Saturday, August 11, 2012

Week #003

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Quality time with my best friends | The new drawstrings | New sugar addiction

Fort Wayne skyline | Working on new hats | My new sunglasses!

Suisse Mocha | Goose being cute as usual | Pretty FW sky

Sourdough cheese toasty | Currently reading Middlesex | Finally finished a lip balm!

Little jars | My new vitamins | An encouraging note from Casey for my first day at work

Currently reading: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Top Played Song: Ooh La La by Faces
Recently Watched (and Loved): Bronson, Beginners, The Holy Mountain
Favorite TV of Late: Pretty Little Liars (yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah, I know I'm 21)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

First sentence: "Dorothy lives in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife."

Quote #1: "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."

Quote #2: "I see we are going to live a little while longer, and I am glad of it, for it must be a very uncomfortable thing not to be alive."

Quote #3: "You are quite welcome to take my head off, as long as it will be a better one when you put it on again."

Last sentence: "For the Silver Shoes had fallen off in her flight through the air, and were lost forever in the desert."

I found it interesting reading the story considering I've seen the movie about a dozen times. It's definitely different. I'm excited to re-watch the movie (it's been maybe...10 years?) and remind myself of the story I thought I knew. The main difference is that Dorothy's shoes aren't ruby red, they're silver. Not that that makes the biggest difference in the world, but one of the main things people think of when they imagine The Wizard of Oz are ruby red shoes - take China Glaze's "Ruby Red Pumps" nail polish. It's really sad how many things I can associate with nail polish shades. Anyway, if you haven't read this book, it's a classic, and you should.

Up next: Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hat Opinions

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Alright, I know no one wants to think about thick winter hats in August... but I need to get started on my winter stock for my craft show in November and for the 909 shop. But before I make too many hats I wanted some opinions. Above are two hats with slightly different patterns (only dealing with the length of the fold-over). These are the thicker-knit (is that word still appropriate considering they're crocheted hats?) of my patterns. They're done with two skeins of yarn (duh). So I have three questions. 

1. Do you prefer thicker hats or thinner hats (see below)?
2. Do you like the look of the two different colored yarns or would you prefer a solid color throughout?
3. How long do you like the fold-over on a hat? 

These are the thinner knits, using only one skein of yarn. The purple one is tiny tiny...that was my first try with the new pattern. The blue one fits perfectly. At least my head. I'm going to go ahead and assume my head is a pretty regular sized head. I don't know what people say about me behind my back, but I'm guessing one of the things isn't something about my strangely shaped head.

I prefer the look of the thicker knits and enjoy making them more... but it's about the public. THE PUBLIC. That sounds pretty weird. Anyway, I'd love as many opinions as I can get! So please let me know!

Monday, August 6, 2012

How to Succeed in Business

Monday, August 6, 2012
Last week I had the opportunity to work with a really sweet girl named Tiffany on Etsy. She wanted an iPod Touch case personalized and mentioned the suits from the posters for the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I immediately Googled them and thought they were perfect. They cover Daniel Radcliffe fans, Darren Criss fans, and Nick Jonas fans... so I absolutely had to made a collection of them.

Since the suit cases are my favorite to make, it didn't take long before I whipped up the first set. They're so similar to the Peewee cases, but just different enough that they can attract a whole different crowd.

{Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss, Nick Jonas}

I'll take this time to admit I really knew next to nothing about the musical before Tiffany came along, but I'm happy she brought it up. But that's what's so awesome about being able to work with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Click here to shop the collection and stick around because tomorrow I'm unveiling another new set of products that I want your opinion on!

Have you seen this musical? If so, how was it?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Week #002

Saturday, August 4, 2012
Nails of the week | Made myself a new camera case! | A ton of new fabric

Goose's outdoor home | Mowgli napping in my shoe | Casey eating a pear from our tree

Necessary frozen Coke | My perfume for the week | Sneak peek at new collection?

Casey extracting coconut juice | And getting sassy | New workout equipment

Currently Reading: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Top Played Song: Firewood by Regina Spektor
Recently Watched: The Help (2011)
Favorite TV of Late: Masterchef

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

House of Leaves

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

First sentence: "I still get nightmares."

Quote #1: "Whereupon Navidson's eye quickly pans from the thoughtless splatter of grey matter and blood to more pressing things, the groan of the living calling him away from the sigh of the dead."

Quote #2: "Lazarus is dead again."

Quote #3: "Of course real horror does not depend upon the melodrama of shadows or even the conspiracies of night."

Last sentence: "Letting the parade pass from sight, he focuses on the empty road beyond, a pale curve vanishing into the woods where nothing moves and a street lamp flickers on and off until it flickers out and darkness sweeps in like a hand."

This was a weird weird book. At times I wanted to throw it and at times I could not (absolutely could not) put it down. I once read from 4 in the morning until 10, getting no sleep. I definitely recommend it to those who like unconventional books and haunted house stories. I think I need to read it again before saying if I like it as a whole or not. Which is a weird concept to me. Normally I either like a book or I don't, plain and simple. I can't come to a definitive decision here. It's absolutely worth the read, though.

Next up: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum