Wednesday, September 26, 2012

fun with food

So I rushed home on my lunch break today to have lunch with the boyfriend only to find out via text he was also on his way home from work and that whoever got home first should start cooking. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

I decided to go cheap fast and easy for lunch since we have chicken defrosted for dinner tonite: sandwiches.  I piled my toasted 10grain whole wheat with slivers of cheese and turkey but when I got to his, I decided to play a little joke. It started out as just a face then I realized that I could make it look like Ferb from Disney's Phineas and Ferb with the uneven eyes/eyebrows and green hair (broccoli on the plate since we were out of lettuce with tomato slices with a dab of mustard for eyes and onion slices for the eyebrows) 

He walked in right as I was putting stuff on the table and said: What's for Lunch? I told him I was having a half sandwich but he got to eat Ferb's head. Bewildered, he looked at the cutting board and adjacent plate with his food and laughed. Said it would be only fitting to watch an episode while we ate, but I had to leave before it finished :(

GOOD NEWS: I get to work a 12+ hour shift this Friday of Disney's Phineas and Ferb Live 

BAD NEWS: He started smearing mayo and more mustard on the sandwich before I got to take a picture of it.

There's always next time--and I am a firm believer in playing with your food, but only in the most artistic and hilarious of ways ;)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


I love Autumn! It is my favorite time of year, mostly due to sweater weather but also I love pumpkin flavored anything, marshmallows in my hot chocolate and the leaves changing colors. I don't live somewhere where there are true seasons but the air just feels different in Autumn. 

I am definitely a hat person (could you tell from all the hats in my etsy shop? ) and love making the perfect hat for everyone I know. I love to share my creations and love selling them so more people can feel how comfy they are and enjoy them.

This season, I'm expanding my line to be more cartoony. I've been spending more time with my neices and watching cartoons and really love how happy the characters make them. In honor of that, I'm designing more tribute hats to their favorite characters  to add to my Lorax fan tribute:

and my Cookie Monster fan tribute:

Stay tuned for more Dr. Seuss inspired pieces, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock character hats, AdventureTime character tributes and some Disney fan art. 

Happy Autumn Everyone!

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Its been almost a month since my last post and the time has flown by---mostly because I've been busy with work, adventures and creating my Labyrinth of Jareth costume!

The bright blue butterfly wings are huge (I'm just shy of 6 feet tall and they're bigger than me) and nearly done. It was very challenging and exciting to figure out how to make them turn out like the image in my head. As soon as they are really done I'll be posting a picture of them.

As for now, its time for yoga. breakfast and work.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Costume Stuffs

Just found some rocking hats from Berkeley, Ca. Figures, awesome stores from the awesome city I want to live in--hopefully soon!

I've been spending tons of time lately being social (which hasn't happened an awful lot in the past few months) going to the L.A. Zoo, kayaking, mini golf, having an old friend stay the weekend with us and it was great to be around people I really enjoy. 

I've also been spending entirely too much/not enough time working on my costume. Then tonite I found out that I might be going both nights----super excited!! The other side of that is that I need to make a second costume. I have some ideas that seem easier than the one I'm currently working on but that's still time and energy and money I need to allot for. Whew.

I've also spent some time working on a toddler sweater for some distant cousins--I keep thinking I'm making mistakes. Its the first time I've (successfully) worked with Lion Brand Homespun yarn. I don't know how people use it all the time, I can't see the stitches I'm working on clearly and it just drives my OCD crazy! (Noticing how often I just exclamation points while typing---don't worry, I use them a lot in real life too. I tend to feel my feelings and express them clearly.)  Its also a dark purple color which does not help with the whole seeing of the stitches thing--oh well, its a learning experience my cousins are excited for it to be done and in their procession. Gotta keep it going! <----There I go again. 


Oh--and I think I want to be blonde! It all started with the bottom half of my hair being stripped so it could be dyed purple and the purple didn't take, twice. So now I'm thinking about going blonde for a few months then doing some more fun colors like purple sunrises or glittering rainbows. I've been letting my hair rest for a year now and taking vitamins to get it back to healthy so now its game on. >:)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hooray!!! TAGS :)

Here's a link to my new custom ordered company nametags (wait, company? crafts? art? whatever---nametags!)  I can't wait to start sewing them on all the items I have ready for sale. This stash is looking more and more legit, now I just need to sell it all so I can buy more supplies and sell more.

Yesterday I took a few hours to look up all the craft fairs in my area for the next few months. Now to get all the necessary paperwork done and items needed for such things.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Inspiration Everywhere

I like to find inspiration in my everyday life---today I found it with over 500 students (4th-12th grade) playing string instruments onstage together at work. It made me remember when I was in elementary school and learned how to play the flute. In junior high I was first chair and it came easily to me, I think music works well with my brand of OCD. Numbers and patterns and repetition. The same reasons why I like to crochet so much. When I don't let my OCD out to play in constructive ways it starts to eat away at my every thought process and preoccupies me to the point of aggravation. So I find tasks that I enjoy that put it to good use and the more I do the less it bothers me in other aspects of my life---a good trade-off. It works for me and I guess that's all I can hope for. I don't know how people without OCD function but I'm not jealous, sometimes I'm curious but I believe it helps me with work.

In other news, I auditioned for a play for the first time in over a year tonite---I forgot how freeing it feels! I'll find out within the next two days if I got it or not. I don't even know if it will work with my duel work schedules and other activities but I really like this play and the venue is super close to my house. Updates soon!

Monday, April 30, 2012


I finally got my business cards designed today!!! I've been kicking around ideas for months and months now and for the last week have been on various design websites trying to create the perfect image/layout and after a lot of headaches and several occurrences where I had to storm out of the room--away from the laptop--I figured it all out and in less than two weeks I'll have my beautiful business cards in my hands. I'll post them as soon as possible. 

I ordered them from VistaPrint (but completely custom designed them) and instead of paying $8 for shipping, I ordered a $7 canvas bag which brought my total high enough to get free shipping---same total cost but now I get a bag with my logo :)

Just one more step towards legit business instead of fun hobby. I'm not gonna stop either way but I'd love to make enough money from this to quit my day jobs (which I probably wouldn't do either but maybe I could quit one of them) or at least take a great vacation from my earnings.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Other websites

I just had a really great night out with friends (something that rarely happens because I work so much) and nice calm morning of checking my favorite websites. If you don't already check every single week you are missing out on one of the truly great places on the internet. Frank Warren posts about a dozen secrets that people from all over the world mail him (on artfully designed postcards) and it really shows how everyone is connected. Some are funny, some are sad, some are just beautiful and some are horrifying---but all very human. I love it. I can't say enough good things about it.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Made a quick stop

I made a quick stop at Joann's craft store today---Love Love Love when the yarn I need more of is on sale already. Then I still got to use my 50% coupon. If you don't already know you can download Joann's and Michael's craft store smart phone apps and use them at both stores. Sometimes you can even double dip and use a 50% off one item and 10% off total purchase together. Always good to coupon and craft.


UFOs are least at my house. In the crafter's world UFOs are Un-Finished Objects. I must have at least a dozen on-going projects in various states of completion. Some are waiting on more yarn or specific notion but most are just waiting...and waiting. 

I hate having so many unfinished things. Its like the island of misfit toys, each project waiting patiently in its own gallon ziploc bag. 

I was super proud of myself this past week (in honor of Earth Day) when I went through all-and I mean ALL--of my old yarn scraps and either used them to make cup/fruit cozies or wound them into two large balls so I can finally add to my second scrap blanket. The first one found a great home on the bed of a friend who has recently moved away to college. Hopefully this one (when finished soon!) will find a good home with my younger cousin when he decides to go to college....hopefully this fall, who knows. I just want him to do something that will make him happy and keep him busy. 

I digress, these UFOs are slowly making their way to the finished project bin, which in turn need to be photographed so they can make their way into my etsy shop : and hopefully get sold and make it to their final destination, a loving home. 

......or at least a home that isn't mine, my bins are overflowing with finished projects!

Friday, April 27, 2012

My etsy shop

Please take a few minutes to check out all the items in my etsy shop. I do custom orders for everything in my shop (a rarity on etsy) and right now every item is on sale--many items only $10 USD!

If you don't already have an etsy account you definitely need one!! It is the website for all things handmade and vintage. Its a cross between ebay and crafty social networking. I have found countless shops that have inspired me again and again to try harder and think outside the box with my crafts. Although my etsy shop has only crocheted items I actually do a lot of other crafts including carpentry, painting, watercolors, scrapbooking and shadowboxes. Maybe in the near future I'll add a section shop of cool things I've made but for now its my awesome one of a kind crochet projects.

Creativity breeds creativity

Just one more place for me to show off my creations and to share other creative things I find online. Hope this to be a huge source of inspiration for myself and others. Creativity breeds creativity.