Fan Friday – Penguin Edition

For any of my regular readers, it must be fairly obvious by now that I love penguins. And if you didn’t notice…well, now I’m telling you. Penguins make me happy.

Fan Friday Presents…Penguins!

I think the awesomeness of penguins speaks for itself, but just in case it doesn’t, check it my super awesome mug:

Image from the Pier 1 page. Come on, you can’t tell me you don’t want one for yourself!

Just in case that isn’t enough penguin-ness to keep my happy at work, I also recently discovered the webcams in the penguin area at sea world (here and here). While I have to admit, I’m still not sure how I feel about the living conditions they’re in, they do look reasonably happy. (Wait til you see some of them walk with their wings out for balance!)

What’s the one thing that makes you unreasonably happy? You know, the one where you squeal like a little child and people give you funny looks.

Fan Friday #14 – Kicking Cones

This week, I bring to you some adorable. Some people just think in cute-o-vision. And an even smaller portion of those people are able to translate it into images the rest of the world can enjoy. I am extremely grateful for those people.

Fan Friday Presents…Kicking Cones!

When my husband (eee!) sent me a link to this website, I was overwhelmed (and overjoyed) with cuteness.

From the genius over at Kicking Cones

C’mon! Didn’t your heart just melt a bit? I know mine did. And the artwork over there doesn’t just cover penguins. There’s some Dr. Who art (okay, still penguins), elephants, and, well, isn’t it about time you just head over there and see for yourself?

What’s your favourite full-of-cute website? Don’t hold back, cute makes my day!

Fan Friday #1

In an effort to post more blogs, I have decided to have a shorter post on Fridays that shares something that I love. It might be a place, an activity, a product or a recipe. Because I love sharing what I love, in the hope that you might love it too. That’s a lot of love, am I right?

So what do I pick for the very first one? In theory, it should be something I love more than all the rest. Which, other than my lovely fiance (phew, nearly missed that one), leaves something adorable.

Fan Friday Presents… My Penguin T-shirt!

Now what is so special about a penguin t-shirt? If you know me, you know that I love penguins. So, in many cases, that might be enough on its own. But it’s not just any penguin t-shirt. It is a t-shirt that also pays tribute to science.

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Penguins can actually fly with the aid of jetpack-fueled science!

This shirt is from the amazing etsy store Binary Winter Press.

Since I do have a degree in science, I think I also have the power to decree this as the best t-shirt ever. Now, if only I didn’t get grease stains on it every 3rd time I wear it…

What’s your favourite piece of clothing that you want/own?

My First Wedding Photo Shoot

I have discovered a talent that I did not suspect of myself. I discovered that I missed my true calling as a wedding photographer.

A Penguin Wedding

However, it helped that I had such wonderfully photogenic subjects.

Penguin Love

Yes, they were a dream to work with. We can only aspire to a love as pure and adorable as theirs. (If you’d like to see more photos of this beautiful wedding, head over to my flickr account!)

This small scale wedding was super fun to put together. With the help of my partner, we made a backdrop of paper, and used stuffing for the snow. I had several tiny penguins (and one tiny snowman) as the guests, and a large snowman to marry them.

Penguin Wedding Setup

 

Part of my motivation to do this was the yearly contest over at mochimochiland. The other part of it was just because it was awesome, and I had all the penguins/snowmen all ready anyway.

This weekend also marked the beginning of the holiday season. Which meant that we got to break out the decorations! To my dismay, I discovered that we do not have sufficient decorations for our little home, and I may have to get a bit crafty to fix that problem…what a shame, right?

So what are your favourite things about the holiday season? Do you have any favourite holiday crafts you’d care to share?

 

A Penguin Kind Of Love

I think penguins are cute. Not just because they waddle around, or look fuzzy and huggable (well, the smaller ones, not necessarily the royal ones). No, it’s also because they mate for life, and there’s something incredibly romantic about that. It’s something humans have difficulty with, but aspire towards anyway. Something I am aspiring towards. So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to the cutest couple you’ll ever see.

These cuties are (one way or another) going to be our wedding cake toppers. The¬†gentleman¬†with the top hat is about 2″ high.

I made them based on the tiny penguin pattern from mochimochiland. I used larger needles (around size 6), and thicker yarn. The veil (from tiny bride and groom) was knitted up with the same larger needles and thinner sparkly yarn so it had a bit more flow to it. Then I switch to crocheting with the same size hook.

Tiny Top Hat Pattern

  1. Chain 3 stitches
  2. sc into first stitch in chain
  3. sc x 2 into each stitch
  4. repeat 3
  5. sc into each stitch, focusing on grabbing the bottom half of each stitch
  6. sc around
  7. sc around (if you want a band around, this is the row you’d switch colours on)
  8. sc x 2 into each stitch, focusing on grabbing the outside half of each stitch
  9. sc x 2 into each stitch
  10. bind off

Now, my crochet style is a lot less precise than my knitting style. I don’t follow a pattern, I just kind of shove my hook in there and add stitches where they’re needed. On a small scale, this appears to work fine. So if anyone would like to correct this pattern’s technique / technical terms, I’m all ears (but be gentle please)!

Mr. and Mrs. Penguin have happily headed off on their honeymoon, but have promised me (and my blog) an exclusive look at their wedding when they get back! (AKA I’ve been super busy lately but get to it as soon as I can.) Stay tuned!