Pinky & Barney

Hi all! How's it going? I am pretty glad this week is flying by. This weekend I am headed home to sort through stuff for The ShyShop. My poor mom's house has been the storage space for my dream store (she's the best), but it is finally time that I get it the heck out of there and let it all see the light of day.

I am getting off track here though, more of that to come soon. Today I am here to share with you Geekwok "Pinky Edition" & Barney the Wookie - two adorable Star Wars inspired toys that are a part of my collection.

Geekwok "Pinky Edition" & Barney the Wookie by Ume Toys.

I originally stumbled across the adorable Geekwok character cruising though the interwebs one afternoon and instantly fell in love. I immediately tracked down the creator/artist - Richard Page, and made sure to follow along as to not miss the next release. I may or may not have set an alarm for 3 in the morning to make sure I woke up for the release, Houston, we have a problem... But!!! It was well worth it because I snatched up one of the 10 available from the online release - and it just so happened to be the day after my 25th birthday - happy b-day to me.

A little background about the artist: Richard Page is a freelance creative with over 20 years experience in the field. He has a passion for typography, photography, and illustration. Oh, and he makes awesome toys to boot! You can visit his website here: Ume Toys.

Barney the Wookie was the second piece I added from Ume Toys to my collection. He, as well as my Geekwok, are handmade, handcast and hand painted. With only 20 Barney's made, I definitely lucked out snatching him up.

May the 4th (Barney's release date), and *ahem* the Force, be with you!

Until next time! Have a great day, everyone :]

Everything is awesome...

Hi all! Happy Tuesday. I know I disappeared for a bit, last week was pretty busy for me catching up with friends nearly every evening outside of work - the weather has just been too nice. I am also tired of being too harsh on myself when it comes to a blogging schedule, that's one of the things that lead to my two year hiatus to begin with.

But anywho... Last week, as I said, I caught up with some friends and saw Jurassic World in 3d (in reclining seats at the cinema - it's the little things that get me excited) and it was awesome! Well, the movie going experience made it awesome, and you can't lose oogling at Chris Pratt caring for dinos. Aside from that, this past weekend Dylan and I were lazy bums - it was amazing. (Please note: Dylan has been a zombie studying for his Architectural licensing exams and is currently waiting on a score so he had some rare down time - we are not typically bums, well not regularly.) We did next to nothing on Saturday, aside from having some friends over in the evening. Some weekends you just need to stay in your pj's and watch The Lego Movie. Dylan and I watched it for the first time the other night and that damn song has been stuck in my head ever since, ya know the one, "EVERYTHING IS AWESOOOMMMME, everything is cool when you're a part of a team." I am only slightly sorry if it gets stuck in your head after reading this because it has been torture for me - sharing the love here. If you haven't seen it, you've been warned.

Sunday we got it together and managed to got out to brunch. Afterward we hit up Michigan avenue, and then swung back for a nap - the life I lead is a wild and adventurous one..

Outfit: Dress - Capsule Vintage, Purse - Thrifted Dooney & Burke, Shoes - DSW & Hat - Carson's.

I am excited to show this dress off. I bought it months back. It was a love at first sight - need it now, sort of thing. The fabric is light weight and perfect for summer, and I love that it hits just above the knees so I feel comfortable not popping out while keeping cool.

Also, trying to rock a hat here - I usually don't wear them because I feel like my face/head is an odd shape for it - don't even get me started on sunglasses, but it is fun to try new things every once in awhile. Us pale ladies need to keep those pesky tan lines/suburns at bay.

Hope your week is off to a great start! Tomorrow I will be sharing with you mini Ewok/Chewbacca figurines :]

Bat n Board

Hi all! Happy Tuesday. Hope your day is off to a good start as usual. Today I am excited to get Toy Army Tuesday officially back up and running!

Amanda Visell's "Bat n Board - Black Sparkly Edition."

Amanda Visell's "Bat n Board - Black Sparkly Edition."

Today I bring you a rad little toy - "Bat n Board - Black Sparkly Edition", by Amanda Visell. For those of you unfamiliar with Amanda Visell's work, here is a short bio via her website:

 Amanda Visell grew up with a crazy love for vintage Disney. Mousketeers, war era cartoons, a different time. She spent her teens in the pacific northwest during the riot grrl music movement and was captivated by the large community of independent artists and their overall message of equality.  She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in visual development for animation, eventually becoming a designer and sculptor on stop motion segments for shows like The Simpsons and the feature film Elf. Her career took a sharp turn when she started showing her paintings publicly. Since 2005 she has exhibited her work, lectured, and taught workshops  at galleries and museums internationally (not just Canada). She has partnered with brands to develop product lines based on her artwork including Disneyland U.S.A and Kidrobot. In 2007 she formed her own design brand, Switcheroo with notable artist Michelle Valigura. She currently lives in northern Los Angeles with chickens and dogs, she did not go to college. - AmandaVisell.com

I really lucked out nabbing this little guy because he was a limited edition of 25. I had seen the previous editions and unfortunately missed them so I was hell bent on getting the next one that came out - thankfully social media stalking panned out. The piece is hand painted, cast, and sculpted. I originally thought that he was black and glazed in glitter, however, upon further examination I noticed that he is actually clear and jam packed with black glitter. I love how you can see through his wings on a sunny day.

What's cuter than a Bat n Board? For more of Amanda's work please check out here shop: Switcheroo.

Have a great day everyone!

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Oh, also - if there is more you would like to know about the toy, or artists in my Toy Army posts - please feel free to let me know! I would love to share more information on what interests you.

Weekend on the River

Hi all! Hope you had a lovely weekend. Today's post is coming to you a bit delayed because I am just getting settled back in from my 4th of July weekend. My family and I spent the extended weekend up at our family friend's (the Lyons') lake house. The weekend was full of: friends, fireworks on the river, kayaking, s'mores, jello shots, a trip to the farmers market, and a parade to boot. It was so nice to get away from it all for a bit.

Sweetpea was beyond pumped as well to get away. The first summer we adopted her (8 years ago!) she had been really sick, and we honestly were not sure  if she was going to make it. In the month we had her she never made a peep. The 4th of July rolled around and she was still hanging in there so we took her up to the cabin us. It was then/there that she let loose and turned in to the sassy pup we know and love today. She just needed some fresh air and Mississippi mud.

I decided to let my inner domestic goddess shine and whipped up this Nacho American flag. Not going to lie, it was pretty tasty! Thank you pinterest ;]

Fishfly close up.

At 4pm on the 4th each year the neighborhood throws on a parade. Anyone is welcome to hop on in, so we dressed up pea in a fairy princess (a.k.a. pride fairy) costume, and my brother, his girlfriend and friends dressed up as fish flies. For those of you unfamiliar with fish flies I have attached an image of them. Each year they rise from the river to spawn for a day - there are millions of them, and they are pretty darn gross and annoying, but thankfully harmless.

I wish I had a shot of the whole fish fly crew (Sorry guys!! I snapped them all on other people's phones, unfortunately). Any who, the parade concluded with Henry singing the Star Spangled Banner, which was pretty neat.

I am so thankful to have such amazing family and friends who make weekends like this possible. The 4th of July is by far one of my favorite holidays :]