Saturday, May 9, 2015

April Kawaii Box Review

Good afternoon, everyone. I subscribed to Kawaii Box last month and finally got April's box in the mail today.


Here are the items from last month's box:

1) Puffy bunny stickers
2) Cell phone pastel dot stickers
3) Collon green tea biscuit puffs
4) Kitty plushie keychain
5) Alpaca pencil bag
6) Korean glitter set
7) Rilakkuma notepad
8) Kitty paw biscuit squishy cell phone charm
9) Macaron shaped container
10) Bow head clip

I love the bunny puffy stickers and Korean glitter; both of which I hope to use in some resin work later this month.

*squeal* the alpaca pencil bag is adorable. I will definitely be using it to store either DMC threads/needles/scissors or my crochet hook/stitch makers for future projects. I love using different pencil bags to keep my projects separate.

For the Rilakkuma notepad, I am planning on using it for crochet notes when I am making any new patterns.

The macaron shaped container will be perfect for packing small items for traveling.

While I love the cuteness of the kitty plushie, the kitty paw cell phone charm, and the bow head clip, I think I will hold onto them to give away in the future either as a freebie when ordering in our Etsy shop or as part of a giveaway later on.

My only complaint for this box was the glitter. It got everywhere! Perhaps in the future, if glitter is involved, Kawaii Box will package it in a plastic bag just to be on the safe side :)

I think for the amount of items you receive in the Kawaii Box, it is well worth $18.50 a month. The price includes shipping from Singapore. The Kawaii Box company is located in the US and other countries, but the products come through Singapore.

So if you are looking for adorable surprises from Japan and South Korea, Kawaii Box is worth a look into. It is also would be a lovely gift for anyone who loves cute things.

Until next time ^____^

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Cherryblossomcute Etsy Special - Paper Clip Charms - Updated*


*Update - we will be offering these paper clips as a freebie when you purchase $20+ from our shop throughout the month of May!

In celebration of Mother's Day next week, Amanda has made some beautiful paper clips that have been embellished with flowers and bows. When you order any item or items totalling $20.00, you will receive one of paper clips pictured above as a freebie.

Each paper clip comes with an adorable eraser. I'm sure you can guess which one is my fave!

These paper clips are perfect for planners and organizers or as bookmarks.

If you plan on ordering something for Mother's Day, please place your order by Wednesday May 6th as packages are sent by USPS First Class mail in my shop. It usually takes packages between 2-4 days to reach their destinations in the US using first class mail.

Thanks as always for your patronage.

April Skoshbox



It's that time again! Skoshbox review :)

Favorites (in order):
1. Black Thunder bar: I won't review this as I received this in a previous box. Just as good as the first time.
2. Choco An-pan Bread: soft bread with the chocolate filling. I had my doubts about the description of this snack because usually chocolate filled treats are biscuits and not bread, but boy was I wrong. I'm glad I was! You can't go wrong with chocolate filled bread.
3. Lotte Lace Chocolate: white and milk chocolate together in a lace pattern. Yum!
4. D'asses: the name makes you giggle, but apparently it isn't pronounced like the spelling, which is a relief as that might qualify as the worst product name ever in the history of cookies if it was pronounced like the spelling! It is a chocolate shortbread cookie. I like it as it isn't a dense cookie; it is a light cookie.
5. Ramune Drink Candy: no review as this was in a previous box.
6. Hi-chews: no review as this was in a previous box.
7. Hello Kitty cookies: we got the chocolate chip cookies. I was instantly transported back to the 1990s when McDonald's used to serve those bags of cookies in Happy Meals!!! I wondered what happened to those cookies....apparently Japan has been keeping them in their country and branded them with Hello Kitty :)

No crazy foods this time around. I hoping this month we won't get so many repeats. Though I wouldn't say no to a box full of black thunder bars.

Until next time >____<

Rainbow Brite amigurumi

Hi, everyone!


Yarn: Caron Simply Soft blue mint, bone, iris, limelight, mango, red, sunshine, super duper yellow, and white
Notions: 6mm safety eyes, pink felt, star bead, and handmade polymer clay rainbow charm
Start/Finish: April 2015 for amigurumi and May 2-3 for finishing

My friend Bonnie's birthday was at the end of April, but we weren't able to celebrate until now because I was in Atlanta last weekend for a business conference and Kristina had a wedding to attend.

We met up today at Bonnie's parents' house to celebrate a triple birthday, Bonnie's, her mother's, and her brother's. They all have birthdays in April!

Bonnie mentioned seeing a Rainbow Brite amigurumi on my Pinterest page and was lamenting the fact that there wasn't a pattern for it online. I took a doll pattern in my amigurumi pattern stash and altered it to make her a Rainbow Brite doll.

I also got her a book that was on her wishlist and found some cute Little Mermaid earrings at the same time. She loves Disney so it was a perfect additional gift for her.

I hope you liked everything!

Until next time >____<

April Recap

Recap:

Read:
1. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
2. Voice of the Sword by John Catton
3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
4. An Unlikely Love by Dorothy Clark
5. Zodiac by Romina Russell
6. Yokohama Yankee by Leslie Helm
7. The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson
8. Hero by Aletha Kontis
9. Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
10. Ink by Amanda Sun

Crafts:
1. Rainbow Brite amigurumi
2. Panda ice cream amigurumi

Until next time >___<

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Calvin and Hobbes comics - Hobbes Amigurumi

Good evening everyone. Today is my sister's birthday, which means that I can finally post about the amigurumi I made for her back in February.

As kids we would always read the Sunday comics in the newspaper. One of my sister's favorite comics was and still is Calvin and Hobbes. While looking online she ran across a free pattern for a Hobbes amigurumi doll and asked if either Amanda or I could make it for her.

I was sneaky and told her that I had other amigurumis I was working on, but secretly I was working on the Hobbes doll at work before clocking in every day.

Pattern: Hobbes freebie pattern by sukigirl and miahandcrafter
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft black, orange, red, and white
Hook: size H 
Notions: black felt 
Start/Finish: February 2015 - total time 23 1/2 hours

For those of you would want to make this Hobbes amigurumi and need to know how much yarn you'll need, I used one skein of each color and had leftover yarn by the time I was done.

So far the Totoro, Sir Octavius the steampunk fox, and Hobbes amigurumis are the largest I've made :)

I really enjoyed making this doll. If a pattern makes you smile while working on it, it's a good one :)

Until next time >___<


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kawaii Easter - Daiso Goodies and Wondercon 2015

  
Amanda sent me an Easter package full of goodies, some of which were from Daiso and Wondercon.


She included an adorable Sherlock Holmes button from Ninjabot, a sweet resin heart pendant decorated with a bunny and sprinkles from Unicorn Crafts, a cute Hello Kitty pez, a pair of wooden diecut bunny earrings by (Un) Possible Cuts, and a book pin.


From Daiso, she got a bunny silicon cake mold, a bunny shaped kitchen timer, and a pack of bunny memo sticky tabs. She also got me a signed promo mini copy of Naomi Novik's Uprooted novel possibly from Wondercon.

Oddly enough, I actually needed a new kitchen timer. We had dropped ours on the floor just this week and it broke so it's great to have a new one, a kawaii one! You can't go wrong with cute kitchen supplies!

I think I will look online for recipes to use in the bunny mold. Hopefully I will be able to bake with it later this month. I'm envious that Amanda lives near a Daiso store. For those of you who don't know, it is a Japanese chain of dollar stores. But I guess I should be lucky to not be near a Daiso store, I would be broke all the time!


In terms of food goodies, she sent me a pack of Easter shaped pasta, I didn't know they even made that for the holidays. She also sent me some Japanese goodies, ramen crackers, peach jellies, and another package of sakura matcha Kit Kats (squeal!). I also got some chocolates and a package of bunny candy rings, which look too cute to eat.

She got some adorable bunny baking cups. I can't wait to use them next spring/Easter :)

Thanks for all the goodies!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Panda Ice Cream Sundae Amigurumi

Good evening everyone! I mailed off a package to Amanda on Saturday and she got it in the mail today. Instead of a usual spring package for Easter with lots of goodies, I decided to make a single amigurumi as her spring gift. 

Tada! A panda sundae amigurumi!

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft chocolate, off white, red, and white
Hook: size H
Notions: 6mm safety eyes, brown felt, fuchsia bugle beads, and plastic sundae cup
Start/Finish: 4/3-4/2015

I saw the sundae cups while shopping back in February and thought to myself that I could make a cute amigurumi with them so I bought a few.


I used the off white color of yarn because I wanted to make french vanilla ice cream scoops (it's one of my favorite flavors).


For the whip cream dollops, I made curly cues from white yarn. I like how they turned out. For the sprinkles, I used beagle beads that I had in my stash. I really need to make a trip to my local Michael's store and see what other colors are available as the local Hobby Lobby only has so many colors and they never seem to get new stock of colors in their inventory.

I've got a few more amigurumi projects to work on this month for upcoming festivities, but once I've finished that I hope to start a new amigurumi sundae. It's a toss up between kitties or bunnies........

Until next time ^____^


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Calling All Book Geeks - Harry Potter License Plate

I was out and about this morning and when I pulled into my local library I saw a car with this extremely geeky and fun license plate.


Long live book geeks!!!

Prudence Gail Carriger Package! OMG!

I was suprised when I received a package from Amanda last week. I was expecting some sort of spring package, but it was something even better if that is possible!!


The box was full of book geekiness!!! Gail Carriger's new book, Prudence, came out in March. Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and found a signed copy of the book and cute related goodies. Amanda sent me a Prudence paper fan, a poster, and button.

She also sent some packs of green tea, sweet biscuits, and a box of peach pie flavored tea. I tried the peach tea earlier today and it was good though I was hoping for more of a peach pie flavor. It smelled deliciously like peach pie, but the taste was just a little bit peach pie.

I wish I lived in an area that had more book signings.......at least I have a fabulous friend who can score book goodies at the signings in CA!!

Thank you for the awesome package!!!

Until next time ^___^