Friday, October 31, 2008

Etsy Favorite

I love Etsy. It's not only a great tool to post my own creations but a wonderful place to see other people's work. I have a few favorite sellers on Etsy, so I'm going to try to post some of their work on Fridays. Today is K. Garner Designs. I bought an initial pendant necklace from her and I love it, LOVE it. I wear it all the time and get amazing compliments on it. If you have someone that is hard to buy for this holiday season, please consider her as a source. She even offers gift certificates!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

1 Week from Today!

I'm so excited for the election to be over! I wish they could start counting the absentee ballots earlier too... but that's just me being impatient.

Here are a couple of interesting articles to read if your are interested.
Charles Barkley talks about the Bradly Effect
my favorite part of this article is when he's talking about running for office (which I think he would do really well as the governor of Alabama)

Brown: So are you going to run for governor?

Barkley: I plan on it in 2014.

Brown: You are serious.

Barkley: I am, I can't screw up Alabama.

Brown: There is no place to go but up in your view?

Barkley: We are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren't going anywhere.

McCain vs. Pennsylvania

Monday, October 20, 2008

Craft Saturday!

I was chosen to participate in a hip craft fair in Des Moines, Iowa! YAY! It's put on by a local couple 4 times a year. The one in Sept. had a good turn out, and I hope the same goes for the holiday one. Here is the website, but the details are below too.

I better get busy!

December 6, 2008
Noon - 7 p.m.
4th St. Theater, 216 4th St.
Next to Java Joes
Downtown Des Moines

Friday, October 17, 2008

Funny for a Friday

Oh this does make me laugh. What would we do without Photoshop?
The McCain family portrait.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

McPain in my Ass.

I'm approximately 3/5 Italian and most of my personality can be linked to that strand of heritage in my blood; I'm somewhat hot headed and have a nasty temper (not to mention my love for pasta, wine and over dramatic reactions to most things that affect me). Due to my lack of self control for some of those characteristics (and complete lack of qualifications - Palin I'm looking at you!) I know I will never run for political office. McCain apparently hasn't gotten the memo that getting mad and snipping at people who are criticizing him isn't the best thing to do when running for public office - especially the Presidency.

I was completely turned off by how McCain handled the tough questions during the final debate last night. There's no reason to visibly lose your cool while on TV answering questions about policies you want to implement. I admire Obama for his ability to remain calm and collected while getting asked tough questions. I also admire him for answering the questions that were asked of him. (Honestly, I was expecting McCain to quote Palin "I may not answer your questions...")

It was so frustrating to watch because instead of allowing them to speak about their policies, Obama was forced to fact correct most of McCain's allegations he was jabbing at Obama. There's no reason for that pettiness... unless you realize how wrong you are and have nothing else to go on but trying to make the other guy look bad.

I'm so excited for Nov. 4th. More excited than I can ever remember being for a presidential election (even though this is only my 2nd since being able to vote)...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I will get back to the point.

So I do love sewing, and making things for clients, and designing the perfect handbag, but right now i can't get over the politic essence in the air, so forgive me through another post on politics.

I saw the funniest SNL clip of all time yesterday. I'm not an avid SNL watcher, but I do appreciate a good skit now and then, and this one beats "more cowbell". I know these are old news to some of you, but please refer to them as a "I need to laugh today" remedy. This one mocking the VP debate had me in stitches (see? i can throw in some sewing through politics ;).
"Can I call you Joe? Good, because I practiced some real zingers where I call you Joe" - Tina Fey

And a silver lining through these political media rants is that Katie Couric has found her nich on the CBS Evening News. Some have said that her contract wasn't going to be resigned without some serious thought, but i really think she's been doing a great job covering the debates and all the other stuff they have been presenting. I digress, the other clip from SNL features a follow up with Gov. Palin (played by the fabulous Tina Fey) interviewed by Katie Couric (played by the ever talented Amy Poehler). This one was very funny, yet showcased how the real interviews have gone, but with an SNL Twist, which most people can appreciate.

As a follow up to the VP debate, an opinion was printed in the New York Times yesterday that I thought had a great insight to one of the comments that Palin said while talking about taxes (as opposed to energy) titled "Palin's Kind of Patriotism" by op-ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman. The comment by Gov. Palin referenced in the article was this:"“You said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that’s not patriotic.”

Here are some of my favorite sections:

"I only wish she had been asked: 'Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?' That is not putting America first. That is selling America first."

"And please also don’t tell me she is an 'energy expert.' She is an energy expert exactly the same way the king of Saudi Arabia is an energy expert — by accident of residence. Palin happens to be governor of the Saudi Arabia of America — Alaska — and the only energy expertise she has is the same as the king of Saudi Arabia’s. It’s about how the windfall profits from the oil in their respective kingdoms should be divided between the oil companies and the people."

While I know the more public appearances McCain/Palin make, the better off the Obama supports are, but it's still infuriating that they would let someone as contrite and niave as Palin run for VP with an otherwise decent Presidental candidate.

photo from

Friday, October 3, 2008


When Gov. Palin trips over herself and can't answer a question about what publications she reads to stay up to date with local and foreign affairs - but then blames "video editing" as the culprit is ridiculous. Gov. Palin cannot handle the truth of her own lack of speaking skills if she needs to blame video producers for making her look like an idiot.

While she didn't do as badly last night as i had hoped she would, i was nowhere near as impressed with her performance as I was with Sen. Biden's. She even came out and said "I may not answer your questions, but I want to talk about my track record" - yeah, if she's going to just talk about whatever in the hell she wants to when she wants to, then what's the point of even having a moderator? It should have been the Palin Debates with Herself Debate. Pfft. I doubt the 40 something % that thought Sen. Biden won the debate wouldn't side with her in that debate either. I can imagine it would go something like this:

Palin 1:"I'm a hockey mom, and the hockey mom's behind the penalty box think the economy is in bad shape"
Palin 2:"Yeah, but as a soccer mom, on the sidelines i think the economy is in horrible shape"
P1: "let's talk about what i did for energy."
P2: "I like your lipstick"
P1: "did you know that Alaska has abundant natural resources?"
P2: "I read every magazine that gets put on my desk"
P1: "Thanks, but no thanks"

and then i would run screaming from the room to commit myself.