Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Little Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Last week I was basking in the unseasonably warm weather and cleaning with the windows open. (Pretend I was outside rolling down grassy hills or planting flowers.) I spent an hour or so on one project in particular. My "ribbon" box. It was a bit of a mess.

So I got crafty and cut up a popsicle box.

And organized my lace, ribbon, and edging.

{A much better looking ribbon box.}

Annnnd the same day I took on another even nerdier project. I buy my zippers from a particular seller and like to keep it organized so I can remain consistant with designs. So I made a new zipper chart. THEN made an order purchasing all the colors I didn't have yet (among others).

I'm waiting on those zippers to make new cosmetic cases (for the Firefly) and pencil cases (for the shop). I also have plans to make some iPad cases (finally)!

I should be updating a bit more frequently. I have a lot of past-due posts to make!

Happy Wednesday night!

PS: Take a look at the shop. I have a lot of items that are about to expire (the headwraps in particular) and would looove to see them go. Most items are in the clearance section for just $5! Shop here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Pittsburgh Zoo

Thursday, March 22, 2012
When I asked Casey if there was any animal he wanted a picture of, he said "gorillas." So we ended up spending a lot of time at the gorilla enclosure.

Especially after we noticed something. Look closely to the picture above...

Did you see the baby? I was taking pictures for so long before I spotted him/her. My mom spent five minutes trying to communicate to the mom that she needed to support the baby's head.

These polar bears were the best. The one in the back was doing some kind of rhythmic (no, really...he had rhythm) dance. And the one in front had a routine, too. He'd walk up to the glass and almost do a sassy head roll as he walked back the other direction.

The weather was really great. It stayed sunny and cool enough so it wasn't miserable (I'm not a fan of hot weather). All the animals were out and seemed content enough. That's more than I can say for our trip to the Columbus zoo... but more on that later.

What's the best zoo you've been to?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Requested Kikwis

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Last month my friend Patrick e-mailed me about making some plushes for him. He's my favorite person to make things for because of his love of anime. I don't claim to know much about anime, but I follow his blog and think everything's so awesome, so it's fun learning about the characters and figuring out how to make them. These Kikwis are from Zelda (which I did play waaaaaay-hay-hay back in the day on the old Gameboys).

{He wanted one for his girlfriend and one for himself.}

The biggest difficulty was the backside, but I figured out a way to incorporate the "growth." If you're curious what they truly look like, click here for the image I used. 

This project inspired me to start working on some plushes for the shop. I've got a few drawings on my new pattern book, so hopefully those will pop up in the future!

Here's Patrick and his girlfriend with all their plushes. I made the two Kikwis (obviously) and the cat in the middle back. :]

Are there any animals or characters you think would make cute plushes? I want to step outside the box (which is overflowing with bears and cats).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Holland, MI

Monday, March 19, 2012
So as many of you may know, my brother Ben and I went on a day-trip to Holland, Michigan two weeks ago for our spring break. The weather on the drive there was pretty dismal, but the day ended up being awesome. No family squabbling or sour-puss episodes. We saw this...interesting...water tower? Ben insisted I take a picture.

Our entire day we kept seeing signs for this "Windmill Island" and thought we might as well follow them to this apparently noteworthy destination. And we laughed because it wasn't really noteworthy at all. Maybe in spring when the tulips the town is famous for are blooming? Let's hope.

{We visited a park.}

We ended up getting a little lost close to the coast (of Lake Michigan). Fortunately we stumbled upon a cool little town with amazing houses up in the hills overlooking the harbor area.

Although most of the trip was unplanned, Ben did look up a nature area before we left. There were biting winds so we didn't stay long, but we did get to see elk! I'd never seen on in real life before. I've been seeing so many animals lately that I'd never seen before.

But the best part (in my opinion) was what we did before heading home. We wanted to see a lighthouse that Ben had read about, so we took a road for what seemed like too long (judging by the directions he had). Initially we thought the lighthouse had been torn down or we took a wrong turn, but then we saw the beach.

{It was right at sunset and absolutely beautiful.}

The lighthouse was anticlimactic, but seeing the beach made up for it. We could have used some extra layers, but it really didn't seem to matter to Ben.

Who swam.

We're planning on coming back with our family and Casey sometime in the coming months. I've made it a new personal goal to swim in each of the great lakes. I'm going to start from scratch because I don't remember my last times swimming in Michigan or Eerie.

Anyway, that was my spring break mini-vacation. I'll post about my Pittsburgh trip and other exciting stuff later this week!

Hope everyone's enjoying the early hot weather and happy almost spring!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Make-Up Bags in the Shop!

Thursday, March 15, 2012
I've been working on a bunch of new patterns and one I wanted to conquer was the make-up bag. I previously made bulky boxy make-up bags, but hated them. So this design was born.

The bottom is boxy so it stands on it's own and holds a lot more than a flatter case. I wanted this fish one so bad, but I made a polka dot one for myself the day before I made it, so I was stuck. The fish one is in the shop.

The case isn't anything extraordinary, but I'm a fan of simple simple designs. So far it's been working amazingly for me.

Four of the designs are in the shop for $15.00 a piece. I was hoping to get some iPad cases made but I was dead last night and fell asleep at a grandma hour.

I'm just happy I got something in the shop. It's been super neglected. Hopefully these designs are a better seller. They're simpler patterns so they take less time and thus cost less than the last model.

Blah blah. I need to actually pack now. Usually I'm the weird person who packs a week in advanced, but I'm slacking today.

I'm going to leave my Macbook at home this weekend (stay strong, me!). So I'm not going to be blogging or answering e-mails. All orders will be processed normally since I typically only ship on weekdays anyway. But other than that, I'm going to enjoy my trip and reeeeeelaaaaaax.

I'll be back with the Holland post on Monday (hopefully)!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys this awesome weather. Unfortunately the weather in Pittsburgh is supposed to be thunderstorm-y. But this weekend isn't for caring. It's for eating carbs and buying things.

(For those who knew about it, I succeeded in my no bread/pasta/potato week. I haven't broken the diet at all. Therefore: this weekend SHOULD be full of pizza and sandwiches.)

Bon week-end! Let me know what you think of the bags!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Salamonie Reservoir Take 2

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Salamonie Reservoir is quickly becoming one of my favorite places. A few weeks ago we ventured out in hopes of seeing more eagles. At first we thought we weren't going to get lucky...

Then we spotted this guy. We (possibly illegally) crossed some fences to get closer and he kept flying away.

After we tired of chasing the eagle, we went to the bird-watching building and spotted so many pretty birds.

My favorite was this guy. I believe it's a red-headed woodpecker. I'm trying to get better at identifying birds, but at this point I'm pretty awful. However...he does have a red head. And appears to be pecking the tree.

Okay, I take that back. THIS lady was my favorite. I think female cardinals are so much prettier than they're given credit for. We saw about 10 cardinals (male) all in the same tree. I didn't really get any pictures because I was preoccupied with these next birds.

Becky was talking about the last time she came to the birdwatching room. She mentioned all the turkeys she found. I had never seen a turkey in the wild before so I was hoping we'd see one or two. At the exact time she was telling me about them, this happened. Look closely. You'll see a bunch of turkeys coming up the hill. It was almost scary. Impending turkeys.

Needless to say the smaller birds stayed away so I wasn't able to get many more images of them. But the turkeys were entertaining enough.

In the building there were a few birds in cages and turtles and snakes found in Indiana. This guy was adorable. He'd make little hoots when we'd pass his cage. The wire only had tiny tiny holes so I couldn't get clear photos, but you can still tell he's tiny and adorable.

--Off topic--

Tonight I'm hoping to be PRODUCTIVE. I really hate how little updating I've done with 909, so I want to be able to stock the shop with soooomething before I leave for Pittsburgh on Friday. Wish me luck!

Monday, March 12, 2012

iPad Cases!

Monday, March 12, 2012
I got my dummy iPad in the mail (and had 1,000 issues with it - it wasn't advertised as "used and absolutely covered in deep scratches). But it sat around for awhile as I'd had some sort of problem with getting my sewing machine out and WORKING.

A few days ago I was determined to come up with a version 1 for an iPad case. I'm starting to keep a super precise pattern book and keep all my patterns exact and uniform. I enjoy math...I'm that weird kid who would have rather taken math classes than drawing classes and though I consider myself creative, I'm also a fan of precision and numbers. ANYWAY. I came up with this pattern. Picture #1 shows the first try. It was far too small... so my numbers were dummies. Picture #2 shows the second case, which was roomier than I liked, so...

Meet try #3. It fits perfectly! The flaps a bit crooked, but that's easily fixed. In later versions (that will be featured in the shop) I'm going to add pockets or some kind of embellishments. If I have any iPad owners out there, would you tell me what sort of things you carry with your iPad? What sort of things should I make this case capable of carrying? I'd love to know!

But I'm happy with how this turned out. I love using velcro, and haven't made anything as of late that needed it.

Versions 1, 2 and 3! I can't believe I had the will power to whip these all out in one day. Typically if I make a failure I get frazzled and try again later.

I'd love to hear ideas about what kind of pockets/embellishments would be good to do.

I've got a new version of a cosmetics bag to show off sometime as well, so watch out for that.

Happy Monday night!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Sunday, March 11, 2012
{My mom and I visited Salamonie reservoir again by way of Cherry Street.}

{I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy.}

{I spent a dorky night painting these wheels to inventory my giant polish collection.}

I might do a series of blog posts for each wheel, naming the colors. I love when other bloggers do collection I might as well.

{I've been spending all my money on books.}

{And receiving old books from kind ladies.}

I'm now in desperate need of a new bookshelf. Now that spring break is over, I have some homework to do. I want this week to go fast so I can start my "real" vacation. I have a lot of folders of pictures to do posts about. Ben and I went to Holland on Thursday, I successfully sewed a new 909 product and I have old Salamonie pictures, so this week might be a week of updates.

I hope everyone enjoyed/is enjoying their spring breaks!