Let Us Introduce You To ‘Sweater Dude’ The Internet’s Latest Obsession

(PCM) The internet’s latest viral obsession is “sweater dude” who has won over hearts by knitting sweaters that feature images of famous landmarks and places all over the world. After knitting the sweaters he then snaps a picture of himself actually wearing the sweater standing in front of the famous places.

Kind of a simple concept, but isn’t that really all it takes to go viral these days?

Images from “sweater dude” whose real name is Sam Barsky of Baltimore, MD, first began showing up on image sharing site Imgur where they were quickly shared via Reddit and the rest is viral history.

Barsky claims that he first began the sweater making process back in 1999 and has knitted 103 different sweaters since that time. He has photographed himself wearing 91 of them thus far, but he definitely has plans to sport them all and continue make more in the future.

Not all of Barsky’s sweaters feature famous landmarks or places, so are just everyday areas such as one featuring sets of power lines and another is mushroom decorations on a playground. We have to wonder if he will start taking requests, as we are sure folks on the internet could come up with some pretty good (or bad) ones!

Barsky claims that it takes him about a month or so to complete each sweater design and since going viral he has been receiving numerous requests about purchasing one of his designs. Unfortunately they are not for sale at this time, but hey, you never know what the future could bring.

Happy knitting “sweater dude”… you rule!

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Let Us Introduce You To ‘Sweater Dude’ The Internet’s Latest Obsession

(PCM) The internet’s latest viral obsession is “sweater dude” who has won over hearts by knitting sweaters that feature images of famous landmarks and places all over the world. After knitting the sweaters he then snaps a picture of himself actually wearing the sweater standing in front of the famous places.

Kind of a simple concept, but isn’t that really all it takes to go viral these days?

Images from “sweater dude” whose real name is Sam Barsky of Baltimore, MD, first began showing up on image sharing site Imgur where they were quickly shared via Reddit and the rest is viral history.

Barsky claims that he first began the sweater making process back in 1999 and has knitted 103 different sweaters since that time. He has photographed himself wearing 91 of them thus far, but he definitely has plans to sport them all and continue make more in the future.

Not all of Barsky’s sweaters feature famous landmarks or places, so are just everyday areas such as one featuring sets of power lines and another is mushroom decorations on a playground. We have to wonder if he will start taking requests, as we are sure folks on the internet could come up with some pretty good (or bad) ones!

Barsky claims that it takes him about a month or so to complete each sweater design and since going viral he has been receiving numerous requests about purchasing one of his designs. Unfortunately they are not for sale at this time, but hey, you never know what the future could bring.

Happy knitting “sweater dude”… you rule!

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The Comeback And History Of Christmas Kissing Balls

(PCM) Not to be confused with hanging a mistletoe, Christmas Kissing Balls are medium to large size bunches of evergreens, holly and herbs placed in a spherical shape and hung in the doorways of a home. Some people may add pieces of mistletoe to them as well, as a more recognizable symbol to urge those that pass under to sneak in a kiss.

The history of Christmas Kissing Balls dates back to the time of the Middle Ages where people in villages would wind together twine and evergreen branches in the shape of a ball. They would then place a clay figure of the baby Jesus in the center and they were then known as holy boughs. The villagers would then hang their creations in castle passageways and the doorways of larger homes as a way to ensure blessings and good fortune to whomever passed underneath the holy bough and baby Jesus figure.

During the rule of the Puritans in the 17th through the 19th century any type of holiday decorations were severely frowned upon so that was the end of the holy boughs for quite a bit of time. They ended up making a comeback during the rule of Queen Victoria and during the Victoria era the holy boughs or what is know better known as the Christmas Kissing Ball made a comeback in a much different form.  People would take a potato or apple and tie a pretty ribbon around it as a hanger. Then they would stick sprigs of evergreen, holly and sweet herbs into the potato or apple. The result was a new decoration that was both beautiful to look at and smelled delicious as well.

Various herbs and plants spoke a unique and private symbolic language to Victorians and the various ones chosen for the Christmas Kissing Ball decorations could symbolize anything from love, affection, charity and more. It was by the end of the 19th century that the common Christmas Kissing Ball was born and it now symbolized romantic love during the holiday season. The decorations would be found by the dozens adorning ballrooms and homes. The tradition of adding the mistletoe began when a special Kissing Ball was hung in the center of the room and all unmarried maidens would line-up underneath for a chance to be kissed by an unmarried man.

Slowly, Christmas Kissing Balls fell out of fashion by the 20th century and were replaced by just a single sprig of mistletoe hung over or around doorways, however these gorgeous decorations are beginning to make a comeback in a big way. High-end garden centers and greenhouses are beginning to stock traditional Christmas Kissing Balls once again.  You can even find reusable plastic ones at retailers such as Walmart, Kmart and more. Many people have even gotten crafty and begun making their own. Please see below for some easy step-by-step directions for making a very special Christmas Kissing Ball that we are sure you will treasure for years to come.

  1. Pick up a small to medium size craft foam sphere. Be sure to use craft foam rather than floral foam. The size is a matter of preference.
  2. Straighten out a wire coat hanger, stick it right through the middle of that foam ball and loop one end of the hanger back into the ball to hold it securely on the hanger.
  3. Gather together various holiday greenery such as evergreen sprigs, holly, pine cones, spruce springs and anything else you may want to add.
  4. Hang the foam ball in a place where you can work on it from all sides.
  5. Begin cutting down some of your greenery. You can keep it longer if you would like a larger sized Kissing Ball.
  6. Strip the greenery off a few inches of one side. This will make each branch take up less space in your foam ball so you can fit more pieces in and make a fuller Kissing Ball.
  7. Being placing the greenery directly into the foam ball by stabbing them in place. Keep filling it up until you reach your desired fullness.
  8. To get the pinecones to stay in place attach them to some floral wire.
  9. Once you have completed the greenery, tie a large ribbon around the top and voila! You have a gorgeous hand-crafted Christmas Kissing Ball of your very own!

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Christmas Candy Cane Crafts

Christmas Candy Cane Crafts

A single simple candy cane was once a precious holiday treat. Talented mothers could make them with considerable time and trouble for appreciative toddlers.

Now, they come in various colors, sizes, and colors, but candy canes remain a central symbol of the Christmas season. Legend has it that candy sticks were given to children to keep them quiet during Christmas religious services until a candy maker started to shape them with a hook reminiscent of a shepherd’s crook.

But, what can you do besides lick your candy cane to your heart’s desire?

Here are just 5 ideas that put Candy Canes to good and novel use:

  • Crushed Mint: You can start by breaking your candy canes to bits. Slip a few small canes into a sandwich baggie and crush them into powder and chips.

You can use the crushed canes as a float on hot chocolate, a garnish on homemade fudge or brownies, or a topping on a serving of ice cream.

  • Candy Sleds: Using candy canes about 3” long, glue one to each side of the bottom of a flat candy bar. Stack additional miniature wrapped candy bars on the larger base bar, and glue them in place to look like a pile of gifts.

Top with a small bow, and you have individual Santa sleds loaded with candy that can be easily pulled apart.

  • Potted Canes: You can “grow” candy canes in a 6” terracotta flower pot. Fill the pot with enough shredded paper to support about ½” of crushed Oreo cookies.

Stand three or four 5” canes back to back to form a stem and blossom. Finish off with a holiday ribbon around the pot and again around the canes.

  • Candy Cane Candle: A 5” high pillar candle can quickly become a festive holiday centerpiece. According to the folks at SweetServices.com, you might order 6” candy canes in bulk.

You are going to glue the back of the canes to the candle with the bottom flat at the bottom and the curve pointed out towards you as you work. Adding a little glue to the side of the cane will help keep the next cane in place.

Surround the candle with the canes, and then wrap a holiday ribbon around the item and tie it in a bow. Purchasing a pine, cinnamon, or peppermint scented candle will add an aroma to the room.

You’ll need your glue and scissors plus burlap and green baker’s twine. Add two googly eyes and two red buttons (one smaller than the other) for each treat.

Place two 6” canes with the straight sides back to back and the curves point out. Glue them together. Wrap the canes snugly in a 4 ½” square of burlap and glue it firmly in a seam on the back side.

Add the eyes to the burlap two-thirds from the bottom and the red-nose at the bottom. (Glue the larger button first, and  then add the second.). Tie it up with the green twine just below the top of the burlap.

The candy tastes great, looks festive, and reminds you of holidays in the past. It is flavorful, colorful, and minty fresh. The Christmas season is your opportunity to give, eat, and craft your candy canes.

Author’s Bio

Michael F. Carroll

Title: Freelance writer at OutreachMama

Mike is a freelance contributor to OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through research, content copy, and white papers. He frequently writes about management, marketing, and sales with customized outreach for digital marketing channels and outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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Just When You Thought Barbie Has Done It All She Is Now Breastfeeding

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(PCM) An Australian doll artist by the name of Betty Strachan has decided to take matters into her own heads when dealing with the social stigma associated with breastfeeding and has created the “Mamas Worldwide Barbie”. The doll features realistic proportions and features and the idea came to her when she was spending time with a group of new mothers and drew a new face on a Barbie doll. It was agreed the the face represented a true embodiment of the group.

Strachan then added on the feature of a latched baby to the dolls breast and we now have the world’s first breastfeeding Barbie. The new doll was incredibly well-received by mothers worldwide and Strachan has completely sold out of the “Mama Worldwide Barbie” in her Etsy store. Her Etsy store also feature various more realistic Barbie doll characters such as the pregnant Barbie which also happens to be another popular item.

Strachan had the following to say about her art and doll collection, “Growing up, it always struck me as odd that there wasn’t as much diversity in the doll world as there could or should be. Not every child is born with blonde hair and blue eyes. Some have freckles, some have gaps in their teeth.”

You can see a few of her amazing designs below:

I’ve been working on a little something today 👶🏼❤️

A photo posted by Betty S (@allthelittledolls) on

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Our New Obsession! A Shirt-less Man Building Primitive Structures In The Woods

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(PCM) We always found ourselves to be suckers for the strong and silent types. Suppose that is why we have developed such a fascination with the YouTube video series “Primitive Technology” which features a delightfully shirt-less man working on do-it-yourself projects in the woods using only primitive technology.

The man crafts everything from building and housing structures to axes and other weaponry and forges from scratch. It is truly impressive to watch. The videos are filmed using very little dialogue and features only the noise of nature and the of course the gorgeous scenery.

We could seriously watch these videos all day!  This video series is the complete package, eye candy plus learning new thing!  Score!

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