Monday, July 30, 2012

For Goose, Forever Ago

Monday, July 30, 2012
Goose loves burrowing and being wrapped up in towels. I like to take her with me in the kitchen while I'm cleaning and take her to my desk when I'm crocheting. She gets so cozy and falls asleep and it's probably the cutest thing I've ever seen. I had been rolling her up in old towels, but me, being the seamstress that I am, thought I'd make her something custom fit that was a little more comfortable.


Enter the pig wrap. Or pig burrito. Or...pig straight jacket? Whatever you want to call it. I made it quickly one night (I honestly really hate working with fleece- so didn't devote the longest period to it).


There's a little flap to cover her bottom (although she's a pro at turning around inside it. One time I looked away to do some dishes and turned around and just saw her butt sticking out of the head hole).


Then there's a velcro strap that keeps her inside. She loves it. It's a little big so I have to fold the front over, but when she gets bigger it'll be perfect.


Eee. I love how she looks all wrapped in it. Maybe I'll even perfect the pattern and try selling them on Etsy. There have to be guinea pig fanatics out there.

Until then, Goose is the guinea pig.

Cheesey.

Bye!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Week #001

Saturday, July 28, 2012
909 pencils | Goose! | July Glossybox


Bear ring | Moonrise Kingdom ticket stub | New hat pattern


Miki's giveaway treats | Goose post-bath | Finished House of Leaves


I really enjoy the simple weekly posts of a lot of bloggers do using their iPhone pictures. I'm sick of being left out of fun because I don't have an iPhone (in fact, I have a dinosaur phone). So I figured why can't I just take pictures I take with my Nikon throughout the week and do the same sort of posts? So I'm doing it. Hope it's of any interest.

I'll be back later this week with the House of Leaves post and the post where I finally unveil the *something* I made for Goose!

Bye!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

First sentence: "It happened every year, was almost a ritual."

I'm going to be completely honest here, as I always aim to be. I didn't find this book to be any sort of literary wonder. The story was fantastic - kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning. None of the words struck me as noteworthy, however. I didn't wish I had a pad of paper to record some gem. So I'm not going to force anything. I do, however, recommend this if you like mystery. It's a great mystery.

Last sentence: *A bit of a spoiler.

Next up: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Semi-Giveaway

Sunday, July 15, 2012
This is not the blog giveaway, just a little notice about another one.


I have been accumulating a lot of excess iPod Touch cases that have expired from the shop. If you make any purchase from the shop (not just an iPod Touch case purchase) and want one of these iPod Touch cases for free, just leave your top 3 choices in the “note to seller” section of the checkout.
If for some reason your top 3 choices have been picked, you’ll be given one at random. Any sale is eligible for a free iPod Touch case.
Go crazy. I want to get rid of these.
(If you want one of these cases but don’t want anything from the shop you can buy one for $2 + shipping - $3.50 for US, $4.50 for international. Just e-mail be at kirstenrenz@yahoo.com and we’ll set up a Paypal money transfer.)

I'll try to keep this post updated with which cases have been claimed!
Have a great day, everyone!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sewn Lately

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
{A custom iPad case for Emily.}


{Some new pencil cases for the shop.}




{A customized pencil case.}

Thankfully my sewing machine was fixed (awhile ago) and works like a dream. Next on the sewing agenda: something I've drawn up for Goose.

I'm also thinking about doing a giveaway for this blog soon. Input? Would you like to see iPod/iPhone cases in the giveaway or pencil cases?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Peter Pan

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

First sentence: "All children, except one, grow up."

Quote #1: "Stars are beautiful, but they may not take an active part in anything, they must just look on for ever. It is a punishment put on them for something they did so long ago that no star now knows what it was. So the older ones have become glassy-eyed and seldom speak (winking is the star language), but the little ones still wonder."

Quote #2: "To die will be an awfully big adventure."

Quote #3: "If you knew how great is a mother's love," Wendy told them triumphantly, "you would have no fear."

Last sentence: "When Margaret grows up she will have a daughter, who is to be Peter's mother in turn; and so it will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless."


Surprisingly - I typically love my classics - I didn't like this book. There are a handful of quotes I found great, but the story didn't read smoothly or encourage much daydreaming. I grew up watching Hook with my brothers and love that story. I hadn't seen most of the Disney movies - save Pocahontas and Jungle Book - until my late teens, so I was never aware of the Peter Pan story. I didn't really care for it. Just my opinion.


Next up: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pets and Updates

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
So a lot has been happening this past week. There was a pretty destructive storm that passed through Indiana and left most of my city without power (including our apartment). So sewed projects were on hold, our food slowly spoiled, showers had to be taken in the dark (making the typical Psycho fear even stronger) and it was basically unlivable in the heat department (yeah yeah electricity is taken for granted). Luckily my parents had power so Casey and I packed up some stuff and Goose and headed over.


All is well now. The power came back on at about 6 pm on Sunday, so we packed everything back up and went home. A lot of people are still without power (including my local post office). I'm not a fan of my routines being tampered with, so I was a bit stressed, but it was nice to see my dogs.


(I try. I try so hard to get beautiful pictures of Jezzebelle. She IS a cute dog. Anyone will tell you she's cute. But I fail and fail at capturing it in pictures. I get stuff like this. What is this? Every picture I take of Mowgli is golden, but then I go to Jezzebelle and I get this.)

That's all for now. I finished Peter Pan, so I'll post on that soon. I'm also working on some new collections for iPod/iPhone cases. AND trying to get some new pencil cases in the shop (I got a TON of awesome new fabric). I also need to restock the Firefly before too much time passes, so I have my work cut out for me.

One other update: I got into my first juried craft show! I was a little nervous about being denied, but I got an e-mail a few days ago saying I'm in! I feel pretty honored.

Hope everyone's having a great week!