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.


  1. This is a great first post! I don't know much about either baking or crochet but I'm still eager to read more. Also I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with The Eleventh Doctor or River Song so I tweeted the link.

  2. Looking forward to this blog. I just learned how to knit last year and am hoping to learn how to crochet soon. I'm a huge Doctor Who fan and am loving that little creation of yours! Posted on Twitter. My id is @kattykyt

  3. I love Dr Who and I already love your work! I tweeted your link: @jemilee36

  4. I have not yet seen any of the new Dr. Who. I have it on Netflix just haven't watched it yet because I know I won't get anything else done.

    That is a cute creation. I cannot crochet to save my life! I learned the chain when I was young and recently someone taught me how to do more but it just didn't stick with me. Probably because I can knit a whole lot faster!
    Totally tweeted your link too. @pltreasures

  5. This is gorgeous, I adore it, great job! I RT'd as londonesque_ on Twitter <3

  6. Oh my gosh, that is adorable. Her HAIR. I'm not sure how to link to a retweet, but I did so as karenkathryne.!/karenkathryne

  7. Thank you all so much for the kind words! I was really nervous about putting myself out there and these comments have made it all worth it.

    @Karen, I'm glad you like the hair! I was so thrilled with how it turned out. It's a really easy and fun technique that I'll probably post later this week.

  8. Hey, I gave you an award. Doing good for just starting this blog. =)

  9. You just did a simply fabulous job with River, especially her hair! (Also, we so need a time to hang out. So much to catch up on, and then I can make you teaching me to crochet. ;))

    I put up a bit on Tumblr about this, and RTed you over here.

  10. (Ugh, that should have been "then I can make you teach me to crochet. Stupid typo.)

  11. River is definitely one of my favourite characters and this is super cute!! I love her hair, you did an awesome job. :) I posted a link on my tumblr~

  12. I have retweeted your original tweet a few time. (Just did again).

    My pic currently is of a crocheted River of someonbe elses. I cant get one & have no skills to make one.

    My friend is going to see Alex at Collectormania next Sunday. I'd have her show your River if you picked me

  13. Fantastic. RT'd as RebVolley on Twitter and will be promoting on FB too. Keep up the good work, so cute.

  14. Love this! Sooooo cute. Fantastic blog. Retweeted the link here:!/Bolly89