Saturday, November 27, 2010

thanksgiving, family birthday, and a grey dress

Firstly, I Have Cat, a great blog for cat/animal lovers, did a gift-buying feature on etsy sellers who have special listings that benefit animal related charities. Tiger and I are in it alongside many other creature-loving etsy sellers.
Yesterday I celebrated my birthday with my family since I'm home for Thanksgiving weekend (my real birthday isn't until tuesday).
My mom gave me this beautiful vintage photograph of a woman standing in front of an easter egg tree. It's such an incredible photo, and I think the woman looks like she belongs in a Hitchcock film.

My sister gave me this blackbird necklace and bird-printed blouse. She knows me so well!
 Every year, my mom makes a black forest cake for my birthday, and she always puts a picture of Tiger and I on top of it. :)
These are pictures from Thanksgiving itself. I love that we have a house full of animals again. We used to have 5 - Tiger, Spotty, Blacky (our three cats) and O'Malley & Gizmo (our pups). We lost Spotty, Blacky, O'Malley, and Gizmo all within the same two years, which was really hard.
I'm so grateful I still have my Tiger, and within the past few months we adopted Baby (above, loving the tredmill) and Jarret (below).
Thanksgiving always felt like the most animal-oriented holiday in our house (maybe because of the sharing of the turkey), so it felt really nice to have many animals with us again.
On Friday afternoon, my mom and I went to Viviana's Vintage in Clinton, which is, I think, my favorite vintage shop. It feels like a real clothing shop in that every time I go, I can find something I love in exactly my size (something that's usually tricky with vintage stores).

This is the dress I came home with.
I hope you're all having a great Saturday! Keep warm.


Kitty said...

Happy Happy 25th Birthday Dearest Amanda. I love all of the pretties your family showered you with. I already packed up your birthday surprise package but I didn't get to the post office on time. So sad. I'll send it on Monday. I hope your birthday week is magical and full of love and surprises.
You are amazing!
love love,

p.s. My postcards came in the mail today. So beautiful! I can't wait to send them out into the world. Oh, and you look so FOXY in that new grey dress. Love it.

ihavecat said...

Thanks for linking to I HAVE CAT! You are an extremely talented young lady and I love your creative spirit! How lovely your mom is an artist too and you guys can understand each other in that way!
Agree that the woman in the photo looks like she is straight out of a Hitchcock movie and LOVE that pendant. Also LOVE that your mom puts a photo of you and Tiger on your cake! LOVE IT!
Lovely to meet you and thanks for the prints you put up for the Humane Society!
Single in the city - with cat (s)

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

Thanks so much, Kat and Tamar!! :)

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

haha, now that I have more time:
Kat, thank you so much! I can't wait to get your mail. Whenever it arrives, it will be a big day-brightener! I'm so glad you love the post cards.

and Tamar, thanks so much for featuring me on I Have Cat. I love your blog. And it is wonderful having a mom who is also an artist - she's one of my best friends. :)

cArLa said...

happy birthday amandakins!!! that black forest cake looks delectable and the grey dress divine. i'm so happy you had a great birthday!