Friday Five Roundup #9

Did you know the next two months have a Friday the 13th? Spooky! Just thought I’d share that. Anyway, check out these cool things I’ve found on the net!


Weekly Writing Challenge

Weekly Writing Challenge
So obviously JGL is awesome and his open, collaborative production company, HITRECORD is amazing (if you haven’t already just dig through all the creative things people are making, sharing and working on together every day). One of the things I came across and loved is the Weekly Writing Challenge. Collaborative non-traditional writing prompts to get your literary juices flowing.

How to Write by Neil Gaiman

If the weekly prompts aren’t enough, the incomprable Neil Gaiman has your easy ticket to being a successful writer here. Totally legit advice if you ask me.

Story NYC

I’m kind of obsessed with the whole concept that is Story. Originally reading about the creator, Rachel Shechtman in Their Roaring Thirties, and her vision to create this store unlike anything done before. With a new “story” every month it stays fresh and innovative.

Plays with Needles

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Aside from the hilarious name, Plays with Needles features some amazing embroidery designs. Though her Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Alice and Wonderland pieces are amazing, it’s the Prayer for Sendai (pictured above) piece that blew me away.

Be My Eyes App

Be My Eyes_Credits Emil Jupin & Thelle Kristensen
The coolest and easiest way to help someone in need.  From their press release:

“It only takes a minute to choose the right tin can from the shelf, look at the expiration date on the milk or find the right thing to eat in the fridge ­ if you have full vision that is. For visual impaired individuals smaller tasks in their home can often become bigger challenges. The new app is called “Be My Eyes” and hopes to change that!
Through a direct video call the app gives blind people the opportunity to ask a sighted
volunteer for help, for tasks that requires normal vision. The blind person “lends” the helper’s eyes all through his or her smartphone. The sighted helper is able to see and describe what the blind person is showing the sighted helper by filming with the video camera in the smartphone. That way, by working together they are able to solve the problem that the blind person is facing.”


Have a great weekend!


Friday Five Roundup #8

Friday is here! I feel like this week flew by. I still have so much to do before doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend. But here are some great things I found across the interwebs this week. Allons-y!

Fandango Frontrunners
Fandango Frontrunners
The Oscar nominations are out and everyone has something to say about it. But if we’re sticking strictly to the movies up for an award, Fandango has interviews with the actors for the top nominated movies. They even have a printable ballot for you to cast your vote at your own Oscar themed party at home.

The Dog Cafe
The Dog Cafe
Now that America has it’s first cat cafe, it’s time to let the dogs have their day! Currently raising funds on Indigogo, The Dog Cafe is looking to raise $200,000 by February 5th. So if you like coffee, tea, and pups go ahead and donate. All the dogs at the cafe will be rescues that are ready to come home with you.

Last week I mentioned Creative Bug to watch videos and get your crafty juices flowing. But if you’re looking for more technical skill set, I have just the thing. Skillfeed offers an array of classes, from graphic design and web development to career development health and wellness. The best part is, instead of paying for individual classes, you pay $19/month and take all you want! Yay learning!


Another great idea looking for crowdfunding is Fahz, a 3-D printed vessel that has multiple profiles hidden in the surface of the vase at different intervals.

In general I love all websites dedicated to food, but FWx takes the cake (pun intended). With articles about which craft beer pairs well with Girl Scout cookies and features on restaurants that aren’t only serving delicious fare, but are amazing in design, what’s not to love. They also have a handy newsletter so the articles come directly to your inbox.

Have a great weekend!


Friday Five Roundup #7

Hey! Ho! Happy New Year! In my mind you can get away with saying that (and mailing new years cards) until the 10th so, HAPPY FREAKING NEW YEAR!!!!
Since I work in Times Square every NYE, this is the first Friday Five of 2015, so I made sure to make it a good one. Wanna see what’s got me keen in 2015 (other than corny rhymes, that is)? Well keep reading!


The Jealous Curator The Jealous Curator
How many times have you seen something amazing and thought, “damn. I wish I thought of that”? Well, think it one more time. The Jealous Curator features amazing contemporary art finds, that evokes envy as well as inspiration.

How to Create a Vision Board How to Create a Vision Board
Now that you’re thoroughly inspired, it’s time to put well intentioned thoughts into a visual reminder of action. As a lover of anything involving scissors and glue, I had to share Love Brown Sugar‘s tips on creating a vision board to make 2015 yours.

Creative Bug Creative Bug
I am notorious for seeing something I like, then reading/watching/googling everything I can about it to make it myself. It’s part of my charm! Creative Bug helps in my highly obsessed focused process. It’s full of high quality tutorials on every type of craft you can possibly think of (the arm knitting one is what got me hooked). Try a few of the free videos and if you like it, go for their premium access and be a master of all the things!

Chef Steps
When I say I have watched every video they have on the PBS app on apple tv, I am in no way exaggerating (again, part of my charm). It started with the Ultimate Roast Chicken Video and hasn’t stopped since. Be prepared to see me try a lot of food tutorials from their amazing recipes.


My BuzzFeed Page! My BuzzFeed Page
A few months ago, I wanted to post on somethings that didn’t necessarily fit in my crafting category here at Allons-y Craft. Enter BuzzFeed Community! A place to showcase funny aspects and thoughts from my everyday life into a list filled with gifs (obviously!) And awesome enough, it has led to me being picked to participate as a Lifestyle/DIY Fellow. So expect to see more of my brand of hilarious and crafty foolishness on the interweb machines!

Have a great weekend!