Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nilla's New Box

Nilla in her box.
Nilla loves boxes lately!

Lovely Nilla in a box.

Box kitty.

Nilla loves being in a box.

Box Nilla.

There goes Nilla!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Etsy Craft Party 2012

Everyone making stuff at Treehouse for the Etsy Craft Party 2012.
Last Friday was the day for Etsy Craft Party! We hosted it here in Athens, Georgia at our favorite local shop, Treehouse Kid and Craft! We had so much fun, too.

Etsy Craft party 2012 at Treehouse Kid and Craft in Athens, Georgia.
This year's theme was "Wish You Were Here." At our party we made postcards, travel journals / zines, and one inch buttons and magnets.

We made buttons and magnets at the Etsy Craft Party in Athens, Georgia

We had button making and snacks!
Ruth made these great buttons of her pets, Owen and Jack.

Etsy Craft Party 2012 - Ruth showing off her buttons that she drew.
They look great!

Heather showing off her buttons.
Our friend Heather made some pins with some of the designs I provided that you can find in my Shoppe Sugar Cookie. She customized them with her friend's band name. They look awesome!

Josie, Me, and Allison at the Etsy Craft Party 2012.
Here is Josie, me, and Allison! We had a great time hanging out at the Etsy Craft Party!

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Sara also came to the party! I love her Etsy shop, too.

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Here is Katy and Leslie

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Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for dinner.
Do you ever like having breakfast for dinner? That's what we had. I love brekkie! I made some French toast with syrup. How yummy!

Making French toast.
I made the French toast with sourdough bread from local Luna Bakery. This bread made a nice brekkie, and I have not made French toast in ages.

Brekkie is for dinner!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Snuggle Bunny Monday

Jumbled and Oreo.
Here is Jumbles and Oreo having a nice time. They really like this new little woven bunny bed that I got for them. At first Raoul said they are too big for the pet bed, but they have been into it the last week or so! Jumbles likes it more than Oreo does, but I did catch Oreo sitting in it, too.

My bunnies Oreo and Jumbles.

Jumbles in his little basket.
Aw! Look how cute Jumbles looks in the little basket!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom Love

Moonrise Kingdom
Raoul and I are fans of Wes Anderson movies, and I know I don't talk very much about movies, but we did get to see Moonrise Kingdom with Raoul's sister Cynthia and our friend Jamie. We saw it when we went to Los Angeles for a weekend in July. It was great to see a movie in Hollywood! We went to see Moonrise at ArcLight movie theatre. What a great theatre! Anyways, Moonrise Kingdom was a fabulously cute movie - from the detail in the costumes and the colors used throughout - it is a fast favorite of mine. I also love this tribute to the film using Blythe!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Snuggle Bunny Monday

Jumbles is relaxed.
Check out this relaxed rabbit!

Bunny tail.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hang Out Club and Craft Party

Hang out and craft night at Katy's house.
Last week we visited out friend's house for a Hang Out Craft Party. We had so much fun making crafts and seeing everybody. Here is Lonna and friends making some paper flowers.

At the Hang Out Party!

Everyone brought clothes for a swap.
Everyone swapped clothes that they were getting rid of. I forgot my clothes at home, but next time I will bring them!

Clothes swap with our friends.
I was thinking about this skirt that Dena brought, though!

I love Katy and I love her hair.
This is Katy, she wrote the fanzine Bottle Rocket for a while. We love Katy!

Hi Dena and friends.
Here is Dena - she was working on cd covers for a friend's band. She had to make 100 covers for them!

Swing at Katy's house. Testing my skills.
Later their roommate Laura took us to see the swing outside. I love the swing, and would like one for our yard. Not sure if we have a great tree like they do... Looking forward to the next Hang Out Club!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Snuggle Bunny Monday

I love this face.
I love Oreo's face! And I love it when her nose wiggles!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What's Playing?

Playing records.
Here is what has been playing on my turntable lately! I love listening to my record collection. What have you been playing lately? Anything good?


Friday, August 10, 2012

Lovely Nilla

I love this face!
Here are some of my Nilla photos I took recently. I love Nilla!

One paw up.

My little loafy.
My loaf cat! Little loafy.

Nilla loaf.

Nilla is so joyful.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What's Your Project? Pillow Time

Trying to make a pillow.
I decided to make a little throw pillow. Nilla decided to help, too. She loves to craft.

Do you think these fabrics match for a pillow?
Here are the fabrics I chose. The colors match because they both have pink shades in them. The pony fabric is screen printed by Sara Lee Parker. I really like her designs! The other fabric I used is a cake pattern I got in a fabric swap from Get Crafty ages ago! Sometimes I am fearful of cutting my cute fabrics, especially vintage ones. I am learning to get over this fear...

Pony fabric.

Cake fabric.
I used this Design Sponge throw pillow tutorial. It is really easy to follow!

Pony pillow!

Cake pillow.
My pillow is 16 by 16 square. It is the perfect size to put on our vintage chairs, and to use when lounging on the sofa!

Deer and ponies.

Cake ad deer pillows.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tunesday Tuesday - Chocolate USA

Tunesday Tuesday - Chocolate USA
Today's Tunesday Tuesday band is Chocolate USA. I got into this band because I was an avid fan of They Might Be Giants, and both bands started on the small indie record label called Bar None. When I was in high school I used to buy albums that I thought had cool covers. I had seen Chocolate USA's album "All Jets are Gonna Fall Today" in ads for Bar None, and I thought the cover was pretty cute, so I bought it without ever hearing the music.

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I liked what I heard, so I wrote the band a letter. Honestly, I did not expect to hear back (though I did send a SASE just to see if they would use that to write back to me), but Julian did write back! I was in heaven just to get a letter back from a band I wrote to! It really meant a lot to me, and it still does. I still love this music.

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This was 1994 or so. I was at the end of my high school career, and I had turned my friends on to Chocolate USA. I put their songs on mix tapes and gave them to my friend Todd and my pen pals. I laughed at the Doogie Howser part with my younger brother. My cat even liked Chocolate USA!

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Needless to say, I HAD to go see them when the band went on tour! I begged my parents to take me and Todd! I begged, I pleaded, I bought my Dad a Hershey bar. I think it was the Hershey bar that put him over the edge. They took me and Todd to see Chocolate USA, who Dad called Chocolate America. This band was a band that wrote back to me more than once, and when Julian did not write, his grandmother sent me a postcard. This really meant so much to me. It still does.

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I really really enjoyed the Chocolate USA show I got to go see. In fact, I am almost sure that Todd and I were the only ones who were there for their music. Anyways, these are photos from that show. The next time they came round (fall of 1994) my friends and I drove to see the show, but alas, we got there too early and missed them! Julian did phone me up, I remember, and said something like "don't think we can't get you in if you are not 21." I think we were going to be "roadies" and carry equipment, but that never happened.

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Chocolate USA was my "gateway" into Elephant 6. I am still an E6 fan to this day, and I don't think I would be where I am today without this great connection.

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I love this picture because it looks like he is floating!

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So here I am at 18, and in awe of a really creative band of musicians who I truly admire. At 18, I used to think that Julian, Bill, Liza, and Eric were so much older than me, when in reality, they were not much older than me at all! But here they were making music, touring, and doing all this stuff that I was interested in, but I was never a great musician. Instead I drew comics, wrote zines, and wrote letters, all while listening to their music.

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I was shocked and sad to hear about the passing of Bill Doss last week. I was happy to have met him this day when I saw Chocolate USA play, and I had kept up with his other bands over the years. I have been thinking of all the nice people and friends I have made through E6, and I wish them the best at this time. ❤