Sunday, March 20, 2011


Corinne Leigh, creator of the amazing DIY site Threadbanger, has started a new show and blog, Craftovision.

I loved Threadbanger and was sad to see her leave, but it makes me so happy that she is once again creating awesome tutorials for the world. I love the style of her posts as well, with the beautiful black and white retro images.

I also love Dita Von Teese, as she does...

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Laura from Nocturnal Knits is creating an insanely large blanket (She's calling the Giganto-Blanket) from slightly felted roving and knit on 1.5" PVC pipes. I am amazed and in love!

You can watch a video of her knitting it here. Plus, she has instructions on her blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I have a love affair with Japanese culture - my boyfriend and I have been dying to visit the land of the rising sun for years now. And being a geologist by trade, the news of the earthquake devastation in Japan has really hit me.

Everybody wants to help, and there are some awesome people out there doing some amazing things. Oktak is donating 50% of their proceeds to the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan and, holy crap, this stuff is cute.

The Craft blog has a list of crafting auctions for Japan relief here if you're looking for other ways to help. Or you can donate directly to Red Cross and skip the middle man.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Freecycle is Great

I have tried to get rid of stuff for free on Craigslist, and I always have trouble. People think that because you're giving it away, instead of selling it, there must be something wrong with it. Then I discovered Freecycle. It's like Craigslist, but only for things that are free. People get rid of some of the strangest things in the name of recycling.

People get rid of great stuff. Example: "small freezer (mount pleasant) by kpandrew
has a dent in the lid but works fine"

You can also get rid of weird stuff. Like old carpet. Seriously. I just got rid of some old kitchen chairs - all in the name of recycling and re-using. This is the fellow who took my chairs:

Bless his heart.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

East Van Craft Wiki

The awesome Emily of Blue Mollusc has created an East Van Craft Wiki. Please add your knowledge to it when possible!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Project Gutenberg and the E-Reader

Wow. You could hear crickets chirp around this place. The holidays came on with a vengeance and tore me from this amazing space. I won't apologize for not posting, because I hate when people do that. What I will say, is I missed it. And I didn't realize how much I missed this expressive outlet until I came back. Let's hope I stay a while.

Not that I haven't been creative. On the contrary, I have frequently chosen creating over writing. It was the right choice in the moment, so I regret nothing.

I did mention the Christmas insanity that took over. Well, one of the wonderful gifts I got this year was a Sony E-Reader (thanks Mike!).

Because I work in such remote locations for long periods of times, I read a lot. When I'm in the field, I will read about a book a week. This means that for a 5 week stay in camp, I will need to bring five books with me, plus extra reading material for the travel there and back. That takes up a lot of space in your pack.

Hence the e-reader. You simply load it with a pile of digital books and read them in the order you feel. Mine will even play music, so I can listen to music while I read (though I imagine this drains the battery).

One of the things that originally drew me to e-books was the fact that you could get digital books from the library, and the files will self-destruct after 7, 14, or 21 days (your choice). I thought this was fantastic, until I found out more about it. The library only has a certain number of "copies" of digital books that can be "out" at any given time. One of these digital copies has to be "returned" before another reader can "borrow" it. So there are huge wait lists for digital books - and these files are only a few hundred kilobytes. They could be downloaded en masse, and there would still be enough bandwidth for everyone. But thanks to digital rights management, we have to wait EVEN LONGER for digital library books than we do the actual physical copy.

And then I found Project Gutenberg. From this site, you can download digital versions of classic books in the public domain. Their collection is good for popular books, but it can be tough to find copies of more obscure books. Not sure what to read? Check out their list of the top 100 downloads for the previous day and see if there's anything you like!

Want to help make the collection larger? Most of Project Gutenberg's books come from Distributed Proofreaders Canada, where readers like you and me help the project by proofreading just one page a day.

One can also purchase ebooks, but considering the fact that they are nothing but a digital file, I consider them to be way overpriced. There is no shipping or production involved. Once the file is created, there is nothing further needed to create more books to sell. So why do they cost the same as paper books? Why? It's not like the paper book will die off. I still like to have hard copies of my favourite books to share with friends, and books with nice pictures to have on my coffee table, and great books for reference. Books are too substantial to ever die out.