Wednesday Whale Love

As if I didn’t think ModCloth was great enough, they have to go and stock these amazing shoes!

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I’m literally drooling over here, guys. I’ll be keeping a close eye on these babies- I can only hope they go on sale before they sell out.

I would love to hang this on my wall:

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I have a lot of slanted walls, so space is a little limited. But for this print? I would make it work.

And I think this little carpet is the only thing missing from my bathroom collection:

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I already have the toothbrush holder and the shower curtain. Plus, I could really use a little rug for in front of the sink :)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Hope you all have a great week!

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Cinco de Mayo, a History

Just thought I would share with everyone the history of Cinco de Mayo, as it was explained to me at work today.

Person 1: Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo! Why does everyone keep wishing me a happy Cinco de Mayo! I don’t get it!

Me: The fifth of May is a holiday in Mexico.

Person 2: Yeah! It celebrates the end of the war between the Spanish and the French.

Person 1: Oh! The Spanish-American War!

So, as I understand it, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the end of the Spanish-American War. Which was fought between Spain and France. In Mexico.

 

Also, I’ve been working on a major shop restock (here’s some draft listings waiting to become active)

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New business cards (something that mentions what I make, aha)

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and some pretty exciting changes for me! More on that as it unfolds :)

Gram turns 88, still crazy.

Today is my Gram’s birthday. She is super old (at 88) and my Great Uncle scooped her up and took her away to Ohio for a few weeks. Thanks, Uncle Frank! I called to wish her a happy birthday and this happened:

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Hey! Guess what?

This is my Dad!

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Today is his birthday. Some fun facts about my Dad:

He was born the year they started making the Lincoln Memorial Penny.

He used to fix airplanes.

He doesn’t like hot dogs.

A lot of people think they have the best Dad in the world. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. But you know what? I have the best dad for me. He is supportive of all my endeavors. He always takes my call. He cleans off my car when it snows, no matter how much snow is heaped on it. And he hugs me and tells me he loves me every day.

Happy birthday, Dad! I hope I win the gift-giving competition!

Let’s watch SVU with my Mom.

My Mom watches a lot of Law & Order, Special Victims Unit. Like, A LOT. Like, if my Dad can’t find a marathon on TV she just won’t watch TV. And while she’s watching it, my Mom says the most hilarious things.  Obviously, it might be hard to offer an open invitation to anyone who would like to watch TV with us, so I drew some pictures to try and capture some of my favorite / the most common moments. 

As you may know, the plots are incredibly complicated. There’s basically no structure to the episodes at all. If only they could set it up like Part 1) introduce the victim, dead or alive; Part 2) meet key characters; Part 3) trial; Part 4) music and credits. At least with a little structure my Mom wouldn’t have to continually ask:

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This is pretty common. She often falls asleep after the first 15 minutes OR wakes up with 15 minutes to go. I’m not sure if she has ever seen an entire episode in one sitting.

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She has never stood up at Town Meeting when she’s had an idea or objection, but she could have presided over an entire courtroom in her youth…

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Due in part to falling asleep, and general not-paying-attention-ness, she often misses the entrance of key characters. This question comes up several times per episode.

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And my personal favorite: 

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Me too, Mom. Me too. 

Delayed response.

My Mom is the type of person who gets a little hurt when she posts something on Facebook and no one likes it or comments on it. Immediately.

Here’s a perfect example. The other day, she re-posted this cute little cardinal. And after 43 minutes, she could not understand why no one else thought it was cute.

So she commented on it.

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I almost liked it, but caught myself because I realized no one else had, and I wanted to see what she would do. But her comment, passively asking why no one agreed with her, was too hilarious. So I liked that, instead!

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Annnnnndddd she liked her own comment.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that my Mom has a Facebook. I love watching her interact with her friends, get in heated discussions on our town’s Facebook page about what constitutes a “private road,” and (obviously) when she has a post fail. It makes me feel like I’m prepping for teenagers.

Wednesday Whale Love

Whale duffle edition!

I want to make a duffle bag. I’ve been looking for patterns online and studying them in stores (read: Target) get get a better idea of how they’re made. I want to create something simple but still give it my own spin. Here are some beauts I happened upon in my research.

I’ve seen a larger, blue version of this one before.

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I really like how the mouth is an extra pocket. I LOVE pockets!

I wish, wish, WISH I had the patience to knit / crochet because I would be all about something like this:

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But I just can’t get into it. It takes too long for me to transfer the idea in my head into a net of yarn knots. I have a friend who’s pretty good at it, though. I’ll just leave the crocheting to her.

I think this one is my favorite though:

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I like how the front part is 2 pockets, it puffs up to a realistic whale shape, and it looks pretty roomy.

When/ if I ever get around to this project I will definitely share pictures!



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