not too sure why i have that lyric in my head, haven’t watched alice in wonderland anytime recently.
anyway, yep, another long break from blogging. there have been lots of hardcore changes happening within the past 6 months, hard to keep up with it all in blog format or in any format to be honest, haha.
let’s see, my sister is now officially a librarian (YAY!), we moved out of our cozy vintage townhouse (BOO!) and apart from each other which started off as really difficult but i’m glad we stay in touch a lot more than we did back when we were in separate colleges. i now live by myself which was an adjustment but i think i really like it! expensive as all hell to pretty much fill an apartment from scratch. it’s all the little things that’ll get ya, like kitchen stuff especially. i did buy a blender though, i feel really grown up making healthy fruit filled smoothies for myself after a long day. oh! and the best christmas present to myself is this beaut:
i’ve been eyeing this record player for months and i’m so excited i got it on sale too! amazon.com is the secret 😀
i haven’t been going to many shows lately. not sure what happened but live music sort of lost it’s magic for me after i realized i should probably stop going alone, which is kind of a bummer. i used to love the feeling of my ears being pounded by beautiful sounds and standing as close to the stage as i possibly could, and that wonderful thrill of stealing the setlist. maybe that desire will come back someday, i really hope so.
i did see Stars back in October with my sister. and this happened:
yes, a picture with Torq!! one that i look incredibly awkward in and uncomfortable, but whatever, cause i still love it!
i know i hardly ever talk about my relationships but this one deserves to be mentioned a bit cause we’ve been together for nearly 8 months! dating a pisces like myself is pretty darn awesome cause he’s talented, creative, and a sweetheart 😉 look at what he brought me back from austria!
it’s a dried and pressed eidelweiss, seriously the most romantic thing i’ve ever received cause i know the thought that went into it and the folklore behind the flower. it’s said that suitors used to climb the alps to find this flower to prove their love, unfortunately some died trying to do this. thankfully, that wasn’t an issue this time around and he came back home safe and sound.
i better get to bed, tomorrow starts the adventure of finding an ugly christmas sweater for a party and looking for some more pieces of cheap/awesome furniture.
hope all is well and if i don’t write again til next year, i hope your holidays are incredible 😀
yesterday was insanely gorgeous, so my sister and i took a trip to the gardens, which is seriously like a 5 minute drive (we’re so lucky) but we hardly go, shame on us!
amy shawl bombed this lady statue, i think it looks very natural, don’t you?
my intention was to sew while we were there but it didn’t happen, i was so organized and everything!
we did a bit of walking around, i just love how mysterious these gates look.
we went to the antique mall since it’s around the corner from the gardens. it was a great day to look at treasures.
i’m smitten with vintage glass sets like this.
how interesting and unfortunately you can spot me in the mirror, oops.
i want a vintage radio so bad! look at how beautiful these are
this antique mall is a maze and takes a lot of patience to go through, but it’s well worth the time.
these are the amazing pieces that came home with me. i can’t wait to wear them tonight for the new year’s eve show i’m going to!
i will hopefully be posting some big news on sunday regarding the shop. i’ve been working very long hours on my vacation to make sure my goal for Jan. 1st for Tacocat Productions kicks off with a bang and many new products!
see you soon, and happiest of new years!!
xo – amanda
here i am again, trying to catch up from the last month’s photos! it’s definitely been a busy december. i wanted to share a few things that have been making me happy, umm, since november? hahaha
new floss always excites me!!
i bought these amazingly cute coasters for amy and i.
finally cleaned up my jewelry/accessory area! i’m so proud of it and i don’t feel like such a mess anymore! hooray!!
i got this tiny sewing machine at hobby lobby, isn’t it soo sweet!
i’m severly in love with emily martin’s work! it’s whimisical and eccentric, something i always hope to be and be seen as. her etsy shop is filled with so many beauties!
i will try my best to be better about writing. i’ve been greatly busy with ninjacat business. and i’m celebrating my first sale to someone i don’t know! i mean i appreciate every sale i receive from friends but there is something very special about knowing that my creations are being enjoyed by someone i’ve never met.
what’s making you smile these days???
xo – amanda
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
here it is, already about to be december and i’m trying to update about october! life is moving by soooo fast. so here are some photos from the last month and a half!
went to colorado to see my parents on october 14th. it was so much fun and the perfect time to go! so beautiful!!!
robot dancing time on the mountain!
with my little brother, matthew, on the coolest rock over looking the valley!
next comes pumpkin carving at my friend’s place! lots of guts a flying that night.
it’s really hard to be graceful in a skirt while working with a pumpkin, but somehow i pulled it off without flashing anyone, go me!
i LOVE jena’s smile in this photo!
this was the first year EVER that amy and i have dressed up for halloween together. we were siamese twins just ripped apart, it was a blast!
while i was at the CSS show, i dressed up as a kitty bandit. this was the only reasonably okay photo i took of my costume though.
soooo, that was october. november started with shows (which you have seen!) and probably one of the best thrifting trips of my life! my guy and i went to the denton mini mall and had a great time treasure hunting. it was made even more fun when i spotted this storm trooper’s helmet.
it was apparently my lucky day for finding great vintage luggage. look at what i scored!
i love round suitcases, so i was estatic when i found two!
so that’s enough for this post, more photos of this wonderful month coming soon!
xo – amanda
between oct. 28 to nov. 8 i went to 5 shows! it was magical and so wonderful to experience a lot of music within a short period. it’s been so long since i’ve done that. first up was CSS at the house of blues in dallas on oct. 28. i’m totally in love with lovefoxxx, she’s so sexy and wild on stage. you can tell how much she loves her job!
next, my bestie and i went to the prophet bar in deep ellum and saw beirut on nov. 1st. it was tough to get a good photo, the entire time it was like he was glowing! but i managed to get this one
on nov. 3rd was the yellow ostrich/delicate steve/ra ra riot show at the granada (my most favorite venue) yellow ostrich really blew me away. i got to see first hand how they create their fascinating sound. i love them!
ra ra riot was peppy and i kinda envied how awesome the cello player’s legs are. i need to work on mine now!
on saturday, nov. 5th my date and i went to the bear hands/we were promised jetpacks show at trees in deep ellum. i LOVE bear hands right now, so i was dancing all around (as much as a shy person can or will). i met and thanked the lead singer for coming to dallas, i hope they come back!
on tuesday, nov. 8th i saw phantogram at the loft in dallas. it was a dreamy show and i love the way the girl (wish i was better about names) moved with her hand holding onto the keyboard stand. hawt! i caught this gem of a photo during the few times they had a bright light on.
next concerts are in december, it’s gonna be a swell month of festivities!!
what shows have you been to lately? have any photos that you’re really proud of too? i would seriously love to see them!
hope all is well!
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 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