Chinchillas… the Perfect Pet?

Recently, I started living with my Dad. One of the first rules he laid down was the good ole’ pets rule. He said, “No cats, dogs, or anything that will messy the house up,”. That gave me some good guide lines to follow while looking for a new pet to purchase.

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I did a whole bunch of research on smaller animals. I figured something that could live in a cage would be best. That’s when I came across chinchillas. Pictured above is my 7 month old chinchilla, Myles. I bought him from a chinchilla breeder here in my hometown (I got really lucky!). There are many things I love about chinchillas. For one, they don’t smell. I clean Myles’s cage about once a week, sometimes I let it go a little longer if I get super busy, but even then you would never know I had a animal in my room. Second, they are literally like holding a cloud. It’s the first thing everyone says. Chinchillas are super soft. The third thing I love about chinchillas is how low maintenance they are. With my job, I’m not home a lot of the time, so I can’t always be there to take him out. Unlike other animals, chinchillas have fun being by themselves, but they do like to get out of the cage when they can.

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Chinchillas I think can be a perfect match for most people, but here are a few things to know. They HATE the heat! They are from the Himalayan mountains so they like the cold. In fact, if they are in temperatures past 80, they will overheat, and most likely die. So, if you keep your house warm, then either a Chinchilla is not for you or turn down the thermostat! Second, if you want a cuddly little animal that will snuggle every night, a Chinchilla is not for you. They are active little animals, always on the move. I usually take Myles out in the morning and bring him into bed with me. He’ll usually just run around my bed, play under my sheets, and jump onto the side table next to my bed. Another thing to keep in mind is that they are nocturnal animals. That’s not to say they won’t play during the day, though. I can take Myles out at any part of the day and he’ll play with me, but at night he is VERY active, especially on his wheel. They are super low cost animals. I usually buy him a big bag of bedding which will last me months, a medium size bag of food which lasts me about 2 months, a few chew toys, some snacks and other accessories. All in all, its about $20 a month, (IF that) aside from the months you’ll have to buy bedding, which will be about every 6 months to a year, depending on the size bag of bedding you get. Starting off, chinchillas are priced by color. Some chinchillas have “rare” colors of fur, so they are more expensive. I got Myles for $150. Cages run all types of prices. I usually see decent ones for around $200.

I hope I’ve opened your eyes to the world of chinchillas. They are very cool little pets which you will love and cherish forever. They can live for up to 20 years, so many years of loving! Let me know if you own a chinchilla, or are getting ready to purchase one. As always, feel free to get ahold of me on my twitter (@ikevinreardoni). Below I’m posting a video of Myles playing!

See ya on the flip side

-K

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Jewelry Tutorial: Simple Beaded Earrings

Hellooo! I figured my first tutorial should be something simple and easy, but 100% functional and wearable. So, I decided on one of the easiest pairs of earrings that I’ve ever made. And here they are:

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I’m going to take you step-by-step using photos and explaining in detail each part in the process. First, make sure you’ve got all of the materials needed.

Tools:Image

You’ll need three different types of jewelry pliers (these can be purchased at any craft store such as A.C. Moore or Michael’s, but if you’re a beginner, the ones at Wal-Mart will do just fine). You’ll need a pair of flat nose pliers, a pair of round nose pliers, and a pair of wire cutting pliers.

Next, the materials that the jewelry will be made out of (all supplies can be found at any of the previously stated stores):Image

Supplies:

  • Two hook earring findings
  • Two eye pin findings
  • Two bead separating findings
  • Two large beads (I used glass pearls)
  • Four seed beads

Step One:

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Thread one seed bead onto the eye pin finding.

Step Two:

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Thread your larger bead onto the eye pin finding.

Step Three:

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Thread bead separator onto eye pin finding (the round part should cup the bead before it as shown).

Step Four: 

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Thread another seed bead onto your eye pin finding.

Step Five:

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Using your flat nose pliers, bend the extending part of your eye pin to a 90 degree angle.

Step Six:

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Using your round nose pliers, wrap the eye pin around one end so that it forms a question mark shape.

Step Seven:

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Using your wire clipping pliers, clip the excess metal off (this should be right where the wire finishes forming the circular shape formed in step six).

Step Eight:

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Slide through into the circular end of the earring finding.

Step Nine:

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Close the opening on your eye pin.

Voila! Enjoy your new, hand-made earrings!Image

Hello Brenna!

Hey, there! My name’s Brenda!

Anything run by two or more men should always, ALWAYS, have a touch of the feminine mixed in if you ask me. Otherwise, the testosterone just gets a liiittle overbearing. And so, here I am! Saving blogs from male domination one post at a time.

I’m a twenty-year-old, independent production worker in a warehouse. While I’m at work, I’m fixing machinery, making sure my co-workers are doing their jobs, keeping up with the line, and dealing with some not-so-pleasant issues daily. Did I mention that I work Mondays through Fridays (and occasionally Saturdays) from 4 or 6 p.m. doing 8-16 hour shifts? Needless to say, I’m a hard-working gal. But, my work uniform is always traded out for dresses and heels and ever-changing make-up routines. I can get as tom-boyish as they come, but love being a girly girl the most.

I’ve been an artist since I was in the fifth grade (about 10-years-old). I started out just doing simple drawings in graphite, but through my years of advanced art, crafts, and graphics classes, I’ve dipped my hands into basically every form of fine art there is. Everything from drawing, painting, sculpting, metal work, carving, fashion design, jewelry etc. and the list goes on and on. And all of those things are what my posts will be about. The how, why, the inspiration and technique, and everything in between.

Can’t wait to get started! Until then!

-BrennaImage