Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tuesday Finds: Something Fishy

So, I adopted that bronze cory catfish last week. He's doing pretty well so far by the way, healing up and moving about actively as a cory should, looking for food among the sand. As my mind's been on fishy things because of him lately, I thought I'd choose this week's Tuesday Finds in honour of my little recovering adoptee.

So, fishy things then! I adore the detail and colours of this ACEO print of an original watercolour painting, titled 'Watercolor Koi Fish' and painted by Bryan A. Collins. It is also available in other sizes, if an ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals - 2.5 x 3.5 inches) is too small for you.
($3.50, bryancollins.etsy.com)

The outfit of a fishy fan is not complete without a fishy bag, I say! How about a felted and embroidered one in teal? This funky purse is available from mabith.
($30, mabith.etsy.com)

As for wearable fishy things, perhaps this koi tank top by Ahpeele might strike your fancy? Lovely in design and lovely in colour, this one might find its way into my summer wardrobe.
($25, Ahpeele.etsy.com)

Friday, February 22, 2008

So it's been a week since my last post...

...what have I been up to? Well, in no particular order:

- Scratched the cornea of my right my eye, leading to much teary irritation and pain. Ow ow ow. It's almost back to normal now, fortunately, just a bit tender.

- Adopted a poor lonely bronze cory (Corydoras aeneus), to join one of my two schools of them. He was unwanted because he was skinny with torn fins and damaged barbels (his moustache, as I like to call them), but he's eating now and the fins are already healing, so hopefully he'll recover fully. :) (The ones in the photo are two I've raised, not the recovering one.)

- Trying to remember how to do statistics with SPSS while working on my MSc degree. It's been a while since I used it last, but I think I've got the hang of it now. I also found I still detest doing statistical analysis. Bleh.

No knitting news? Nope, afraid not, unless you count organizing my yarn stash better. This week's been full of other things to do and the eye situation didn't help either. Hopefully I'll have something to show next week, or perhaps even on the weekend.

Speaking of the weekend, have a good one!

Friday, February 15, 2008

The monster scarf returns!

Belated happy Valentine's Day! I hope you had a good one, if you're into the whole thing. Hubby and I don't really celebrate it to be honest, but the weather was really nice so we went out for a walk and lunch together. I did get a present though; hubby took care of the long and boring task of defrosting the fridge so that I could go out for drinks with a dear friend. Now that's a gift a girl can truly appreciate. Along with chocolate (which I also got). I <3 my hubby.

In other news, I recently made and listed yet another monstrous scarf! I really get into such a good mood while making these guys. There's nothing like a happily grinning soft monster to cheer you up.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday Finds: Colours

Today as I was walking home my main impression of the surroundings was grey. Grey sky, grey buildings, grey streets... As if winter isn't dark and depressing enough on its own. Even most people wore dark, muted colours. Why didn't anyone put more effort into making things look a little brighter and happier with more colour? Wouldn't that be much better?

At about this point in my musings I realised I was wearing my grey wool coat today. Sigh.

So, to try to make this bleak day seem a bit more pleasant, I have looked for colourful things for this week's Tuesday Finds.

If it's colour you want, GilBea's handpainted silk scarves are bound to do the trick. How about this gorgeous one, in different shades of blue and purple?
($55, gilbea.etsy.com)

Perhaps green is more to your tastes? These fun fused glass hair pins in bright lime green would be just the thing you need for a smaller spot of colour. They are available from panyizsuzsi.
($11, panyizsuzsi.etsy.com)

Representing red, we have this beautifully designed and made reversible handbag made by Ira Grant. Black and red on one side, white and pink on the other. Perfect!
($44, iragrant.etsy.com)

As for me, I shall be sure to wear my brightest orange scarf and matching gloves tomorrow. I promise.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Mr Morrgan "Chompy" Goldfish

As I was reading this article I began having some odd thoughts. I have goldfish in my shop. I also have wild hearts in my shop. How about combining a goldfish with a wild heart? Could it possibly work? Would I become a Dr Frankenstein of goldfish?

Well, there was only one way to find out. I sat down with knitting needles, crochet hook and orange yarn and began experimenting. Everything went smoother than I expected and I'm pleased to report the experiment was a success! I made a goldfish gone wild!

In fact, he was so much fun to make that I immediately made him a little brother and I foresee a multicoloured school of little chompy fishies taking over our apartment. Perhaps a few will even make it into my shops.

The big one will be on his way overseas on Monday! (Assuming I can get his little brother to let go.)

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Man, he's pretty ancient by now

Today my husband turned even older than before! I wonder when the grey hairs will start showing? Well, in any case, enjoy the whiskey, my dear! It's an appropriate drink for an old man. :D

(PS. I am of course kidding. Mostly. He is after all a little over a whole year older than me. That's more than enough for some age-based, loving teasing.)

(PPS. The gloves in the photo are ones I listed recently in my Etsy shop. Just in case you were curious.)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tuesday Finds: Kitty Cats

I have no special story on how I ended up with this week's theme. I just found some cute kitties and wanted to show them off. So there.

The cat that started it all is this tiny turquoise feline, made from polymer clay. How much cuter can a kitty get? It's available from Endless Whimsy, along with many other cats and kittens in various colours and shapes.
($5, endlesswhimsy.etsy.com)

The previous kitty reminded me of one that has been among my Etsy favourites for a long time. 'Sleepy Kitten' by Vanessa Rodrigues is just too adorable. This kitty cat is available as a print from Ku-Ki Shop.
($10, kukishop.etsy.com)

The cat that sealed the deal for this week's theme was a vinyl wristlet with a sweet kitty and cherry blossoms applique. It's available from the aptly named Kitty Empire.
($22, kittyempire3.etsy.com)

Now I'd better go do something else, before I melt from cuteness overload.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Hubert the Grumpy Unicorn

This guy here is a grumpy little unicorn called Hubert.

Why grumpy, I hear you ask? Well first of all, this particular teenage boy unicorn happens to be very pink. Just how is a poor unicorn supposed to impress that cute pegasus girl when he's as pink as can be? AND named Hubert? Seriously, what were his parents thinking?

If only he was a cool steely grey like his uncle Reginald, then things would be different. Or at least had uncle Reginald's name. Now there's a proper noble name for a mighty unicorn, sure to impress any cute pegasus. Not at all silly. Unlike Huuuubert.

But no, that wasn't to be. This little guy is pink Hubert. A very grumpy pink Hubert.

Hubert is another little creature that came about one sleepless night. I wrote his description at the beginning of January, but it took a while before I was able to put my idea into knit form. Hubert will be available in my Etsy shop soon, as both finished unicorn and pattern.
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