Jenni gave me an early stocking stuffer the other day, a fun Christmas ornament robot that she found at the always wonderful Earth Bones shop in Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth.
I shall call him 'Kyobi!'
The Scat Jazz Club is now open in downtown Fort Worth, in the heart of Sundance Square. It features old school jazz and drinks to make the Rat Pack proud.
While the club has opened to rave reviews, this particular entrance (which will be the main one for the club, which is actually underground, in the basement of the old Woolsworth building) did not get finished in time for the opening, something to do with elevator installation. Either way, it's a very groovy back-alley 'front door,' off of 4th Street, between Houston and Main.
We welcome you, Scat Jazz! Downtown Fort Worth, and Cowtown in general, has long been in need of such an establishment. Here's to many years of classic jazz and much success.
Ah, what would a parent do without the valuable advice of those folks over at CNET, helping confused parents figure out whether Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is more appropriate for their 4 year old than Halo 3 or BioShock...
Or Assassin's Creed: My favorite bit from their gaming advice:
The good: ... Creeds can help encourage strong work ethics.
The bad: The main character is a professional killer who had his finger cut off so he could fit a spring-loaded knife on his arm. He isn't exactly one of the Wiggles.
I was rolling. Which part of the title 'Assassin's Creed' didn't give away that this wasn't a kids game?
'I'm sorry, Bubby, we were going to get you a good first-person knifing game, but CNET says we shouldn't...'
(All this poked in good fun at the folks at CNET, whose reviews and recommendations--and price-checking--on all things IT/entertainment/electronic are quite valuable and most helpful.)
Hey, we're home from MGM Studios now, but we had a blast. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights is not to be missed. Basically, you want to be right there in the middle of fake 'San Francisco' on the backlot with the 'snow' falling right as the choreographed lights start to the tune of 'Christmas in Sarajevo'.
And then, you'll get down. Yeah, baby!
"We're incredibly excited to announce that Amazon has purchased J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard at an auction held by Sotheby's in London. The book of five wizarding fairy tales, referenced in the last book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is one of only seven handmade copies in existence. The purchase price was £1,950,000, and Ms. Rowling is donating the proceeds to The Children's Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is extensively illustrated and handwritten by the bard herself--all 157 pages of it. It's bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones.
Enjoy these first images of the book."
Your Christmas shopping may already be totally done. You may have each gift wrapped and under the tree (punctual you!).
But if you're NOT a Christmas shopping miracle yourself, these little Christmas cheat sheets by Made In ENGLAND by Gentlemen are sure to come in handy. Simply print (for boy or girl), distribute, fill out with pertinent information (like brasserie size!), and then swap with the people buying you gifts.
Right gift, right size, right color, right person, right on!
Sarah created a fabulous doggie-size shrug, which she calls 'Cables and Bits,' and which Knitty scooped right up!
Those are Sarah's dogs in the pictures: Don't they look great, and didn't they behave fabulously for the pictures?
Did I mention I was proud of my sister? Check out her bio at the bottom of the pattern page:
The girl stays busy! And it didn't even mention her incredible Etsy shop, 5*7*9 Jewelry, which has recently been remodeled, restocked with more fabulous handmade jewelry, and which still sells just about everything for $5, $7, or $9, and where shipping is always free!
I'm so proud of my sister!!! She is so talented and so creative and she is always challenging me to get off my duff and do something awesome. After you've checked out the Knitty Cables and Bits pattern, make sure you check out her blog (where she often offers free patterns) and zoom on over to her Etsy store, and make some Christmas purchases that will be sure to thrill the recipient!
Wow, he used to be tiny! Four years ago, almost to the day, we took Bubby on his first plane trip, and his first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I don't know how many plane trips he's been on at this point--a bunch--but I do know that in just a couple of days, he'll be making his third pilgrimage to WDW, to see Mickey and have some serious fun at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, to celebrate Dad's birthday and related stuff, and to really have a great time.
The first time we went to WDW, Bubby was just a couple months old And while the rides were lost on him at that point, they aren't now: every day brings new excited anticipation: 'How long until we go to Mickey's house?!' He just can't wait to do and see everything again, particularly Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster Spin in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom.
I'll be posting mobiley, so watch out for fun here AS IT HAPPENS!!!