Category Archives: craft

Heya there!! i’ve got exciting news! the new line of ninjacats with weapons has been introduced into my shop and i’ll be adding even more over this coming week. Check them out!

I have also introduced cat toy ninja weapons!!

I have a super awesome special discount to anyone who reads my blog. Just use the coupon code: NEWYEAR to recieve 12% off your entire purchase! Code ends on 1/31/12.

Thank you so much and hope you have a happy new year!!!


last week i set up at my very first craft fair! it was held at my job and was pretty fun. it was a great experience to learn from and i’m thinking about signing up for another craft fair in the spring.

it was really cool thinking of ways to set up the table. the banner is so very much my style and i’m so happy i could convey that!

i’ve decided to add some of my paintings to my shop, in miniature form. believe me when i say that they were a challenge. i’m used to working on canvas that is 6′ by 4′ and working on like 1/100th of that scale was interesting but really fun!

brooches and necklaces…

the ninjacats eagerly awaited to be taken to their new homes!

sneaky peek at my new ninjacats. they have weapons that attach to the velcro. these ninjas will be available in my shop on January 1st!

using a few of my vintage suitcases turned out great and made packing up a breeze!

i had a lot of fun and definitely will continue to think of ways to spread the ninjacat invasion!

hope you’re having a great week!

xo – amanda

some of these i meant to post a couple of weeks ago, but they still make me happy regardless, so here they are! like fall finally being here! yayyyy!!!

i love cool weather! it’s cold weather i don’t like though. but i do like that i can wear tights comfortably now. i have a whole slew of them.

i’m so excited that my tacocat productions brooches will be included in the cowtown indie bazaar’s goody bags this weekend! they look all nice and professional!

i will be launching my new line of ninjacats this week!! stay tuned cause they are really gonna blow your mind!

i got a new tattoo last week! can i get sappy for a moment? here goes… this tattoo resembles my love of my twin sister, amy of compositions of wool. i am one lucky lady to have been born right next to my soulmate. she is the kindest, most intelligent, and most creative person i know. i truly admire her drive for happiness. she is always there for me even when it’s inconvenient  for her like when i feel like i’m dying and she comes home from work to take care of me. she really is the most beautiful soul in my life.

the illustration is by emily martin of the black apple. i just adore her artwork and when i saw this, i just knew it was perfect. i get my tattoos done at the salty dog tattoo shop in fort worth by jon hill. (photo courtesy of tiffany wolf)

it was funny, i didn’t realize i was wearing the same dress the girls were wearing until i was at the tattoo shop. hilarious!

anyway… moving on! look at this cute record holder i bought at the local record store! cute, eh?

i’ve started collecting these. i think they’ll be great to display my items at craft shows.

this whole weekend was happiness for me! which i really needed. lately i’ve been in a funk.

yesterday i woke up early to run errands and drove around town with my windows down listening to bad assss tunes. came home and got a lot of ninjacat work done, then went to denton and had a nice dinner with a friend. after that i headed to dan’s silverleaf for the peter wolf crier/milagres/RTB2 show. it was spectacular!! i haven’t been to a show since july so it was great to see an out of this world show again. the night ended with a very nice guy telling me that i was a “cool, sexy nerd” and YES that is a very high compliment to me, haha. it was sweet and something i kinda needed since right now i’m on a strict no-dating-while-i’m-doing-serious-soul-searching work on myself. a gal can get really lonely during this phase and sweet words are a nice and appreciated pick me up.

today was glorious as well. it was so nice to relax in a cozy bed with my cats watching the rain through the open blinds. i napped half of the day and got more work done for the ninjacats. what a weekend it has been!

next week amy and i will be heading to colorado to spend time with our family. i’m so excited to see them! it’s been exactly a year! my baby brother doesn’t look so little anymore!

so i guess i talked your ear off? or eyes off….? i hope you’re doing well. what’s making you happy these days?? i want to hear about it!

xo – amanda

due to many things happening in the world of the tacocat productions etsy shop, not much time has been left for me to devote to my own projects for my house. i was finally able to knock out two pieces last week though and i’m so excited to share them with you!!

i love the many looks of homer. this one is one of my top favorites from “homer the vigilante”

next comes my most favorite milhouse moment…

i’m so proud of these! now to look for suitable frames so that they may be added to my ever growing wall of simpsons fan art.

hope you’re doing well!!

xo – amanda

i feel like it’s important to focus on the good in our lives instead of on only what we want but don’t have. i know what i want but until then i’ll celebrate the little and big things making me happy right now!

2 big things:

on sept 1st i was promoted!! i’ve been at my job for 2 and a half years and i really like what i do. i plan on staying there for a while because i know i can learn a lot and be constantly challenged to do my best. the people i work for are incredibly supportive of me and what i do in my creative life as well. i feel extremely lucky to work where i do.

i found out that my all time favorite band, hot rod circuit, will be doing a small reunion tour!! i’ll *hopefully* be flying to chicago to see them play at the bottom lounge in november. i can’t wait!!! they have been so influencial to my life and my heart over the years.

little things making me smile:

organized floss boxes!! i love color and i love my embroidery floss, it’s just so nice to see it all in rows instead of plastic baggies.

cat ears! i wear these randomly just cause. my cats look at me weird but i’m just trying to fit in with them is all!

i found out i was approved to sponsor the cowtown indie bazaar! i’m so excited to donate some of my handmade items for the goody bags! here’s a sneak peek…

lucky thrifting finds have been throwing themselves at me lately. my favorite is this purse i found last week, i’ve been hunting for an accessory with an elephant on it.

i found one of the coolest etsy cat lady finds ever! this here sleeping cat in a basket lint brush was purchased as soon as i saw it. how adorable!

another thing that has made me smile recently is getting packages from etsy that are wrapped up like presents. it totally makes me forget that i spent money for the item. it’s greatly appreciated when a seller takes the time to make a purchase special. i hope that the people that buy my items feel the same way.

what are some of the things making you happy? i want to know!

x0 – amanda

i’m struggling with the blog-o-sphere. meaning i’m not really keeping a schedule or updating like i intentionally planned. life has changed a bit in direction so i’m sort of feeling my way through the weeks until i figure out what i want to really grasp onto. but there are things around that make me smile these days.

my mom gave me her sewing machine several years ago and last week i finally took it out of the case and used it. i’m in love with it!!!

it took a few frustrating tries to get the tension right but thanks to the internet it was fixed!

from there, i started sewing cute bows thanks to this tutorial. it was mega easy, which is wonderful for a beginner like me.

wearing the bows is even MORE fun than making them too! i can’t wait to look for more pretty fabric to use!

i bought sewing thread for the first time in years, can’t wait to see what i’ll make with such gorgeous colors.

here’s an awkward photo of myself that i’m kinda liking. i’m an awkwardly shy person to begin with so i feel like this kinda captures it.

my cat, sophie is addicted to the tub. it’s the first place she goes to every morning. she takes her “baths” in there, rolls around, basically has a blast. i wish tubs were that fun for me too.

the most important thing that is making me smile these days are my friends. not trying to sound sappy but my goodness friends are so amazing to be around when your heart gets broken. they have the best and most comforting words ever. i don’t think i’d be doing so well if if weren’t for them.

anyway, so what’s making you smile right now? i’d love to know!

have a great weekend, folks!

xo – amanda

does your heart ever start racing when you know you have a solidly incredible idea?? my heart is racing right now! i need to make room in my house and etsy shop for a new line of ninjacats. i have put my felt ones on clearance at $15.00 each (one of them is $12.00 cause she’s clumsy). i can GUARANTEE that the ninjacats in the future will never be this inexpensive, so get’em while the gettin’s good!

just a tiny squeak of what’s to come: i am on the hunt for a different type of material to make the next line, meaning that the next line will be a bit more costly, probably starting at $30.00 because of the materials and details that will be included. i don’t want to give out too many hints just yet cause it’s a secret and i’d like to blow everyones socks off when i’m ready to unveil the new ninjas. i promise you that you haven’t seen anything like them before!!

here are my clearance ninjacats looking for a sweet home to call their own and to protect:







they’re all waiting for you at the tacocatproductions etsy shop!


xo – amanda