Thursday, October 1, 2009


"A MAD SCIENTIST is a stock character of popular fiction, specifically science fiction. The mad scientist may be villainous, benign or neutral, and whether insane, eccentric, or simply bumbling, mad scientists often work with fictional technology in order to forward their schemes, if they even have a coherent scheme. Alternatively, they fail to see the evil that is implied will ensue from the hubris of “playing god”."

Perhaps they're not quite villainous or god-playing, but the rest is quite possibly true!

As we wind down the celebration of the
More Meaningful Gifts Group First Anniversary, I know I couldn't let the month pass without acknowledging the love and support of my favorite Mad Scientists!

At any given time of the day these incredible women are always there to give their love, support, and guidance.

If there is ever an award for ETSIAN OF THE YEAR, no one would be more deserving than our very own Wunder Woman, Jennifer Wunderlich of

We are so incredibly blessed to have our very own Etsypedia! She selflessly shares her experiences, tutors us on how-to's in photography, descriptions, the all important tags and everything Etsy! It's like having our own member of the Etsy Admin to talk to everyday!

Wunder, even if you never shared another Etsy tip with us, I couldn't love you more! You are the voice inside my head, never hesitant to speak your mind and make us laugh, always ready to defend us and bold enough to give us harsh critism when we need it!

Thank you for being an amazing team mate and friend...

If Wunder is our Etsypedia, then Ulimanda is our biggest cheerleader! Amanda Giesler of is best known for her incredible BLOG! Creating instant envy among us all with her dedication to posting everyday, she showcases her wonderful crafts, incredible recipes, and daily Etsy Favorites; our very own Martha Stewart! (I have succumbed to MANY of her found treasures!)

The VERY essence of MMG, Uli is the first to join in on every new project, feature, treasury, blog, listing, life event, and my partner at I can't imagine an MMG home where her beautiful goddesses don't grace the pages.

Uli, I am so proud of you and the incredible woman you are. I can't wait to see and be a part of the woman you'll become. A Martha Stewart Scientist - who says you can't do it all! I would never have been able to accomplish all of our MMG successes without your support and love.

Thank you for being such a wonderful partner my friend!

No family is complete without a sister! (and I'm not talking about the screaming, pulling hair, get in trouble when THEY throw the once bitten into apple into the trash can and YOU get punished for a month-kind of sister!)

But the kind of sister that you share your own secret language with, that understands "just keep swimming" and doesn't think you're crazy for singing it, the one that you can share your bad days with and is ALWAYS there to pick up the pieces when they're just too difficult to carry on your own...

The same sister that cheers your successes, life events and can be that l
ittle voice you need to help you keep dreaming those dreams that may seem hopeless...

Jena Campbell, of, thank you for being the second mother to our MMG family!

We are so blessed to have you watching over us and making sure no one gets left behind! We are so proud of all of your hard work and determination as you begin your PhD work and all of the good that you do for the ARK.

Thank you for being my MMG sister and friend!

Who would have thought a year ago that a little list of my ten favorite shoppes would lead to such amazing kinship!

Happy Anniversary


  1. *sniff sniff*

    shame on you for making me tear up at work! :)

    Thank you Dorana - for organizing everything & founding this great family. We definitely would be nowhere without you!

  2. I agree Amanda! But I'm sitting alone in my office so it's okay :)

    Thank YOU Dorana. You started this family and we wouldn't be here without you!

    I can't wait to see what this group will accomplish in our second year and what new friends we'll make!

    MMG ROCKS!!!

  3. Yes indeed without these wonderful ladies MMG would be lost... Thank you all for being there and contributing your wonderful ideas and support!


  4. Wow, what a wonderful (and spot on!) tribute to the MMG powerhouses! I feel so fortunate to be part of this family, I am so grateful, Dorana, that you picked me!

  5. Eeep! I'm so happy and lucky to be in mmg! :) And all these incredibly talented, encyclopedia-minded Mad Scientists are, like, TOTALLY god-playing and villainous, but in a REALLY GOOD WAY!!!!!!! hehehehehehe! yay, Wunder, Marine, and Uli!!!!

  6. Nothing left to say, you did a great job explaining how we all feel about these wonderful ladies! :)


  7. What a great post Dorana! I love the MMG and thank all who have worked so hard on it. I totally agree with you about Uli, Wonder, and Marine! But you aint chopped liver either girl!