Reading List: January 2015

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Inspired by Primitive Entertainment  — I decided to start a reading list of my own. It seems like I’m going through a graphic novel/comic book binge. Don’t worry I read picture-less books, too!

Chapter 12: The Tragedy of the Commons

» Jan 1. 2015

Cat Person by Seo Kim. I grabbed this comic book because the illustrations remind me of an old classmate’s work… also cats. It’s pretty much a bunch of tumblr comics compiled into a book. Very cutesy. Very catty. Normally not my kind of read, but it had one comic that made me laugh a lot.

» Jan 2.

Dolltopia by Abby Denson.  Found it in Teen Graphic Novels section of the library with my younger sis. Its got a great foundation for discussing ideas of self-identity in relation to society, conformity, gender and able-ism. It’s super pink but I like the images and the idea behind the story.  PINK IS A GREAT COLOR! I TAKE BACK MY OLD HATRED OF THIS HUE.

» Jan 6.

Good-bye Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson. Read one of his books last year for school, so I picked this up out of curiosity+Chunky Rice. EW! Anyways, this book was depressing in a Death Cab for Cutie kind-of way that made me finish the book with “wow that was vague, pointless yet still really sad” thoughts.

» Jan 18.

The Walking Dead: Book 1.
Kirkman·Moore·Adlard·Rathburn. My boyfriend is reading this for University (no joke!) and I read the whole book as he was studying for something else.  Pretty wicked– LOVED the gory bits. I haven’t seen much of the series, but I have seen the first episode… pretty much like watching a re-run. I’m thinking of reading all the comics before I catch up with the series. TV never really does it for my anyways.


» Jan 19.

the Cartoon Introduction to CLIMATE CHANGE by Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, Ph.D.
This is a new favorite! I learned so much about science, what’s ACTUALLY going on in the world and ways to help fix it. This comic book is really funny –kinda nerdy but  full of valuable knowledge. If anybody wants to learn more about Climate Change or Global Warming read this book! I’m getting all my friends/family to read it. Its THAT necessary.

» Jan 18.

CAT EYED BOY: BOOK 2  by Kazu0 Umezu
This man is a genius. He makes the best horror mangas I have ever seen. I get so into it I actually fear for the characters’ lives and once I freaked out when a plot twist happened. I actually had to put the book down and calm down because it was so fantastic. (Check out Tsunami Summoners in CEB: Book 1) The only sad thing about this book is that I finished it too fast.  I thought it was a trilogy and expected it to be as long and crazy as the first book, but it was actually very short and sweet. I really wish I had taken more time with it. I didn’t want it to end! I got a new stack of Umezu’s mangas for next month. He is my new obsession.


DIY Kittynip CraZy Toy — SO EASY!!!

Got some burlap? Leather? Fabric scraps hanging around?

Well, I ALWAYS do.

Got a kitty who has sharp nails?

My couch knows that answer better than I do… 🙀


Meet Atticus!  My little creepy kittykat!  ❤️❤️💜

He’s a really special cat because he LOVES any kind of toy I make for him. My little earth saving, arisetotrashtic, meowzer.

I thought I’d treat him with something a little more special. Organic catnip for my kitty Christmas craft idea, and I had everything I needed to get to work.

What feels so awesome about this project is that I got to support an awesome shop on Queen West called Good Catch and this project only cost me under $6. Score!

plus, Atticus is happily making his claws less sharp/being active. Win, win.

Sammslittlehelper      Kittytoymaterials

My trusty sewing machine + some cotton and leather scraps + burlap + CATNIP = best toy ever!

You don’t need to be exact, just cut out a huge square of burlap*, fold it in half and sew around all edges but one. Make a slightly smaller square out of thinnish cotton or a breathable material. Do the same.

*if you want to add some extra cat-claw dulling action, sew some random patches of thick leather scraps to the burlap before you sew it into a rectangle shape.

The burlap rectangle is going to be the outside of the cat toy. The cotton one will be the inside.

Stuff the cotton rectangle 1/3 with fabric scraps [make sure tags or anything pokey and unsafe for kitties is thrown away!!] and fill the next 1/3 of the rectangle (or more, if you like) with CATNIP. Stuff the rest of the now cushiony rectangle with cotton.

Sew that cotton rectangle shut!

This is the part where making the burlap rectangle a bit bigger (or the cotton one smaller) makes your life a lot easier.

Stuff the cotton rectangle that is now 2/3 scrap fabric +1/3 catnip and totally sewe shut INTO the burlap rectangle. Sew the stuffed burlap kitt toy shut and BAM!  Your done!

The one in the front is the soggy prototype.  The back one has leather and added cotton strips on it for flinging, flying action :]

The one in the front is the soggy prototype.
The back one has leather and added cotton strips on it for flinging, flying action :]

Now fling it at your cat and watch him go crazy with a toy YOU made yourself. He’ll be so happy and, since he probably watched you make it the entire time, will appreciate it way more than any toy you’ve ever bought. ;]

Happy making!