Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Death becomes

IMGP1217, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

I had a feeling it was coming. The is dunzo. "We began this trial to explore working with the community to create original, highly relevant local content. We learned a lot about consumer and merchant engagement and have been excited to see great people coming together to create entertaining and useful local sites. We will incorporate our learnings into Marchex’s next-generation local search platform."
But I took some sweet photos around the 43202

April 30-Aug 5th

Is when the age gap is over a decade. Weird to think about, but age is definitely a relative state. A quick jaunt to the age wiki and I think it's summed up when it says "chronological age does not correlate perfectly with functional age, i.e. two people may be of the same age, but differ in their mental and physical capacities."
A friend is always lamenting over her body 'aging' and the increasing inability to participate in physical activities as she is aging, while she's a few years younger than me. My climbing partner has children older than me, runs marathons, and drinks beer/hangs out like he's 20. I guess I've been thinking about this lately as a number of people have asked me my age since I've started the new job- after they ask if I'm an intern- and it takes me a second to think about the number A few times I've answered 24 & 27 (I'm 26), just because it's not something I think about or dwell on, then get nervous and spout out a number.
Or maybe this is just an excuse as my memory has be rapidly deteriorating...
Or maybe useful info is getting rapidly replaced. If you don't know what a Chumby is (previous post), check out their website. I've watched come up through it's hacked little DIY creation, and although not as thrilling as I had expected, it's fun. And if you have one, JG can be your Chum! Yes! It's basically an advanced alarm clock- it can run your feeds, traffic, weather, and has widgets for facebook, myspace, twitter, etc. Plus there are fun games. And it's cute.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Weekend Off

Kitchen project 1, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

So I was supposed to have Saturday off and it turned into Sunday off instead. My only day off of the month (I took the weekend off when JG was home, but ended up sick anyways)
The weekend was good. I didn't get to everything, but got pendants soldered, a table & tent for vending, replaced the tire on the cruiser, caps for the Bareknuckle frame, cleaned the downstairs, cleaned out the hall closet & bathroom drawers, thinned the plants, had to work during all the Saturday 'earth day' activities, but made the worms a new home (but with design flaws and a crucial break during transportation), cleaned out the fridge, made dinner for friends, enabled Basak to fix her NEW BIKE, Johnathan helped me with kitchen project #2, cut branches for my vending set up. Washed clothing. Scrubbed bedroom floor. Got a few things together for the treasure swap. Wasn't able to get to things that I have been sadly lingering on, like a handful of cards and letters to folks I miss. Sadness.
Did some extensive research during work & last night on this Bisphenol-A leaching/Nalgene craze (result: people are crazy. turn off your TV, don't buy what you don't need), thought alot about kids, the environment, epidemiology, environmental classism, lean manufacturing, brushed up on Arsenic chemistry for a few hours this morning. That's how I need to end my day, so I've come to the conclusion: it's easier to not take the day off, or not work weekends too.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Alive Article

Craftin' Outlaws, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

So I was embarassingly interviewed in the Columbus Alive paper today, but sadly, they didn't give a direct link my etsy shop. The direct link is
Luckily, my website got a little facelift earlier in the week, but there's not much content, but I will do custom work. Previous examples can be found in this flickr set. Or go buy goods a Wholly Craft!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day

So in contrast to the nice shots on fromEPA's photo contest, this to me is a good reflection of the current environment. (this one too but it's not as pretty. With Turn-off-your TV week, Target bag mailers and all other activites going on (free veggie burgers @ North Star), etc. is Earth Day the new Christmas? Not the best article, but I think the title is fantastic and should be elborated on.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


The lovely Basak and I made it out to try and see Dead Sea, but it was 1:30 and they hadn't gone on yet, & we had to duck out. But, we did get to see Swordheaven
Sadly, I worked late on Saturday and didn't make it over to Agora but was able to get caught up on a few other things which was nice. Such as transplanting a good number of seedlings into the outdoors. It's the first time I've grown from seeds, and I have to say that I am worried about my little guys out there. I ended up putting a good number of them in pots JUST IN CASE it gets cold again and they have to come inside. Plus I let the cats outside with me so they got to eat some grass & received thorough brushings which is good for them.
Also, someone from the past has been looking at my old work. If you were the one who was looking at this page or the old iwarp website, drop me a line, I might miss you!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The business of art.

So I'm working on the color scheme. Except the background color isn't in the scheme... yiyiyi I wish I would have taken an art class at some point. Or at least read a book about colors at some point. Or just wasn't so indecisive in general. This is tricky business. The website photo was the inspiration, but I'm not sure how well it's working out. Hopefully the Google Analytics will work on that site (couldn't get it to register on the previous) Seems like it takes a long time to load though...

Friday, April 18, 2008

North Market Sundays and no Sleaze

North Market Artisan Sundays

So starting in May, the outdoor patio area of the North Market will be devoted to local artists. You'll be able to buy treasures from folks living right here in Columbus, Ohio! You can check out the flyer for the complete listing of vendors. I'm next to the Megan ofMiss Megan Mac, and Earth by April. I do not personally know Earth by April, but it looks from her blog that she makes jewelry from "Kazuri beads made from the rich Kenyan clay found at the base the mountains of Nairobi."

I have to say that I am very relieved by this. I thought it was going to be handmade soaps or something and they were going to bother my allergies all day. Whew. Crisis averted.

In other news, there have been a good number of "Calls for fiber artists" lately, but this one for the Quilt Surface Design Symposium takes the cake. Important text reads "Show off your skills in creating "art cloth" by using techniques such as shibori, discharge, batik, screen printing, stamping, foiling and more. Quality of fabrics used is important. Sleazy fabrics are not acceptable."
Hummmm, really, how credible can a show be where they have to specifically mention that. Or, should they really be that down on rayon? Come on now, they're holding this thing at the University Plaza over on Olentangy. Not really the place to go for high class.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A dreary Saturday

Although a bike ride didn't pan out, I was still happy with the afternoon.
I love going to Greenlawn cemetary.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Last Saturday = AmyD!

Last Saturday, I ventured out into Westerville for the first time. It's only 12 miles from my house, but somehow those suburbs just seem so much further. The ride was really nice and the town was cute and quaint.
AmyD opened a little shop in the back of Java Central on S. Main St in Westerville. She's selling her fun wares and a few great items from others. She had her aprons I absolutely love, and I picked up a pouch/wristband set in a beautiful asian print by an aritist that I have forgotten... She also is carrying some of the beautiful journals by Spacedog, so if you're in the area, check it out!
AmyD's new shop!!!Creator Unknown

Monday, April 14, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

I've been inside and the sun's been out!

IMGP1130, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

It's been so nice out, and someone's home, but I've had the worst flu/cough/chest congestion since I was a small child. I've woken up every morning wishing my dad was here to pound out my chest for the last week. But on the up side, I started climbing a bit Wednesday night and it felt pretty good, I have a good technique now to exclude the bum finger.
Anyways, I have a lot to say... so yeah, expect a flood of posts next week.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Fabrication of a Pressure Vessel

So I know readers don't tend to like my science posts, but when I first watched this video on the fabrication of pressure vessels, all I could think was "Who would take the time to set this little video to classical music and actually post it."
But now I've had it looping in the background all morning. I especially like when the guy is inspecting the welds. :-p
Also, the first Sunday of the month you can now find me at The North Market. I'll elaborate later.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Cbus Crafts in the Dispatch

Morning everyone! Hope you weren't effected by Skybus and had a pleasant weekend. AmyD had a little store opening on Saturday that I'll chat about later, but check out today's Dispatch for a little article on the Sampler. So The Sampler basically takes up to 100 items for an 'indie crafter' and makes up little 'gift bags' of sorts. Then they send (only) five out to the media and the rest are for sale. The Sampler "really is a very healthy cross section of what local crafters are doing."
So I contributed about 30 pendant necklaces. Folks seem to say that it drives up your typical etsy sales, but the mean rate for a good on etsy is $12, and that's about the price point where items easily sell through the site... While it's not exactly the target audience I am looking for, but it was fun to participate in.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

That's me. And I'm the newest blogger over at, so keep an eye out for my community ramblings on Clintonville. Feel free to suggest an blogposts for me too.
In the meantime, you can check my etsy shop

Microscope Slide Pendants

So the Columbus City Sampler was featured on the CRAFT blog today, and the Sampler's go on sale April 7. The Columbus City Sampler offers unique items from indie artists, crafters, designers, and DIY businesses in the Columbus, Ohio area. I have to say that my favorite contribution were Yumi Yumi's tiny owl prints. I put a few pendants in the sampler and there are a few left in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

OSU Undergrad show

I swung by the OSU undergrad art show last evening to see a few scholarships handed out and there were a few pieces that had me snickering, a few that I couldn't believe were hanging, and a few outstanding pieces. This was my favorite non-print work. (my favorite print and a round-up of the print show later) Sadly, I did not get the artist's name and the title has just escaped me... True, there is a bias as it incorporated two of my favorite things- birdcages and bread, but there was just something about the tones, texture and lighting that made it for me.
This photo may have to be printed and reside in the kitchen next to the photo I took at last year's award show. Yeesh, looking at the photos it definitely wasn't as nice out. Oh yeah, and there was a main component missing to give out his awards.

Favorite non-print