Monthly Archives: November 2012

FF13: Ikea Wishlist

A few months ago, Ikea announced that they intend to build a new location in the Kansas City Area. I have mixed feelings–of course I’d rather have one in my hometown, St. Louis, but the new KC Ikea will officially be the closest one to me. Currently the closest is in Chicago, almost a 6 hour drive away! The KC one will be 3-4 hours away. A little more doable. Plus, a couple of my best friends live there, so just another reason to visit! ;)

In January, I am absolutely thrilled to get the opportunity to attend the Resolve to MAKE: 2013 Illustration Workshop with Kali Ciesemier–I’ll talk more about this another time–but I’m going to have a few hours to kill the afternoon we get into Minneapolis. You know what Minneapolis has?

…Ikea.

Y’know what I have?

A tragically empty loft full of college-type hand-me-down furniture. I’m going to try and save some pennies and get a few goodies to take home with me! Here’s a few of the things on my current wish list:

1. LAPPLJUNG RUTA | Area Rug
We have a bold, black and white patterned rug in the living room area, so I think this one would look balanced and cool in the office/workspace area. We really should have more rugs to cover our cold, hard, concrete floors, but I’m always uncertain about placement…

2. VÄTE | Table Lamp
I love glowly little lantern lights! This would look so cute in our bedroom, sitting on #3. :)

3. NYVOLL | 6-Drawer Dresser
This just may be my one must-have. We have a walk-in sort of closet, but little else for clothes storage. I really want a dresser to store more folded clothes and display jewelry and accessories on top of.

4. FRODE | Folding Chair
We are so pathetic when it comes to hosting gatherings. We always encourage people to bring their own chairs–awful, right? I want a cute set of these!

5. STENSTORP | Kitchen Cart
Ever since we first moved in, I’ve liked the idea of a faux island for our kitchen. Our space is super open and the kitchen is right in the middle of everything, but when you’re cooking and preparing food, you face the wall. I’d love to be able to chop, stir, and mix while enjoying a conversation or movie.

6. EXPEDIT | Workstation
This is the most impractical pick on my list for our current space. No idea where I’d put this guy, but how awesome would it be as a sewing table?! It’s like it was made for it!

7. RENS | Sheepskin
I love the comfort and texture sheepskin throws add to a room. We could drape one over our ugly old arm chair to make it look more glam or use it as a little rug in our closet…

8. IKEA PS 2012 | Coffee table
Because of our concrete floors and wide open space, furniture and storage on wheels is super convenient. This guy would be so cool! I love the pop of color it would add.

9. RÅSKOG| Kitchen cart
Rather than use this as a kitchen cart, I’d love to store sewing, craft, and art supplies in it.

10. GILBERT | Chrome Plated Chair
Another cute and practical chair. The sheepskin throw would look great on this, too! :)

11. LIATORP | Sideboard
I want to put shoes in this! Enough said!

 Are any of you guys addicted to Ikea, too? What’s on the top of your wish list?

November Outtakes

November got cold and flew by so fast, I have whiplash. Seriously, what happened? December looks busy, busy, busy and will probably fly by just as quickly. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up!

Thanks for stopping by this month, guys! I really appreciate all my readers and commenters. You always brighten my day! :) Here’s some of my favorite posts from this month:

Big Book of Cats: Lizzie


The Big Book of Cats is a weekly illustration project. In 1998, I was 11 years old and decided to make a 200 page encyclopedia of anthropomorphic cat girls. I’ve made a vow to honor this horrific piece of literature and redraw every cat girl and post a new drawing along with the original for the internet’s amusement. Want to know more? Read my official introduction here and check out all the drawings so far here!

You’re welcome and I’m so so sorry.

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Okay, I should just stop this whole thing right now because Lizzie clearly wins best cat girl ever. How rad is she?! She doesn’t even need to be redrawn. She’s just cool as hell already. 16 year old bad ass with braces and really impractical, but ~alternative handwriting. Hell yeah!

I just want to redraw Lizzie every week, to be honest. No one would care, right?

Rock N Roll Craft Show

Yesterday some friends and I stopped by the Rock N Roll Craft Show at a local glass blowing factory (!!!). It’s an annual St. Louis event featuring alternative art, crafts, and live music. I got a few gifts, mostly for myself. ;)

Rock N Roll is different from other craft shows I’ve been to in that they organize all items into little departments, so if you’re interested in buying clothes, you look through the racks rather than each individual’s table. You pay at one check-out area and they send each artist/craftsman a check afterwards.

I have mixed feelings about that. It was interesting and sort of helpful, but what I enjoy most about going to craft shows is seeing the artist there with their crafts and interacting with them. I love seeing them look so happy and proud of their work and excited to be talking to others about it! Meeting people is part of the fun!

My favorite part was definitely seeing all the gorgeous prints from CRAZY talented local illustrator Dan Zettwoch and the always amazing folks from Firecracker Press. Swoon. Makes the fire in me dying to set up my own screen printing area at home that much stronger!

Also the bacon, spinach, tomato crepe from the Holy Crepe! truck. ;) Sooo gooooodddd

Of course I have to share what I wore!

Hair Bow: Vintage | Faux Leather Jacket: UO | Necklace: Forver21 | Shortcake Ring: Tasty Peach Studios | Dress: BCBG | Leggings: JCPenny | Boots: Kohl’s

This faux leather jacket was my big black friday score. I usually only venture out that day if my mom feels like it and needs help, but I had to drop Andrew off at work at 7:45am so I thought I might as well stop by UO–they had all clearance an additional 50% off before 10am. The jacket was originally around $100, marked down for being an online return and I ended up getting it for $20! Aw, yeah. I spend about $45 total and got two dresses, a shirt, and a tank top, too.

 Every time I wear these leggings I feel like a 70s hair band rocker, so I thought they were appropriate for the Rock N Roll Craft Show. ;)

Now Available: Custom Portraits!

I’ve gotten a few casual questions about portrait commissions lately so I wanted to put up a little announcement that I’m available for custom portrait orders for the holidays! Also, not for the holidays. For anything! :)

  • Custom 8 x 10″ Portrait of the person/animal of your choice in the style of my I ♥ Bloggers series
  • Personalized, decorative details relating to the personality of the person/animal
  • I can cater any portrait to suit your blog, profile picture, or any custom use you can think of!

I accept payment via PayPal or custom Etsy listing in advance only.

These are priced at low introductory/special holiday rates and I can only guarantee these prices through December 31, 2012, so if you’re thinking about it, now is a great time to take advantage of me while I’m still pricing naively low! ;)

I’m also available for other custom illustration work–contact me any time for details and/or questions!

Thanksgiving.

My late, but sincere wishes that y’all had a happy day full of yummy food yesterday, no matter where you live, but special shout out to my fellow USA babes chowin’ down on some turkey or delicious turkey substitutes. :)

Here are some things I’ve been especially thankful for this year:

♥ Happy and healthy friends and family
♥ Support from friends
♥ Delicious food all the time
♥ New experiences
♥ Getting more involved with the handmade/crafty scene
♥ Finally starting a blog and having a blast updating it all the time
♥ Looking like a babe as often as possible
♥ Keeping my word on regular illustration projects
♥ Being able to find an awesome new job after being laid off from a former mediocre one
♥ Exciting new job possibilities
♥ Supportive, smart, funny boyfriend who I like a lot
♥ Super sweet, friendly people who read my blog

Thank you to everyone reading and commenting! I’m thankful for all y’all!! xo

Big Book of Cats: Kristen


The Big Book of Cats is a weekly illustration project. In 1998, I was 11 years old and decided to make a 200 page encyclopedia of anthropomorphic cat girls. I’ve made a vow to honor this horrific piece of literature and redraw every cat girl and post a new drawing along with the original for the internet’s amusement. Want to know more? Read my official introduction here and check out all the drawings so far here!

You’re welcome and I’m so so sorry.

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I really like how Kristen is playing all sweet and demure in her daring black bustier top. Girl, don’t play. We see you’ve got a feisty side. Although, this was drawn at the height of the late 90s mid-driff obsession, so I guess it didn’t seem quite as daring to me at the time.

Present-day Kristen has sooo many followers on tumblr, you guys. I love her little side braid. What a quirky lady. :)

OOTD: Sew It Would Seamstress

Cardigan: Gap | “Sew It Would Seamstress” Dress: ModCloth | Tights: Unknown
Platforms: Blowfish

I was recently enticed by a sale on top of another sale and finally made my first purchase from ModCloth! I’ve admired their dreamy wares for years, but the stars just never aligned–mostly with my bank account, to be honest. Haha.

This dress is quintessential ModCloth to me–quirky, unique print with a cute, classic, vintage inspired fit… perfection! I love it so much!

lookbookillust

Oh my god, you guys. The most exciting thing happened last night as I was scrolling through my tumblr feed…

I GOT DRAWN BY LOOKBOOKILLUST!!!

Kat is a super sweet, super talented lady who’s currently working on a self-initiated illustration project called lookbookillust where she draws little portraits of some of her favorite fashionable people on Lookbook.nu. Obviously I’m really into illustration series/projects and this one is right up my alley! I started following her immediately.

She’s drawn some really recognizable, fashionable ladies and gents, so I was really shocked to see her pick little ol’ me. :’)

You should definitely go check out her adorable work! Especially her recent speed painting video–so lovely to watch her process!

I love you, Kat! Muah! xo

The Saddest OOTD…

Scarf, Belt: Thrifted | Cardigan: Old Navy | Vintage Dress: TFA | Tights, Shoes: Target

This is the saddest outfit post ever… such a nice outfit, such pretty fall colors… aaaand my camera battery died after about 10 shots. This is the only acceptable one. Bummer, but I still couldn’t resist sharing! I’ll just have to share detail shots of my amazing mouse belt and geometric wedge heels another time. Ho-hum.

Does anyone else have tragically old-fogey type parents who go nuts when you wear white after Labor Day? I was on my way to dinner with them after work when I took this photo–that explains my rush and inability to make sure my battery was charged–and they gave me so much shit. I don’t like any fashion “rules”, especially ones so dated and pointless.