Monday, July 26

10 years and a little contest.

It's hard to believe that I have been doing this blog thing for 10 years. That's a long time. I don't think I've ever really celebrated the blog anniversary before, but I thought this year I would have a little contest, just for kicks.

I actually started blogging in April of 2000, not July. I had a Pita called Shiny. But it was sometime in July that I moved over to Blogger and purchased the domain That space has been dormant for quite awhile now, but nonetheless, the madorangefools has stuck and most of what I do on the internet is either madorangefools or just madorange.

I'm not great at coming up with names and I remember struggling over what domain name to purchase. My choice was pretty random and so it's funny that it has stuck with me for an entire decade. I was hoping to find one of the first designs that I used, but alas, I couldn't find it in any of my website folders. I remember it being a really bright orange with red text or something along those lines. Pretty hideous, I think. After that, I pretty much stuck with white as a background and simple headers. I'm all about simplicity.

So here's the deal with the contest. The first person who can tell me where I got the phrase "mad orange fools" wins this lovely set of 3 tiny felted bowls.


The answer that wins will be the one with the most detailed information. There is an easy answer which I am guessing some of you know. If no one gets the whole answer, then the names of everyone who leaves a response will be put into a hat and a random winner will be selected. The contest will run through Saturday, July 31st and I'll announce the winner on Monday, August 2nd.


The bowls were hand crocheted with a 85/15 blend of wool and mohair, then wet felted in the washing machine. Each bowl is approximately 3" wide by 1.75" high.


They're great for organizing craft notions, paper clips, jewelry, hair pins and any tiny collections you might have. (You can check out more of my felted work in my Etsy shop.)

So I am hoping this will be fun and that you will play along by putting in your answer. I have to admit that the last time I posted a giveaway here, I didn't get any response and it was a little disheartening. But that was then and this is now. Here's hoping that it works this time!

I have the comments open to anyone so you don't have to sign up for anything to leave a response. Just remember that if you comment anonymously, you need to leave some clue in the comment as to who you are and/or how I can contact you if you win.



  1. without cheating and double checking (and thus setting myself up to be wrong), I think it was from Kerouac - perhaps *On the Road* (?? ok the book is a guess, but you wanted specifics). i used to know more but I am old and forgetful. hmm -you chose the quote after an especially unfortunate self tanning episode (hahaha - joking).

  2. It's a keruoac poem! I remember when you started this blog - we were all bloggin' away from brooklyn. :)

  3. "Meanwhile the sunsets are mad orange fools raging in the gloom ..." Kerouac, Desolation Angels, I believe.