Sunday, January 31, 2010

Steampunk Robots!

My latest piece on about an Etsy seller I just ran across who makes awesome little robots! Check it out here.

Guest Knitter In My Etsy Shop

Yesterday I wrote an article for about Guerrilla Knitters. An image of a skull hat was featured at the top. Carrol Mick knitted the hat and several readers contacted me to find out where they could get one. Mine was a gift from Carrol, so I decided to ask her if she has more to sell. Turns out she has them in all colors and several sizes, including for babies!

There are two versions of this hat. One with flaps, one without. You can find both in my Etsy shop.

Please take a look at the hats in my Etsy shop here.

Be sure to note in your order what size and color combo you want such as:
Large/Main Color Black/Skull Color Hot Pink
Please visit the shop and check out the other handmade things available as well! Happy shopping!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Street Knitters Article (Top Ten)

Have you heard? Knitters are taking it to the streets! Check it out here.

Etsy Shop -- Featured Item: Mahjong Cha Cha Bracelet

I made this Cha Cha Bracelet with resin Mahjong beads for the serious Mahjong fans out there!
Check it out here, along with all of the handmade items in my Etsy Shop!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Bird of Prey Door Table How-To

My Etsy Shop -- M Design Boutique by Melissa Fouch

When I am not writing, I am a voracious hobbyist! I love cooking, brewing beer, making candles, soap and jewelry. I knit, weave and crochet scarves, hats, rugs, baby booties, etc. I spin my own yarn and try just about everything else you can think of if it involves gluing, painting, or otherwise making a mess! I used to own an online boutique, selling my own work along with the work of many other artists and artisans. I am now selling my own work from the boutique in my Etsy shop.

Please take a look here, and watch this blog for new item announcements, as one-of-a-kind pieces will be made available week by week.

Amazing Artist Gives Old Things New Life

I just published a new article about a Massachusetts artist who paints found objects. Her work is stunning. Her name is Pearle Northrop.
Check it out here.

Pictured: Detail of a chair.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ABCs of the Nerd Kind

My latest piece on is the ABCs of the nerd world! Check it out here.

New How-To Article -- Bring Casserole Up To Date!

My article detailing how to wake up an old casserole recipe and make it a modern-day edible masterpiece, was just published. Check it out here!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 2010 Nerd Of The Month -- My Monthly Pick for

Each month I select, profile and interview a new Nerd of the Month --  January's nerd was just posted!

January’s Nerd-Of-The-Month Profile: Bathesda Concept Artist Ray Lederer

Top Ten News

Beginning in February of 2010, my weekly Top Ten Lists over at will be moved from Saturdays to Thursdays due to their popularity! It was decided that more fans of the Top Ten Lists will see the list during the week when the traffic to the website is at its highest.

Thanks to those of you who visited my Top Tens on the weekends, or days after they were posted. Be sure to check Thursday mornings for my Weekly Top Ten Lists beginning the first week of February!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Martini Steaks: Integrate Your Cocktail With Your Main Course!

Learn how to make a martini marinade and a visual masterpiece for the table! Check it out here.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentine's or Anytime Gifts For Her $50 or Less!

Here's a quick and easy way to get a jump on Valentine's Day this year. Get your shopping done online today and avoid that last-minute rush. Each of these five suggested items costs $50 or less! Check it out here.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Saturday's Top Ten List -- A Mainstay

Be sure to visit each Saturday to read my Top Ten Lists. On the menu this week: Bad Star Trek Fan Art. Check it out here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Quick & Easy Project: Sideways Scarf

How-To Make This Scarf!

A quick and easy knitting project for beginners, kids or anyone looking for a project that doesn't take much time at all! Check it out here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Entertainment News -- Ryan Quincy, Animator, Comes to TV

I wrote an article about Ryan Quincy, animator for South Park, MADtv and now his own amazing work is on its way to TV. Click Here to Learn More!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Longfellow's Wayside Inn

For those of you interested in American History, Literature and New England's beauty...Check out my new article about Longfellow's Wayside Inn just down the road from where I live in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Its a well-preserved beautiful setting and Inn where Longfellow wrote "Tales of a Wayside Inn" and lots historical info is to be found! Click here to read the article.

Need Ideas for Valentine's Day?

Here's my latest article detailing how to make a simple but special plan for your Valentine this year.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Candlemaking Articles

I love making things from scratch. One of my favorite things to make year-round is candles.  A few years ago I decided to sell my candles (I mean, I only need so many candles for myself!) on the side here, at Spoiled Cowgirl.

Over the years I've made candles for several weddings, local sales, fundraisers and as a gift everyone I know now expects during the holidays.

I've written a few articles for both the beginner and the advanced candle maker. Learn what supplies you'll need, where to get them and lots and lots of step-by-step instructions and tips for making this great fun project!

How to make hand-dipped candles.

How to make pillar candles.

Advanced tips for professional-looking candles.

The candles pictured here were created by my brother, Timothy Fouch. Photo also by Timothy Fouch

Top Ten Nerd Types and Their Toys

My recent post on -- Take a look and see what Nerd Type you are based on the toys you loved as a kid! Read it here.

by Melissa Fouch
Staff Writer,

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Today's Posts 1/14/10

Today at I posted an article featuring five great apps for the Droid Eris Smartphone. Take a look here.

I've also posted a breaking news story about the recent Late Night TV scandal as it applies to a writer for The Onion: Read it here. published my article "How To Make A Gingerbread Laptop" which features photos of two Gingerbread Laptops I made for and 38Studios (A Video Game Company) for Christmas 2009, and instructions on how to make your own.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Launch Of My Writing Website

Get the skinny on me! Check out my resume, samples and learn about my writing!

Five Gifts for Geeks

Wondering what to buy for your nerdy friends and family? Here are some hot ideas that won’t break the bank.

Written by Melissa Fouch Machowski for Triond and Associated Websites

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Polanski's Case Not Dismissed Breaking News 12/21/09

Breaking News Story Post by Melissa Fouch on 12/21/09

Reinventing the Marching Band

On the front page of YouTube today you’ll find a San Francisco-based Marching Band video that will help re-define your mental image of what a Marching Band is. Picture your high school marching band portrayed by a Russ Meyer cast. Yeah…cool….and its not fictional. Its Extra Action Marching Band.

Written by Melissa Fouch, Staff Writer,

Monday, January 11, 2010

Robots: The Zombies Of The Electronic World -- A Tour Of The Uncanny Valley

I love robots. I love zombies. It occurred to me recently that the two share some qualities that make them admirable to any card-carrying sci-fi or horror fan. They’re relentless, they’re pre-programmed (if you will) to complete specific tasks, and humans find them threatening and irresistible all at once. Enter “The Uncanny Valley”

Written by Melissa Fouch, Staff Writer,

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Five Economy-friendly Gifts for Her

Gift suggestions for the woman who has everything. All gifts $50 or less!

Written by Melissa Fouch Machowski for Triond & Associated Websites

Twelve Must-See Films To See In 2010

Lots of films didn’t make the cut for this list for the following reasons: 1. Certain directors and movies are too well-known and obvious to spend time recommending. 2. Some movies don’t need to be recommended to sci-fi nerds, horror freaks or pop-culture afficionados of any particular decade.  3. These vary on the obscurity scale, but they’re all beloved to this writer’s heart and colossally riveted into my psyche….and  4. There are only twelve spots on this list, so by all means use the comments section to make your Must-See Top 12 Films known.
I give you A Year In Must-See Films

Written by Melissa Fouch Machowski

Make Professional-Looking Pillar Candles

In this guide to making pillar candles, you'll learn the best formula for making candles that burn evenly for hours. These candles are beautiful to look at, create an aromatic ambiance, and make excellent gifts and room decorations.

Written by Melissa Fouch Machowski for

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Welcome to What Flows From The Fountain, the online hub for designer Melissa Fouch Machowski. You'll find links to Melissa's handmade works of art.

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