The wages of craft is cheese

So here’s the shirt I made for the spelling bee (which I did not win… I messed up on “alopecia,” which I know perfectly well how to spell IRL. Do you think it had something to do with the glass of wine clutched in my hand?). I think it scaled down pretty well from a size T (for tent-like).


You can’t really tell from this picture, but the ribbon I used to lace up the sides has a fetching pattern of bees on it. Bees! Get it?

One of my fellow competitors, the thoroughly awesome geologist Maggie, announced her intention to go get some of this ribbon for herself.

Also, we (especially Jim and Rhys) had fun posing the little Lego stormtrooper minifig Rhys had brought along. I think this guy’s a natural… can America’s Next Top Model be far behind?




Lego Man has lost his helmet. Could it have fallen into this glass of wine?

Despondent at his failure to keep proper tabs on his equipment, Lego Man decides to end it all. But you can tell by the look on his face that he’s just messing with you. This is like the stunt every dimbulb metalhead high school kid pulls on his recently-ex-girlfriend at some point.

About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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8 Responses to The wages of craft is cheese

  1. Stephanie T. says:

    Love the t-shirt…love the lego man!
    the ‘youngest’ here has lego starwars on her ds..i crack up every time one gets blasted and falls apart.
    alopecia? for real?? that had to be some kickass wine!!

  2. Magpie Ima says:

    I don’t know what’s better: the t-shirt or the title of the post. The bee ribbon appears to be the narrower version of the trim I put on my daughter’s linen pants. I was quite taken with the stuff.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I love your tee! I reserved the book at the library….but the one at our local branch is checked out. (Hmm, wonder who could have it…) And Hibi’s thinking about modifying her teeshirt too, as it is also too large, and loves your ideas.
    So sorry you didn’t win! Next time. We’ll come cheer you on again and hopefully that’ll do the trick.

  4. Amy Sorensen says:

    OK…LOVE the T. You look lovely AND waif-y. Of course, WE don’t have that book in our library, and I am not yet on good enough terms with any of the buyers to say “why don’t we have this book in our library?” Eventually, right???

  5. Herm says:

    Adorable shirt and v. funny post. That is one naughty Lego.
    Augie says “Legos” now, though he pronounces it “layolayos.” ‘Cause if it’s worth saying, it’s worth saying twice.

  6. janet o says:

    I so want to be in a spelling bee. i used to LOVE that crap as a kid.
    LOVE the shirt.

  7. Mimi says:

    Very fetching.
    My problem with Spelling Bees is that I spell best when I write the word down.

  8. Summer says:

    Um, you’re never allowed to call yourself ” big ” or ” large ” Or “Fat”, ” routound ” or anything of that nature.
    You look perfectly normal and thin….and you’re drinking wine.
    I’m crying in my pregnant hormonal melancholy.
    ( cute shirt though! )

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