Thursday, October 15, 2009

We've Moved!

Update your bookmarks ladies and gentlemen!
http://bsstitches.wordpress.com
See you on the flip side!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Charity Cook Book! UPDATE

Well, the "ladies" of BSS are at it again! This time the challenge is recipes, because we are making a Cookbook to benefit Build on Respect. We don't know how much the books will be, that depends on how many recipes we get. We want all of you to send in your favorite recipe(s) and if you have a friend who is killer in the kitchen have them contribute too.


Even though we are trying to raise some funds for Build on Respect we don't want the cookbooks to end up costing too much. So, we decided we would go for some good old fashion sponsor action. There are three levels of sponsor, for ease of discussion lets call them Gold, Silver and Bronze. Gold Sponsors get their name and/or link in the book, in a larger font and an optional logo for 10 dollars. Silver Sponsors get the same in a smaller font for 5 dollars and in case this wasn't absolutely obvious Bronze will get the same in yet a smaller font. Oh, and that warm feeling you get from helping someone out! But, hey if you have money you want to throw around or would like to place an ad in the book email us @ bs.stitches@gmail.com

All monies raised (once the cost of the books is covered) will be given to Built on Respect.


Along with your recipe we are going to ask that you sign your name (prd or legal or whatever) on to a piece of white paper and either scan it or take a picture of it for us to use for the book. If this is somehow too hard for you to do, or not something you want to do, don't. Its completely optional.

Recipes can be emailed to bs.stitches@gmail.com

If you would like to contribute in some other way, please contact Meggers or Bean with your ideas.

Built On Respect
Built On Respect Myspace

thank you!

Amanda, Bean, Meggers, Tague and the rest of the BSS Crew.

Bitch of the Month: August

Natalie From Chicago!




What is your craft?
I'm a baker and a writer - I suppose it's debatable whether those are considered crafts but I feel like they're both about as DIY as it gets.
Why do you craft?
Everyone needs an outlet. I'm too clumsy for sports and too uncoordinated to sew or knit but I can beat some batter and live to blog about it..
What are your sources of inspiration?
I'm inspired by a lot of things - most of the recipes I think up are either inspired by the food I love (nachos, Girl Scout cookies, pizza, macaroni and cheese...) or by a song I have stuck in my head. But the things I do and the way I do them are heavily influenced by all the wonderful women in my life. My mom, my grandma, my sister - all my blogger friends, roller derby girls, rich ladies like Martha Stewart. I just want to make them all proud. Oh - and I can't forget my hometown Chicago. I nearly cry every day as I pass the skyline on the El train. I dare anyone to come here and not be inspired by this beautiful city.
What is your favorite beverage?
I love Americanos. I once wrote a thank you letter to a coffee shop for making me the smoothest, creamiest Americano I've ever had. I felt the lord's presence in those espresso shots.
Where do you buy your favorite beverage?
Chicago has a lot of awesome local roasters - so I like to support Metropolis Coffee Company, Intelligentsia, and The Coffee & Tea Exchange.
How did you come up with your business name?
My husband's been skating for more than 20 years, and these days he works at a skateboard wholesaler so I'm bombarded by skateboard imagery all the time. We were just up talking about this nameless blog I'd just launched one night and Bake and Destroy just sort of came out of a bunch of different ideas we kicked around.
What is your weapon of choice?
My secret weapon in the kitchen is buttermilk. If you replace the milk in almost any of your recipes with buttermilk you won't regret it - especially your favorite chocolate cake recipe.
What would you be doing otherwise?
I shudder to think what I'd be doing if it wasn't for Bake and Destroy. The success of the blog was the reason I decided to finish my journalism degree. And I was one of those people who started trouble when I was bored - and before baking I was bored an awful lot.
Do you have any advice for other crafters?
Protect your brand. I can't tell you how many times I've had to rally my troops to call someone out on stealing my name or my logo to make some crappy merchandise. Luckily I have readers literally all over the world - so if some broad in Australia is ironing my logo on to tea towels and selling it as her original work my Aussie girls are on it right away. (That happened, dude.) But it's tricky business and it can be expensive. If you can't afford to officially trademark your brand, start throwing the (tm) on your logo anyway - if you can prove you did it first that's half the battle. Another cheap way to protect yourself is to buy domains. I own BakeandDestroy.com and .net and they cost me about $40 all together. It's a small price to pay to be able to call someone up and be like, "Yeah, I own BakeandDestroy.com and you're violating my copyright so step off."
Any final last words?
I love you ladies. Seriously - I spent most of my life not knowing any cool girls and thinking I was doomed to be friends with boys and then all of the sudden, nearly 30, I find this treasure trove of women who inspire me, support me and make me laugh. It's awesome, I just want you to know that.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Keep moving forward...

So it's been a busy month for BSS. And of course I've been lacking on the updates for the blog because of work, illness, and all sorts of other inconvenient things.
First off, we bring you the BSS website! http://www.bitchessewstitches.com/
You can now take us more seriously. Or not, because I sure as hell wouldn't.
Also, with the website we now offer ad space! If you're interested check it out here.
There's also BSS buttons now available! Be sure to pick some up, also available on our website.
There's definitely more brewing so keep tuned!

Bitch of the Month: July Miss Hell from Texas!

Miss Hell From Texas

What is your craft?
Making jewelry out of doll house accessories, revamping furniture, snazzing up eyeglasses, stenciling, making purses, doing things with animal bones, I do a lot more but I will keep this list short.
Why do you craft?
I have always done crafts, I can remember ripping up my osh kosh begoshes and trying to make them into stuff when I was like 5 years old, and my mom beating my ass, they were all ugly and all turned out atrociously slutty for a kiddo but it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, I craft now for the same reason as before because Im bored and stores don’t make what I want.
What are your sources of inspiration?
My first source of inspiration would have to be horror movies, Im obsessed so my crafts reflect that, second my husband whos a seriously sick individual he gives me a lot of gross ideas, also my son because I want him to be the coolest baby on the block. I'm also inspired by music, especially punk and classic country, old school tattoos, mid century modern designs, comics of course, run on sentences, and drug addicts.
What is your favorite beverage?
My favorite beverage is shiner bock beer and sierra Nevada porter Im a beer snob sometimes, but Ill also will drink a vintage 211, box wine, or old E
Where do you buy your favorite beverage?
H.E.B central market grocery stores and whole foods.
How did you come up with your business name?
N/A Ive never got around to setting up my etsy now that I have a 5 month old squirming all over the place, but soon I hope.
What is your weapon of choice?
Id probably be an accountant I think if I hadnt been day dreaming in school so much about things I could make later at home, I would have done a lot better in school, Id be bored I'm sure, without crafts what’s the point of living.
What would you be doing otherwise?
Id probably be an accountant I think if I hadnt been day dreaming in school so much about things I could make later at home, I would have done a lot better in school, Id be bored Im sure, without crafts whats the point of living.
Do you have any advice for other crafters?
If at first your crafts suck try and try again, and dont do it so that you can be good at something, or to impress someone, do it because its fun, also I keep a notebook to jot all my ideas down in so when I thinkof a good idea when I'm drunk or on the spur of the moment I don’t forget it later. Also if you need further inspiration check out http://bitchessewstitches.proboards.com. Craft the motha up!
Any final last words?
The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. I try to think about that while crafting.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Tutorial: Bandana Pillows

Brought to you by Miss Hell;
Project is perfect for sprucing up your dwelling on the cheap.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bitch of the Month: Megan the girl wonder


What is your craft?
I mostly make jewelry and what not. My big thing is sweater clips right now. I also dabble in sewing, knitting, crocheting, and all sorts of general crafts.
Why do you craft?
I craft because that's what I do. It's who I am. And you know what they say, "Idle hands are the devils playground"
What are your sources of inspiration?
Everything around me. I'm a big fan of people watching and just pick up things from everyone. I also take a lot from classic old movies, comic books, horror movies, and all kinds of stuff from the past. A big inspiration is the 1950s.
What is your favorite beverage?
Vanilla coke I am so happy they brought it back. I've always been known to enjoy me some King Cobra. Hahha!
Where do you buy your favorite beverage?
Jewel usually. Or the random shady liquor store for the King Cobra.
How did you come up with your business name?
I've always been a fan of the word swindle, and well it just kicks ass as a business name. It's a shame a lot of people don't get it though.
What is your weapon of choice?
I've found a knitting needle to the eye can take even the burliest man down.
What would you be doing otherwise?
Being a mindless zombie. Eating brains and the like. No but really I can't think of what I would be doing. Crafting is such a part of my life, I don't go a day without it.
Do you have any advice for other crafters?
Keep on truckin'. Don't let the man get you down. You know the usual lines. No but seriously keep at it, the worst thing you can do is stop crafting. The world needs more DIY.
Any final last words?
Sometimes I wish I could boldly go where no man has gone before... but I'll probably stay in Chicago.