keiko. and i.

August 30, 2008 § Leave a comment

Hopefully soon to be made into a cross stitch!! Eeeee!

photo by mattcoats


sometimes I give keiko kisses!

June 3, 2008 § Leave a comment

Keiko got brushed and then was given pet grass as a treat…

April 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

Keiko is shedding.

I is not sorry.

Keiko would really like me to make her those dog biscuits.

March 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

Recipe to come.


Keiko’s new bed.

February 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

Keiko has finally, officially out grown her original puppy bed. Something she was really not meant to do, she’s much bigger than she should be! So, now she needs a new bed. I set out copying the basic pattern of her original Cath Kidston, red star, small bed and decided to use my red spot cotton duck to make the new one (I really wanted to make it out of pink strawberry, but I think it might have killed Matt). I had to restitch things a few times to get it quite right, Keiko was VERY (un)helpful whilst I was stuffing and sewing it, so I decided to throw together a little Destroy Toy for her to munch on whilst I was working, she loves him!

Keiko’s Destroy Toy!

The bed turned out perfectly, it’s nice and big so she can curl up in it and roll around and not fall out. Unfortunately she prefers to dig the cushion out and get underneath it, something like a Shiba Inu hamburger. Hrmm.

New bed, new toy.

And finally, it’s February.

February 2, 2008 § Leave a comment

The first month of the year is over and so at last I can begin 2008. Don’t ask why January doesn’t count, it just doesn’t.

A recap on wonderful things at the moment.

I have a KitchenAid. And not just any KitchenAid. I have a heart achingly red, shiny, artisan KitchenAid.

KitchenAid! Eeeeee!

It was a Christmas gift from Matt, but due to us only moving out of the apartment-from-hell on the 15th, I decided to keep it boxed up until we were finally settled. It came out of its box this week! My first project was to make bread. I haven’t made bread since I was a kid. My mum and I used to bake it together. Mostly she would do all the complicated yeast related stuff and then I would plait the dough into pretty shapes or make rolls shaped like puppy heads. So, this was really my first attempt at making bread solo, and I can tell you, it’s rather intimidating! I mixed together a recipe with things that I remembered my mum saying (stuff about less sugar and oil and stuff). My mixer honestly puurrrrrs when I use it. Keiko is mildly confused by it, but she’s content to snuffle around at any dropped foods and so tolerates it. Anyway, I decided to make rolls and was ecstatic at how well they turned out. Sure, they’re no threat to Balthazar but I was pleasantly satisfied. Light and fluffy. Golden. Yum.

Other great things:

My sewing machine arrived!!! It was a birthday gift from my family and I LOVE it. I hunted for the perfect machine with rather a lot of help from Cristalle and I eventually found what I thought would be it…

My New Sewing Machine!

A Brother EX660. I have to be honest and say, first of all, I really wanted a Husqvarna and not only because they also make badass motorcycles but also because they make the best machines. In my limited opinion. Secondly, a large percentage of my final decision on buying this specific machine was made because it is pink. Mmmhmmm. Pink. Not all over girly crazy pink. But just a touch. Perfect.

To review this machine for anyone out there who is thinking of buying one, I think it’s amazing! I will give a more thorough breakdown of it all when I have used it more, but I am happily half way through a new dog bed, mouse pad and place mat after just one day of sewing! Photos will follow when I’m finished!

Possibly most awesome thing however, is our new apartment. It’s in Brooklyn. Small. Cute. And jam packed full of Cath Kidston stuffs and vintage Pyrex. Oh my. There’s a window ledge that’s the perfect size for Keiko, so she sits and watches the birds and the squirrels on the fire escape whilst I job hunt and play games.

I’m not sure if life gets much better. Now I just need to find my camera cables and get some photos up!

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