Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tunesday Tuesday: First Aid Kit

Tunesday Tuesday - First Aid Kit
I have loved the band First Aid Kit upon first listen. I am pretty sure I found them on iTunes with the "people who liked this, also bought this" thing, or else I read about them maybe from Twitter. Anyways, I am very glad I did because I really am in love with their music. My musical tastes run a little more on the "folk" side than Raoul's, but he also is a fan of First Aid Kit. I love music that has different stories within the album, and I also love their voices. Their new record is called "The Lion's Roar." On first listen, I do not love it as quickly as I loved the other album, but it is a grower, and it is totally growing on me at the moment. You can listen to a really good interview with the sisters of First Aid Kit right here from NPR. They are also featured in this month's issue of Nylon magazine, and they have on the most beautiful dresses with the most amazing patterns!

This is one of my favorite songs from their first album.

And one from the newest album, too.

And one more for good measure because this one is really good, too.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Do You Like Re-ment?

re-ment sailor bear I got in Hong Kong.
Do you know what Re-ment is? Re-ment is miniatures of all sorts of things, especially food. It is sort of like dollhouse miniatures and each is a certain theme. I got the bear from a set I got in Hong Kong a few years ago. I really like that the cute bear is a sailor.

Tea time!

I love these!
I use these for my Blythe dolls. The Re-ment is a pretty good size for Blythe! I really like the detail in the teeny tiny cookies and biscuits.

My Re-ment photo studio
Here are some of the ones I have from my photo shoot. I found the most in Chicago at the Japanese mall, and I also found some in Hong Kong and China. They had so much at the convenience stores where you could pick up a bottled drink, candy, and Re-ment! it was really neat, but the next time I visited there I did not see so much Re-ment at the corner stores.

This was in my set of Re-ment.
Sometimes they come with funny inserts. I am not sure what this one reads, but the illustration is really silly.

French set of re-ment.
This is my favorite set! This set is called Natalie's French Goods. I do not have the full set, but I have a few. This one really has the best items, and they are really cute and Blythe really likes them, too!

From my favorite collection.

Cheese, please.
Oh my gosh! Tiny cheese! Adorable with a capital A!

Sometimes my miniature animals like to have some sweets, too. My friend Jordan gave me these mini animals. They are really neat and he had them when he was small.

Bear burgers and fries.

Lemon is working at the café.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sketchbook Sunday

Rain drop drawings.
Here is another Sketchbook Sunday with a few of my current drawings. I thought I would write this post as I watch Downton Abbey (ooh, who else is watching? It is getting really good!). I made some new little drawings and I think they are coming along quite well...

Cats drawn with my brush pen.

Kitty with fur drawing I made with a brush pen.
These are drawn with my Pentel brush pen. I like working with it because the lines you can make remind me of some of my favorite line art from Andy Warhol.

Quail bird drawing.

Baby seals art from my sketchbook.
I really like drawing animals lately. I mostly draw from my memory, but I also like to look at Pinterest and other websites for inspiration. I like looking at different sites for animals and patterns. I would like to make some of these little baby seals into a pattern for my Spoonflower fabric shop!

Mushroom girl with bunny and butterfly.

Artist Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith 1881
Last weekend Raoul and I went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. There we saw one of my favorite artists, Kiki Smith. I have been interested in her work since I saw her art exhibit at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh in about 1997 or so. It was nice to see her artwork again in person, and there were even some of the birds from the Mattress Factory at this exhibit, too. Here are some pictures I took from the exhibit. Apparently you are not allowed to take camera pictures, so these are all from my iPhone using the Camera+ app.

Kiki Smith 1880

Kiki Smith 1865

Kiki Smith 1862

Kiki Smith 1864

Kiki Smith 1886
This one especially was zine-y to me.

Kiki Smith 1889

Kiki Smith 1895
This one was one of my favorites.

Kiki Smith 1907

Kiki Smith 1901

Kiki Smith 1909

Kiki Smith 1883

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Best Bunny Buddies

Best buddies.
Oreo and Jumbles are so close. They are the best buddies and it is always so cute to see them cuddle and snuggle together.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tofu Baby 2012

Tofu Baby 2012 Cawendar-4
Are you really ready for 2012? I mean, are you really ready for 2012?? Now you can be truly ready with your very own Tofu Baby Cawendar for 2012! Each month features a scene I drew to match the month. I think they look really cute!

Tofu Baby 2012 Cawendar-3

Tofu Baby 2012 Cawendar-1

Tofu Baby 2012 Cawendar-2
In the center of the cawendar is a Chutes and Wadders that you can play, too. You can get your own copy at Shoppe Sugar Cookie!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weekend Dinner

Last weekend we spent a rainy day at the museum. Since I will post about the museum later, I will just have to show you the yummy food from Soul Vegetarian. We always go to Soul Veg 2, which is right near Youngblood Gallery. It is a must have for lunch or dinner when we visit this section of Atlanta.

Salad at Soul Vegetarian.
There is always a garden salad to begin... I love the dressing on this salad! It is addictive.

Onion rings at Soul Vegetarian.
We shared onion rings. I do not usually love inion rings, but these were light, crispy and not overly onion-y.

Tofu filet sandwich and Hebrew Bakes at Soul Vegetarian.
I always get the same sandwich when I go to Soul Veg. This is the tofu filet and it has pickles on top and Hebrew bakes on the side.

Ice Kream at Soul Vegetarian. So good butter pecan.
And last, but certainly not least, Raoul and I shared their vegan butter pecan ice cream. I wish I had some now!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Illustration Friday - Twirl

Illustration Friday - Twirl
The word of the week on Illustration Friday is twirl. I drew these cats with their tails twirled together! I guess this is how I would like Nilla, my beloved all-white kitty, to be with other cats. Instead Nilla is not too friendly with other kitties. When she sees them outside she throws herself against the picture windows in our living room. She gets so territorial, she tries to chase them away, even if the other cat is friendly and rubs on the window. Maybe it is best that Nilla is the queen bee at home. I think she likes to have me all for herself! I am lucky she shares with the bunnies, and she really does like them, too. Twirl, Nilla! Twirl!

Oh, they said SWIRL!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mini Choco

Mini Choco Plush candies.

I love chocolate, so I sewed some of these Mini Choco candies. Raoul gave me the idea to make a special wrapper for the Mini Choco, so I made this cute little label. It is printed on speckled white paper.

Mini Choco wrapped up in the wrapper.
All wrapped up neatly in a foil wrapper - this is one candy that won't melt in your pocket! Inside contains...

Mini Choco Strawberry Plush 1
Some very cute candy! I made these from wool felt. I enjoy doing some hand sewing once in a while, and these little sweets are fun to make. I especially liked embroidering their faces.

Mini Choco Dark Chocolate Plush 7

Mini Choco Milk Chocolate Plush 4

Mini Choco Strawberry Plush 2

Mini Choco Dark Chocolate Plush 8
I only made a few of these so far, and you can find them right here at Shoppe Sugar Cookie! You can give the gift of chocolate this Valentine's Day!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sketchbook Sunday: Vanillery Garden Love

Girl with the ice cream cone hat drawing that I made.
I have been reading Natalie's blog called Vanillery Garden lately. It is one of my new favorite blogs! Not only does Natalie have cute drawings and pets, but we have a lot of things in common. We both like cute Japanese things, mori girls, and sewing. Natalie started a message board community that you can sign up for here. Through this you can connect with so many crafty types from around the world! It is like Facebook, but cute! There are also tutorials you can watch for crafting cute mori girl inspired things, like a roll up for your paintbrushes and a tutu! My drawing is inspired by Vanillery Garden and Natalie's lovely illustrations!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Nilla Sits

Nilla likes to sit like a person.
I am not sure why my cat Nilla loves to sit like a person!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Forest Fawn Fashion

Kaylah of the Dainty Squid blog - has on my Forest Fawn Pin.
I know I have told you about one of my favorite bloggers out there, and if you do not remember, I will mention Kaylah Doolan of the Dainty Squid blog again. Here is her photos from this blog post where she is wearing my Forest Fawn Wood Pin! Once again, Kaylah is super cute and I wanna be her best friend cos she is just that adorable.

Kaylah of the Dainty Squid blog - detail of my Forest Fawn Pin.
Here is a detail of my wood pin I made from my original drawing! I really think it looks great with her gray sweater and striped dress.

Kaylah of the Dainty Squid blog - wearing my Forest Fawn Pin.

My Fawn Baby Wood Pin on my owly sweater! Ready for rainy weather.
And here I am wearing the same pin, too! Of course I have to keep one for myself! I am not as stylish as Kaylah, but the vintage top under my sweater has a pattern with different kinds of stoves.

Aw, Fawn Baby!
Here is the Forest Fawn close up. You can check out Shoppe Sugar Cookie for many more wood pins that I have made lately!