So Long spammers, and Goodbye to (some) comments

So Long spammers, and Goodbye to (some) comments
Hello all… Dot here. Yes, I still love you guys, but the eternal war with spammers has brought me to a crossroads. Dear spammers: No, none of my readers want to buy your essay, really–And the comments have always be ‘no-follow’, so Google doesn’t even notice your link. But telling them this has been in vain, so I’ve made the decision to get rid of WordPress comments, and have only Facebook comments. Why now? If you’ve been around the crafty/bloggy web as long as I have (2007!),  you’ll have noticed that the importance of comments has changed dramatically over the past few years.  … [ KEEP READING ]

Awesome Crafty Giveaway from Elmer’s Craft-It (@elmers) …$150 value!

Craft It elmers giveaway
So my big plan was to come up with a really cool Christmas project to show off the stuff in this box… and a lot of great stuff it is… cutting mats and X-actos, and glues –courtesy of Elmer’s… all kinds of crafty goodies. (the full list is below). But as I mentioned yesterday, this past month has been a blur, so I have fallen behind in my crafty-bloggy duties. So, give me an idea of what YOU would do with this box of goodies, and you can win your own box!

The goodies inside: FOAM AND DISPLAY BOARD:
· 9” x 12” Mini Bi-Fold Foam Board X-ACTO:
· Designer Series Gripster Craft Knife
· Designer Series 12” Metal Ruler
· Designer Series 12” X 12” Self Healing Mat
· Designer Series 8” Scissors
· Designer Series 5” Precision Tip Scissors
· Designer Series Basic Shape Templates
· Designer Series Decorative Shape Templates PAINTERS:
· Painters Bright Colors
· Painters Sherbet Swirl CRAFTBOND:
· Dot Runner
· Foam Mounting Tape
· Thin Medium Glue Spots
· All Purpose Glue Stick
· Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen
· Elmer’s Designer Tape Just leave a comment below telling me what awesome project (holiday project???)  this box would inspire you to do, and by random selection you can win your own box.… [ KEEP READING ]

Update on Dot, in which I make excuses, give you a new recipe, and make some book recommendations.

Roasted Chicken Cast Iron with Roasted Cumin Cauliflower
This last month with the holidays and lots of web design work has been a total mess for me.  Work & family has kept me really busy, so I admit I’ve been neglecting this poor little blog! I do have a bunch of cool pics to show you guys from halloween (I assume you still want to see the awesome food and costumes, even if I am 2 months late?), plus some cool stuff for xmas coming up.  I’ll really try to be better this month!  I also have a cool giveaway coming up, as soon as I put the post together, so stay tuned for that.… [ KEEP READING ]

Crafty Cthulhu Says: “Stop SOPA”!

Sorry for the inconvenience of no Dabbled yesterday, but I feel very strongly that we need to get the word out to stop the SOPA and PIPA proposals, so we joined with many other sites to go dark to highlight the problem. More info: Internet blackout day is over, but we still need to stop SOPA. Yesterday I posted this to Twitter, but since we’re back up today, I’m sharing it here too! Feel free to pirate this image for use in getting the word out!

Dabbled is Dark Today

Dabbled, like Wikipedia, Boing Boing, and many other sites today, has gone dark from January 18, 2012 at 8:00 am until January 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm to protest SOPA/PIPA and Internet Censorship. This is important, and you need to be aware and get involved if you care about the internet and the freedoms we currently enjoy. All it takes is people who don’t understand what they are doing (ie our representatives) doing something dumb in the name of trying to stop piracy, and ruining it for everyone. Proposed US Senate legislation — the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA)– would put Dabbled, and most other sites that link to cool stuff on the web, in legal jeopardy if we linked to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement.… [ KEEP READING ]

New Halloween Projects Page at Dabbled

Halloween is coming up guys, and you know that’s the best time of year around here at Dabbled. So I created a new Halloween Projects page to collect a bunch of past halloween posts in one spot.  You’ll find costume ideas, food, halloween crafts and decor, and all kinds of tutorials, both from Dabbled and from elsewhere around the web. So go check it out — You’ll find it in the main menu bar above under “Go Halloween!” And if you have a cool halloween tutorial or created a cool costume, be sure to either leave a comment or send me the info (if you don’t blog, send me pics and a write up), and I’ll include it in this year’s halloween roundup.… [ KEEP READING ]