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Etsy Spotlight: Abbalope Soap

I have been using handmade bar soaps exclusively for almost 6 years now, and I just cannot get enough! I like my soaps to smell reminiscent of the season, but nothing too perfumey (instant headache), and I’ve never been interested in the soaps that smell like desserts. My years of scouring Etsy for scents and sales eventually landed me at Abbalope Handcrafted Soap.

Abbalope Handcrafted Soap

Many times in my searches, I would find a shop with maybe a couple dozen soap bars and a bunch of “other stuff”: lip balms, whipped soap, shaving soap, lotions, etc. — but at Abbalope, it is page after wonderful page of bar soaps, bar soaps, and more bar soaps. She has just about every scent combination you could possibly imagine. Which brings me to perhaps the best part: 50-CENT SAMPLES!! You can select any scent from her shop and try it before you buy it!

I’ve been burning through samples for many months now, and have a long list of scents that I love. Here are the soaps I have chosen for the upcoming fall and winter seasons:
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Zombie Awareness Month 2014

It’s that time again: Zombie Awareness Month! “Supporters of Zombie Awareness Month wear a gray ribbon to signify the undead shadows that lurk behind our modern light of day. From May 1 through May 31, concerned citizens take this small step to acknowledge the coming danger.”

zombie attack guide

This year, in addition to the traditional obligatory PSA graphic, I’ve also got a Zombie Survival Pinterest board featuring some “Haha, fun!” zombie “survival” items, and some that are DEAD SERIOUS.

Visit the Zombie Research Society for all your impending-zombie-apocalypse needs.

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Happy (belated) 10th Anniversary,!

The holidays were so busy that I totally forgot to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of! Shame on me. It should have been November 6, 2012, as was officially registered back in 2002 (you know, before every imaginable domain name was troll-bot-registered).

To make up for my tardiness, here’s a BLAST FROM THE PAST: Version 12 (2003)

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Kids Clothes Week Challenge 2012

I will be participating with the Elsie Marley Kids Clothes Week Challenge for Spring 2012 (April 23-30). This sounds wonderful! (and cathartic) — February and March have been so hectic and stressful, I’ve barely had time for any “leisure” sewing (or much leisure any-crafts or anything else). I’ve got pants to convert to shorts and summer dresses to make! This challenge will be a great impetus. Can’t wait to see what everyone does!

Elsie Marley Kids Clothes Week Challenge Spring 2012 (April 23-30)

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Shop Update: New Look!

Adel Zeller Handmade has been given a make-over! I made a new business card design today to send off to the printers, and I was so happy with how they turned out, I decided to redesign the shop, too (and update the Facebook page profile photo).

Adel Zeller Handmade, Etsy Shop/Logo Redesign

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In protest of the SOPA legislation, is participating in the National American Web Strike and will be “blacked out” all day on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.


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tokidoki® Tattooed Barbie® Doll

So an indie company had the audacity to commission, produce, and sell a Barbie® Doll sporting permanent tattoos. (As opposed to the similarly available Barbie® with temporary tattoos.) Let the fur fly! as sensationalism sets in, and the dissenting opinions of the very loud minority overshadow reason and sensibility (yet again, go figure).

tokidoki® Barbie® Doll

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Occupy Wall Street (with dignity, please)

You know, I am 100% behind the whole Occupy Wall St. idea, and I’ve heard very intelligently-worded, thoughtful and moving speeches and interviews from some leaders and activists participating in this momentous political movement. Unfortunately, I’ve also seen some videos of “protesters” just being effed-up stupid. For example, inciting unrest and antagonizing the police (who are maybe hundreds, trying to control crowds of thousands), and then screaming “POLICE BRUTALITY” when they throw your ass on the ground and arrest you. Standing around shouting “WE ARE PEACEFUL!! WE ARE PEACEFUL!!” and then charging at a line of police officers, is NOT a “peaceful” protest. Not a very smart thing to do, ever. No sympathy.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m sure there are some shitty cops out there who would punch your grandmother in the face for no reason. But for the most part, they are average citizens (just like you) who are working long hours at a stressful job (just like you) for a paycheck to provide for their family (just like you) and would like to make it home at the end of the day without a trip to the hospital (just like you). The police are in fact there to protect you from yourself, protect other people from you, protect you from other people, and keep the situation from breaking out into a riot. Because when large groups of passionate, similarly-minded people congregate en mass, as peaceful as their intentions may be, mob-mentality will rule — and it only takes ONE black sheep to get the herd running off a cliff.

BY ALL MEANS, PLEASE KEEP POSTING VIDEOS showing that there are people in this country standing up for what they believe in, and not just believing what the government and corporations and the media are feeding them! Exercise your rights! (they’ve been getting a little flabby lately.) Stand strong for those of us who cannot or will not be there! But please, please, don’t go posting bullshit, inflammatory videos, that clearly show you being an ass, acting in a way that would get you arrested anyway, even if you weren’t part of a mob of protesters. It’s disrespectful, and diminishes the extremely important message that SOCIAL and POLITICAL CHANGE during this tumultuous time is necessary for America to recover from the malicious devastation that occurred in the financial sector.

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Sam Rockwell totally looks like: Everyone.

Yesterday, in a burst of uncharacteristic relevancy — as I had just gifted The Decemberists’ The King is Dead for Mother’s Day — I emailed my mom the TLL of my brother, and of course she thought it was great. She also commented that, if she were to make a TLL, it would be “Sam Rockwell totally looks like Bon Scott”. I thought, “oh, wouldn’t it be neat if I made that and sent it to her and hahaha fun!” I went to Google Images and typed in “Sam Rockwell” and wouldn’t you know it, that guy totally looks like everyone.

Quick side note: the film Moon was fantastic, and if you haven’t seen it yet, shame on you.

So of all the productive things I could have accomplished this morning, I decided to make LOLz instead.

Sam Rockwell totally looks like Bon Scott

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T-Shirt Wantingness

T-Shirts. I love them.

Some might say, that I fanatically collect them.

But that would be an overstatement, pfft (okay maybe just a little)

I’ve been wearing tees with printed graphics of all the things that are wonderful, since I was old enough to choose my own clothes. When I was 12, my favorite was an allover print Betty Boop shirt (it was fantastic).

Jeans and tees are what I wear. Year round. Mostly black, which in the summer is unfortunate. Mostly band shirts, with some movies sprinkled in there. More conversations have been initiated by strangers because of the t-shirt that I’m wearing than anything else.

Purchasing new shirts for myself happens less and less frequently, now in my era of parenthood. (not that there’s any lack of great kids shirts) But as soon as its mom’s turn, I’m gonna be all over these:

T-Shirt Wantingness

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Watching the Decorah Eagle family

The Raptor Resource Project located in Decorah, Iowa, has been broadcasting a live feed of a pair of mated Bald Eagles and their new hatchlings. It has become somewhat of a sensation, landing spots on several news channel reports and attracting thousands of streaming viewers. So many people were viewing, in fact, that it has crashed their website twice so far (bandwidth limit exceeded) — from what I’ve seen there have been almost 120,000 viewers during the peaks!

Decorah Eagles still 1

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What’s this Internet thing all about, anyway?

I recently submitted a comment on Sally J Shim’s blog in response to her post about internet privacy in general and specifically her photographs being used without permission or proper accreditation. Here’s what I said:

Unfortunately, many people just search Google Images for content for their blog, nabbing pictures without even thinking of crediting original sources–if they even get it from the original source, and not from someone else who has already reposted a repost! I’ve heard some freaky stories along these same lines. There was one woman in particular, a photographer, whose entire blog was copied, nearly verbatim, by some ridiculous (and I’m guessing unstable) person, along with images of her children who this person renamed and claimed as her own. Creepy.

It hits you hard when you put your own world out there only to have your trust violated by a stranger. The internet is a strange place; I’ve been “online” and making websites and posting a journal (in one form or another) since 1995, and it has grown incredibly fast and virtually unfettered, which is a wonderful and sometimes very scary thing.
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Zombie Apocalypse: Things I would miss

There are many “luxuries” in life that are taken for granted on a daily basis, but in the event of a zombie apocalypse (I’m just sayin’…) there are certain things that I would especially miss. You know, other than relative peace and calm and safety and not having to splatter brains all day long.

  1. Music. Without electricity, I can’t listen to music. This is why I married a musician–as long as he’s alive and with me and has a guitar, we’re golden.
  2. Sleep. Oh, my precious, precious sleep. Hours and hours of sleep. How can a person be expected to sleep during a zombie apocalypse? Nothing but nightmares.
  3. Medicine. Way-back-when, if a person had a fever, they would die. Nowadays we have Tylenol. How much would it suck to die of a fever when there’s a perfectly good zombie apocalypse going on?
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NPR Highlight: Iron Man 2

(This article is a Burnt Weiners mirror entry.)

Neal Conan weinered-it-up on NPR’s Talk of the Nation today in a short, but somewhat in-depth, discussion with NPR’s resident comic book blogger, Glen Weldon on the topic of the recently released Iron Man 2 movie. I had no idea that one of my favorite talk radio hosts is a self-proclaimed comic book geek!

Listen to the 16 minute “podcast” on NPR’s website:
Iron Man 2 Full Of Easter Eggs For Fans

When Neal quips, “I don’t read a lot of capes,” I literally laughed out loud. Another fantastic highlight is toward the end when one of the callers mentions that he now knows what was in the much sought-after briefcase in Pulp Fiction. Ha!

Vincent Vega and The Briefcase (Pulp Fiction)

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50 Random Things About Me

  1. In middle school, I was the best player on the girls basketball C team.
  2. I never wear makeup.
  3. As a child, I was in ballet, tap, and jazz dance classes.
  4. I am a fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs, although I rarely follow sports.
  5. I collect individual issues of the Spawn comic series.
  6. I am married and have two kids and three dogs.
  7. My husband has the same name as my childhood dog: Bo.
  8. Bo and I have been together since I was 16 and he was 18, over 11 years now (married for four).
  9. I started taking classes for my Associate of Liberal Arts degree from community college in 2001; as of 2010 I have one class left to take.
  10. I have five tattoos.
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