Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ice Cream Lady Cross Stitch

Last weekend at Mechacon, I was chatting with one of the artists in the Artist Alley. She was selling cross stitch designs and plushies. I was telling her that since I was getting ready for Mechacon for so long, I hadn't been able to cross stitch that much and I couldn't wait to start stitching again.

I was able to start and finish this design after work this week.

Design: Ice Cream Ladies by Soda Stitch
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan Lambswool linen by Wichelt Imports
Threads: recommended DMC
Start/Finish: 7/20-26/2015

I loved stitching on this pattern. The colors are vibrant and cheerful. I think I might frame this design. I will have to keep a lookout for a cute frame at my local craft stores.

Until next time ^____^

Mechacon 2015 Review and Thank You!!

Good morning! Last weekend, my sister and I participated in the Artist Alley at Mechacon 2015 in New Orleans. We were a bit overwhelmed in the Artist Alley as it was quite crowded. Both my sister and I work in industries that do not require much public interaction so being bombarded by thousands of people was a test of our introverted nerves. I think we did well despite that :)

There were so many great cosplayers at the convention. Since we were behind our artist alley table, we weren't able to get many photos.



The My Little Pony cosplayers were amazing. There was someone dressed in a huge Pinkie Pie pony costume while the rest opted for lovely dress cosplays for their favorite characters.

One of the great things about New Orleans is the fact that they have their own lolita society. Since Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates were industry guests at this year's convention, there were a great many girls and guys dressed in lolita fashion. While I love the dresses of that brand, I love seeing people making their own lolita dresses using other fabrics. There were so many lovely dresses this year!

One of the coplayers that came past our table was this adorable young lady dressed up as Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service. I asked her to pose for a picture with the Kiki amigurumi that I had made. I really just wanted a photo of her with the doll because I thought it was cute, but she actually ended up buying little Kiki. I was so happy!!!

On Sunday, I was hoping to get another signature on my Fruits Basket box set. My sister had wandered up to the signing room to see if any of the actors were there and she ran back downstairs to the Artist Alley room to tell me that Mike McFarland was there. So I rushed upstairs....not that I needed to as a girl and myself were the only two people in the room getting signatures. He was nice enough to sign my box set for his character Ritsu. I hope to get more signatures as I go along.

My purchases this year were all from the Artist Alley except for a few things. I got a large Aries bag from Sorbet Jungle, a Gem bag and two cute book buttons from Natto Soup, a lovely Sailor Scouts bag from Darien Chen, a Mardi Gras lolita king cake brooch from Mintymix, a keychain and cell charm from the anime Gugure! from another table, and a fantasy novel Peace of Evon from Dorothy Tinker.

I can't wait to wear the buttons to work. The Mardi Gras king cake is perfect for next year's Mardi Gras season and the book buttons are adorable for any day.

I also bought two items that will be gifts for Christmas........so I can't show them until later this year :)

From the Dealers' Room, I purchased a copy of Colorworld from Rachel Kelly. Her husband was manning the table and his description of the series was so interesting that I purchased a copy of the book. I also bought a few metal bookmarks from him as well. The only other things I bought from the dealers' room were Japanese snacks from two of the vendors that I hadn't tried before.

All in all, I think we had fun at this year's Mechacon. I think we might participate next year.

Thanks to everyone who came by and supported our table. We had fun chatting with our customers!! I'm so glad that my amigurumis found new homes to live in!

Until next time ^____^

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bunny Sundae Amigurumi

My start and finish this weekend, a cute bunny Neapolitan amigurumi sundae.




Yarn: Caron Simply Soft chocolate, dark chocolate, off white, red, soft pink, and white
Hook: size H 
Notions: 6mm safety eyes, dark pink felt, and pink beagle beads
Start/Finish: 6/27-28/2015

I finally got around to starting another sundae amigurumi. I was thinking either kitties or bunnies and obviously my love of bunnies overruled the kitties.

My project this week is to finish the Kiki doll amigurumi that I had made earlier this month. She is lacking hair so I will have to make some, which is always a daunting task because it takes a while.

After that, I think my last amigurumi before Mechacon will be another kitsune. The one I had in my shop sold this month so I need to make a new one.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th Of July weekend!!

Until next time > ____<

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Getting Ready for Mechacon 2015 Artist Alley

My friend Kristina and I will attending Mechacon in New Orleans this year in the Artist's Alley. I have been stitching up various amigurumis and finishing up others.


While trying to figure out a cute way to display my resin charms and pins and polymer clay earrings, I found a lovely Sizzix set at HB in the clearance section. The diecut was perfect for making these jewelry cards.

Hopefully Kristina and I can find some time before July to work out a table layout for the convention that will maximize our space and give us a cute display. We shall see.....

I have a feeling that we won't be going outside the hotel unless under duress as New Orleans in the summer is disgusting........humid and extremely hot. 

Until next time ^____^

Yokai Watch Amigurumi

It's been a slow month for crafting since I've been reading more than crafting, but I have been able to finish an amigurumi this month, Jibanyan from Yokai Watch.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Harvest red and white
Hook: size H
Notions: 15mm animal safety eyes, blue, white, and yellow felt and pink and black DMC thread and pipe cleaners
Finish: 6/21/2015

I think he came out great considering my skills at embroidering on felt aren't the best. I hope to make more amigurumis from this anime if I get the chance.

Until next time ^___^

Panda Birthday Package

I received my birthday package from Amanda the same day I got May's Kawaii Box, which meant alot of fun packages to go through!!!


I always like the way that Amanda packages items. She used a cute bunny mug to hold the smaller items and wrapped it up in tissue paper. For the other items she used a large photo box with Big Ben on the cover! And as always, she included an adorable handmade card for my birthday! Also pictured is a bunny cool wrap. You freeze the cold pack and insert it into the bunny and wrap it around your neck, etc. How cute is that?!?!?


These were the items included in the bunny mug: a set of bunny sticky tabs, a really awesome steampunk Mickey Mouse pin (the gear ears MOVE!!! O-O"), a small pack of pineapple gummies, a pack of birthday cake flavored gum (cute!), and a bunny key topper.

In the Big Ben box was an assortment of cute things and Pocky! She sent me packs of matcha flavored Pocky, a bunny egg mold for hard boiled eggs, and a metal mold to shape rice, etc. into a bunny shape. Lots of paper goodies: a pack of bunny gift boxes, a sticky mental note set, flower shaped post-its, and two beautiful washi tapes.

I actually have a set of those flower shape post-its. I use them when I am crocheting to take notes or keep track of my rounds. I'm glad to have some more to use as I'm running out of the ones I have now O_o"

In the small box on the right, she sent two mini Yankee candles, jelly bean and bunny cake. I think my fave is the bunny cake. I love candles that smell of sweet bake goods.


The last items included was a copy of the second volume of the manga Soulless and a copy of Cinder on audiobook. I thought perhaps Amanda had forgotten that I already had a copy, but it was a SIGNED edition. *squeal of bibliophile madness* I haven't read Cinder yet so I'm glad to have it on audiobook. I think I'll bring it with me to work to listen to while I do mindless work like Photoshop.

Thank you for the extremely cute birthday package!

Until next time ^____^

May Kawaii Box

May's Kawaii Box came the day after my birthday, which was amusing. I've noticed that it takes about three-four weeks for my Kawaii Box to come in the mail so by the time I get it, it's the next month.

May's selection of goodies was adorable!!!


It came with some fun stationery goodies: a Okitoki notebook set, cute alpaca stickers, a mini Rilakkuma letter set, a panda pen, and an alpaca eraser.

There were several cell phone charms/straps: a yummy looking Hello Kitty squishy doughnut, a Harajuku crepe, and a plush banana.

Accessories included were a neon bow hair band, which I don't think I can use because my hair is so thick and a comb and mirror set that folds into a chocolate bar case......I might have to include it as a giveaway prize in the future because yet again, my curly hair will not be tamed by a little comb.

The last accessory is my favorite: a pink and blue alpaca card holder. Sigh......makes me wish I was still in the UK. I would use it as a Travelcard holder. Sadly, I have no use for it here in Alabama.

The food item in the box was Meiji Petit Gum.

I can't wait for June's box......LOL which won't come until July. You gotta love free overseas shipping.

Until next time ^_____^

June Skoshbox

Good afternoon, everyone. It's a typical southern summer day, i.e. 50% chance of rain so I thought I'd take the time to blog and enjoy the sound of rain on the patio. I've never ever liked summers because of the humidity in the south, but the rain is fantastic, especially when you are at home to enjoy it.



Favorites:
1. Cheese Umaibo Stick: Oh, my. It's like a giant Golden Flake cheese puff. If I ever find these in an Asian market, I will buy all of them! They are that good.

2. Sylvene Mini Cake Slice: I got the red version in the Skoshbox which is cocoa flavored. It is literally a tiny slice of chocolate cake. So good. I hope they have these in a future Skoshbox so I can try the vanilla flavor.

3. Honey Nut Pretz Sticks: Is Pretz the cousin to Pocky? I have no idea, but I would imagine they are since they come from the same company. It is almond flavored biscuits topped with sugar. They sort of remind you of honey nut Cheerios. I like that they aren't too sweet.

4. Rubella Cigar Cookies: This is a buttery cookie that is rolled into a cigar shape. It is light and crisp. Sweet, but not too sweet.

5. Home Pie Cookie: Yet another cookie type from Home Pie, but it tastes like all the other ones I've had in the Skoshboxes so far despite the claim that it is a different flavor?!?!

6. Anpanman Soft Senbei: a sweet shoyu rice cracker. I've realized that I like the sweet shoyu crackers compared to the regular soy sauce crackers.

Questionable:
1. Super Energy Candy: this is supposed to be a energy drink candy. I tried it and promptly got rid of it. It was extremely sour. Does sour equal energy?!?!? Hmm....... Well, at least it didn't taste like Red Bull, which to me is a big bottle of nasty cough syrup.

2. Supermario Gum: It's just gum, but what's with the cards in the pack?! Apparently you are supposed to play a matching game with the cards, but I can't read Japanese.....so it's completely lost on me.

Until next time ^_____^

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May Recap

Recap:

Read:
1. The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee
2. Thursdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
3. The Gardener of Versailles by Alain Baraton
4. The Flower of Empire by Tatiana Holway
5. Explorers of the Nile by Tim Jeal
6. A Royal Passion - Queen Victoria and Photography by Anne Lyden
7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
8. Censoring Queen Victoria by Yvonne M. Ward

Crafts:
1. Twilight Sparkle MLP amigurumi
2. Rainbow Dash MLP amigurumi
3. Derpy MLP amigurumi
4. Fluttershy MLP amigurumi

May Skoshbox




Hi, everyone! It's Skoshbox time!!

Favorites:
1. Tirol Variety Choco: Out of the six flavors, I got the almond choco and milk choco flavors. The almond choco was nice. It is a sweet chocolate with an almond inside. The milk choco reminded me of German Kinder chocolate, but not as sweet as Kinder chocolate.
2. DIY choco-banana kit: see comments below.
3. Doraemon Bubblegum: This was soda flavored. I'm convinced that 'soda-flavored' in Japan always means ramune soda flavor. Not that I'm complaining, I love ramune.

Dislikes:
1. Sumi Yaki coffee candy: I didn't try these; I immediately handed them over to a coworker.
2. Nagisa Arare rice crackers: shoyu (soy sauce) flavored crackers. Not a favorite. Some of the shoyu crackers are good, but the taste of shoyu in these crackers was too intense.
3. Mont Blanch Oreo Cake: Now I know what you're thinking. This has to be good because it's made by Oreo. You'd be wrong. This chestnut cream cake tasted like soap. I thought it might have just been my tastebuds, but I let my sister try it as well and she said the same thing.

Questionable:
1. Anpanman corn rings: There is no taste to these corn rings. None whatsoever. I would almost say these corn rings would  be great for toddlers as it's so bland.




The DIY banana-choco kit was fun. I loved the taste of the 'bananas'. They are actually similar in texture to circus peanut candies, but firmer. The chocolate sauce tastes like chocolate frosting and of course, the sprinkles are just sprinkles. I would definitely recommend this kit. It's yummy and fun.

Until next time ^___^