Surprisingly crafting here at GoodAfternoonan has not slowed down at all since Christmas. I’ve been working on new product lines, valentine items, shelter fundraising products, and custom listings. Because of this #LogaCat has suffered, but I’m hoping that this time next week will involve a studio peek that includes some fun instagram felines.
I added more dog breed buttons to the shop. Now I have pugs, boston terriers, corgis, english bulldogs, and beagles. I’ll have pit bulls and schnauzers very soon.
I made a second t-shirt design for Jusani. Head on over and support a shelter this month.
And finally one of the many custom cat magnets that I’ve made this January. Phew! It’s been a great start to the year.
In 101 things, I had one specific goal related to pet rescue which was to run a sale through my shop to benefit KittyKind, the cat rescue where I got my two fluffballs. I want to extend this theme, though, throughout the year and make an effort to put in more work towards helping shelters. Not only do I want to make people smile with my shop, but I want to be able to help more people experience the joy of adopting a rescue.
Yanni, our most recent adoptee. Photo credit to exaltr
So when I was approached by Jusani to help out with a few designs for T-shirts which would benefit shelters around the country, I jumped at the opportunity. Jusani is an organization that helps raise funds and awareness for US shelters. My first design was made to help Animal Talk Rescue the only no-kill shelter in Seattle. Watch a video about ATR to learn more about their organization and to see some of the beautiful animals available for adoption.
You can support them even if you can’t adopt. Just head over to Jusani to buy a shirt and raise some funds up to Animal Talk Rescue. There is only one more day left!! Also, follow Jusani on Facebook to learn more about upcoming shelters.
In celebration of the cold front, I’ve gathered a few chunky knit favorites. When I was putting this list together, I realized I gravitate to the oatmeal.
- neutral woven basket by tweedycrab
- colorful textured cushion from TheMonstersLounge
- nesting rope knit baskets from marymarieknits
- large chunky blanket from connectionknits
- knitted extra large pouf pattern from isWoolish
As I write this, under my blanket snuggled up between two cozy cats, the wind howls outside my apartment. Cold air is creeping in through the old windows, and I’m again reminded that I should caulk. Winter has hit New York. Below zero temperatures shocked my system from Monday on as the Arctic Vortex slipped down onto New England.
What better time to introduce a favorite that is both cheerfully colorful and cozy! This week, I’m dreaming of wrapping up in warm knitwear from Mawusi. Jane, the designer and maker behind Mawusi is a fellow New Yorker and knits the most lively accessories and clothes.
As Jane says, “Mawusi is for the contemporary individual who values that which is timeless and beautifully multifunctional; who understands and appreciates the unique nature of quality handmade pieces.”
Check out her shop, and help support a creative young woman who is also putting herself through grad school at Brooklyn College.
This week is all about dog breed magnets. I’m making a bunch of magnet packs of dog breeds. So far I’ve drawn pugs, boston terriers, pitbulls, and schnauzers. I’m working on some jack russells and french bulldogs next. What breed would you like to see?
In 101 in 1001 I mentioned a few cooking related things that I plan to achieve. One thing I am determined to do is to have some regular fallback recipes stored in my head so that I can grocery shop for dinner on a whim. You’d think by 33 I would have already had this covered, but nope.
I’ve been trying out a few easy recipes lately, such as chili, stewed chicken legs, and a highly easy and recommended sour cream noodle bake – yes, comfort food. I made all of these in my enamel dutch over and I really love it. And since another of my tasks is to replace all of my pots and pans, I’ve been scouring Etsy for enamelware. These are a few of my favorites.
- arabia finel lintu enamel mug from planetutopia
- copco sauce pan with lid from VintageByBeth
- french blue enamel teapot from HiThereVintage
- seppo mallat for finel stockpot from alamodern
- oval casserole roaster from ethanollie
With the New Year, like many people, I get the urge to get more organized. This year I’m not focused on organizing my apartment as in years past. Instead, I’m excited about organizing my thoughts for both this blog and my shop. I want to keep my ideas for each of these in special notebooks. What better way to express the importance of my ideas than to give them a special, handmade notebook.
This week’s favorite, then, is for the paper shop that will supply my notebooks, Vert Cerise, a little shop from Paris, France. Laetitia, who runs Vert Cerise, hand makes the paper goods, from gift tags and cards to notebooks and lined envelopes. They are just lovely, and I can’t wait to get mine. I opted for a larger notebook for blog ideas and a cute matchbook one for my shop ideas. I also gave in and got some “Merci” stickers.