Category Archives: Embroidery

I’ve been spinning the idea in my head if I should post an update after 3 years of abandoning my blog to share some of my recent Simpsons experiences and embroideries. The idea was mainly related to how the Simpsons changed my entire life in the best way possible. It’s a weird story.

It starts with being so enamored with the show that I got a tribute tattoo, the Stonecutters one that I posted about a few years back.

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Without falling into too much of a rambling mess of sentences I’ll briefly try to tell the story of how I met my husband. Yep, married now. It’s a very weird thing to acknowledge. Not that I don’t love it, just so funny how things work out.

Last summer I received an email alert that someone had commented on my blog. Since I abandoned it 3 years ago I was pretty surprised. Apparently he did a Google search for Stonecutters tattoos, saw mine and said to himself “I must know this woman immediately!” and left a comment. And that’s how it began. Just some random Google search and BAM, life changer. When I read the comment I knew what the cheesy line of “You just know” meant at that very moment. That really weird rush of intuition that says “THIS IS IMPORTANT”. It’s not something I ever expected but thanks to the Simpsons I met my soulmate. I mean it wasn’t just the Simpsons that made us realize we were soulmates, there were many other weird coincidences that were uncovered later. But the Simpsons was most definitely the catalyst for us meeting each other while he lived in Chicago at the time and I was in Kansas. He flew down last August to meet me in person and proposed. …with an onion ring!

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We got married in March and had some freakin SWEET Simpsons references incorporated.

I wore this brooch. It’s from Danny Brito and it was a perfect accessory for the day. 

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My husband and I bought some Homer and Marge figures and painted them up all fancy.

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We had them as the donuts topper.

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Our cake was magnificently perfect!

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A good friend of mine gifted my husband Homer’s pig cuff-links but unfortunately he was not able to wear them due to having the wrong shirt. We’re planning to pass them down our family line for future weddings.

For real nuts, right??? Life…. it’s baffling. But I’m so incredibly happy that I met my soulmate by way of my most favorite show. And thankfully like me he feels the first 8 seasons are the true heart of the series.  I love being able to quote something randomly and he knows exactly what I’m referring to. I’ve never really dated anyone else that really understood the impact of the show, it’s a part of our daily lives. It’s so awesome to know that when we’re old and gray we’re still going to be referring to god as “the waffle on the ceiling”.

Anyways….. other Simpsons related stuff over the past few years includes making this for a couple of friends that got married last year that love the show.

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I’ve been collecting patches and other things, but will probably have to do a separate post for Simpsons collectibles I’ve been able to acquire some other time.

Also Danny Brito made:

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This happened at my job though a couple of weeks ago. I created it and asked for my door’s name plate to have this image on it expecting it to get shot down but it’s now proudly on my office door.

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Alrighty, I think that’s a good update for now. I also got a new cat. His name is Rory, he’s pretty cool.

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Amanda

Super beautiful wedding photos were taken by Desiree Espada


This year has definitely been a rollarcoaster and there are many reasons why i have not kept up my blog for the past 7 months. I guess the main reason would be that I had to work through some very difficult experiences in therapy and well, i’ve just been incredibly exhausted emotionally, mentally, and physically. I didn’t go to many shows, didn’t do very much art/embroidery/crafting, or much socializing. I had to work on my self-esteem. It was a long time coming, facing the trauma of my childhood, and getting past it was tough but worth it. I feel more confident in myself as a person than i ever have in my life. There are some very big changes coming up within the next few weeks but I know I can get through it with less anxiety than I would have a year ago. So, yeah, stuff! But I am looking forward to figuring out my space on the internet and being more honest with it.

Moving on, I did finish a new Simpsons embroidery piece! My favorite I think of the ones I have finished so far and it now resides with my lovely friend, Alise.

Alise and I even officiated ourselves as Stonecutters!! She got hers on her upper arm and it looks severely BADASS! I knew there was only one place I truly wanted this one, haha.

I’ve been working on other embroidery pieces on and off. Thinking of getting a vintage embroidery themed tattoo. That’ll be a big tattoo project for the future.

Well, I’m hoping to keep my blog up and possibly my etsy shop going too. I’ve been scoring some fantastic vintage finds that I wanted to share, just haven’t photographed yet. The fall will be a great time to start going back to shows again, Stars will be here in October! The last show I went to was Yellow Ostrich on June 3rd (so freaking good!!)

Until next time! Thanks so much for dropping by!!


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’ve been working on a few necklaces this week and have just posted them to my etsy shop!

thanks for stopping by!!

xo – amanda


i’ve taken quite a bit of time off from this project but it has been on my mind the entire time. for some reason embroidery has been feeling like a chore lately so i have moved to other things until i gain my motivation back. i feel it will be soon though thanks to a nice compliment about my work.

anyway, look at my newest addition to the simpsons wall! i love homer’s facial expressions and i hope that i capture them in each piece.

not sure when the next one will be done, honestly, but i have the pattern sketched out on the fabric which is a HUGE start already. *hint* it’s a scene from homer the vigilante.

hope you’re having a fun week!!

xo – amanda


little things making me happy around my house right now…

i picked up this little beauty at the denton mini mall a few weeks back. i’ve been dying to have one of these dishes. i’ve been looking for just the right rooster one but stumbled upon this which is even better!!

i love turning my painting sketches into embroidery pieces. it’s so much fun playing with different stitches!

the next two are from my friend blake wilson, who is a very talented self taught artist. i wish i had the skill to draw the types of patterns and creatures he does. he made this drawing for me as a swap piece. i painted a muscle man for him.

the photo of the wooden painted cat figurine is something blake picked up for me from sante fe, it looks so happy!

this little lady below is one of two loves of my life when it comes to cats. my roxie cat.

i’ve noticed lots of painted plastic toys on etsy lately, particularly dinosaurs. i got this group at thrift town and started painting away at them this morning.

i can’t wait to get more to paint! anyway, i’ve gotta run. apparently i’m the wasp killer of the house and must attend to this job now. take care, friends!

xo – amanda


hey, hey, there folks. here’s some more simpsons in sewing!! i did two of these over the weekend.

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he sure looks like he’s having a blast, haha. i did most of this using backstitch and did the bicycle wheels in stem stitch (i’m still getting used to it! thanks to wild olive for the how-to on the easy way to do that stitch, it’s so much better!)

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lisa and book are backstitched.

unfortunately there’s a small white box showing up on the fabric. not sure what happened, oops…

and here is how i rocked valentine’s this year! go me!!

i made my then guy a sewn and colored in version of lisa’s card she gave to ralph after erasing someone else’s name. haha, so sweet right? i am pretty darn proud of this if i do say so myself.

within the next couple of weeks i’m hoping to have more scene related embroideries, i have great ones to choose from. “do not ride the bomb” – does that ring a bell?

hope you enjoyed!

xxx – amanda