Archive for January, 2013

Wednesday Whale Love #60

While hunting for a birthday present for my brother, I happened upon a boat load of beautiful whale accessories on Etsy! So strange that that happened…

This really neat necklace:

This cute little brooch:

I actually received a similar one in the mail last year around my birthday! I wear it on my jacket :)

And this cool bag:

I can make my own totes, but I love how SBMathieu makes her own stamps! Her whole shop is cute, check it out if you have a few minutes!


Wednesday Whale Love #59

Over a year ago I bought the CUTEST whale ring EVER from this adorable little shop on Etsy called Pica Pica Press.

The girl (lady? woman? I’m terrible with ages/ the appropriate title for people) who ran it, Laura, made amazing jewelry with all sorts of neat designs. This was my all time favorite ring and I wore it all the time, even though I got that little flipper caught in my tights a lot and ruined many pairs.

Just recently, I lost it! I have no idea where I put it and can’t find it anywhere. And Pica Pica Press is CLOSED so I can’t get a new one! Devastating.

Which leads me to this week’s Wednesday Whale Love: the search for the replacement whale ring!

First choice replacement by Fifth Heaven:

I like this one because it’s not too big, is silver colored, and you can order it in half sizes (as I can wear a 7.5 ring on, like, 5 of my fingers).

Second choice replacement by Christine Domanic:

I like that it has Moby Dick in the name, aha. But I can’t tell how thick the band is because it isn’t shone on a finger and I really need that visual. Plus you can only get it in whole sizes and that might not work for me.

Third choice by I Adorn U:

I’m not sure if this is silver or brass, and also it’s WAY EXPENSIVE! It does comes in half sizes (7.5), but that tail looks kind of pointy.

So, in conclusion, if you happen across any whale rings in your internet travels, please share them with me! Also, my birthday is coming up so if you wanted to just buy it for me, well, that would be cool too (again, size 7.5).


Hope you’re staying warm on this frosty Wednesday!

Introducing: pencil pouches!

That’s right, folks. You can now find pencil pouches in The Tragic Whale shop!




And for only $7.50!

I’ve got a few more items to list before turning in for the night. Happy Tuesday!

Panda learns to drive.

With my parents away last weekend and no one to tell me, “No,” I thought I’d teach Panda to drive!

He had to stand on my lap because his feet don’t reach the pedals. Obviously.

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WWA: Bacon & Chicken wraps

I found this recipe on Pinterest and knew I had to try it because it combines (basically) the only meats I eat: chicken and bacon!

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– 4 chicken breasts, cut into thirds (we bought the trimmed and cut pieces which come with about 12 pieces in the package, because I’m lazy and didn’t want to cut it up, aha)
– 1 package of bacon
– garlic powder
– chili powder
– paprika
– brown sugar
– salt and pepper
– cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly spray an oven-safe dish with the cooking spray. Set aside.

We started by rinsing and tenderizing the meat.

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While Ryan worked the chicken, I made two bowls of spice mixes. They both had garlic powder, salt, and pepper, but one had chili powder and the other had paprika (because I’m not a huge fan of spicy things). I didn’t measure, I just sort of kept adding stuff until it looked like there would be enough to cover the chicken.

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We covered both sides of the chicken in seasonings:

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Folded the pieces in half and wrapped them in bacon:

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Rolled them in brown sugar and placed them in a the oven-safe dish.

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We cooked them for about 35 minutes. I was afraid the chicken would dry out but I also wanted the bacon to get crispy. During cooking, we periodically removed some of the bacon grease, and we turned the chicken wraps about half way through.

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And here we go!


Ryan is all about presentation (see above), while I just threw a few on a plate and picked them apart (not pictured) aha.

The chicken did get a little drier than we would have liked, but it was still delicious! Next time we’re going to use thicker pieces of  meat.

Diary of a Recipe Addict has a ton of other great recipes, so if you’re looking for something new to try you should definitely check it out!

Projects: boxy makeup bag

My Mom likes to hold onto things. Forever. As long as it doesn’t break or get a hole in it then it’s still perfectly fine to use. So it should be no surprise that she’s used the same small makeup bag for over 20 years. And she would have kept using it had her friend (Jackie) not made fun of her for it.

She asked if I could make her a new one. I said yes. I showed her my new, big makeup bag. She didn’t like it. So I set to work on a new pattern. Thanks, Jackie.


I decided to make a boxy bag because she wanted the zipper to go down the sides. I used heavy interfacing so it would hold its shape really well, and used nylon lining so that it won’t get stained with makeup.

At one point when I was sewing up corners and turning it right side out, it looked like a little house!


Here it is:


Out with the old and in with the new:


I think it came out a little too tall but being a prototype I expected that might happen. In the future I’ll aim to make them shorter and longer, but my Mom loved this one and that’s all that matters!


Today we’ll be redecorating my imaginary living room!

This lovely rug to go under the coffee table:

These beautiful pillows to liven up the sofa:

And this adorable shadow box to decorate those plain, boring walls:

Have you come across any interesting whale finds lately?


Kerry. 30. Central Mass. Maker. Fan of all things bright. Click to learn more!

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