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Apr 14, 2010
AntiCraft Blog, R.I.P.

So here's the deal. When I realized that this is not the first time I've forgotten to announce a new issue on our own damn blog, I knew something about the process was broken. And it wasn't just the AC blog. My own personal blog, started in October of 2000, has become a wasteland of half-hearted, infrequent posts. Many of the Staff don't even bother with their own blogs. Blogging—for The AntiCraft Staff, at least—as a concept is broken.

We started off using the blog software that our ISP provided... and it was kind of a hassle. More PHP than I knew what to do with. We switched over to Blogger, which worked well, we thought, but as it turns out, we were part of an extremely small percentage of bloggers who used Blogger, but hosted all the blog info (posts, pictures, template code, etc.) on their own server. However, Blogger has decided to phase out that option, given that so few folks use it.

We can't fault them for that. It's good business sense. And, to Blogger's credit, they have worked really hard to make changing over as painless as possible. But it's still a bit of a hassle.

Well, if we're going be hassled, we're going to consider all our options. And honestly, now that Carin has joined the rest of the Staff on Facebook (Gooble, gobble, one of us!), we think that it'll provide a simpler interface for all our sharing needs:
  • Posting a link is super quick, and including a photo doesn't require coding or uploading a photo to our server.

  • If we need to share something longer, the Notes function works quite well, and we can still append photos and links.

  • We're on FB constantly, just like the rest of the zombies , so we're much more likely to update/interact.

  • If you are on FB, it's easy for YOU ALL to share things with US! We love seeing the links you come across or photos of your finished projects.

  • Even those of you who don't use FB can still SEE our page and/or subscribe to the RSS, just like with the current blog.
So in time, the "blog" button over on the left will become the "facebook" button, and clicking it will bring you to our FB page rather than the blog. And since there are 935 (at the time of this writing) fans of The AntiCraft on Facebook, we think it's gonna all work out just fine.

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posted by Zabet at 1:45 PM | permalink |  0 Comments
Apr 1, 2010
Ossuis ex Musicae

Hey Deadlings,

It's been awhile. How are you? I have something cool to show you!

Yep, that's a skeleton made out of cassette tapes.

Brian Dettmer is an artist who uses old media items, like tapes and books, to create amazing works of art. There are more pictures of the skeleton, which was part of a 2007 exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, here (potentially NSFW ad at the top.)

If you want to see his other pieces, check out his flickr stream or there's a piece on his "book autopsies" here. Warning, if you don't like to see books that have been sliced and diced, I don't recommend those last two links ;-)


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posted by Anthony at 12:18 AM | permalink |  1 Comments
Feb 9, 2010
It smells like...a SONG!

If you love Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, you'll laugh your ass off at Wolverine, The Musical! Stay tuned after the credits roll for the url to directions for making his awesome claws, so you, too, can slice the wings off of a bee.

How did I get these mutton chops?


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posted by Carin Huber at 12:01 AM | permalink |  5 Comments
Feb 2, 2010

Hi, howdy, how y'all doin'?

What's that? Who the hell am I? Well, I don't blame you for not recognizing me here anymore, it's been that long since I posted. Since anyone other than Zabet posted here, for that matter.

But I've found something fabulous, that you must go look at, right this minute!

That, my friends, is the comet detail of an appliqued and embroidered quilt of the solar system. It was made by Ellen Harding Baker in 1876 for use as a visual aid in the astronomy lectures she gave. (That's not a typo - it's 133 years old.) The quilt is on display at the Smithsonian. If you have the chance. go see it in person, and let me know to what works it inspires you!


P.S. Happy Imbolc! :)

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posted by Carin Huber at 12:02 AM | permalink |  2 Comments
Jan 29, 2010
Imbolc 2010 is here!

With a scant few days to spare [or, at least there was when I started writing this post], the Imbolc issue of The AntiCraft has arrived, full of hearty foods to sustain you while your body begs to hibernate during the coldest and greyest parts of winter.

As I said in this issue's letter, "There are plenty of plans buzzing around Headquarters right now, it's one of the things I love about the Imbolc issue, no matter how difficult it likes to make itself. January just sort of cackles with potential, doesn't it?" So tell me about your plans!

Anyway, enjoy it muchly. The Beltane issue is already 100% planned and the editors and I are about to jump in to working on it! Craziness abounds around HQ! We love it.

Kisses and craftiness,

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posted by Zabet at 12:05 PM | permalink |  0 Comments
Jan 19, 2010
Holy Lumps of Forethought, Batman!

Here is why you should love my friend Janis: She is The AntiCraft's Ravelry editor, which means that I can avoid the huge timesuck that is Ravelry (don't get me wrong, I love it, but I could spend waaaaay too many hours there just in my own notebook), yet all knitting and crochet patterns that pass through HQ's hallowed halls still make it onto Rav's hallowed pages. (Don't know what Ravelry is? Where have you been, under a rock? Short answer: it's crack for fiber artists.)

Also, sometimes Janis has forethought, which is very helpful because mine is often on the fritz. Other times, she simply reads The AntiCraft group's board and reports back when others have forethought. Thank you, Rogue, for reminding us about the Ravelympics! Without your forethought and Janis' dedication, there was a 99.9% chance that once again, Team Angstylvania would be "unofficial" and we'd have to all stand around embarrassed, pretending we did it on purpose because we are just that cool. (Obviously, we're not.)

So, to make a long post short—better late than never, I suppose—I'm pleased to announce that Team Angstylvania is officially part of the 2010 Ravelympics. Whether or not we bother to participate after signing up is kind of a coin toss, but if you do want to participate, check out the Ravelmpics thread. Earwax, ho!

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posted by Zabet at 2:59 AM | permalink |  0 Comments
Jan 12, 2010
Health! Books! Imbolc!

Thanks for all the well-wishes; wouldn't you know that right as I was getting better my husband caught it? Jeez. All healthy now, though, just with a lingering cough, which means we're back to shipping out books and all other orders!

We've has sold books in all but 15 states. There are 18 books left. Coincidence? I think not. (Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming, in case you are wondering.)

I mean, Hawaii I get. Who wants to knit with wool or wear black there? But Kansas, oh Kansas. Every autumn you prove to me you can be awesome if you just try, but now this? The woe, the betrayal! And Wyoming, don't you remember when I came to visit and (in theory) ride horses in 1982, before I knew I had a severe allergy and the beasts would kill me? Don't you still love me?

Also, I promise the Imbolc issue will be up before Imbolc. Stick a needle in my eye!

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posted by Zabet at 11:07 PM | permalink |  6 Comments
Jan 7, 2010



posted by Zabet at 3:41 PM | permalink |  4 Comments
Dec 31, 2009
Happy New Year!

Just an FYI for folks who might be ordering things: The AntiCraft is closing down HQ from December 31st to January 3rd. We'll send emails/ship stuff as soon as we get back from rural North Carolina.

I don't know about y'all, but 2009 was pretty rough for most of my loved ones. 2010 cannot get here fast enough. Let's all focus on making 2010 the Best. Year. EVER.

Happy New Year, everyone!


posted by Zabet at 12:17 AM | permalink |  2 Comments
Dec 26, 2009
The AntiCraft post-Christmas sale is here!

A few things left from Bazaar Bizarre are now available for purchase at the post-Christmas sale.

You can only get there by clicking here, so click already!
(opens in a new window)

Quantities are limited. First in-the-inbox, first served!

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posted by Zabet at 9:10 PM | permalink |  0 Comments
Dec 10, 2009
AntiCrafters in and around Cleveland! Don't forget the Bazaar Bizarre!

Running out of time but still want to give handmade gifts? Come visit the West Cleveland Bazaar Bizarre and save your sanity without compromising your standards. All manner of handmade goods will abound!

I'm bringing ornaments, books, and stickers. Rebecca will have creepy Santa eyeballs and goodness only knows what else. Robyn is bringing her hand-blended batts and hand dyed yarns. There will probably also be baby onsies in the mix as well as the occasional knitted or crocheted cap. It'll be a fun time, so come on out and shop indie/handmade/relatively local with us!

Sat, Dec 12, noon-9pm
Sun, Dec 13, noon-6pm

78th Street Studios
1300 W. 78th St.
Cleveland, OH

Click here for list.

More Info:

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posted by Zabet at 4:21 PM | permalink |  2 Comments
Dec 2, 2009
Yule Surprise!


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posted by Zabet at 1:55 PM | permalink |  3 Comments
Nov 30, 2009
Starting to feel like a carnival barker.

I feel like all I do lately is encourage folks to buy things, and it's beginning to make me feel dirty. But I'm so in love with our new holiday card design that I can't not share it. What's a girl to do?

AntiCrafters living in the US: If you buy 25 or more Zazzle greeting card, note card, postcard, invitation, or photo card products (from any Zazzle store, not just The AntiCraft), you can get free ground shipping now until December 31st. Enter promo code FREECARDSHIP at checkout to receive the free shipping.

And I can't leave out our other holiday cards.

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posted by Zabet at 12:34 PM | permalink |  0 Comments
Nov 24, 2009
Imbolc 2010 Call for Submissions

Lest we forget!

Coming from the current issue, we have realized the White Witch is right after all: it is dull to drink without eating. Therefore, in case you haven't sussed it yet, the upcoming issue of The AntiCraft is all about comfort food and the accoutrements on the table or in the kitchen that make it happen. We know most of you pull out all the stops during the holiday season and we invite you to submit your must-have recipes, special tabletop touches, and crafty kitchen projects.

Submissions should preferably be in by December 20, but we can probably stretch it until the 26th. Please be sure to check out the new (and hopefully improved) Submission Guidelines.

Look for the Imbolc 2010 issue to be out around January 9th; we'll make an announcement when it's available!

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posted by Zabet at 11:03 AM | permalink |  0 Comments
Nov 18, 2009
For our fans in the United Kingdom

You now how your own book order button under the book tab. The price is $16.76 (~£10), including shipping. Enjoy!

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posted by Zabet at 11:12 AM | permalink |  0 Comments

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