Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kawaii Treats

This weekend I've been stitching and crafting. I finished a needle felt onigiri yesterday and today I crocheted a boba tea amigurumi.

Pattern: adapted from Starbucks frappe amigurumi by Sweet and Cute Creations
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft bone and white
Hook: size H
Notions: black and pink felt, 9mm safety eyes,  DMC 310, and plastic straw
Start/Finish: 7/27/2014

It has been fun crafting this weekend along with stitching a bit on my Marquise pattern.

Next weekend should be lots of fun. My friends, sister, and I are going to Mechacon in New Orleans on Saturday. I can hardly wait!  It will be my sister's first convention :)

Until next time >____<

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Crafting

These are the crafts I finished this weekend: a needle felt tofu, a mini Totoro amigurumi, and a strawberry mochi plushie.

I had gift cards to HB so I decided to try a new craft, needle felting. It is fun , but disastrous if your fingers get in the way.

I used a different size hook for the Totoro (size G) so he is smaller than the one I made for my mother for Christmas.

The mochi plushie was from a tutorial I saw on youtube. I think it would be easier to make using a sewing machine >○<

Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Until next time >____<

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jardin Prive Marquise progress

Pattern: Marquise by Jardin Prive
Fabric: 28ct evenweave antique white linen by M.C.G Textiles
Threads: recommended DMC
Start: 7/13/2014

After finishing the July OUAT block this morning, I was debating between cross stitching on a new project or working on a plushie. The cross stitch won out!

I love the soft palette of colors used in this design. I've had this pattern in my stash for a while so I'm glad to finally pull it out and get started on it.

Until next time >____<

July OUAT Sampler

Start/Finish: 7/9-13/2014

Kristina and I weren't able to make it on Friday night because of lovely southern storms, but on the bright side,  I was able to stitch some more on July's OUAT block.

My favorite motifs are the mouse, butterfly,  and the fish. I can't wait to see next month's design.

In other news,  you won't see us at August's Artwalk because Kristina and I will be out of the country.  We are going to Peterborough,  Ontario for my friends Constance and Jim's wedding. We are only staying a few days so we will likely see some museums and historic sites. They have some cross stitch and yarn shops too!!!

Until next time >____<

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tofu Amigurumi ~ nom nom!

Pattern: Tofu by NVKatherine
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft white and sunshine
Notions: 9mm safety eyes,  brown and pink felt, and DMC 310
Hook: size H
Start/Finish: 7/10/2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Plant Your Seeds finish

Pattern: Little House Needleworks Plant Your Seeds
Fabric: 28 evenweave antique white linen by M.C.G Textiles
Threads: recommended DMC
Start/Finish: 6/28-7/7/2014

My finish tonight! My favorite motifs were the fruits and the border.

Until next time >____<

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal Anime Party ♡

My friends and I are getting together this afternoon for an anime party to watch the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal,  which for those of you who don't know is a reboot of the 1990s anime.

I volunteered to make cupcakes ;)

Vanilla cupcakes with candy stars and pink sugar pearls!

I can't wait to see the new SM anime!

Until next time >____<

4th of July

My family got together last night and had dinner. In celebration,  I made orange brownies which always seems to go well with the summer months.

All around our subdivision,  people were setting off fireworks. I actually got a few photos with my phone.

I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July.

Until next time >____<

White Hibiscus

Another hibiscus plant blooming in our front yard.

It's amazing how large the blooms become.

Until next time >____<

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plant Your Seeds Progress

My progress so far this week :)

Until next time >____<

Panda Love!

July Skoshbox

I received my Skoshbox in the mail on the last day of June. Sadly, our weather has been quite hot lately with the heat index in the 100s. So you can imagine a Skoshbox in a hot mailbox all day, can't you? When I got home and checked the mail, I immediately opened my Skoshbox and put all the contents in our refrigerator to try and salvage what I could >O<

Favorites (in order):

1. Glico Cream Collon – this is made by the same company who produces Pocky. These cream collon shells remind me of Pirouettes sticks. Even though they are labeled as vanilla, they seem to have a faint coconut flavor.
2. Kit Kat Black – these are from the ‘Adult-Taste’ line of Kit Kats. I’ve never been a fan of dark chocolate, but I enjoyed these Kit Kats as the flavor was hardly bitter like most dark chocolates.
3. Tirol Jersey Milk Choco – my box came with two flavors, milk and coffee. The milk flavor reminded me of White Rabbit candies or any of the other hard milk candies. I was surprised that I liked the coffee flavor. I think it is because the flavor is light.
4. Marble Chocolate – these adorable chocolate candies are the Japanese cousins to M&Ms. They are decorated with cute illustrations of dogs….at least I thought it was a dog…..?!
5. Saikoro Caramel – I love the packaging on these caramels. The cube box comes with two caramels, perfect for sharing. The caramel was soft and sweet.

Questionable (in order):

1. Bakauke seafood curry senbei – since I don’t eat seafood, I wasn’t sure if I was tasting that flavor in this senbei. You can definitely taste the curry spices in the senbei though.
2. Orion custard cake – only reason for being in this category is because I didn’t try the custard part of this cake because it was out in the heat too long. I did, however, try the cake part and I am doubtful about the ‘vanilla’ flavoring. If it was there, it was quite faint.
3. Kewpie Mayonnaise – yet another casualty of a hot mailbox. My coworker and I didn’t want to take the chance of getting sick from spoiled mayonnaise so we sadly tossed the packet in the trash. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Skoshbox puts it in a future box during the cooler months of the year.
4. Matcha Azuki Jelly – while I love azuki, it made an odd pairing in this jelly. I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. I do wish it had the texture/consistency of the kyoho grape kanten jelly as it was soft.


1. Matcha Chokoshi – a green tea chocolate puffed rice snack. Definitely not something I’d try again. Seemed to be more green tea than chocolate; I would rather have the matcha chocolate from last month’s box!
2. Kyoho Grape Kanten Jelly – I can’t deny that it tastes like grape jelly, but that’s my basis for disliking it. I HATE grape flavored foods/drinks (even wine). Too many years as a kid with gross grape flavored medicine. It has ruined me for any types of grapes except for white grapes.

All in all, a great package. I would hope Skoshbox would reconsider what they pack in their summer boxes, especially for those of us who live in warm areas of the country.

Until next time ^____^

June Recap


1. Dark Shadows: Wolf Moon Rising by Lara Parker
2. The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
3. Life in Motion by Misty Copeland
4. Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie
5. Augusta Evans Wilson: A Biography by William Perry Fidler

1. OUAT June block by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Amigurumi Galore!
1. 2 Kyo kitties
2. Yuki
3. 2 Poptart plushies
4. Panda

Until next time ^_____^