January Sponsor Shout Out

Only a couple more weeks left of January, how crazy! This month I have had some super rad sponsors! Make sure you check out their shops and blogs, and give a little handmade love! xo

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Kiser Krafts makes unique and wonderful plushies from socks. Kelly also crochets, and is working on a rad collaboration with Cody from Lu & Ed. These awesome hats are open for pre-order with 50% of the sales being donated to Drumm Farm. http://drummforkids.org . Also, if you are looking for some cute Valentine’s Day decor, Kelly just listed this gorgeous crocheted bunting….that I might go buy after I type this post up….Kelly also does an awesome handmade link up on her blog weekly, so make sure to check it out if you have a handmade shop!

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Hamburke is a cute shop carrying hair bows, ponytail ribbons, crocheted baby items and reusable sandwich bags and wraps. I’m in love with these crocheted baby booties! Too bad I don’t know anyone having a baby, because they would make the perfect gift! Also, just in time for Valentine’s Day, these crocheted heart clips are just darling!

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Violet’s Buds is an eco-friendly handmade accessories store, overflowing with cuteness. I love all her new hoop art, it’s such a fun and creative way to decorate! Of course I like to brag about my sushi hair clip, you can get your own here. Also, take a look at her awesome blog overflowing with handmade goodness and fun contributor posts. If you have a handmade shop and would like to be featured, you can sign up here!

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My Craftily Ever After is an awesome blog by Ashley full of crafts and recipes. If you are a football fan, she has a great post about Superbowl Party foods, with a super cute set up. She also has a great collection of crafty projects in an archive, making it easy for you to find a weekend project. Don’t forget to check out the yummy recipes! I can’t wait to try out a couple of them soon!

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Little House of Crafting is one of my favorite stores to buy little geek gifts for myself! Toni makes perler bead art and pinbacks/magnets. If you have a handmade shop, you can order custom buttons with your logo (which i recently did and they are awesome!). I know she is working on perler bead kits, where you can make your own perler art at home! Can’t wait for those! She also features handmade geeky shops on her blog, check it out!

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Be sure to check out all these lovely ladies blogs/shops! Thanks for supporting handmade! xo.

PS I have sponsor spots on my blogger, but wanted to show some love on this site too.

Kawaii Kitchen: Quick and Easy Egg Sandwich

Several years ago we were staying at a friend of a friend’s house while in Austin for SXSW. The poor guy had to feed a band and their entourage, and he made the most amazing sandwich for us! As soon as we got home, I expanded on his recipe.

Quick & Easy Egg Sandwich:

Ingredients:
(You don’t have to use my exact toppings, there are so many yummy variations.)
*2 slices of bread
*2 eggs
*slice of cheese
*avacado or guacamole
*mayo
*splash of milk
*non stick cooking spray (This is super important)
* ceramic bowl
*microwave
*salt and pepper
 **my husband likes to add salsa to his

 Step 1:

This step is the most important!  

Spray your bowl with non-stick cooking spray. If you don’t your eggs will stick and it will take soaking and washing your bowl 50 times to get the egg crust out.

Step 2:

Add in your 2 eggs, splash of milk, and any kind of spices. I normally just add some salt and lemon pepper.

Step 3:

Put in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. The time may vary depending on your microwave and size of eggs.

Step 4:

While the eggs are cooking, put your toast in the toaster.


Step 5:

At 2 minutes, add your slice of cheese and cook the remaining 30 seconds.
Step 6:

 

Make sure you use oven mitts to remove your bowl because it will be hot!

Add mayo or whatever condiment you prefer to your toast. If you sprayed your bowl, your eggs will just slide out with the help of a fork. Add your avacado or guacamole…or anything else that suits your fancy.

This is one of my favorite go to meals. It keeps me full and is quick and easy to make, which is perfect since I have a toddler on the loose.

Let me know if you try this, and how it turns out. What would you put on your sandwich?

Scrawny Girl Shop Update

After weeks of working on sketches and paintings, I’ve finally launched my new line of cards! I had so much fun with these. There are 2 Valentine’s Day cards, but they could be used for other lovely special occasions. I also made a get well soon, happy birthday, and just a cute card for any occasion. 
I am now offering a listing for Buy 3 Get 1 Free, where you get to pick the 4 cards you want. I also have 3 different colors of envelopes: white, pink, and kraft. 
There are also shrinky dink brooches based off the same designs. I love how these turned out! My favorite is the Make Out Bandit!
My inspiration for this line came mostly from the Kyary video Candy Candy. All her videos are just so visually inspiring and the music just puts me in a good mood. 
Check it out here:

Hairography 2013

I thought it would be fun to take a look at all my hair colors and styles for 2013. My hair has a slight identity crisis, or maybe I just get bored easily….
From left to right: I started 2013 off with my natural hair color because I had been pregnant and did not dye or cut my hair the whole of my pregnancy. Then I added a little bit of lavender, then a little bit more…
Of course it washes out pretty fast, and I was over my long hair now that I had a baby to pull it all the time, so I got a swanky hair cut, then died it pink. I could not get the pink out for the life of me and decided I’d do a crazy Paramore-ish red, which later faded to a gross orange. I’m lazy and the upkeep of red was too much for me and my poor pillow cases. 
I really wasn’t sure what to do about the orange, so I dyed my hair brown around May. Of course brown is my least favorite color for my hair to be…bleached and back to lavender, which was very pretty in my opinion. 
Now I normally only use Manic Panic, but a few years ago I bought this huckleberry blue in Color Jamz, and looking fondly back at the pictures, picked up another bottle. It took forever to fade, until I finally just bleached it out, and one of my lovely friends dyed my hair mint green with Pravana. Sadly it washed out in only a couple of washes, and it took a whole tube to cover my hair, so it jut wasn’t worth the effort to maintain even though it was so pretty.
I kept my bleached hair for a bit, then I was enchanted with Manic Panic’s Enchanted Forest. This color was gorgeous and lasted forever. Of course forever is a long time, and I needed change. Sadly I thought using dawn soap with baking soda was the answer to getting it out, and really damaged my hair. 
When I dye my hair I use mostly conditioner, so in an effort to make my hair feel less like straw I mixed lots of conditioner + manic panic’s ultra violet, hot pink, and a splash of pastelizer which resulted in the pretty pink color (I put the photo’s in the wrong order). Unfortunately, I didn’t get the dye everywhere and had to cover with more purple a few days later.
Right before Amelia’s birthday party, I dyed my hair back brown, then headed to my stylist to just cut it all off.

I can never make up my mind about my hair, but I’ve decided to always just do what feels right to me at the time. Sometimes I get a little self conscious about my crazy hair when I get people coming up to me non stop or staring. Then I remember that it’s my hair, and having it be bright and fun makes me happy. It’s just hair, it will grow back.
Do you dye your hair? What’s your favorite product?

2014 Goals and One Little Word

Happy 2014! I’ve been reflecting on 2013 and thinking of my goals and intentions for this new year.  I’ve been using Jessica Swift’s Goal + Intention kit, and I am also thinking of getting Leonie Dawson’s workbook too. I need all the help I can get. 😉
This year for my word of the year, I picked FOCUS. I have a tendency to be all over the place, start things but never finish them, and try and do too many things at once.  This year I want to focus on what’s important, and finish what I start.
2014 Goals:
1. Read at least 1 book a month. I will be posting what book I intend to read on here, and you can read along if you like, like a mini book club. 
2. Take more ME time, which includes exercising, eating better, and pampering myself more. I bought 2 vegan cookbooks, Bake & Destroy and The Happy Herbivore: Light & Lean, to help me make healthy yummy meals for me and my family. I’m working on my fitness calendar this weekend, and plan to start Monday. 
3. Print more pictures. I had a dream my laptop got stolen and I was super sad about the loss of all my pictures of Amelia. That is probably a sign I need to back my pictures up somewhere else, but I would like to print and display more in our home. I would also like to scrapbook more. I have tons of supplies, I just need to print some pictures and take the time. I actually have a fun tutorial coming up on the blog, so stay tuned for that.
4. Decorate our home. We’ve lived her for at least 5 years and I’ve hardly decorated. My main issue is indecision. With the help of Pinterest I’ve narrowed down some colors and other fun things I would like to try this year. I’ll try and remember to take pictures to post my progress on here. 
5. Build my brand. This past year my blog, art, and biz has come so far and so has the evolution of my Scrawny Girl brand. I can’t wait to see where it will lead this year. 
Do you make resolutions or goals? What is your big one for the year?

Best Bits of 2013

I’ve been a tad under the weather these past few days, but I didn’t want to miss out on a little review of some of the best bits of 2013! 
1. I opened my online shop to sell my dolls and illustrations! 
This is a big one for me because one of my resolutions for this year was to BE BRAVE.

I had a hard time choosing which platform to use, and ended up with an Etsy and a Storenvy, but I’ve had the best response from Storenvy. I also met an awesome group of artists and crafters, who have been super supportive and become great friends! If you’re looking for a handmade community Storenvy is the place to be! 
I am also excited to say that even though my little shop wasn’t open for very long, I made 10 sales this year! Which is just amazing! I’ve had a great response to my artwork, and I’ve been cooking up all sorts of cute ideas for 2014!
2. I learned about zines from my rad friend Sonya!
I drew this for her as the cover of her next zine! 
I’ve also bought so many zines, with plans to buy more. I have an idea for a zine of my own, I just need to make some time to draw everything….sounds like another goal for 2014!
3. I had my 1 year blogiversary giveaway.
I moved my blog from WordPress to here, but before I did, I had a wonderful giveaway with great feedback. It was so much fun!
4. I finished my 52 week project!
I actually finished something! This is a real challenge for me, because I am all over the place. For instance, I still haven’t finished my 30 Days of Lists from March….Amelia made it easy for me to do this challenge because I am constantly taking pictures of her. I’m trying to figure out what to do for 2014’s challenge. 
5. Blog re-design!
This is a more recent accomplishment, but I am very proud of my logo and blog redesign. I just got my business cards in the mail today with my new logo. I’m super excited about this brand that I am creating, and look forward to where I can take it in 2014!
I just want to thank everyone who reads my blog and who has supported me by purchasing items in my shop or an ad space. It really means the world to me! I hope you have an awesome New Year’s!

Princess Mononoke

I’ve been meaning to share some of my illustrations on here, and I could really use a break from making dolls. This is one of my favorite illustrations to date:

PmonokoesketchThis sketch is based on the 1997 Japanese historical fantasy animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. Princess Mononoke is one of my husband’s favorite Miyazaki films, but to be honest it took me several attempts to finish it. I am more into cutesy and happy films, and this one was too violent for my tastes.

Eventually, I finished the movie and grew to enjoy the edgy story and visually intoxicating artwork. Miyazaki’s devotion to detail is part of what makes his films magical to me. I found it interesting that he and his art crew spent 3 days soaking in the landscapes of the ancient forests and mountains in Japan for this movie. His style is unwavering, and you know right away that you are watching a Studio Ghibli film.

Although my sketch doesn’t portray any edginess, I feel it captures a whimsy of how a Miyazaki film makes me feel. I plan to sketch more characters from his films in the future.

If you’ve never seen Princess Mononoke I recommend watching it. Here is the trailer if you are interested:

Do you have a favorite Miyazaki film? Mine is Howl’s Moving Castle.