Feb. 8th, 2019

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While doing research, I came across these patterns for making rag toys.  I had a lot of homemade toys when I was little, and I loved them.

http://www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-how-to/free-patterns-and-projects/dolls/dolls.html

https://allcrafts.net/sewing/stuffedanimalssewing.htm

And in case you want to dress them ...

https://www.allfreesewing.com/Miscellaneous-Projects/Free-Doll-Clothes-Patterns-DIY-Accessories

https://feltmagnet.com/textiles-sewing/all-free-doll-clothes-patterns


EDIT 2/8/19: [personal profile] pantha has reminded me of this awesome pattern for a giant squid pillow.  Very popular in Kraken.  :D


 
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This is one of local-America's main events in citizen science.  The Great Backyard Bird Count invites everyone to list the birds they see.  This year it runs February 15-18.
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A friend tipped me to this excellent discussion about gossip in Judaism, when it is or is not permissible and why.  While gentiles are not bound by Jewish law as Jews are, it remains a very useful set of guidelines, and following them -- even if you cherrypick your favorites -- would prevent a lot of headaches.
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Pagan author D.J. Conway passed beyond the veil on February 1.

Like many Pagans my age, I discovered her books growing up and loved them. Unlike most of the other folks, I knew they weren't historically accurate. But here's the thing: they didn't have to be in order to work. She put the bottom rungs on the ladder better than almost anyone else. At that time, very few people were writing Paganism with a solid scholastic core. But she inspired a lot of us to dig deeper after we got done enjoying the light, airy stuff that works great as an introduction. I still use a few of her guidebooks because she wrote about some topics that not many other authors have picked up on. She will be deeply missed.


"Candlemas Crossing"
-- an elegy for D.J. Conway, 1939-February 1, 2019


Winter,
a cloak of snow
cast over a waiting world --

candles,
a bank of flames
dancing on beeswax legs --

Goddess
reaches down
to scoop up Her daughter --

and the Summerland bursts into song.
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 ... ruins unwelcome flash photography.  Now that is a useful gizmo!  It's really expensive, but it's based on something already common: a bike reflector.  There is reflective clothing for night joggers.  I am now wondering if those reflective jackets, hats, tape, etc. would similarly foil photography.  Or for that matter, jewelry made out of bike reflector material, which is quite cheap and not that dissimilar from some pop jewelry.

EDIT 2/10/19: Reflecitve clothing is already available for safety purposes (see discussions below) and would likely foil photography as well.  This company makes reflective vests including some that disclose disabilities.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] fuzzyred, there are 28 new verses in "Only If It Is Embraced."  After the fight, Pain's Gray and Keane start cleaning each other up.

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