Sunday, August 19, 2012

Busy, busy, busy

Things have been crazy busy around here lately.  My family and I moved into a new, bigger house where we all finally have room to breathe.  It's got a pool, so the kids are super happy about that.

I got a teaching position at the university for this year, so I'm officially an English teacher.  It's got great benefits: experience and a nice stipend.

The wedding planning is still chugging along little by little.  It's kind of taken a back seat to the whole school thing, and I'm totally okay with that.  We'll see what the rest of the year holds.

Until next time, I leave you with this wonderful gif my fiance made of my friend Finn and me. Enjoy.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Beautiful Mermaid

I've got a little girl in my life who is positively obsessed with mermaids.  Trust me when I say that the girl eats, sleeps, and breathes mermaids.  When she encountered a little girl at a resort pool with a "real" mermaid tail, the girl went ballistic.  J couldn't talk about anything else for weeks.  With these tails running anywhere between $150 and $2k (depending on quality and materials), I knew that with lots of time, research, and trial-and-error, I could totally whip up a mermaid tail to satiate the girl.  And I was more successful than either of us were hoping for.

It holds up well in pool water for ridiculously extended periods of time (as this little girl has most certainly proven), it has a waterproof hard paddle made for optimal propulsion while swimming, it slides on and off with relative ease, and has glittery accents that make it pretty stinkin' cute (if I do say so myself).

My new mermaid and I spent weeks watching mermaid YouTube videos and scouring the internet to figure out exactly what details she wanted that would make her feel like a real mermaid.  Here's the result:

I haven't had the opportunity to take real photos (i.e. not from my cell phone) of the tail--coming soon!  After hours of very official mer-research, J decided that she wanted a dorsal fin (the little squiggly sparkly one that runs down the back), a ruffle wasteband (with elastic to keep it in place during swimming), and a floofy extra fin on the actual fin paddle part--I don't have a fun name for this one, but it looks SUPER flowy and pretty when she swims.

A matching mer-top is still on the to-do list.  Of course she wants in the the sparkly sequin pattern.  Once I'm done with that, J will have her whole mermaid get-up, and I'll post more photos.

Do you have a little girl in your life with the same mer-obsession?  These will soon make it into my etsy-shop, but until then, email me with price inquiries, sizing, and color options.