general adventures in craftiness

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Police shocked by level of anger at canal jumper This story is a little disheartening. [via NextDraft]

Thursday, August 23, 2001

All Back Broncos, but Split on Stadium's Name It would be great if they could call the new stadium Mile High instead of using the corporate sponsor name. [NYTimes article, registration required]

Wow! Hurry and buy lots of Powerball tickets. [via NextDraft]

Tuesday, August 14, 2001

For the past three weeks, I have become completely obsessed with sewing.

I was introduced to sewing in home ec. class in sixth grade. Our first project was a little muslin drawstring bag that we embroidered with our initials. After that, we were allowed to move on to those cartoonish pillows: a hamburger, rollerskate, surfboard. We learned the blanket stitch to appliqué the decorative felt pieces onto the pillows. I believe my mom has even kept the pillows and that they're in my old room at home. After the pillows, I moved on to clothes. I started with super easy pull-on elastic shorts and an apron. Then I started to make dresses when I was in high school. Then I stopped sewing. College came, as did life in general, and being on my own for the first time. Last year, I started getting back into sewing. I borrowed my sister's or my girlfriend's machine to sew a dress or a skirt. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I finally decided it was time to buy my own machine. For Christmas one year, my mom did give me a vintage console machine. Unfortunately, it's so vintage that it only sews forward and back, straight and zigzag. And thanks to the wonders of technology, I ordered a refurbished machine at the online Singer store. I got my Singer 84350 a week later and I've been consumed with all things sewing ever since. I made four visits in one week to the 30% off sale at the local Fabric Depot and have almost gone broke for the month. But i feel really creative and productive. And I am making some cool clothes and other things.

For those of you who also love sewing, check out Sew Wrong, a great weblog that follows the trials and tribulations of one gal's sewing projects.

Alas, MTV's Jackass is no longer. [via NextDraft]

Monday, August 13, 2001

Haunted by Mold We've recently discovered mold in a spate of schools here in Portland. I don't think it's as serious as the disgusting black goo that was found in the Texas mansion, but lots of teachers and students reported symptoms like headaches, lack of concentration, other medical problems, etc.

Tuesday, August 07, 2001

French Tourist Gives Surprise Birth As a woman I find these kinds of stories a little perplexing. Interesting, but perplexing!

Monday, August 06, 2001

Here's a link to the article concerning that 2001 so-called "tax rebate." What a total scam!