By Sketching Backpacker, via Colossal)
Haunting (no pun intended) artwork. (By Charles Santoso)
Finn and Jake amigurumi (By Lucy Ravenscar)

Weekly Greatness:

Doctor Who minifig concepts! Oh please, Lego, make these! (by Fine Clonier, via io9)

Twenty percent cooler! (My Little Brony)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #9

Hello again! Hope you’re all having a restful weekend. I’m busy as always but I managed to keep up this week. I’m sitting at 380 subscriptions, which is 11 less than last week, lol. See, I told you that I do unsubscribe every now and then!
Remember you can follow me on Pinterest for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Now let’s get to the links!

Things to Buy or Make

Gardener’s Apron Fat Quarter Project (Sew Mama Sew)
Display case for rings (Tea Rose Home)
A sew-along for a cute halter top begins here! (Living with Punks)
Custom cross-stitched clock face (Instructables)
“Shining Star” earrings tutorial – I’m thinking of making a seven-pointed variant (Instructables)
Felt flower fairy wands – oh yes these are definitely going to happen (Wee Folk Art)
Envelope-backed pillow – a tutorial for novices (Under the Table and Dreaming)
Earrings made from old maps (Recyclart)
Chain Chomp earrings (CouldBeeYours on Etsy)

Ideas to Use

How to forage for and process nettles for consumption (Punk Domestics)
“Four Keys to Success for New Sellers” (Etsy Blog)
20 edible weeds (Curbly)
8 suggestions for easily greening your life (BlogHer)
Thoughts and suggestions on using a motorless (“reel”) mower. (Marian Dews-Hayes)
How to whistle through your fingers (Art of Manliness)

A lovely collection of teacups. (via Literate Knits)
If this is your image, please let me know - I couldn't find a solid source on it.

Food

Almond Pound Cake (Simple Organized Living)
DIY Queso Fresco (Punk Domestics)
Another cheese DIY: Mozzarella! (Punk Domestics)
Brownie Strawberry Shortcake (Glorious Treats)
Pizza. Grilled. Cheese. OMG. (Blogchef)
Grasshopper Smoothie – no insects involved (Good Girl Gone Green)
Easy Bread Bowls – from leftover dinner rolls (Lifehacker)
Ned Stark Cake Pops – horrifyingly delicious? (GOT: Cast a Large Shadow)
Five meals to serve even the most difficult dinner guest (The Kitchn)
Cheese Gougeres (The Kitchn)
DIY Citrus Salt (Lifehacker)

Articles and News

A rather sad infographic showing biodiversity in our foods. (Savvy Housekeeping)
Does the toxicity of nail polish concern you? Some brands have been mislabeled. (Birchbox)
Here’s a list of certified non-toxic (some even vegan!) lacquer brands, to ease your mind. (Blisstree)
Some thoughts on religion in the family. What are your thoughts? (BlogHer)
Questions about sweeteners. (BlogHer)
Amazing info-graphic/comic about the depths of lakes and oceans. It’s amazing how much we don’t know. (XKCD)
Do you have an opinion on religion and yoga? (Blisstree)
Teen pregnancy rates are super low. (Blisstree)

Outta my way, I'm shoppin'! (via Epic Ponyz)

Entertainment News

You’re invited to the wedding of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor! (EW PopWatch)
Speaking of weddings: Brad and Angelina are engaged now. (EW News Briefs)
This list of ten heartbreaking deaths in Doctor Who should fill your sadness quota for the day. (Anglophenia)
Here’s some information on that ebook price-fixing lawsuit. (Lifehacker)
And here’s some information about CISPA. (Lifehacker)
J.K. Rowling has announced the title and synopsis of her new book! (Anglophenia)
Hell’s Kitchen is renewed for 2 more seasons (after the upcoming summer season). (THR Live Feed)
I Know That Voice – a documentary featuring well-known voice actors – is coming soon! (io9)
Hunger Games on the ALA “Most Challenged Books” list: “proof positive that a book is worth reading.” (Jezebel)
This week in “well, DUH”: Game of Thrones has been renewed for a third season. (THR Live Feed)

Art

This cross-stitch project involves a destroyed dictionary and the lottery numbers. Fascinating. (Lauren Steeper)
A collection of illustrations of how animals form families (via The Mary Sue)
Spice must flow! Giant sandworms on a beach in Belgium (by Marco Casagrande, via io9)

Weekly Greatness:

Captain Yesterday and Clobberella take a break from crimefighting. (Photo by LJinto, via Fashionably Geek)
Just had to share this awesome LOTR-themed nail art. (The Nailasaurus)
Handmade TARDIS chocolate box (by Michelle Quinn, via Uniblog)
Absolutely hilarious caricature of Peeta. (Jojo at Remembered Heroes)

Let's have David with a kitty, like the cherry on top. (via Literate Knits)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments! Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #8

Another week has flown by and here we are again! Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those of you who are celebrating this weekend, and Happy Springtime to all and sundry.
I climbed all the way to 391 subscriptions (where do they all come from?) this week. I actually do unsubscribe when a feed isn’t what I want, but I guess I need to lay off that subscribe button, haha.
Remember you can follow me on Pinterest for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Now let’s get to the links!

MALFUNCTION (From Gallifreyan/Geek/Squad)

Things to Buy or Make

Tiered tray made from soda bottles! (Unconsumption)
Day of the Dead Owl (Threadhead)
Baroque Jacket (StitchPunk)
Amigurumi HEDGIE – have I mentioned how much I love Hedgehogs (Craft)
Beeswax Flower Mason Jar Candles (Craft)
Hardware store chain link bracelets (Centsational Girl)
Bird’s nest bed (Dornob)
DIY Peonies (Creature Comforts)
Beautiful flower crown (Song and Dance)
DIY Ombre sugar hearts (Erica Obrien)

Ideas to Use

Moss Graffiti – amazing! (Apartment Therapy)
Grapefruit-scented Vinegar for all your cleaning needs (Savvy Housekeeping)
Use Binchotan Coal for pretty filtered water (The Kitchn)
Free Plotbunnies, available for adoption (The Idea Bird)
DIY sinus-clearing shower tablets (Lifehacker)

Another Dalek. Why not. By autogeography on Etsy.

Food

Bootleg Bailey’s – yes please! (Instructables)
Cheddar Bay Biscuit recipe (Instructables)
Dandelion Sorbet omg (Curbly)
Weeknight Chicken Parm (Frugal by Choice)
Gluten-free Crepes (Creature Comforts)
Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (Shiksa in the Kitchen)
Quick cupcake frosting! (Lifehacker)

Articles and News

How much does a baby really cost? (Savvy Housekeeping)
Let’s have a discussion about race in fantasy worlds. (io9)
What do you think about ghostwriting? And will you ever buy another James Patterson book? (GeekMom)
The 1940 census is now available online! (io9)
What’s worth getting at a dollar store? (Lifehacker)

OHANA. I want to hang this in my house. (from Literate Knits)

Entertainment News

A book about Westeros is coming out in October! (Topless Robot)

Art

Beautiful bookends by Knob Creek Metal Arts (via Colossal)
Gorgeous princess cosplay photos by Ryan Astamendi (via io9)
I love Omocat, and this little sketch of Groose never fails to make me smile. (Omocat)
Amazing Dune paintings by Mark Molnar (MoMarkMagic)
Also amazing: Game of Thrones portraits by Anja Dalisa (via io9)

Weekly Greatness:

Look I won something! Just wanted to brag. :) (Too Crewel)
Relax! Or you will be! Exterminated! (via Topless Robot)
Elijah Wood sitting in the Iron Throne. You’re welcome. (Epic Ponyz)

You know it's true. (from EpicPonyz)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments! Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

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