Tuesday, May 24, 2011

And the winner is...

I'm sorry that I'm a day late posting the results from the River Song give-away. The words busy weekend don't come close to covering it. The good thing is that the Spar Oom that's been piled with books and junk for literally years is now empty and just a good sweeping and mopping away from clean.

I really can't tell you all how much all the comments and tweets have meant to me. Every time I've seen a new one I felt just like I was opening a present, even if it was just an RT for a chance to win. I was nervous about putting myself out here, and now I feel much more confident about it. But enough of my babbling, you want to know who the winner is.

I never would have been able to pick someone on my own, so I turned to Random.org for what I hope is a truly fair pick. And the winner of her very own crocheted River Song is.... Cloister_Belle! Please email me and I will get her shipped out to you as soon as possible!

There's been a little bit of interest in comments and on twitter about how I made River's crazy curly mass of hair. I'm planning on writing up a tutorial on it this week, even though it's so easy it hardly needs one. Unraveling curly yarn is ridiculously fun. I'm just looking for an excuse to make something else with hair like that.

Thank you all again for reading and commenting and spreading the linkage. I have great plans to have this site up and running with recipes and patterns and pictures of me yelling at my pile of work-in-progress crochet projects sometime soon!

Friday, May 13, 2011

First Post and a Geeky Give Away

The first post is always the hardest right? I have been meaning to start a blog as an outlet to share my baking and crafting endeavours for ages. So here I am. My name is Teresa. I'm a giant geek in many ways, and a bit of dork too, but I don't mind. I spend my free time throwing myself headlong into baking or crocheting, and this blog is here for me to share it with the rest of the world.

I bake because I love it, even when I'm covered in flour and cussing at midnight, sometimes especially then. I love to try to meet baking challenges, whether it's baking something for a friend with food allergies or attempting a recipe that is way out of my league and uses every mixing bowl in my kitchen.

I crochet, and do other crafts, because I can't draw. Okay, that's only partially true. I first learned the basics of crochet almost seventeen years ago. I did a lot of long and wobbly chains that summer. I picked it back up around seven years ago, bought a book, and taught myself everything else I know through a mixture of determination and helpful websites and videos. I really can't draw, at all, so instead of drawing I crochet the characters and things that I love. A lot of my crochet is geekily inspired by television shows, books, movies, video games, you name it. I couldn't imagine my life without it.

Eventually I hope to share recipes and patterns here, and hopefully some helpful tips. I do other crafting besides crocheting, although not as often, or as well. In reward for sticking around through my nervous rambling introduction I'm going to start this blog off with a give away. One of my very favorite tv shows is Doctor Who. I adore the Eleventh Doctor (as I did the Tenth and Ninth...). To celebrate the fantastic season opener I made a companion all of my own.

River Song, who may or may not be about to shoot a ridiculous hat.
River Song is a surprise new favorite for me. I really didn't like her at all when she first appeared in Silence in the Library with the Tenth Doctor. Somewhere along the way with Eleven she won me over. They have wonderful chemistry. She's cheeky and causes trouble, and jumps right into the middle of things (or occasionally off of buildings) and I can't wait to learn more about her.

From behind, to show off her crazy, curly hair.
I made River in her outfit from The Impossible Astronaut, the first episode of S6. She's got boot cut jeans, a white shirt with a collar, and a lighter 'denim' jacket that's removable. Of course she wouldn't be complete without her hip holster and the gun to go in it. She can even hold the gun herself, thanks to a tiny bit of velcro sewn on its side.

Gun and Journal. What's in the journal? Why, that would be spoilers!
The way the give away will work is fairly simple and straight forward. Share a link to this post (on Twitter, Facebook, wherever!) by next Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm CST, comment here to let me know, and you'll be entered into a random drawing. I'll pick a winner and mail you your very own time hopping, trouble causing, hat shooting companion. Wear a fez or Stetson at your own risk.