Enter to Win Sock It To Me’s Annual Global Design-A-Sock Contest – $2000 Grand Prize

Portland’s own Sock It to Me is calling artists of all ages and talents from around the world to submit a uniquesock design for a chance to win up to $2,000 in cash along with a big batch of products, and have their winning design manufactured as part of Sock It to Me’s next fashion collection!

Unicorns, hot dogs, pugs, bacon – whatever your inner artist aspires to – think up a cool design and sketch it for a chance to win! Download your entry form here, and submit your funky, awesome design below!

Submit your Entry Form For a Chance to Win

Good luck, you guys!
Can’t wait to see the awesome designs you come up with!

Free Product Isn’t Really Free

Found on CraftSnark, a really awesome website with a ton of snarky posters and graphics depicting what it’s really like to be a craft blogger.  Start reading the posts and you’ll get addicted.  Or at least, I am addicted.  It’s.all.SO.TRUE.

And yes, often companies contact me offering me free products to use in a tutorial on my blog.  When it’s itemized line-by-line like that….the time investment and financial investment doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  Thank you CraftSnark!

Check Out CraftSnark for the Snarkier Side of Making Things


Portland, OR: It’s Like Living in the 90’s


I never knew what Portland, OR was like until I moved here.  See for yourself above…

This video had me cracking up.:-D  It’s a pretty accurate portrayal of Portland…though that’s not a bad thing!  (I really like living here, maybe because I missed the first half of the American 90’s experience since I was living in Japan.)

Now I have this song stuck in my head!!


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What Are Alpacas? The Crazy Things Kids Say

All photos found here

Alpacas are soooo adorable.  Apparently they’re very intelligent, gentle, quiet creatures.  They don’t fight, don’t spit, don’t stink, don’t eat a lot or over-graze, and are smart enough to poop only in one corner of their field, instead of all over the place like other farm animals.

There are a couple alpaca farms near where we live.  We pass one large one on the way home most days, slowing down to see if we can see the alpacas milling about.  They’re so fluffy and adorable.

Now that Lil Tot is almost 5, he is talking quite a lot.  He often says things I find amusing, or mentions something adults wouldn’t ever think of.  This is a conversation we had in the car passing the alpaca farm the other day:

Lil Tot: Mama, what are alpacas?
Me: (pauses.)  Um…airplanes?
Lil Tot: ????  No they’re not!  What are they???
Me: No…caramels!
Lil Tot: *giggling and shouting* No, Mama, they’re not caramels!!!  What ARE they???
Hub: Race cars.
Lil Tot: NO!  They’re NOT race cars!!!
Hub: Fish.
Me: Cucumbers.
Hub: Worms.
Me: Tax forms.
Lil Tot: (shrieks) NO!!  That has nothing to do with ANYTHING!!  WHAT!  ARE!  THEY!!???!!
Me: They’re animals, sweetie.  Animals.
Lil Tot: Ah.  Animals.
Me:……….  Well, what did you think they were???
Lil Tot: Horses.




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Project Peepway

Project Peepway video on YouTube.  Sweets + Fashion + Animation?  Fabulous!

(Can’t believe some of the vitriol of some of the comments.  Yeah, the video’s kinda silly, but someone sure spent a lot of time making it – RESPECT, people.)


Play Virtual Stylist at Couturious.com

Okay…I know, she doesn’t look anything like me.  But one can dream, right?

Brought to you by the girls behind Like.com, Covet, and Weardrobe, Couturious is like paper dolls all grown up (and wearing designer outfits!)

Though it’s still in beta, stocked with the latest designer collections, it’s a fun mix-and-match site where you can try on the latest outfits and play stylist for a day.  Plus you can network with other users, rate other looks, and find yourself a featured Stylist on their homepage.

Love it!   

The outfit above and its details are here if you are interested.