Monthly Archives: January 2008
I’m the first person to admit that I am not a “serious” blogger. But it wasn’t always that way. When I started blogging somewhere around 2001, my blog posts reflected my life being married to an Israeli Sabra and raising our multi-cultural family or shared my latest digital, fiber and other creations. My blog also delved into more serious issues like Israel and our neighbors, the Palestinians. At some point I realized that writing about these latter topics left me very agitated. If anything, my agitation intensified to the point where my body was physically reacting to it …and not in a good way. And then I had a personal epiphany. Even though I vented my feelings through writing on my blog, it.changed.nothing.in.the.real.world.
This isn’t to say that I no longer have thoughts about these tension-making subjects, it’s just that I choose not to dwell on them online. While that probably makes my blog less attractive for some to read, the purpose of this blog is less about having readers looking for info on Israel and more about having a place for me to keep in touch with family and old friends.
In one of her posts this last week, Imshin put into words much better than I a general feeling I’ve had lately about the blogosphere and perhaps even blogging in general.
“Isn’t it far better to get on with living and not talk about it all the time? Get on with living and working and doing our little bit to make this little home of ours here work properly?”
In honor of the upcoming annual ode to all things romantic, this month’s PI Goody is a set of 6 Dover vintage cutouts with a Valentine’s Day theme.
These cutouts have been made using Caroloyl’s excellent tubin’ tutorial and each one has been enhanced using various PI tools. Just download the 200801-JenT.zip file from the Box.net Widget in my sidebar, import the UOL file to your EZPalette and go romance your sweetheart.
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License
For those interested, the font I used here is French Script MT. A second set of Valentine’s Day PI Goodies, including chocolates, candy and hearts of all kinds, will be available at the beginning of February.
And the BIG NEWS is out! Corel, who bought Ulead last year, has finally released the new version of PhotoImpact, PI X3. Read about it here.
This week’s Dover sampler has available for download a huge excerpt from Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer’s book on modular knitting “Woolly Thoughts: Unlock Your Creative Genius with Modular Knitting”.
Find it here, but hurry, the weekly sampler changes on Sunday.
Competitive Knitters Battle to the Death in “Sock Wars” (hat tip: Liron) Honestly, I wouldn’t even bother entering this because I knit so slowly it would just be suicide.
(Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?)
And speaking of death, Leo went quietly in the small hours of the morning earlier this week. The 5% that I’d managed to do was frogged down to the last stitch. RIP