Archive for April, 2013

Panda’s new name

Oh, Panda!


Some of you know and some of you might not, but my little buddy Panda is actually named Bailey. I just call him Panda.

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Which is probably pretty confusing for him. Luckily for me, I don’t care.

Ahahahahhaha. That was mean.

But a couple of months ago I said to myself, “Kerry. Why don’t you get that smelly little pile of fuzz a new name tag? Maybe he will be less confused!”

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I don’t know if you’ve even used a pet-tag making machine before but they are really neat! And maybe you’re like, “Uhm, Kerry. You’re simple.” This may be the case. But if you aren’t finding joy in even the smallest things in life then what are you doing? You’re doing life wrong, that’s what you’re doing! And I just don’t have time to do it wrong.


Look how much happier he is!

Now, his new name tag was short lived. Only about 3 weeks. As it turns out, to change your pet’s name you have to get a new pet license from the town hall and update all of their medical records. Pfffft. No. So we had to switch back to the old tag. But for those 3 weeks, my Dad and I had a BLAST trying to see how long it would take my Mom to notice aha.

Next I’m going to get him one that says, “YOLO.” What would you change his name to?


Shop update: Pencil cases!

I needed a new pencil case for work. Mine was too small and I couldn’t fit a full post-it pad in it. And I need my post-it notes! The one I have I got at Borders and I loved that it had a zipper pocket in it.

But since Borders is closed (even the Website redirects to Barns & Noble!) I realized I would have to take matters into my own hands. It took a couple of tries but I finally came up with:

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Complete with band aid pocket. The MOST important pocket. In the process, though, I made patterns for a small, thin case:


and a shorter, larger case:


Both of which are now available in the shop! I’ll eventually make more like mine, which is bigger and has that handy little pocket, but I was waiting on a massive supply of rainbow zippers to come in.

Check out the new Pencil Case section of the shop and let me know what you think!

Work stories: The maiden name dilemma.

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Another Wednesday Whale love!

Ever since I got those awesome towels for my birthday, I’ve had my eye out for more whale towels. I’m especially keen on these dish towels from Zen Threads:

(I’m pretty sure my friends got me a t-shirt from them for Christmas!)

Not that I’m in the market to buy any more fabric right now (since I have two overflowing bins), but this Maritime Moby is at the top of my must-have list.

Something about grays and yellows together always catch my eye. Also, the whales! Aha.

Pretty soon I’ll start looking for a new sweatshirt. I have a half dozen plain pull overs that I love, but it looks like H&M has stopped carrying them! Since mine are wearing out I have to start planning for the fall. I kind of like this one:

But I’m not sure if it’s too cutesie or if it’s too long. Or too expensive. I try not to spend more than $20 on a sweatshirt because I know I’m just going to destroy it, and this is almost double! I guess I have plenty of time to figure it out, but I know it’ll be cold again in no time!

Hope you’re having a fab Wednesday and that your week isn’t dragging on!

I have a mean fish.

I don’t know if I mentioned it before but I got some fish for Christmas. First I was like, “OH MY GOODNESS THESE ARE SO LITTLE AND CUTE! I’M GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN WATCHING THEM!” But then I was like, “Awe peas. I have to keep these things alive.”

I gave them until the end of January. Mystery among mysteries, though, they are still alive!

Feel free to be surprised and impressed. I know I am.

But now I have a different problem. I have a bully fish.

Exhibit A: Margaret the Mean Fish.

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Originally I had two fish: Max and Margaret (named for the characters in Rushmore). They were super happy and best friends. Obvi. Then in January we decided to get them a little friend. I wanted a tiger fish but then I found out that they’re mean and will nip at and can eventually eat the other fish. So I got this funny little see-through guy and named him Tiger.

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Genius, I know.

Tiger had some issues when he came home. Margaret didn’t like him and chased him away when it was fish flakes time. He basically gave up eating and I have no idea how he’s still alive because I’ve almost never seen him eat. I even tried different food but he just stays away from it. I think he snacks on the soggy bottom flakes (I call them trash flakes) because Margaret doesn’t want those.

Last week I noticed that Max was missing the end of his tail. Just the littlest bit. And I said, “Hey! What’s going on here?” But no one answered because they’re fish and I probably look like a monster through the tank walls.

Look at him now!

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Most of his tail is MIA, he’s missing pieces from his top and bottom fins, and the side fin on his other side is almost completely gone! Naturally I thought it was Margaret, since she has a history of being mean for no reason (see Tiger story above), but Sunday I caught that little scoundrel in action. I watched her corner Max, nip off a piece of his fin, chew it, and spit it out at him. No joke.

I don’t know what to do. I’m hoping everything will cool off in the tank, but if Margaret nips Max to death I’ll be so upset. I should probably start planning the funeral  but if anyone knows how I can make my fish BFFs again please let me know!

Craft Saturday recap.

Since I basically took March off from life, I was extremely behind on all of my projects. And by extremely behind I mean I was actually working towards not taking a year to get things done. (With the exception of Lauren’s t-shirt quilt. That will probably be pretty close to a year.)

But this weekend, I killed it. I spent most of Saturday sewing! I got some fabric samples ready for my friend Danielle:

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(And missed mailing them out by 15 minutes.)

Finished a bag I promised my friend Carolyn  in January:

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Made her some matching pouches with the leftover material:

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Finished the pencil cases I traced the patterns for in February:

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Worked on some new, one of a kind pouches for the shop:

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(Took a bunch of crappy pictures with my phone, aha.)

The only thing I didn’t get to is a diaper bag for my friend Katelynn. But I did pick up the fabric for it so I’m moving in the right direction!

Did anyone else have a super productive Saturday?

Work stories. The DOR was closed today!

In my job, I have to work with the Department of Revenue fairly often. Mostly we collect sales tax for them, but sometimes we have to call to get information on car dealerships. Usually it’s simple. “Hi DOR, is this California dealership registered with you? No? Great, thanks.” or “Hi, DOR? Is this New Hampshire dealership registered with you? Yes? Awesome, thanks.”

Well today the Department of Revenue was closed because they are based out of Boston, and Boston was pretty publicly on lock down. And this dude bought a car from a dealer in Ohio for about half it’s value and didn’t want to pay tax on the full value. (Understandable. I wouldn’t either.) And he convinced the dealership yesterday to register with the Mass DOR (rare for a dealership to do for a single customer). But the dealer failed to provide their Mass Tax ID number, so we have to call DOR and verify that the dealer is registered. Conundrum commence.

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I can understand being frustrated. I get that. But there’s a time and a place where it’s just sort of… inappropriate.

Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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