Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#TakeMeHomeTuesday Intro & Abby's Story

Our Fluffy Bunny Cat in his window

I've always been an animal lover, but a severe allergy to cats seemed to have made me a dog person for the majority of my life.  Since moving to Jim Thorpe, almost everyone we know seemed to have cats.  Since allergy shots never worked for me, I never would have thought that being around cats more often would build up my tolerance.  Maybe my body changed, maybe I did build up a tolerance, I really don't know, but what I do know is that one day, I had no real reaction.  Which, of course, to me, meant I had a strong urge to adopt a kitty.  This was a year ago.  We went to Carbon County Friends of Animals after first dealing with a private rescue that left a bad taste in my mouth.  There we found "Quinn", or "Quincey" as he was called for the year that he called CCFOA home, we know him as Doyle, but he answers more to "Fluffy Bunny Cat", since that's what we tend to call him more often than not. 

Our Fluffy Bunny Cat with his Catnip
Our Fluffy Bunny Cat was the perfect fit for our home with two small terriers that we knew would take some time to accept into the house.  He's a Cymric, or long haired Manx, which means that he has no tail, just a bunny tail pouf and long, soft hair that falls out in clumps instead of individually, which means it's easier to clean up and better on my allergies (also how he got the nickname, Fluffy Bunny Cat).  This also means he's very vocal, very, very vocal, we love that he talks to us.  He's timid, but not a total push over, which helps with the dogs. 

Dana, from CCFOA was very helpful in helping us find the right fit for us to make sure when she finds one of their cats a home, it's one they'll have for the rest of their lives.  I was very clear on what our lives were like and what we needed in a new family member.  With her vast knowledge and care for their cats, she immediately showed us a handful of options that fit our description.  One of the cats that we looked at was Abby.  Abby was a bit timid for us and I was afraid of our high strung terriers chasing and tormenting her.  But I really did have a soft spot for this sweet girl. 
Abby needs our help finding her forever home!

I've been in touch with Dana and CCFOA on occasion and during benefits, etc, but yesterday was my first time going to their new location.  I will have more information on the new location next week, but for now, I guess, the biggest news for me was that sweet, little Abby still has not found her furever home.  How does this happen?  Abby has been with CCFOA since 2011 and was estimated to be 1+ years of age at that time.  She is good with other animals and is extremely timid, I would think she would be great with kids, but you may want to double check that with the staff if interested in adoption.

I only got to spend about 15-20 minutes with her, but, I guess it's easy to see how she would get overlooked, but not for 4 years.  She's a smaller girl, very timid and shy, but she does warm up fairly quickly.  She just doesn't push herself to the front of the line when people come in, but neither did our Doyle, which I guess is how he spent a year there, too.  They tell me that she doesn't really like to be held, which I could sense, but after petting her in her bed for a few minutes, she came out and came to me for more love.  That's how our Fluffy Bunny Cat was, but now, he comes to me to be picked up.  I probably spent 5 minutes a day working with him on that, I simply would pick him up and hold him (after some good quality petting/brushing time) until he wanted to get down.  Most of the time, in the beginning, it would last all of 2-3 seconds before he would freak out and kick to get down.  I think she's just broken down and needs someone to work with her a little bit, like our Doyle did.  She's stunningly beautiful and her eyes are brilliant.  I don't understand how this beautiful girl has not found a home in 4 years!  Please help us find Abby her new Forever Home!  Share this and if you are interested in bringing this loving girl into your home, please contact CCFOA and tell them Sinister Rouge sent you for Abby!   Don't forget to Like CCFOA on Facebook here.
Let's help Abby find her family, she's been waiting patiently for 4 years! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Where the MAGIC happens...for a pinup

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to go to trade shows and help buy new merchandise for the boutique that I manage. Last month I had the chance to go to the WWDMAGIC show in Las Vegas. Magic is THE show to go to if you sell clothing. I had no idea what a big deal it actually was until I got there! First off, the place is huge. Overwhelmingly huge. Its held in the Las Vegas Convention Center and it only runs for a few days. So you need to cover as much ground as you humanly can!
    What I also did not know is that there is an ‘Alternative’ section. My eyes lit up at the sight of such a word. For a girl that dresses like I do, loving all things pinup, punk, retro, vintage inspired,  this was the section I had been waiting for. I got to see brands like Sourpuss, Kreepsville 666, Folter, H&R London, Too Fast, and Steady Clothing

My absolute favorite brand is Sourpuss and of course I came decked out in one of their dresses. I had the most fun in their booth; pointing out what I already own and what is on my wishlist. Why do I love them so much? They are independently owned, they have everything that I love rolled into one...cute, kitschy, and creepy, and they are super affordable.
Now, in all fairness, the shop I work for isn’t very pinup inspired but it is a bit country/gypsy/rockabilly, so luckily some of this stuff DOES fit in AND in most cases these companies let me order things for myself as well. Lucky me! Here is just a small sampling of what we did order.

 Best moment of the show….meeting Tess Munster! She happened to be at the show modeling for Steady Clothing. If you don’t know who this amazing lady is, you definitely should. Tess is a plus sized model, makeup artist, and body positive activist. She started an amazing movement on instagram called #effyourbeautystandards were women of all shapes and sizes can feel beautiful. Shes gained tons of press recently as she has just been signed to Milk Model Management, making her the first plus sized model of her size to be signed to a mainstream modeling agency.
Needless to say, I was a total fan girl. She was gorgeous and so down to earth and she just seemed so happy! We chatted about tattoos (hers are just the coolest!), John Waters, and how she would be meeting Ricki Lake for the first time and how she was so excited about it! Now if thats not a gal after my own heart, than I don’t know what is. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Episode 14 of 40 Story Radio Tower!

Hello my lovelies!

Its that time of month again, when I update you on the month's performance of 40 Story Radio Tower, the monthly recorded live for podcast radio show! This month's performance will be (as always) at the Mauch Chunk Opera House THIS THURSDAY, April 23rd at 8:00PM (Doors open at seven.)This months band is the Barefoot Movement! This critically acclaimed band features a mixture of blue-grass, country, folk, and rock and roll.
Credit to 40 Story Radio Tower for this photo (We all aren't totally on our phones or anything)
And now for the moment in my articles where I horribly summarize some of our featured sketches this month this month in one sentence or less. (Because I'm pretty sure I lose you guys after one sentence anyway.)

Crosspital: Mr. Crumbel finds himself entrapped (quite literally) by the snare of Nurse and the drug-happy Disorderly. Look out for those dashing musical numbers.

Shitmouthtown: Mariska Mariskovya, the heroine of this tale, finds solace in an unlikely ally in her newest home of Shitmouthtown. Is there hope for her yet?

Dollar-a-Caller: We meet again our infamous radio host, Kelly, in his attempt to reinstate the Dollar-a-Caller show, the call in show that allows customers to sell their items on air.

Any items...

Grudge Coach: Are you too nice? Do you often often let go of grudges too easily? Well my friends, do we have the man for you!

We have another super fun new series coming up this month, but if I say  the title, it won't be any fun.

This month also features poetry by Michael Newton and Rebecca York Moll!

Again, credit to 40 Story Radio Tower
So, I'll keep this short and sweet: Come on out this Thursday night. Its been decided that this is literally our most disgusting (in a good way, of course) show to date, so obviously it will be the most fun. For $10.00 you are provided with the most unique entertainment this area has to offer. (Plus, we're all a lot of fun and if you laugh loud enough, you'll be on a podcast!)
There is a free beatboxing performance by myself, Kyle, and Keith after every show!

Have a wonderful month everyone, and you'll be hearing from me soon!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Jim Thorpe Earth Day

There are certain annual events that I look forward to every year, this is one of them!
Flyer Designed for Earth Day by our very own Dan Mazmanian!

Every year Jim Thorpe's Earth Day seems to get bigger and better.  If the lineup for this year is any indication, this may be the best year yet!

Am Rev 2 & the Eclectic Circus!!!

What could be better then hanging out in beautiful downtown Jim Thorpe and dancing to great music?   Last year I had a blast performing with Am Rev 2 & the Eclectic Circus.  I know we try to outdo ourselves every year.  How are we going to top last year?

2014:  Mother Earth, Tree Ent & Pan
How will you know it's me amongst all the Circus Woodland Creatures?  Here's a hint:  I plan on being a little "cocky".  I hope to see you there!  

~ Knotty NeNe  

***Selena here ~ Not only with this be a great day of awesomeness, but some of the Sinister Rouge girls will be there selling postcards & baked goods for our charity, The Something Beautiful Project and Dan & I will be there with a selection of our 13th Moon products!  Stop by and say hello to everyone!***