Calling All Scrappers!

This request came across one of my lists, so I’m pass­ing it on with Ms. Medley-Rath’s per­mis­sion. Please pass it on to oth­ers you know, too!

Are you a scrap­book­er or some­one who works in the scrap­book indus­try? I want to talk to you! I plan to uncov­er how, why, and what peo­ple scrap­book. I am look­ing to inter­view about 40 scrap­book­ers and 10 peo­ple who work in the scrap­book indus­try. This research project is being con­duct­ed by Stephanie Med­ley-Rath as part of her doc­tor­al pro­gram in soci­ol­o­gy at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­si­ty. For more details, con­tact Stephanie at 404–538-9760 or stephaniemedleyrath@gmail.com

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Book Joy! And Stuff

I’m so tick­led! In the last two weeks, I’ve found not one, but two books that Sam and I have want­ed for ages at good prices on eBay!

Seeing Red
First, I’ve been look­ing for
See­ing Red: The Rap­ture of Red­heads by Howard Schatz for years and years. Seri­ous­ly, it has to be at least five years since Sam first men­tioned that he’d love to have it. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it’s out of print, and the only thing I found for the longest time were used copies for $150 or more. It’s a gor­geous book, but that’s far more than I could pay for it.

I had the book on my wish list at Half.com, which is part of eBay, but for some rea­son I also set up an eBay search a few months back, and final­ly got found a copy going for $35.1 I didn’t hap­pen to see the email until a day lat­er, and by then the sell­er had dropped the price fur­ther for some rea­son. It was more than I pay for most books, but after five years, it was more than worth it. We received it in the mail ear­li­er this week, and it is just a beau­ti­ful as any new copy.

Your Guide to Metabolic Health
That gave me an idea, so I set up a search for anoth­er book I’ve want­ed for a while, but couldn’t afford. John C. Lowe’s tome Your Guide to Meta­bol­ic Health came out in 2003, and I haven’t ever found it in stock any­where. It must have gone out of stock quick­ly, because Ama­zon has only ever had used copies that I’ve seen. And again, they were always pricey—$180 was the price I’d seen most recent­ly.2

Today, eBay came through again! The “buy it now” price was very rea­son­able, so Sam encour­aged me to go ahead and get it instead of chanc­ing the auc­tion route.

Dr. Lowe has also writ­ten anoth­er book that’s specif­i­cal­ly about the meta­bol­ic treat­ment of fibromyal­gia, but it runs over $500. Appar­ent­ly, that one is intend­ed for physi­cians, rather than laypeo­ple. I have an eBay search going, but I’m fair­ly cer­tain the book I bought today has the infor­ma­tion I need in it. From what I’ve heard, it’s main­ly about fibromyal­gia and chron­ic fatigue syn­drome.3

Keep Working Girlfriend
I’m busi­ly read­ing my ARC of Women, Work and Autoim­mune Dis­ease: Keep Work­ing, Girl­friend! It’s good stuff.


1 For what it’s worth, Half.com still shows only the high­er prices. Weird.

2 It’s avail­able more cheap­ly now, but I still got a deal.

3 Aha—the pub­lish­er actu­al­ly sells the lat­est ver­sion of that one for $99.95. Why would any­body pay the used price? Why do the used sell­ers think they can demand so much?

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Thing-A-Day 1!

If there’s a way to auto-cross-post rel­e­vant entries from here to Thing-A-Day, I haven’t fig­ured it out. Doing it man­u­al­ly feels inel­e­gant.

I don’t have a pho­to to post, but I got out the draw­ing tablet for the first time in an embar­rass­ing­ly long time, and worked on a cross-stitch design. It split into two designs, some­how, but I’m hop­ing to post pics tomor­row. I dis­cov­ered that Pat­tern­Mak­er isn’t installed on this machine, so I’ve made graph­ics that have to be trans­lat­ed into graphed designs.

I feel that I’m real­ly in the “getting orga­nized” stage, which I should have done last week. But the tablet is attached now, and I know where my stitch­ing bag is. I’ll find out in the morn­ing just what my daugh­ter did with my col­ored pen­cils and such, and locate the Pat­tern­Mak­er install CD. And the cam­era, that would help. Yep.

It did feel great to have time on my sched­ule devot­ed to “being cre­ative” and noth­ing else!

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White Kitten + Mad Cake Decorator + Chicken =




Orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by Kim­ber­ly Jen­nery

Dit­to show­ing off her new paint job!

This cute­ness just strength­ens my wish that we lived clos­er to Kim­ber­ly and her fam­i­ly. Click for more pho­tos.

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TechShop, Photography Advice, Postsingular, NoDryClean, and Verizon FIOS Danger


Dis­parate thoughts from a very low ener­gy day. In fact, it was so low-ener­gy that I thought I post­ed this entry last night, and nev­er did.

I has a fever. Do Not Want. Blah. Can’t brain. Short atten­tion span means you just get links and such. Good links, but links.
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Color Clues, or Why Four Blue Sweaters Isn’t Enough

Anoth­er blue sweater? You have four of those. Why not get some­thing dif­fer­ent for a change?”

No, I have navy, corn­flower, Williams­burg, and baby blue sweaters. This one is roy­al blue. That’s total­ly dif­fer­ent!”

Okay guys, I know that you thought women were mak­ing up some of the col­or names we use. Char­treuse? Why not say green? And garnet—that’s red, right? What’s this about plum, amethyst, grape, vio­let, mauve, and fuschia all being dif­fer­ent? They’re all pur­ple, aren’t they?

No, real­ly, they aren’t. We don’t make them up just to vex you. They’re all very, very dif­fer­ent, which is why we would nev­er con­sid­er wear­ing brick red lip­stick with a cher­ry red sweater. Ick!

Now there’s help for you. Free help, even! Read the rest of this entry »

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Whoops! Video Link Correction & Credit

The video I ded­i­cat­ed to Katie isn’t actu­al­ly called Wake Up Cat, and it has been pulled from YouTube (or it was—it seems to be back, now).

The piece is by ani­ma­tor Simon Tofield of Tan­dem Films, and is prop­er­ly titled Cat Man Won. You can view it on their site.

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Baby in the Sink


Black and white photograph of a naked baby playing joyfully while being bathed in a kitchen sink, taken by Laurie Rhodes

This joy­ous image was an Hon­or­able Men­tion award win­ner in the Peo­ple cat­e­go­ry of the 2nd Annu­al Spi­der Awards in 2006. The con­test, appar­ent­ly well known in the art world, seeks the best in black and white pho­tog­ra­phy from around the world by both pro­fes­sion­als and ama­teurs. I spent quite a while look­ing through the gal­leries of nom­i­nat­ed and win­ning pho­tographs from the past three years. Ear­ly entries are being accept­ed now for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

More of pho­tog­ra­ph­er Lau­rie Rhodes’ beau­ti­ful work can be seen in her gallery.

Via The Dai­ly Buzzz

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Fantasy & science fiction art gallery

I just learned about Epi­logue, a mar­velous online gallery and com­mu­ni­ty, by way of a link from needle­work design­er and artist Tere­sa Wentzler’s blog.

Wentzler’s art has just been approved for inclu­sion there — con­grats to her!

Epi­logue could eas­i­ly become anoth­er time sink!

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