giveaway/belated birthday

well, it has come to my attention that i have missed my blog’s birthday. whoopsies! anyway, i realize that this is a perfect opportunity to have a giveaway! when i screen printed that shirt for brandon the other day, i had to test the printing first, and did so on a piece of grey fabric. after the print came out well, i thought hmph…this is too cute to just throw away! i decided to mount it on a canvas, and here is the result!
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you, my blog followers, help me stay motivated to keep on making, so i’ve decided to give this little guy away as a thank you, if anyone is interested. he is on an 8×10 canvas which is 1 3/8″ deep. there is a cut in the canvas (it came that way–boo!) so there is one small air-bubble looking thing, but it’s very minor.

please email me at: minimarsh6@gmail.com if you would like this very first screen print to be yours! shipping is on me. if there is more than one person interested, i will use random.org to randomly choose a name. i will choose a recipient by monday evening (feb. 16). to clarify, don’t feel bad if you know me–this isn’t necessarily intended for internet strangers (although i’m certainly not going to rule any out). i’ll let you in on a little secret–most of my blog readers are family and friends (and it’s a small community) so most of the people who see this are friends with me in real life as well. thanks for sticking with me through this year, and thanks for your comments! i love comments, so feel free to leave them often.

adélie and the orca


remember my resolution at the new year? overall it was to stop being lazy, but included in that was beginning an etsy account and i’m proud to say we’re finally up and running! from the title of the post, i’m sure you can guess our shop name–it’s adélie and the orca, which comes from my sister’s and my favorite animals. we only have a few things up in the shop, but feel free to stop by and check us out! stop by often as we slowly update…

in addition to this, i’ve finally done my first screen print test! prep and cleanup are about 90% of the process, but i know i’m going to have a ton of fun. brandon has wanted this graphic on a t-shirt, so we decided to use this as our first test print (we will not sell this design because it is not our image, but we have just created this one shirt for our own use)
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the graphic looks a little blurry in this photo, but that’s actually because of my picture-taking, and not the design. the edges of the design are actually quite crisp! slightly shaky because i did this using the screen-filler method (which is hand-painted, as opposed to the photo emulsion method), but crisp edges.
and now here is brandon posing in the shirt–he thought he should pose with the cats, to make it look “even cuter.”
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here’s my favorite–the double head-tilt
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adélie and the orca


remember my resolution at the new year? overall it was to stop being lazy, but included in that was beginning an etsy account and i’m proud to say we’re finally up and running! from the title of the post, i’m sure you can guess our shop name–it’s adélie and the orca, which comes from my sister’s and my favorite animals. we only have a few things up in the shop, but feel free to stop by and check us out! stop by often as we slowly update…

in addition to this, i’ve finally done my first screen print test! prep and cleanup are about 90% of the process, but i know i’m going to have a ton of fun. brandon has wanted this graphic on a t-shirt, so we decided to use this as our first test print (we will not sell this design because it is not our image, but we have just created this one shirt for our own use)
silkscreen test_01
the graphic looks a little blurry in this photo, but that’s actually because of my picture-taking, and not the design. the edges of the design are actually quite crisp! slightly shaky because i did this using the screen-filler method (which is hand-painted, as opposed to the photo emulsion method), but crisp edges.
and now here is brandon posing in the shirt–he thought he should pose with the cats, to make it look “even cuter.”
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here’s my favorite–the double head-tilt
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crafting sunday

with the latest holiday vacation, my cats really took us being home as an opportunity to put their best (and by best i mean worst) foot forward. i decided that perhaps i could help them out with some “environmental enrichment” so i googled around an found this article here. from reading this article, i realized my kitties do not have a cozy “private area.” yes, they can go under the bed, and yes they are the most social cats i have ever encountered, but i’m sure they’d still like a cozy place to snuggle up and be left alone.

at first i wanted to cut a hole in a box we have from ikea that sits in our expedit bookshelf, but brandon convinced me that the edges would look bad, and even if i tried to edge it in something, it still might end up looking icky so i had to rethink my strategy. i decided instead to clear out a cubby, put a cozy blanket in there, and then make a little curtain for the kitties to give them some privacy. here’s how it turned out:
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so far the cats, especially stuart, really seem to enjoy the nook. i’m going to see if there’s a very small curtain spring rod somewhere, because currently i just have a basswood stick wedged in there and it keeps coming out. hopefully we are on our way to an environmentally enriched home for the kitty cats (meaning they will be better behaved).

brandon’s diy weekend

so, our apartment building has developed an unfortunate habit–instead of walking the extra 10′ out the front door, when someone has a small, unwanted piece of furniture they just leave it in our lobby. about a week or so ago, someone left yet another piece of furniture–but this one had some potential. it was a small metal table with a drawer. at first brandon and i were venting about the furniture pile-up in our lobby, but then we had a second thought–wait a minute, we sort of like this semi-junky piece of furniture. it had nice lines, and since it was metal it would be MUCH easier to paint (no wood to sand). brandon decided to tackle at least phase 1, and so here are the results so far.

the before:
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and the after, so far
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i say “so far” because we originally wanted to put a decal on the dresser, but unfortunately it wouldn’t stick to the painted metal. my new idea is to make a fun design using contact paper sort of as a decal…updates to come. thanks to brandon for taking this on!

christmas kitty creations

the holidays are a perfect excuse to make more cat toys, so i decided to give a holiday-themed toy a try. here’s what i came up with:
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two cute little treats! my cats were already attempting to run off with these two toys…i hope they will get some kitty enjoyment!