Melody at National Public Radio just emailed me with a contest for snarky crafty types (that's you!). They're asking for people to put together D.I.Y. Christmas/Haunakah projects that have to do with current events. Whip up a homemade menorah or christmas ornament that deals with a news story for the past year. Here are some examples:
*A Mel Gibson menorahYou can do better than that, though! What about an upside-down hanging Kramer ornament? Have an old Blackberry to recycle? Turn it into a Mark Foley ornament! Don't forget your tribute to George Allen's Jewish heritage! The Macaca Menorah! The possibilities are endless. Show NPR what you've got, and don't forget to tell 'em that Supernaturale Sent you.
*A global warming Christmas ornament
*A red state /blue state ornament
NPR would like to ask our readers to post the pictures on Flickr.com with the tag word: NPRHOLIDAYCONTEST. They will feature the best designs in the coming weeks, and also link to individual websites, if the designs are selected.
If you have any questions, please feel to contact Melody Kramer at firstname.lastname@example.org. A note: a menorah design must conform to Jewish law and also be capable of safely supporting nine lit candles.
After celebrating with your family and friends this week, why not skip the mall and buy handmade instead? The Riches at Rimsky's sale is going on this Sunday from 11-4 in Portland, featuring cool gifts of all kinds from 12 local crafters. Help yourself to a cup of coffee and some homemade treats while you shop, and don't forget to stop by the free DIY Table run by Sister Diane of Church of Craft to make your own gift tags for everyone on your list!
Every wonder how to get those DIY projects to stand up, look perky, and not topple over despite your best craftivity intentions? The Institute for Figuring and Cabinet Magazine have partnered together for an upcoming talk at NYC's The Kitchen to discuss "Why Things Don't Fall Down". Sounds good to me. (Might be good for the psyche, too). The talk will conducted on Monday, November 20th at 7pm by Dr. Robert Connelly from Cornell University, a noted expert on frameworks and 'tensegrity'. A good way to relieve some tension before seeing family for the Thanksgiving holiday?
Feltclub is a totally rad LA phenom. It used to be just around the corner from me, which was super special, but even tho it is now down the road further than my bike will take me, I am still going to go. It features a super curated group of crafters selling their wares. Always good stuff and you get to meet the makers. It happens every month. Tomorrow is especially special since my friend Wendy will be pimping her wares.