Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fun Stuff • Embroidery Genius + Space Shirts + Scallops

This week was full of making and planning for Re:Make, again.  That and our new little kitten Mooch, who we just rescued as a feral in our neighborhood, have been keeping me extra busy this week!  I'll definitely share more about Mooch's store here, but until then, you can see some pictures of the little girl on my Instagram.

Here's some stuff I found on the internet between juggling yarn and kittens!
  • I found this dress from this post and I neeeeeed it in my life.
  • Andy and I have been loving the new Cosmos show and this would be the perfect shirt to wear while watching it.  If you get cold, there's a sweatshirt, too.  I love space!
  • I'm pretty sure this bag sells out instantly every time it's restocked.  But, some day it will be mine.
  • Oh my gosh, these earrings are Turks!
FUN STUFF ON THE PINK SAMURAI THIS WEEK

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April 19 • Happy Record Store Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Record Store Day! Go to your local record store and support vinyl ^_^

So, every music-related day is going to have Herb Catbert's Kittyjuana Brass Band in it.  I will never not think it's funny hahaha!

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18 • Happy Velociraptor Awareness Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Velociraptor Awareness Day!  Did you know that Velociraptors are really nothing like the ones they show in Jurassic Park?  They're actually a lot smaller and had feathers.  The ones in the movie were more like the Deinonychus.  You guys, I love dinosaurs.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17 • Happy Bat Appreciation Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •

Happy Bat Appreciation Day!  I've always thought bats were cool little creatures.

Vintage Kitten Finds

So, I might have to change the name of this blog to, "Crazy Cat Lady Writes about Cats and Cat Related Things."  I think every post this week has featured cats in some way.  I might actually be a crazy person haha!

That being said, here's some vintage kitten things I found at the Antique Gallery of Round Rock.  There's no way I could've passed these gems up!  
Laura Busony called this a book of lies when I posted a photo on Instagram.  I whole heartedly agree with her!  It looks like this girl has the situation totally under control.



These sassy kitten prints were too ridiculous to pass up, even though the condition of a couple of them is a little rough.  The teal plastic frames were too cute and how amazing is the little cow polk?  I just can't.  They're so good!

Whenever I go out looking for new thrift stores and vintage boutiques I never know what I'll find.  That's the fun of exploring places like that.  There's so much history, so much individuality to be discovered!  It's fun to discover these hidden treasures add my own story to theirs.  Hooray for old stuff!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 16 • Happy Stress Awareness Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Stress Awareness Day!  I suppose, since it's the day after taxes are due, that a lot of people are aware of their stress today.  Womp womp.

DIY • Embroidered Canvas

I saw these bitty canvases at the craft store the other day and picked them up because they were just so cute.  I haven't painted in years, but knew I could use them for something.  I mean, they're tiny canvases!  So, as I was stitching up my Easter embroidery patterns, it dawned on me that I could stitch on canvas, too!  Easy peasy.

Do it, to it!
SUPPLIES
DIRECTIONS
  • Trim regular printer paper, or whatever you have on hand, to two inches square.  Because these canvases are stretched, there's a half inch of frame all the way around the back, so the workable area is only 2 inches.
  • Draw your pattern onto the paper.
  • Center your paper on top of the canvas and poke holes along the pattern with your needle.  Be sure they're spaced relatively evenly.
  • These holes are what you'll be stitching into.
  • Backstitch into your holes.
  • Repeat this technique with any other shape and display them proudly.
The cool thing about this project is that you can use any design.  I just drew cats and hearts, because I'm me.  But you can use this technique to embroider letters to spell out names, or just make abstract patterns.  You could also make silhouettes of your favorite people or pets.  There's really no limit to what you can do!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Pink Samurai + Mister Dressup



I've got some exciting news!  I partnered with Mister Dressup to make one of my favorite designs from this year's Happy Day project available on shirts!  Mister Dressup features work from indie designers all over the world and makes them available as shirts for 30 days.  Both women's and mens shirts available in v-neck and crew.  They're based in Canada, but they accept PayPal, so you don't have to worry about pricing if you're in another part of the world.

Popcorn Day is still one of my most favorite illustrations from the whole project and I thought it would perfect on shirt.  It will only be available till May 10th, so click here to see the page and pick one up!

April 15 • Happy McDonald's Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy McDonald's Day!  Maybe, after you've stressed out about taxes (or celebrated getting them done early!) you can treat yourself to a chocolate shake ^_^

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14 • Happy Reach As High As You Can Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Reach As High As You Can Day!  Today, think about all those impossible goals and dreams you've got and just go for it!