A Day at the Zoo

If you want to check out some adorable animal-themed handmade items, my friend Ash at Little Champ’s Art has the perfect collection!

Head over to Little Champ’s Art’s Day at the Zoo Etsy BNS now!

My shop, Earl’s Court Designs, is featured in the collection, as well as Little Champ, and some other awesome Etsians!

Here is a list of the great shops featured in this collection (just follow the links to their shops):

Happy shopping! 🙂



…everyone else is doing it, so why not?


A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you hate: making the bed in the guest bedroom…and cleaning up cat puke.

D. Dogs: love them, but we’re cat people

E. Essential start to your day: hitting snooze a lot. 

F. Favorite color: red and black

G. Gold or silver: silver
H. Height: 5 foot nothin’

I. Instruments you play: none…I used to play the piano but quit when my teacher realized I was playing by ear and pretending to read music.  I also used to play the violin but quit when my teacher got super scary crazy.

J. Job title: Studio Operations Director

K. Kids: none, unless you count our two fur babies…which I do!

L. Live: Chicago suburbs
M. Mom’s name: Theresa

N. Nicknames: Stina, Stina Bina, Chris, Christini, Booka, Wife

O. Overnight hospital stays: No, thank goodness

P. Pet peeve: People who drive in the rain or snow with their lights off

Q. Quote from a movie: “Love actually is all around…”

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: Just me!

T. Time you wake up: 7-ish

U. Underwear: Uh, pro?

V. Vegetables you dislike: All…except potatoes.

W. What makes you run late: myself…and finding cat puke on the way out the door

X. X-Rays you’ve had: CAT scans and MRIs, chest/lungs

Y. Yummy food you make: lasagna.  My husband says I make the best sandwiches, whatever that means.
Z. Zoo animal: I love them all, hard.  Penguins and monkeys and seals the most though.

Cats, Dogs, or Other?


Must Love Cats

So, this post is unrelated to the usual craft topics, but that’s okay.

I love cats, a lot.  We had a dog when I was little, but after we lost her it was too painful to go there again, so I had bunnies, a gerbil, and eventually a kitten.  From then on, we were a cat family.  Luckily my husband grew up having cats, so we were on the same page there.  We have two cats, a boy and a girl, and we pretty much think they are the cutest things ever.  We aren’t the obsessive psycho cat people who walk around in cat t-shirts or have portraits done of them or anything, but at this point in our marriage/lives, these cats are basically our babies….fur babies that is.

Don’t get me wrong – I love dogs too.  I love every animal everywhere.  I have to resist the urge to hug just about any animal I see, domestic or otherwise.  But we seem to have found our niche with cats, and we’re happy. 

Now, I usually avoid the Animal Planet altogether, since most of their shows are about sad and terrible things, but there are a couple of safe shows on there.  Let’s just say we’ve been known to get sucked into a marathon of Cats 101.  But this weekend, I discovered a show called Must Love Cats.  And it’s ah-mazing.

According to the Animal Planet website, Must Love Cats is “a celebration of fascinating felines and the fascinating people who love them.”  I’ve only seen a couple episodes, but I’d say that sums it up pretty well.  The host, John Fulton (think a dorkier, cornier, but just-as-cute version of Dane Cook), travels all over America to tell stories of unique cats and cat people. 

For example, so far I’ve seen segments on catios (patios for cats of course), a four-eared cat, “tats for cats,” toilet-training your cat, and a kitty rock band.  Also, the host makes up silly songs about the cats he meets.  It’s basically my dream world made into a show.

This show is really entertaining and adorable, and it’s definitely a good way to spend an hour, in my opinion.  It’s also nice to see a show that is obsessed with all things cats, because sometimes I get the feeling I’m a big weirdo for not being a dog person.  Plus, the show travels the country, so it’s fun to see the different sights as well.  The four-eared cat is from the town we used to live in!  I’m thinking this show might inspire me to create some little clay kitties….possibly playing instruments.

Have you seen Must Love Cats?  If so, what do you think of it?