Monday, December 29, 2008

Su Lin, we love you!

I love that even at 10 p.m. California time, Su Lin is still eating her bamboo: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam/index.html.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Fabric and Friends

I went to Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul with Jenna today. Fun! Treadle's fabrics are awesome. They could have more roving, but all's well, since I get mine from Cedar Wool Farms anyway. :-) I have my eye on some wool that would make a cute skirt! 

Sewing projects I would like to do, as a still-beginner at sewing:
1. Make purses!
2. Make my own clothes! 

I especially want to learn how to make clothes using my existing clothes as patterns. They have a class on how to do this, but, shockingly, I'd like to figure this out on my own or *cough* *ahem* have a friend help me learn to do this! 

These goals are above crochet and above Frustration-Knitting, but I definitely want to learn to crochet this winter.

Jenna and I had delicious salads and pizza at Green Mill. Yum! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Independent Toy Makers and the New Law

Minnesota Public Radio featured an excellent article on the so-called Consumer Product Improvement Safety Act here. This law will require all toy makers, from Hasbro to the one-person wood shop worker, to conduct expensive testing on toys they sell. Why does this fall to the independent crafter? It's gigantic companies who were importing inexpensive, lead-ridden garbage in the first place, and the law needs to focus on them. I love what PeaPods Natural Toys store owner Dan Marshal said about the law: "And the way this enforcement was put together, it makes sense for large companies, which were the ones making this problem in the first place. It doesn't make sense for small-batch companies."

My comment on the article: "As a crafter and maker of handmade goods myself, I completely agree with Marshal that the bill makes sense for the irresponsible huge companies who caused the problem in the first place, not for small companies or, especially, individual toymakers. This should not be a one-size-fits-all solution."

Monday, December 22, 2008

Help hedgies in need

At Christmastime, many of us like to give donations to worthwhile organizations that help improve lives. Today I would like to remind you about the Hedgehog Welfare Society, a wonderful non-profit organization dedicated to helping hedgehogs in need. There are no paid positions in the Hedgehog Welfare Society--all donations go directly to caring for hedgies who need to be re-homed and rescued. Donations go toward care packages for hedgehogs who are on their way to their forever homes. Please feel free to contact me, or the HWS directly, with any questions. <<<<>>>

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bailout, Smailout


What the frell?

American big business interests have always insisted on minimal government interference. The political camps  and good old boys' clubs that support them say government should stay out. Social welfare, sorry, you just need to work harder. Right.

How the tables have turned! It's revolting how they're all lining up to receive ridiculous bail-outs from the federal government--that's you and me, friends.

How does this make sense? It doesn't.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Apples for the Squirrels!


We put apples outside for the squirrels (it is very cold and snow here in Minnesota, U.S.) and on Sat. I saw a squirrel carrying one in its mouth while it scurried along! The apple is almost as big as he is!!! (After taking this shot, we sliced up the rest of the apples.)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What day is it, anyway?


This is a clementine, used to explain time zones and the mind-boggling concept that It's Already Tomorrow in Australia. Or, put less American-centric, it's *yesterday* in the United States. So, relatively speaking, is today really today, or tomorrow? Wacky!!!