Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Lights

Friday, December 21, 2012





I'm trying to get into the "Christmas spirit." I've been incredibly busy with finals (ended last week), work, and 909 Cherry. I've gotten more order this month than I ever have and feel like I haven't gotten a lot of free time for cookie baking or decorating. I hope this week I can relax a little. Obviously working retail means I have to work on all sides of Christmas, but at least I have the 25th for a little relaxation. If I don't update again before then, I hope you all have a great December 25th!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Batman Villain Collection

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Riddler, Two-Face, Joker, Penguin






Finally got the new collection up and I'm really excited about it. I hope they're all recognizable get-ups!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Thanksgiving Bird Watching

Monday, December 3, 2012











Instead of being cooped up all day, my mom, Becky and I decided to go to Eagle Marsh. For once we saw an eagle! Becky forgot her tripod, so I got some silly looking shots. I hope everyone had an excellent holiday and those of us in school aren't stressing too hard!

-Kirsten

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Animal Update

Saturday, December 1, 2012





Hope everyone's Novembers were awesome and that outlooks for December aren't bleak. Unless you're worried about the end of the human race or whatever.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Week #006

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Halloween erasers for Etsy packages | Casey on his first day | Piggy nose

Symmetrical pups | The most amazing batch of peanut butter cookies | Post-bath piggies

New color option! | Sephora freebies | Current read

Currently Reading: Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (Who'd've guessed?)
Top Played Song: Fancy by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Currently Watching: Gilmore Girls (season 5)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Black Pine Animal Park

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Last weekend a group of us went to Black Pine animal park in Albion, Indiana. It's an animal sanctuary for older exotic animals from zoos and from (awful awful) people who had them as pets. There are lions, tigers, bears (yeah yeah), monkeys, barnyard animals, etc. They had a bunch of new animals, too. I've been there a handful of times. I'd heard the lion I loved so much had died, but they got another. And there was a whole new exhibit for wolves.



I can't explain how much I love my new camera. This female lion was behind thick wire and you'd never know. Ehh. Anyway.


I got a series of pictures of this tiger yawning and thought this one was awesome. It's right at the end of his yawn and he looks so menacing.


This was heartbreaking. Casey, Alex and I went over to this bear's enclosure and she was just laying there. We talked to her a bit and she got up and leaned against the fencing like this. And just watched us. I've never wanted to hug something so bad...and I've been in the same room as Bill Cosby.


I also got a chance to use some filters I'd purchased on Ebay. I plan on devoting a blog post to them. They were ridiculously cheap and fun. I'm no expert concerning exactly what they do but they made my pictures pretty, so that's enough.


Okay, I think this ostrich placed a curse on me. This picture is horrifying. I got it in mid-blink and I want to die now. I think this'll end up being one of those "creepypasta" things where if you look at it's eye you'll see it every time you close your eyes at night and it'll pop out from under your bed.


{This is Casey telling a story about something. I wasn't listening.}



After the park, we stopped at this random pizza place. I should've taken a picture of the pizza. I definitely recommend it next time you're in random-ass-town, Indiana.


What kind of post would this be without a video of a giant senile lion rolling on it's back?


Are there any cool places like this near where you live? I'm sure most people in Fort Wayne have no idea they're 45 minutes away from a place where you can stand a (literal) foot away from a lion and stare straight into his giant orb eyes.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Essie's Absolutely Shore

Monday, October 8, 2012
Essie - Absolutely Shore (3 coats)

I realized it'd been too too long since I did a nail polish post. I like them because I don't have to write much. Imagine having a blog and not appreciating the art of writing. Well I appreciate writing, just I appreciate others writing. I only like writing haikus about my stupid classmates.


Anyway, I found this at Marshall's for $4 and heaven knows I needed a 10th minty-hued polish. So here she is. Have a great week, all!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

'New' in September

Thursday, October 4, 2012
I finally found a pair of boots that meet my high high standards. Having giant's feet (size 11 US), I have a hard time finding shoes that don't make me look like I've got clown (or giant's, for that matter) feet. These make me feet look like an ordinary sized woman's feet!


Fort Wayne just got a DSW and that's where these babies were. They're by Guess and are perfect and I've already broken them in - took a lot less time than I would've guessed.


My mom and I have a horribly disgusting habit of going shopping after our joint garage sales. It's backwards and negates the purpose of a garage sale, but ...eh. I rarely go to the mall, so paid a trip to The Body Shop and Sephora. (The Burt's Bees is from Target and I highly highly highly recommend it. If you love grapefruit. I LOVE grapefruit scents and this is the best lip balm I've ever purchased.)


Coralista blush by Benefit


I was borrowing my brother's copy of Middlesex and since I loved it so much I decided I needed my own copy. And as Ben stole my copy of The Virgin Suicides, I got that, too.

What have you been eyeing lately?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Stepford Wives

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

First sentence: "The welcome wagon lady, sixty if she was a day but working at youth and vivacity (ginger hair, red lips, a sunshine-yellow dress), twinkled her eyes and teeth at Joanna and said, "You're really going to like it here! It's a nice town with nice people! You couldn't have made a better choice!"

-This is another one of those "light reads" that didn't have any quotes that made me go back and re-read or write down a page to revisit. I also didn't find it particularly chilling... It was an enjoyable-enough read during our garage sale last weekend, though. And a short book for in-between Middlesex and my next venture.

Last sentence: "I don't mind," he said.

I decided to up all my book posts on Wednesdays. I'm a sucker for schedules (this is sad, no?). I don't want the book posts to pile up on top of each other as I notice they aren't popular but WHATEVER. I love knowing which quotes people liked in books and recently got a comment on my Middlesex posting saying they liked book posts. Granted this post is a bore, but that's because Stepford Wives was kind of a bore. I have yet to read a truly scary book. Recommendations? Please?

Next up: Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Week #005

Sunday, September 30, 2012
"Memory" box contents | Weird contents | September Glossybox

Weekly nails | Studying | New drawer for iPhone 5 cases

Getting ready for a new collection | An awesome sign my mom made | My genuine iPhone 5

Indigo | ;] | A gift from my mom

Doors/windows open! | Pretty sky | Fresh month's calendar

Currently Reading: Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Top Played Song: La Noyee by Yann Tiersen
Currently Watching: Gilmore Girls (season 2)
Looking Forward To: Being done with the tests I have to take this week.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Middlesex

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

First sentence: "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974."

Quote #1: "I didn't know death would be like this, lieutenant. I feel close to you. I'm gone. I've taken that trip to Hades, yet I can still see you. Listen to me. Death is not the end. This is what I've discovered. We remain, we persist. The dead see that I'm one of them. They're all around me. You can't see them, but they're here. Mothers with children, old women-everyone's here. Tell the cook to bring me my lunch."

Quote #2: "...the tiniest bit of truth made credible the greatest lies."

Quote #3: "It was happening all the time, unnoticed, and it was the thing that really mattered. What really mattered in life, what gave it weight, was death. Seen this way, my bodily metamorphosis was a small event."

Last sentence: [Potentially a spoiler.]

You must read this. This book skyrocketed to my top 3 favorite books by the time I was 25% done with it. It was one of the first books I really really didn't want to end. It took me an eternity to get through it, both because it's over 500 pages and because I felt like I rationed myself bits each day so that it wouldn't be over so soon. I found going in not knowing anything about it was great too. Just give it a shot if you see it at a used bookstore or at the library. Eugenides is amazing. I'd read The Virgin Suicides and now can't wait to read The Marriage Plot. I'm not usually a fan of writers who are still alive, but he's an enormously important exception. (Indigo was also named after a phrase in the book that completely stuck in my head. "Indigo bathwater." I don't know why certain things affect me, but I loved that phrase.)

Next up: The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week #004

Sunday, September 23, 2012
New camera bag | Post-bath piggies | August Glossybox

Happy Casey | Country driving | DOG WITH GOGGLES!

Shop update | New Essie polishes | Saddest day :[

Weird turn-out | Piggies | Casey with chip bag in his mouth

Currently reading: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (nearing the end, and sad about it)
Top Played Song: Opus #23 by Dustin O'Halloran
Recently Watched: The Possession
Favorite TV Show of Late: Beverly Hills 90210 (I finished the 10th and final season this week)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hester & Pearl

Monday, September 17, 2012
Hester & Pearl is a Long Island-based baked goods business run by Fran and Emily Spada.  Their shop, launched earlier this month, offers brownies, bars, cookies and breads. Emily, who also runs a jewelry business, and her mom started the shop in hopes of developing branding and raising funds for their future brick and mortar shop on Long Island. Never having purchased food from Etsy, I didn't know how things typically went, but sitting here writing this now with a mouth full of cinnamon cake... I'm impressed.


I ordered the Cinnamon Cake Squares after much internal debate (as the pumpkin bread looked really good,too). They were shipped out quickly and arrived at my door this afternoon.


I was impressed by the packaging. Everything was completely intact and looked pretty. All the cakes were individually wrapped in wax paper - preventing me from eating a thousand in one sitting. I plan on taking one to classes with me, so the packaging is perfect.


Eh. Look at it. They were absolutely delicious. The cake was moist (can someone come up with a better word though...'moist' is sick, but these were so tasty). The cinnamon, chocolate and walnuts on top were crunchy and sweet but not too sweet. I think I made the right choice. Although I'm sure everything in that shop is just as good.




Everything was so cohesive. I definitely recommend giving their shop a look. And it'll probably be difficult to leave without being tempted.

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