Category Archives: made of win

Makers Market

I love hand-made objects. I’m a long-time crafter, and I admire makers of things for their ingenuity and daring. The depth of resourcefulness encourages me to dig deeper and create what is lacking in the world.

I’ve am a fan of Etsy because of the handmade objects for sale. They make great presents for friends and family when time is short to create.

And now there is another¬† place where people who make things can sell them to people who like sustainable items in their life. A brand new, curated, farmers market/craft fair style online shop, Makers Market looks like a fabulous place for great pieces for myself and the people I love.¬† And it’s been created by people I respect tremendously because of their desire to create the world they want to see from what we leave behind.

Since the shop is brand new, there are currently a smallish number of sellers and products. And many of these products are pricey. Handmade takes a lot of time and effort that increases the cost, so if you think the ideals and quality of the work are worth it, the price is reasonable.

If you love handmade, sustainable creations for every part of your life, from home decor, to accessories, to equipment, check out Makers Market. I’ve already found this caffeine necklace that I want.

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My favorite Disney Soundtrack

When I was a small child, we would listen to records. My parents’ turntable predated my existence, and I was always a little nervous about breaking it. My fear didn’t stop me from putting on Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” or any one of the Beatles or The Who albums we had shelved above the player.

I loved watching the records spin around and was fascinated with the transformation of the ridges into melodies and harmonies that made me want to sing out. That turntable introduced me to a number of the albums I still love.

But my favorite record was the one we listened to every time we cleaned the house. The Official Album of Disneyland/Walt Disney World.

Thinking back on those times, I can remember how much fun it made cleaning. My favorite part was dancing with my mom and the Munchkin to “The Main Street Electrical Parade”.

Today I set up a new turntable/CD/tape player with AM/FM radio. The first album my mom and I played?

The Official Album of Disneyland/Walt Disney World.

My whole family was there; we danced together. Somethings never change, and in staying the same, they become pricelessly perfect.

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Lunch with friends

I had lunch today with a group of friends who I know from very different places, but through a sort of circumstances that can only happen in real life, they all over lapped and it resulted in a good lunch with lots of laughter.

Earlier this week a couple of my friends who are married to each other invited me to lunch with them. They are also friends with my cousin, and she was going to be there. (My friends have been friends with my cousin since before I met them, and I became friends with them in circumstances not including my cousin) We’ve all hung out before so this part was completely normal.

Well my friend works with one of my friends from college, so when she and her husband invited me, I asked if my friend from college could come too.

So there were 5 of us for lunch. My friends who are married, my cousin, my friend from college, and me. And there were some introductions, and the occasional filling in that occurs when friends spend time and there are others around who were not part of original moments.

While we were eating, I realized that these are the moments I love. When my friends all get to meet each other and spend time together and become acquaintances. It’s really the only reason why I try to throw parties. In my head, all my friends know each other, so I do my best to have them all meet. It makes the stories I tell better when the friends listening at least vaguely know who I’m talking about.

Plus, I find my friends interesting, so I think that more people should know them. The only way I really know how to accomplish this goal currently is to introduce them to each other. And today, because I had two friends in 1 office, I got to introduce some more of my friends to each other.

Today was a good day.

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Techdirt’s DMCA shirt

I found out about this shirt through boingboing and I totally want one. It’s my kind of nerdy. This is the reason I dislike being unemployed – I have to really think about how to get the money before they stop taking orders next week.

But I’m sure I’ll figure out a way because this is my kind of nerd:

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I like that more and more people and companies are employing this kind of strategy. They are selling the product, but they are only making up what they sell. I’m sure it cuts overhead cost, and it makes people decide on the spot whether they want it. It won’t be available later.

And I think that I will be learning to live with regret quite frequently. These are tangible items taking on ephemeral qualities simply by being available for a limited time only. And while it means I will miss out on numerous items/events/moments, I find this evanescence rather fascinating.

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